Violet Murrell (Garryowen Horse Trough)Print Page
A horse trough commemorates the Violet Murrell who was a Victorian Racing Pioneer.
In 1933 Violet Murrell ran into a burning Mentone stable in a bid to save her three-time Royal Melbourne Show champion saddle-horse Garryowen who also perished. She was followed by her husband Bill, a horse trainer who tried to save her life, but sadly both perished in the blaze. Mrs Murrell dreamed of becoming a race jockey and spent her time fighting for the rights of women. Her campaign to lift a ban on female riders helped shape racing rules.
The trough was originally placed in Balcombe Road outside the Mentone Railway Stations in 1935 by the Purple Cross Society. In the 1970`s it was removed to make way for a car park , and in 1988 was located at the Melbourne Showgrounds. It was moved back to the station in 1994 and rededicated. Garry Owen is also commemorated by the dressage competition at the Royal Melbourne Show.
|Address:||Balcombe Road & Como Parade West, Mentone Railway Station Gardens , Mentone, 3194|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.98159|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||March-1935|
Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
In tribute to Mrs. Violet Murrell
conducts the Garryowen Equestrian Turnout Event each year at the Royal Melbourne Show
The Society returned this trough to the people of Mentone on the 60th anniversary