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20-September-2016 (Roger Johnson)
20-September-2016 (Roger Johnson)

Photographs supplied by Pupils from the Wisemans Ferry Public School, Macdonald Valley Public School & Maroota Public school / Felicity Merchant / Roger Johnson

The monument commemorates those from Wisemans Ferry and the MacDonald Valley who served in the Light Horse during World War one, and their horses known as the "Walers". Approximately 140,000 horses (only one of which was allowed back into Australia) served in the Desert Campaign in World War One.

In March 1916 the ANZAC Mounted Division (1st, 2nd and 3rd Light Horse Brigades and New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade) was formed in Egypt under the command of Major General [later Lieutenant-General Sir] Harry G. Chauvel. In August, as part of the British and allied forces, the Division defeated a Turkish advance to Romani, and forced the enemy back to the line Gaza-Beersheba.

During 1917 the Division was involved in the initial battles for Gaza and in the capture of Beersheba, where the Light Horse, armed only with rifles and bayonets, acted as cavalry. In August the Desert Mounted Corps was formed, consisting of the ANZAC Mounted Division (1st, 2nd Light Horse and New Zealand Brigades), Australian Mounted Division (3rd, 4th Light Horse and 5th Yeomanry Brigades) and the Yeomanry Division.


Address:Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry Public Reserve, Wisemans Ferry, 2775
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.38416
Long: 150.987446
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th April, 2015
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The "Waler"

This memorial was erected by the tesidents of Wisemans Ferry & the MacDonald Valley

In memory of the "Lighthorsemen" who enlisted from this District during the Great War of 1914 - 18 and their mounts, the  legendary "Walers"

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Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au