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The plaque commemorates the Australian Light Horsemen and the horses they rode in World War One.


Address:9 Randall Street, Community Centre, Maribyrnong, 3032
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.767243
Long: 144.887742
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Front Inscription

This plaque is to honour the memory of the Australian Light Horsemen and the horses that they rode.

The land to the west of here was for many years known as the Maribyrnong Remount Depot.

When Major General Bridges, Commander of the 1st Division of the Light Horse, died as a result of wounds at ANZAC Cove on May 15th, 1915, his favourite charge `Sandy` was sent to Egypt where he remained until the end of the war.

'Sandy` was then shipped to Australia and turned out to graze at Maribyrnong Remount Depot where he remained in ease  for six years, and then, becoming debilitated and afflicted with blindness, was mercifully destroyed.

Of the 169,000 horses that left Australia for service overseas, only one, `Sandy` returned.


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