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Ken Russell Closeup

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The sculpture commemorates Ken Russell, a jockey who was killed in a fall at Rosehill in 1993.

Ken Russell, who grew up in Monto, rode his first winner, a horse called Frosty Val, at the little Queensland town of Banana on the 24th June 1972. Ken Russell’s last winner was at Rosehill racecourse on 9th October 1993 on Whivory. He was tragically killed later that same day when his mount Tuig broke down and fell in the last race of the day. He was aged 42. Ken Russell rode in over 10,000 races and won 1804 of them.

Whilst he was a great jockey on any track, he earned the nickname “King of the Coast” for his dominance in the riding ranks at Queensland’s Gold Coast track. He went on to ride successfully overseas in Singapore, Malaysia, Macau and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi).

Note: This statue was originally unveiled in Monto and was moved to Rockhampton in 2016 when a new Ken Russell statue was unveiled in Monto. 


Address:Reaney Street, Rockhampton Jockey Club Memorial Gardens, Rockhampton, 4701
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.379403
Long: 150.524549
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:09-October-1993
Actual Event End Date:09-October-1993


Front Inscription


In Memory Of
The Monto Marvel
Tragically Killed
At Rosehill
9 - 10 - 93


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