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The statue was erected in memory of 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).

The original sculpture has been relocated to the Rockhampton Jockey Club Memorial Gardens.


Address:Flinders Street (Burnett Highway), Lions Park, Monto , 4630
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.864783
Long: 151.114544
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
Artist:Gillie & Marc Inc


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 31st July, 2016
Front Inscription

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

Left Side Inscription

       Ken Russell
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Right Side Inscription

The 'Monto Marvel, King of the Coast'  
         Ken Russell Statue 
           was officially unveiled on
               31 July 2016
This project was proudly funded by the Australian Government under the
     Stronger Communities Programme;
the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland (Regional Arts Development Fund) and the North Burnett Regional Council.
This project has been made possible through the significant contribution by artists Gillie & Marc Inc who kindly donated their time and artistic skill to the creation of the new sculpture.
The original 'Monto Marvel' sculpture has been relocated to
the Rockhampton Jockey Club Memorial Gardens.
We acknowledge the support of this project by family of the late Ken Russell, Monto Lions Club, Monto Rotary Club and the Monto community.

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