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Location Bicentennial Park, Kable Avenue, Tamworth, Tamworth Municipality - New South Wales, Australia
Type Monument
Description

Constructed at a cost of $150,000, funded by grants from Federal and State Governments, Tamworth Regional Council, Joblink Plus and donations from business houses, property owners, RSL Members and the community and was designed and created by Sculptor Tanya Bartlett from Newcastle.

The sculptor has depicted an Australian Trooper saying
farewell to his Waler Horse in the deserts of the Middle East
at the end of World War One.
The horses were either killed in action, sold to other armies
or shot in the desert by a Trooper`s mate,
rather than leave their old companion behind
to become beasts of burden.
The Trooper`s uniform and the military saddlery on
the horse has been based on original WW1 equipment.
The actual equipment used belonged to the late Bob Gunning.
A march lasting several days would see both horse and trooper
carry equipment, rations and ammunition
weighing approx 130 kgs.

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Built Sculptor Tanya Bartlett from Newcastle
Opened 29 October 2005 by Major General W.B. Digger James AC MBE MC
Inscription

The Memorial to the Australian Light Horse.
The Tamworth Waler Memorial
unveiled by
Major General W.B. Digger James AC MBE MC
on October 29, 2005.

Constructed at a cost of $150,000, funded by grants from Federal and State Governments, Tamworth Regional Council, Joblink Plus and donations from business houses, property owners, RSL Members and the community and was designed and created by Sculptor Tanya Bartlett from Newcastle.
Memorial Committee: Chairman and originator David Evans, Ted Carter FCA, Norman Caslick, Toots Gilder, Bruce Hyman, Robert Hyman, Ken Lyttle OAM, Bruce Treloar AM, Don Willis PSM, Gordon Gaffney OAM (dec), Bob Gunning (dec).
This Memorial is given to the Tamworth Regional Council
for safe keeping and to the people of the district
in memory of our Australian Troopers and their great horses.

Left Side Inscription
The horses were known as Walers.
Only one came back.
In memory of the Waler. Between 1861 and 1931 approximately
500,000 horses were exported from Australia to the Indian Army, the
Boer War and Egypt with the Australian Light Horse as remounts.
Of all these horses only one returned, a gelding Sandy belonging
to Major General Sir William Bridges.
They were mainly bred from Blood, draught and pony breeds.
These were the forebears of the Australian Stock Horses and were
purchased from properties throughout Australia and in
the early stages were mostly purchased from N.S.W. which gave
them their name of Walers, coined by the English.

The most famous of all feats of the Waler Horse at war was the Light
Horse charge on Beersheba in 1917. The horses were without
water for 48 hours in the hot Sinai Desert and then undertook a
4 km cavalry charge across the burning plains under Turkish
gunfire to take Beersheba and its wells.

Back Inscription
The Tamworth Waler Memorial Committee
thanks the many organisations and individuals who generously
donated to the appeal to make this lasting Memorial possible.
The committee acknowledges the contribution
made by many RSL Sub-Branches and
the 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers.

The Tamworth Waler Memorial Committee acknowledges
the generous contribution made by the Board and Staff
of Joblink Plus in helping to fund the construction of this Memorial.

Right Side Inscription
About this Memorial.
The sculptor has depicted an Australian Trooper saying
farewell to his Waler Horse in the deserts of the Middle East
at the end of World War One.
The horses were either killed in action, sold to other armies
or shot in the desert by a Trooper`s mate,
rather than leave their old companion behind
to become beasts of burden.
The Trooper`s uniform and the military saddlery on
the horse has been based on original WW1 equipment.
The actual equipment used belonged to the late Bob Gunning.
A march lasting several days would see both horse and trooper
carry equipment, rations and ammunition
weighing approx 130 kgs.
Lest we forget.

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Good

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