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15-April-2016 (Robert Ney)
15-April-2016 (Robert Ney)

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The monument commemorates the centenary of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) landings at Gallipoli in Turkey in April 1915 during World War One.   

The Centenary also commemorates those who have served in the various conflicts after World War One in which Australia has been involved.

The monument has a statue depicting a mounted trooper of the Australian 5th Light Horse Regiment during the Battle of Beersheba in October 1917 during World War One.  The battle of took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. The final phase of this all day battle was the mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade which consisted of the 4th, 11th and 12th Light Horse Regiments. 

Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on 7 November and advance into Palestine.

On the monument , two black granite walls depict a World War One trench.  The Light Horsemen bronze statue represents a trooper jumping over that trench on his way to battle.   The statue was created by artist and sculptor, Mark Snell.  Perides Art Foundry transformed the works from clay to bronze.



Address:Main Street, Freedom Park, Pialba, 4655
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.280409
Long: 152.838791
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:25-April-1915
Actual Event End Date:25-April-2015
Artist:Mark Snell
Monument Manufacturer:Perides Art Foundry


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 11th October, 2014
Front Inscription

To those who served

World War I
World War II
East Timor
Peacekeeping Operations

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Left Side Inscription

ANZAC Centenary 1915 - 2015

Lest We Forget

Plaque :

Remembering the Australian War Horse

The men who went to fight in World War I, and who died so far away, are honoured and remembered each ANZAC Day.  However, let us not forget the help they had through those horrid times.  

Australia's finest `Walers` they were called.   Strong, sturdy and faithful war horses.  Thousands of them were sent.   They went without water or food, sometimes for many days, to carry our men into battle.  They transported the wounded to field hospitals, hauled supply wagons, water and field guns over hills, muddy fields and across desert plains. 

Many tales can be told of the faithful deeds and without them many ANZAC feats, now legends, would not exist.  Litres of tears fell when the war was over and the riders and handlers of these fine animals were told that because of quarantine laws, these wonderful horses, who had been through so much, were not going to be allowed back into Australia.

Hundreds were given to the British Indian Army to continue life as a military horse.   Others, whose riders and handlers could not bear the thought of the horses becoming farm animals and with thick thoughts and teary eyes, were laid to rest.

Let us never forget these Walers, whose monument stands above, nor the men they served with.

Right Side Inscription

This memorial was erected by the Hervey Bay RSL  Fraser Coast Regional Council, Hervey Bay Businesses and the Hervey Bay Community to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary and in dedication to those who served their country

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