Sandy the Warhorse Memorial


For around 30 years the Friends of Sandy and the Light Horse (FOSALH inc) have been trying to get a suitable memorial built to remember Sandy and all the light horse who served at war.

It was the dying wish of Major General William Bridges, killed at Gallipoli in 1915, that his gentle horse Sandy be returned to Australia at war’s end. Sandy was the only horse from 136,000 who made it back to Australia after WW1. His tour of duty included the coast of Gallipoli, Egypt and France.

Sandy made the long journey to Australia days after the end of the war. He was turned out to graze at Remount Hill in Maribyrnong, Melbourne where the war horses had been housed and trained before being shipped overseas to war.

The statue was designed and fabricated by BiGfiSh from laser cut corten steel, and a special surface treatment applied to give Sandy his unique patina.

The memorial was unveiled by defence minister Marise Payne, Mayor Catherine Cumming, members of the Australian Defence Force and the Friends of Sandy, who dedicated it to the Australian Light Horse Brigades.

 

Location:
Maribyrnong Community Centre, Victoria.
Scope:
Design, Fabrication, Installation.
Status:
Completed October 2017
Collaborators:
Friends of Sandy, Dept. of Defence, City of Maribyrnong.