Bill  is Across the Finish Line .. Funding is Complete!


The legislative unveiling of Bill the Bastard by the Hon. Steph Cooke MP will take place on Friday 8th July 2022 at 1pm. This event will officially complete the acquittal process for the grants obtained to fund the statue. All are welcome to attend.

The formal unveiling and commemoration of Bill the Bastard, currently planned to become an annual commemorative event, will be held on a date yet to be announced. We look forward to this event that will involve the Light Horse Re-enactment Troop, relatives of Major Shanahan and all those folk Australia wide who have followed this project with great interest.

Australia’s greatest warhorse recreated by passionate Sculptor Carl Valerius

A life-size model sculpture of the Australia’s Greatest Warhorse, Bill the Bastard, resides in Murrumburrah, NSW, the home of the 1st Australian Horse. A dedicated team is committed to having the model bronzed. Once the bronzing is complete, the statue of Bill and his five riders will be unveiled in Murrumburrah to stand as a permanent memorial to the Australian Light Horse, the Waler and his mate.

The BBTB Board are indebted to the numerous Hilltops community members who gave thousands of hours in materials, skills and assistance. We are also very grateful to Local and State Governments, especially Hon Steph Cooke MP, and philanthropists including The Jericho Cup and the sculptor Carl Valerius who donated the last $37,000 in order for the funding to be completed, pushing Bill across the line.

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$790,000 has been raised through the generosity of many, including individuals from across Aust, philanthropists, state and local governments.
Bronze and place the sculpture of Bill the Bastard within the Light Horse Precinct Memorial, Murrumburrah NSW.
Engaging all Australians in the significance of the Australian Light Horse through the remarkable story of Bill the Bastard.
Unveiling Ceremony and Memorial Site Landscaping.
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Mr Bill Gibbins and the Victorian Warnambool Racing Club will hold an annual Jericho Cup meet, commencing in 2018, from the 100th anniversary of the original race, in honour of Bill the Bastard, the Australian Light Horsemen and their magnificent mounts, the walers 1914 to 1918.
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