Final funding for Bronze Bill the Bastard

Hats, straps and canteen (top left) Partially completed saddle (top right) Bill (bottom left) Cast portion of soldier (bottom right).
Hats, straps and canteen (top left) Partially completed saddle (top right) Bill (bottom left) Cast portion of soldier (bottom right).
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The funding target for Bronze Bill the Bastard has been reached, with two donations pushing it over the line.

Jericho Cup donated $25,000 and sculptor Carl Valerius donated $12,000 to reach the target.

Funding for the project has come from a number of sources, with thanks being paid to Hilltops community members, Hilltops Council, the Hon Steph Cooke MP and the State Government, local philanthropists and community organisations as well as Jericho Cup and Carl Valerius.

After an error in a book about Bill the Bastard by Roland Perry stated a life size sculpture, rather than life like sculpture, could be found in Harden Murrumburrah resulting in a lot of visitors, local sculptor Carl Valerius proceeded to sculpt a life-sized version of Bill the Bastard. Fundraising is now complete to bronze the life-sized sculpture.

Crawford’s Casting has been engaged to complete the bronzing. It will take 4 months to complete Bill and a month for each soldier.

The unveiling date is yet to be determined, likely to be announced in early 2020.

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