A bronze, life-size statue of Lt. Col. Kenneth Mackay will be unveiled at the Lt. Horse Memorial in Murrumburrah on the 31st of August.
The project is supported by the Harden Murrumburrah Historical Society, the Murrumburrah Heritage Lt. Horse Troop, Mackay Family Association and the NSW Government through a Stronger Country Community grant.
James Alexander Kenneth Mackay was born in Wallendbeen in 1859. He was a statesman, bushman, poet, author, jockey, parliamentarian, military officer and a visionary. In 1895, he entered the NSW State Legislative Assembly as the member for Boorowa, which included the twin towns of Harden Murrumburrah. In 1897, due to his political influence, he was able to raise the first Australian Volunteer Horse Regiment in Australia. The initial troop was known as the ‘1st Australian Horse’ and was raised in his electorate of Boorowa.
In 1899 and 1900, two contingents of the 1st Australian Horse were sent to the Boer War. Mackay’s motto for the Australian Horse ‘For Hearths and Homes’ was used until 1904 when the Australian Horse became part of the Australian Lt. Horse. Mackay’s motto typified his belief it was important for Australians to protect themselves using their own resources.
In 1912, Mackay was given command of the 1st Lt. Horse Brigade, overseeing its re-organisation into the 3rd Lt. Horse Brigade.
Mackay’s military service continued during WW1, raising the Australian Army Reserve Force and then being appointed Director-General in 1916. In 1920, he retired from military service with the rank of Major General.
The unveiling ceremony will take place at 11am.
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