Bill the Bastard

Bill the Bastard, Neil Street, Murrumburrah,, Harden

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Bill the Bastard, Life Sized Sculpture of Australia's Greatest Warhorse



Bill the Bastard, a legendary war horse, etched his name in the records of Australian military history during the tumultuous years of World War I. Born in 1916, he was a magnificent Australian Waler horse, standing out from the rest with his immense size, strength, and spirited personality.

301 Albury Street, Murrumburrah NSW
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Bill's story unfolded on the battlefields of the Middle East, where he became a beloved companion of the soldiers. His quirky traits quickly gained attention, earning him the nickname "the Bastard." Yet, despite his cantankerous reputation, Bill proved himself to be an extraordinary partner and a force to be reckoned with.

During the Battle of Romani in 1916, Bill was entrusted to Major Michael Shanahan of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment. In the face of fierce machine gun fire, Bill fearlessly charged forward, carrying Major Shanahan through the chaos. He became a symbol of unwavering bravery, inspiring his fellow soldiers with his undaunted spirit.


About the Sculptor

Carl Valerius, a man of endless projects and captivating stories, he embodies a rare combination of humble nature, a heart of gold and a cheeky sense of humour.

Carl loves to tell the story of Bill the Bastard and now is your chance to hear him speak. Click here for more information about Artist's Talks during Hilltops Off The Beaten Track, brought to you by Southern Tablelands Arts.

Amazing! The horse and the soldiers were so life-like. I was in complete awe of Carl’s work - such detail and authenticity. It was wonderful to listen to Carl tell the story of Bill’s incredible personality and his contribution in the war. Carl’s cheeky sense of humour really added to the overall experience! I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends and family.

Mary & Phil Skuthorp

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