There has been plenty of action on the Benalla Silo Art Trail in country Victoria! Artist Cam Scale had previously painted the wonderful mural of a modern-day Australian combat medic and a World War One military nurse standing amongst red poppies of the Flanders fields at the Devenish Silo Art (completed in April 2018) but has now also added an Australian Light Horseman and his steed. They look great!
The Devenish Silo Art is a a tribute to the 50 or so local men and women who enlisted into military service during World War One. It represents the sacrifice people make for others whilst in military service – Over 3,000 Australian women volunteered as military nurses in that conflict and the silo art acknowledges both the historical role of nurses and modern-day military medics, whilst highlighting the role women play in military service.
The Australian Light Horse were tough horsemen who served as mounted infantry brigades during World War One particularly in the Middle East from 1915 to 1918 during the Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine campaigns against the Ottoman Empire. At the start of the war the 5th and 7th Light Horse Brigades were based in Victoria and included the 17th (Campaspe) Light Horse Regiment which was based in the region near Devenish.
The Australian 4th and 12th Light Horse Brigades found great fame during the Battle of Beersheba on October 31st, 1917 with their great final mounted charge which smashed through Turkish defences to seize the strategically important town of Beersheba. British Empire forces could then advance into Palestine.
The official opening ceremony and parade for the new addition was on Sunday April 14th, 2019 but I was actually there the day before. Cam and his assistant were planning the final touches that morning – really nice fellas!