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Light Horse Sculpture Parade

Light Horse Parade

The Australian Light Horse Sculpture Parade is dedicated to the heroic troops who served in the Australian Light Horse and their horses that could never return.

The sculpture has a central mast and four sets of radiating markers representing the Australian Light Horse on parade. The soaring 55m high mast with its reflective crown, located at the centre of the Light Horse Interchange, provides a focus to the sculpture.

The lit mast and crown symbolise a torch in the dark. Red, the colour of the Flanders poppy and poppies that bloomed throughout Palestine, is symbolic of the blood of supreme sacrifice and is the colour chosen for the sculptural group.

The abstract plumage attached to each marker represents the emu plumes attached to the Light Horsemen's slouch hats. The white band is a reference to the departing soldiers' innocence of war.

Australian quarantine regulations prevented the return of any horse that had survived the battles. The old and sick horses were shot, while the remainder was handed over to British units. As a reminder of every Light Horseman's loss in leaving his horse behind, there is no physical representation of the horse in the sculpture.

The support of the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch) and its former President Rusty Priest AM, and the assistance of Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hall DSM and Colonel John Haynes OAM, President of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association of NSW, are acknowledged.

 

Sir Roden Cutler Interchange

This interchange is located at the junction of the M5, M7 and Remembrance Drive. Sir Roden Cutler, a former Governor of NSW, was the only Australian artilleryman awarded the Victoria Cross for his exceptional courage in Merdjayoun in June 1941. The landmark structure of the interchange is the twenty five metre high pyramid-shaped landform. At night the red tip of the pyramid is lit with a blue LED light to mark the southern end of the M7 in the flat landscape. The forty-five timber poles standing at the edge of the interchange evoke the memory of the depleted Cumberland Plain Woodland, the endemic vegetation of the area. For more information please go to: http://www.remembrancedriveway.org.au/default.asp .