Sandy the Warhorse’s Plaque Installed at Maribyrnong Community Centre
24 Apr 2012 - Sandy finally has a proud patch where everyone can visit him.
On Wednesday April 4th at the Maribyrnong Community Centre, one very important feature was finally added to the grounds by the team of the WCIG National Green Jobs Corps (NGJC) program. Our NGJC supervisors, Carlos and Andrew, helped by three of our participants, set a commemorative plaque into a carefully prepared stone on a grassy picnic area, under the shade of a tree. The plaque pays tribute to the remarkable tale of Sandy the warhorse.
Sandy wasn’t just any ordinary horse. Sandy was one of 169,000 horses sent over to serve in World War I (1914-1918), and of that number he was the only horse returned to Australia after the War. Thankfully, Sandy lived a calm and easygoing life after that upon the pastures of the Maribyrnong Remount Depot, but he was put to sleep after 6 years due to ill health.
Sandy was laid to rest somewhere close to the Maribyrnong Community Centre – which is built upon part of the Remount Depot, so it seems fitting to have this honourable plaque placed on the lush meadows that this brave warhorse once called home. WCIG and the NGJC crew are proud to have this piece of history embedded within the fresh beauty of the Community Centre grounds for everyone to see. Everyone is welcome to come and visit Sandy's memorial. The Maribyrnong Community Centre is located at 9 Randall Street, Maribyrnong.