May 2, 2015

History comes to life as War Horse takes centre stage

The inner west will today enjoy a rare moment in history as the Addison Road Community Centre commemorates the important, yet often forgotten, role of horses in World War One.

I am pleased to have supported the Addison Road Community Centre through the Anzac Centenary Local Grant Program, coordinated by my office.

I congratulate the Centre on the grant of $30, 000, which is testimony to their tremendous work in organising War Horse.

While the Addison Road Community Centre is best known for its Sunday markets, local events, and array of organisations such as the Bower and Reverse Garbage, today its history has come to life.

Formerly an Army Barracks, many soldiers and horses spent time here as they passed through Sydney on their way to war.

Over 130,000 horses left Australia for World War One, and only one horse made it home.

The inner west has a rich and compelling history, which we remember today.