Memorial artist picked
GUILDFORD’S Stirling Square is one step closer to becoming the home of a memorial sculpture depicting the 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment.
The Guildford Light Horse Statue Committee held a special event on Saturday to announce the selected sculpture artist, Charles Robb, along with an official maquette unveiling.
Committee chairman Cr Charlie Zannino said the City of Swan contributed $100,000 to the project.
It has also co-ordinated the entire tendering process for the procurement of the artist.
The committee comprises City of Swan representatives, community representatives from the Guildford Association and Swan Guildford Historical Society and military historians.
The committee needs to raise another $250,000 through donations to meet the costs of the project.
Mayor David Lucas said Guildford had a rich Anzac heritage and was a fitting location for the memorial.
“The 10th Light Horse Regiment was formed and trained in Guildford prior to shipping to the Middle East,” he said.
“The Guildford Association has campaigned for this commemorative project for a number of years and the City is proud to support their community-led efforts.
“This memorial recognises and commemorates the area’s wonderful local history, with recognition of the local significance of the Brigade and the commitment and sacrifice of those who served for Australia.”
Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said the historic project was a real tourist attraction for Guildford and would complement the prospective heritage listing of Guildford.
Swan Guildford Historical Society curator Paul Bridges, City of Swan Cr Charlie Zannino, Barbara Dundas from the Guildford Association, Midland MLA Michelle Roberts, Celia Miller from the Swan Guildford Historical Society and adviser Laurens West with a model of the sculpture.