Harden Light Horse Memorial

Harden Light Horse Memorial, close-up of plaque

The memorial is a bushrock, with a marble dedication plaque attached. The plaque has an oval shape and features a bronze likeness of Captain MacKay, "commander of the1st Regiment of Australian Volunteer horse" (Cootamundra Herald, 4 September 1897).


In 1897 Captain Mackay of Wallendbeen raised a troop of experienced country horsemen as volunteers. The very first enrolment took place near this location on August 28th 1897. 60 men formed the local half squadron of what was to be called the First Australian Horse. Centenary of the muster was celebrated here on August 30th 1997.

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Newson Park
Cnr Albury and Station Streets
Harden NSW 2587
Local Government Area
  • Hilltops Council
  • Garden/park
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Stone/bushrock
Recorded by
Martin Butterfield. Peter Levarre-Waters.
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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  • South African War (Boer War), 1899–1902
  • Bronze
  • Marble
  • Other stone