Bunbury Historical Society to hold presentation about The Great Ride

History of Bunbury: Ned and Alice Moriarty. The Bunbury Historical Society will host a presentation on The Great Ride on Sunday, October 21. Photo: Supplied.
History of Bunbury: Ned and Alice Moriarty. The Bunbury Historical Society will host a presentation on The Great Ride on Sunday, October 21. Photo: Supplied.

The Bunbury Historical Society and King Cottage Museum will soon provide community members with a unique insight into a compelling piece of history.  

The King Cottage Museum, on Forrest Avenue, will hold a presentation – The Great Ride – 1918 Palestine: 10th Light Horse Regiment – on Sunday, October 21 from 2pm. 

Featuring songs, dialogue, poems, and projected images, the one-hour presentation will see singer-songwriter Carmel Charlton tell stories about The Great Ride. 

The Bunbury 10th Light Horse Regiment will provide a rider and a horse for Sunday’s event. 

The show is based around a letter from World War I serviceman Ned Moriarty to his sister Alice in Bunbury.

Ms Charlton, part of the family of Mr Moriarty, holds the tale close to her heart. 

“We came across this letter and it was amazing,” she said. 

“It puts a personal story into this overall bigger tale, so when we saw it I thought it would make for a great show.

“They were pretty game, the old Australians.” 

The 10th Light Horse Regiment at the Sea of Galilee. Photo: Supplied.

The 10th Light Horse Regiment at the Sea of Galilee. Photo: Supplied.

The Great Ride refers to the 10th Light Horse Regiment’s operation to lead the Australian Mounted Division into Damascus before accepting the surrender of the city. 

They covered more than 800 kilometres, across Syria and Palestine, before making their way to Damascus, arriving three hours prior to Lawrence of Arabia. 

The operation made for the greatest column of mounted men since the reign of Alexander the Great. 

Ms Charlton recently presented a photo, depicting the 10th Light Horse Regiment at the Sea of Galilee, at the Royal WA Historical Society in Perth. 

Visit bunburyhistoricalsociety.org.au for more details about the event and the group. 

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