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Fred Williams Book Launch was a Success !

The book launch of Fred Williams’ new book, “EQUINE EPITAPH – UNDER THE RAINBOW  –  Fraser Island’s Last Brumby ” a resounding success.  We would like to extend a warm thank you to all who attended, and contributed to making the launch a success.

We are excited to share with you, some of the photos from the day.

Book Launch Date is Approaching Fast !

Book Launch Date is Approaching Fast !

FREDS’ BOOK LAUNCH IS FAST APPROACHING. HAVE YOU MARKED THE DATE IN YOUR CALENDAR?

Thursday the 17th of May is the official book launch of Equine Epitaph – Under the Rainbow – Fraser Island’s Last Brumby.

We hope to see you there. Don’t forget that you have the opportunity to meet Ellie, an escapee horse from Fraser Island.

Mark this special occasion by having your picture taken with this incredible horse.

For more details and to enter our competition click here.

Preparations for the event are in full swing. Share with your family and friends. We hope to see you there.

Contact us with any questions.

 

NOTE: The book launch has now finished. The day was a complete success. Thank you to all who attended.

What happened to the horses when war ended?

What happened to the horses when war ended?

During the first war, Walers horses were used by light horsemen because they were sturdy, hardy horses, able to travel long distances in hot weather with little water.

The horses were called Walers because, even though they came from all parts of Australia, they were originally sold through New South Wales.

Horses of war
A typical Australian bred transport horse in the service of the Anzac Mounted Division.

In 1918, the end of the war was declared, leaving millions of soldiers looking forward to finally returning home. Their Waler horses, on the other-hand, faced a far less certain future.

At the end of the War Australians had thousands of surplus horses which could not be returned home for quarantine reasons. Disease posed a threat to Australia’s livestock industry, plus the cost to return them, outweighed what the horses were worth.

Of these, 11,000 were sold, the majority as remounts for the British Army in India. The fate of the rest of the Army’s horses depended on their age and fitness. The unfit and older horses would be destroyed.

In February 1919 veterinary officers began examining the horses. Sadly, mounts that were over 15 years old (draught horses), unsound horses, a riding horse over 12 years old, and those requiring more than 2 months’ treatment were marked for destruction.

Casting of Horses and Mules (PDF document)

Horse hair was valuable, so the ones destined for destruction had their manes and tails shorn, and their shoes removed. They were then led to a selected spot near their camps, and shot with pistols. Lastly, they were gutted and their skins salted, as these were valuable too.

Veterinary officers examines horses of the 15th Light Horse Regiment, AIF.
The fate of the horses depending on the findings of the Veterinary officers.
‘ELLIE’ AN ESCAPEE HORSE FROM FRASER ISLAND – MEET HER AND HAVE A SELFIE TAKEN

‘ELLIE’ AN ESCAPEE HORSE FROM FRASER ISLAND – MEET HER AND HAVE A SELFIE TAKEN

OUR BOOK LAUNCH IS APPROACHING FAST ! BE A PART OF HISTORY AND MEET ELLIE – AN ESCAPEE FROM FRASER ISLAND ! HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL HORSE  !

DATE: THURSDAY 17TH MAY, 2018.

TIME: 10AM

WHERE: HERVEY BAY HISTORICAL VILLAGE & MUSEUM.

ADDRESS:  ZEPHYR ST,  SCARNESS

CELEBRATE THE OCCASION OF FRED WILLIAMS LAUNCHING HIS LATEST BOOK.

EQUINE EPITAPH – UNDER THE RAINBOW – FRASER ISLAND’S LAST BRUMBY.

THE ONLY TRUTHFUL ACCOUNT EVER WRITTEN – ABOUT FRASER ISLAND’S HORSES.

A CHANCE TO WIN 3X LUCKY DOOR PRIZES

TO ENTER OUR COMPETITION FOR A CHANCE TO WIN TWO BOOKS BY FRED WILLIAMS, CLICK HERE

 

Help Spread The Word – Book Launch Competition

HELP SPREAD THE WORD !

Thursday the 17th of May is the official book launch of Equine Epitaph – Under the Rainbow – Fraser Island’s Last Brumby, by Fred Williams.

Join us ! Enter our competition !

YOU’RE INVITED! SHARE A MOMENT!

MEET ‘ELLIE’ AN ESCAPEE HORSE FROM FRASER ISLAND. GET YOUR SELFIE WITH THE LAST HORSE PERMITTED TO LEAVE UNDER MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF QPWS.

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PHOTOS BY SONIA HUTCHINSON AND HER CARERS

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BOOK LAUNCH DETAILS

DATE: THURSDAY 17TH MAY, 2018. 

TIME: 10AM

WHERE: HERVEY BAY HISTORICAL VILLAGE & MUSEUM.

ADDRESS:  ZEPHYR ST,  SCARNESS                        

CELEBRATE THE OCCASION OF FRED WILLIAMS LAUNCHING HIS LATEST BOOK.

EQUINE EPITAPH – UNDER THE RAINBOW – FRASER ISLAND’S LAST BRUMBY.

THE ONLY TRUTHFUL ACCOUNT EVER WRITTEN – ABOUT FRASER ISLAND’S HORSES.

A CHANCE TO WIN 3X LUCKY DOOR PRIZES

1x. Win Equine Epitaph – Under the Rainbow – Fraser Island’s last brumby.

2x. Princess K’Gari’s Fraser Island. Fraser Island’s Definite History

Winner of ‘Spread the word’ Photographic competition from kgari.org. 

Morning tea Available!                      Be part of our history – disappearing before our eyes!

COMPETITION DETAILS

To enter our competition and be in with a chance to win our Two Book prize, you must fill in the form below. 

  1. FILL IN AND SUBMIT THE FORM BELOW
  2. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE BOOK LAUNCH ON THE 17TH MAY, 2018. WINNER MUST BE PRESENT TO CLAIM THE PRIZE, OTHERWISE IT WILL BE RE-DRAWN UNTIL WE FIND A WINNER IN ATTENDANCE ON THE DAY. 

EXCLUSIVE FOR OUR WEBSITE VISITORS !

NO FERAL HORSES WERE EVER ON FRASER ISLAND!

NO FERAL HORSES WERE EVER ON FRASER ISLAND!

QUEENSLAND PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT HAVE GOT IT WRONG OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING QPWS GOT IT WRONG:

“FERAL HORSES (BRUMBIES) ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICENT SPECIES ON THE NATIONAL PARK…SEMI TAME BRUMBIES CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS…”

SUBMISSION TO COMMITTEE – FRASER ISLAND MANAGEMENT PLAN 1978.

DEFINITION OF FERAL:

‘FERAL ANIMALS THAT LIVE IN A WILD ENVIRONMENT AND HAVE NO CONTACT WITH HUMANS’.

(Possibly like some outback horses in Central Australia or Mustangs in U.S.)

Fraser Island horses were fully adapted and lived in a balanced ecosystem with regular or daily contact with visitors. (See Home Page you tube video on Fraser Island). Therefore they were not feral as claimed.

The feral horse status (tag or label) does not apply to horses on Fraser Island when a mob lived free over a period of time, because their ancestors came in 1879 and then when Forestry in 1925 employed ‘Billy the Bushman’ to break-in horses at Central Station they were yarded and domesticated. The Australian Army used the horses from 1943- 1944. Also further human contact came when they were mustered in 1930’s. Horses regularly over the years were driven along the beach by humans. Happy Valley residents placed a fence around the town to protect it from horses. Regular human contact is proven

DEFINITION OF WILD:

The horses on Fraser Island perhaps were not wild either because they were never found in the natural environment, nor were they undomesticated.

THEREFORE, THEY MUST BE DESCRIBED AS A FRASER ISLAND HORSE.

FRED WILLIAMS 25/03/2018.