Mainey family donates WWI figurine

The Gallipoli Room at the Gold Coast Campus is the home of a collection of cold cast bronze figurines that depict iconic scenes from World War I. The figurines serve as a reminder to our rich Australian history and remind those passing through about the great sacrifice made by the ANZACs during the Battle of Gallipoli.

Year 11 student Alex Mainey and his family recently donated a figurine to the growing collection, named ‘The Charge at Beersheba’. The figure depicts a horse in full gallop mounted by a World War 1 Australian Light Horse soldier charging into battle at Beersheba on 31 October 1917.

The statue pays tribute to the cavalry who stormed across an open dessert to capture the Turkish stronghold that marked the end of the Gaza defensive line. The battle has been dubbed as Australia’s first big achievement on the world stage, and is known as an Australian victory.

The AITC prides itself on upholding the values of the ANZACs, with a particular focus on mateship within the College. Every young person who enters the College will first attend the Values Induction Camp at Emu Gully. The Emu Gully program was created with a foundation of Australian national heritage and a strong emphasis on Australian values that were embodied by the ANZACs.

The Australian Industry Trade College would like to thank the Mainey family for their generosity in donating the statue.