Iconic Anzac Painting May Have Waihi Connection

Posted by Gold FM on 26/04/2012

Waihi may have a connection to the iconic Horace Moore-Jones painting depicting medics in the Anzac campaign.

A push is underway in Hamilton to recognise Moore-Jones, who painted what has been touted as one of the most enduring and important paintings of the Gallipoli campaign.

The painting of a man with a donkey was long thought to be of an Australian soldier, but further research suggests that the painting may depict a Waihi man called Henderson transporting a wounded comrade by donkey.

Artist Campbell Smith is spearheading the push to rename a street and erect a tribute statue of the soldier and donkey.

Horace Moore-Jones, who went to Gallipoli, was a prolific artist, and the drive to recognise his contributions is gathering momentum. The city centre where the proposed statue will stand is on the site of the old Hamilton Hotel which is where Mr. Moore-Jones lived and died rescuing others when there was a fire at the Hotel in 1922.

It's been proposed that the square be renamed from Marlborough Place to Sapper Moore-Jones place.

The slideshow below shows the Waihi Anzac Day Parade yesterday.

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