A PUBLIC RECORD

Walers are a uniquely Australian mix of the horses brought to the Colony to provide transport and facilitate communication, settlement and farming in our harsh environment. Walers were bred to suit local conditions so successfully that they were also exported all over the world up until the mid-twentieth century.

Despite efforts to save the breed, the old blood lines and types are fast disappearing. This public record is intended to help ensure that we do not lose them, providing opportunity for public assistance.

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Foundation Walers

DOES ANYONE KNOW?

We know that 20 horses were captured on GoGo Station in 1993 but only have details of 16 in our database (including 2 subsequent foals). Do you have any more photos or information about them (or their offspring), or for the other 6 horses captured?

Aerial photograph of GoGo Station in Western Australia
Australian Waler Horse Database
Walers at farm in Victoria Australia

ALL FOR THE WALER

The Waler horse is something most will just read about in history books; or recognise from legendary feats such as the Charge at the Battle of Beersheba. They are however not a relic of history, and several groups have been working since the 1980s to secure their future, with remnant herds likely still existing in remote Australia.

Our database provides a place to record our foundation generation of Waler horses and their offspring, acknowledging their significant contribution to our history. To ensure our Walers are still here for future generations to know, we are collecting this information for owners, breeders and the generally interested.

Foal Indi with poppy sculpture
Northern Standard, 27th June, 1930. Spelled Lennie in this newspaper article, in his times his name was spelled Lenny and Lenney; unsure which is correct.

Patrick Lenny

Enoch Waler

Patrick (Paddy) Lenny. A great bush character. He bred a lot of good horses in the Barkly Tablelands of the Northern Territory and Queensland…

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How you can help

The Waler Database is a work in progress. Our team has spent years collecting information. Now we need your help to improve the records. Please send in any Waler details you can recall.

Advice, corrections, photographs and stories are all welcome.

Without your contribution we will not be able to provide a comprehensive public record, and without one, our old-fashioned Walers will likely be lost to us all.

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Craig Marstersons great great grandmother Mary Anne Busbridge, 1891

Irvinebank, Atherton Tablelands

Enoch Waler

This fabulous photo is Craig’ Marsterson’s great great grandmother, photo taken in Irvinebank, 1891.

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