11th Light Horse Troop bring history to life at family fun day at Cobb+Co Museum

26 August 2015

The era of the Light Horse will be brought to life as members of the 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop perform live demonstrations at Cobb+Co Museum this Saturday 5 September, 10am-2pm.

Cobb+Co Museum’s Learning Programs Manager, Janelle Insley,said Meet the Troops is an exciting way for people to get a real sense of the skill and discipline of Light Horse soldiers featured in the Museum’s Horse in War exhibition.

“The day will be packed full of entertainment with members of 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop performing drills, talks and weapons demonstrations, the opportunity to get up close with the horses themselves, tours of the Horse in War Exhibition,an encampment from the Emu Gully Field Volunteers and more,” Janelle said.

The 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop is made up of members of the community, from lawyers to ex-farmers, all with a love of horses and a passion to keep the spirit of the Light Horse alive.

President of the 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop, Kym Flehr, believes the Anzac spirit is an essential part of the Australian character.

“With this year being the Anzac centenary there has been ahuge revival in interest,” said Kym.

“Events such as Meet the Troops are a fun and engaging way to honour the original Light Horse Regiments.”

Like many members of the 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop, Kym’s involvement with the Troop is largely sparked by both personal and family military connections.

“My great uncle was a Light Horseman in the First World War and both my grandfather and father served in the First and Second World Wars respectively,” Kym explained.

“I was heavily involved in school cadets and back in the 60s I was ‘nashoed’ but did not actually leave for war, accepting a position in Sydney instead.

“All of us in the Troop have the Anzac spirit in our gut and love to demonstrate it.”

Meet the Troops is on Saturday 5 September, 10am-2pm at Cobb+Co Museum. All outside activities are free, and admission to Cobb+Co Museum is free for Toowoomba Regional Council residents. Find out more at www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au.

Presented in conjunction with the Horse in War exhibition, now on display at Cobb+Co Museum until 6 December 2015.

Find out more at www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or by calling 07 4659 4900.

Cobb+Co Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, located in Lindsay Street, Toowoomba. The Museum is open daily 10am – 4pm, except Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day. Thanks to Toowoomba Regional Council; entry is free to all council residents on presentation of proof of address.

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