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Mordialloc Historical Walking Trail : Stop 01

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Jack Besanko exercising Horses at Mordialloc Beach. Image courtesy Besanko Family

Horse Paddock Car Park
Beach Road, Mordialloc. At the end of Bay Street

The memories of racehorses exercising along the sand and splashing through the waves at Mordilloc Beach inspired the stunning cast bronze sculpture of a 16-hand horse.

Kingston City Council commissioned Melbourne artist Julie Squires to create the piece in 2007. The artwork, simply called Horse, celebrates the importance of horses in shaping Kingston’s development and character.

Since European settlement, horses were used in farming and transport in the area now known as Kingston.

From the time of the earlier settlers horse racing has been an important industry in the area. Mentone, Mordialloc and Aspendale were ideal for training and racing horses. The sandy soil, the beach and the flat countryside were the perfect conditions for the industry to flourish.

Three racing clubs were established by the late 1880s and the new train line boosted the numbers attending meetings. The industry provided work for thousands of locals, including farriers, strappers, groundsmen and vets.

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Jack Besanko exercising Horses at Mordialloc Beach. Image courtesy Besanko Family

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Traditional horse-drawn plough in Moorabbin market garden. Image courtesy Alan Marriott, Kingston Collection

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Sand's Stables at Mordialloc. Female strappers Christine Galloway (left) with Franey, a five year old, and Carol Gluyas with International, also a five year old, 1966. Image courtesy Leader Collection, City of Kingston

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Horses exercising in the water at Mordialloc Beach, 1971. Image courtesy Leader Collection, City of Kingston

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David Murray returns after 37 years with Victorian Railways, the last 10 years as Assistant Station Master at Mordialloc, 1976. Image courtesy Leader Collection, City of Kingston

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Horses on Epsom Training Track, c1989. Image courtesy Kingston Collection

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Horses on Epsom Training Track at Mordialloc, c1989. Image courtesy Kingston Collection

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Julie Squires, sculpturess working on head of horse to be casted in bronze and installed in Horse Paddock, Mordialloc. Image courtesy Graham Whitehead, Kingston Collection