On 30 September 2018 100 years to the day after Private Jack Ryan, VC, earned his award, the community in Tumut unveiled a statue in recognition of his bravery. The plinth of the statue lists all the World War 1 soldiers who served from the Tumut district, some of them Kangaroos too.
From our Re-enactment 3 years previously, Robert Cooke from Wagga Wagga kitted out in his World War 1 uniform came and paid tribute. Robyn Taylor also from Wagga Wagga came especially as she had made the exquisite quilt picture of Jack Ryan as her contribution to the Kangaroo March re-enactment. Our Committee purchased 6 Lone Pines from the Tumut Committee representatives of Karen and Lyn. Thus instigated their fund-raising campaign to have the Statue made and installed in Richmond Park, Tumut. From our Committee, Graham and Jan Brown were unable to attend owing to Jan being unwell, Julie Scandrett and Nick Illek both had prior engagements, but David and Angela Williamson were able to bring the quilt picture of Jack Ryan to the event in Tumut on that crisp sunny September day in 2018.
All-the-way Marcher Robert Cooke stands in his WW1 uniform at attention beside the Ryan quilt picture. A current member of the ADF provides a portion of the catafalque mount in front of the Statue about to be formally unveiled.
One face of the exquisitely wrought plinth showing a third of the young men who served from the Tumut District.
Robyn Taylor crafter of the much admired quilt picture of Jack Ryan with Angela holding her just launched book of the 2015 Kangaroo March.
After the unveiling, Robert Cooke (WW1 Corporal), Robyn Taylor, quilter, Lyn Devereux, Tumut Ryan Committee, and David, KMCR Logistics Director
After the unveiling, time to smile: Robyn Taylor, quilter from Wagga Wagga, Angela, 2015 KM Book author from Exeter, and William Eicholtz, Ryan Statue sculptor from Melbourne.
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