This week Tabulam has been abuzz with remembering the Australian Lighthorse Brigade and the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba. General Sir Harry Chauvel who led the charge at Beersheba was born in Tabulam and a 3 day memorial ride had been organised in his honour as well as honouring all the men and horses who fought at Beersheba.
It was a very proud afternoon on Tuesday listening to stories and bush poetry of the Battle and the significance of Tabulam in the Lighthorse history.
After the speeches, 20 riders reinacted the famous charge and it was intimidating watching them ride straight for the crowd. I can only imagine how the Turks felt when they heard and saw 800 horsemen charging their trenches.
The next morning the riders started their 3 day ride but were unable to ride across the river as originally planned as the recent rain had made the river too dangerous for the horses to cross. Instead they rode across the Tabulam Bridge and are now making their way to Copmanhurst where there will be a memorial service on Saturday morning.
There are lots of photos and news articles if you wanted to research some more. The Beersheba Memorial Ride 2017, Richmond River Express Examiner and ABC North Coast on Facebook Or you could check out the various news websites too. There were lots of media filming the events.
I felt really proud to be in Tabulam this week and to experience such a wonderful event.
The jacarandas are out in flower and giving the town a lovely pop of colour. The Grafton Jacaranda festival is on now and we are planning on driving down there this weekend for the festivities. We are hoping it will be a fun day out with lots of colour and events.