Community leaders have gathered to remember the bravery and dedication of Victoria Cross (VC) winner, John Hamilton, with the unveiling of a statue outside Orange’s former Town Hall.
Orange mayor John Davis OAM is delighted the statue could be put in place in time for this year’s Anzac Day commemorations.
“The campaign to recognize the connections Hamilton had with Orange gained momentum during recent preparations for the World War I centenary commemorations. It’s obvious we should recognize that Orange had a second soldier who was awarded the VC,” Cr John Davis said. “The bravery of Sir Neville Howse has been acknowledged for many years, but when it was discovered that John Hamilton was born in Orange, there was strong community support for another memorial to be built.”
The life-size bronze statue was cast in Victoria by Everlon Bronze and funded by :  Orange City Council $25,000  NSW Government $25,000  Orange Ex-Services Club $25,000
“I congratulate all those who had a hand in garnering support for this project, and I’m delighted that when ex-servicemen and women gather here in front of the Town Hall to march on Anzac Day each year, the statue of John Hamilton and the stories of his courage will be here to inspire them, and see them off on their way,” Cr John Davis said.
“This site outside the old Town Hall was historically a place for Orange residents to gather, and it’s an ideal location for a statue with a story like this.”
Representing the NSW Government at the unveiling Hon Katrina Hodgkinson said : “It is a great honour to be here today representing the NSW Government and to be part of a ceremony that honours the actions and story of one man from this city whose courage and daring exemplifies the spirit of the ANZACs.”