• Statue “magnificent” for town, visitors

    ‘MARVELLOUS’ MACTIER: Private Robert Mactier VC has been immortalised in bronze form at Tatura after the local RSL sub-branch committee worked hard and fundraised to make the project a reality. Also pictured are Pvt Mactier’s family (from left, nephews Robert Mactier and Jim Mactier and Margaret O’Callaghan (nee Mactier – niece), as well as former Deputy Premier Peter Ryan.

    DESCENDANTS of a celebrated Victoria Cross (VC) recipient are still rejoicing the creation of a bronze statue of their ancestor in Tatura.

    The statue of Private Robert Mactier VC, who was born in Tatura, was unveiled at the redeveloped memorial gardens at his birthplace late last year.

    Jim and Margaret Mactier of Boho South and other family members attended the ceremony, which was thanks to a culmination of four years of dedicated hard work and fundraising by the Tatura RSL sub-branch committee.

    Pvt Mactier, once a farmer and resident of the Caniambo district, was enlisted into the 23rd Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces in 1917.

    He took part in a number of battles before the attack on the village of Mont St Quentin on September 1, 1918 where he faithfully honored his battalion’s motto of ‘forward undeterred’.

    Moving into position for the assault on Mont St Quentin, the 23rd Battalion was stopped by enemy machine-gun fire, according to the Australian War Memorial.

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