Shirley's Trip to Queensland 2016 travel blog

The striking steel sculpture which recognises the Capella origins for the Light...

Another view of the Light Horse monument

Capella's main street

Woke up early because Alexander was being silly running up & down the caravan & obviously my bed was part of the track. Left Charters Towers about 8:15am which was good because the trip was a bit longer than usual – 425 km.

Capella is a very small town with a population of less than 1,000 but apparently it’s where the tradition for the Australian Light Horse to wear emu plumes in their hats started, so I went & found the monument in the main street.

The story is that during the Shearer's Strike in 1891 which started just north of Capella on Peak Downs station, a group of mounted troopers who were guarding some non-union shearers, shot an emu at a local waterhole & stuck the plumes in their hats. From then on it became tradition for troopers to wear the plumes.

I was interested to read that the Light Horse weren’t a Cavalry regiment, they were mounted Infantry which meant they rode their horses to the battle, then got off & fought on foot. Usually they were in groups of 4 & one man took care of the horses out of the line of fire, while the others did the fighting.

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