‘Bill the Bastard’ has more visitors

Sculptor Carl Valerius was thrilled to have visitors from the local Tourist Information Centres visit 'Bill the Bastard' in his studio. Picture: Keith Ward
Sculptor Carl Valerius was thrilled to have visitors from the local Tourist Information Centres visit 'Bill the Bastard' in his studio. Picture: Keith Ward

Even though sculptor Carl Valerius is hard at work every day, preparing moulds that will allow his tribute to the great war horse ‘Bill the Bastard’ to be bronzed, he always has time for a cuppa and a chat when visitors stop by his studio to admire ‘Bill’.

“It is amazing how many visitors we are getting at the studio!” Mr Valerius said. “We are averaging about eight a day, according to our Visitor’s Book”

“The last group we had was from the local Tourist Information Centres of Young, Boorowa and Rye Park.”Mr Valerius said. “It was organised by Mr David Newberry, from Hilltops Council, to educate the information officers about ‘Bill’ as a point of interest for visitors to the area.”

“But the visit that made me the most humble was from a couple from Gladstone, Donna and Lyall Rogers. Donna read about ‘Bill’ in Roland Perry’s book. She decided she wanted to see him for her birthday, so they flew to Canberra, hired a car and drove out to Murrumburrah. They went to the War Memorial the next day, then flew home to Gladstone”