"The Line of Fire", Capt Matt Gauldie's commemorative bronze statue of Gallipoli artist, mapmaker, & Hamilton hero: Sapper Horace Moore-Jones. Unveiled 27 March 2015.
The Line of Fire will be sited in Victoria Street overlooking the heritage place where the Gallipoli soldier-artist and teacher Horace Moore-Jones gave his life in the Hamilton Hotel fire of 1922.
We had the bordering cul-de-sac renamed in November 2012. Now, we’re on track to commission New Zealand Defence Artist Capt Matt Gauldie’s larger-than-life bronze, once we have all the funding and sponsorships confirmed. Total costs circa $220,000. It’s a tight timetable to achieve our target installation on 27 March 2015 – shortly before the centenary commemorations of the Gallipoli landing.
The artwork symbolises the origins of Anzac Day and our sense of nationhood, portraying Moore-Jones in the stony Gallipoli battlefield, mapping enemy positions and the hostile terrain. The statue will mark the centenary of the First World War and the Gallipoli Campaign, plus the city of Hamilton’s history and the 150th anniversary of our military settlement.
For Moore-Jones’ story, go to http://www.toti.co.nz/he-tangata-project/sapper-horace-moore-jones