Ballarat Bob's Hoof <br />Image: Ballarat Historical Society Collection (78.0618)

Ballarat Bob’s Hoof
Image: Ballarat Historical Society Collection (78.0618)

One of the more unusual items housed at the Gold Museum is this hoof belonging to ‘Ballarat Bob,’ the war horse of Colonel Thomas Price (1842-1911), who established the Victorian Mounted Rifles Regiment in 1885. It is one of a number of military history items in the Ballarat Historical Society’s collection.

The bottom of the hoof still has its original shoe attached, and the official government registration number 196 inscribed on the toe.  The top features a metal plaque, on which is engraved ‘Hoof Of Ballarat Bob, The Gallant Charger Who Carried His Master Through The Boer War 1900 And Was Shot Under Him At Treufontein [sic], 9th September, 1900.  Presented To The Mayor And Corporation Of Ballarat By Colonel Price, C.O., V.M.R., S.A.’

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