About the Foundation


The Chauvel Foundation is a not for profit ACNC Registered Australian Charity (A0095567J). Its purpose is to promote, support and inspire service to the community by building public awareness of the attributes, dedication and accomplishments of the Australian Light Horse and their greatest commander, General Sir Harry Chauvel.


Through three programs that bring this culturally significant heritage into public view, the Foundation will lead all Australians to building a stronger nation through community engagement and to recognise those who currently espouse the values and integrity that Sir Harry displayed throughout a life dedicated to public service.


The Light Horse Legend:  Past and Present

The Foundation’s online Light Horse Anthology enables people to share stories, search for information, and bring the legend to life. Contributors include family descendants, school students, currently-serving soldiers and professional historians. Visit the Anthology at this link .


The Sir Harry Chauvel Award

The Foundation is considering a series of awards to recognise the qualities and efforts of General Sir Harry Chauvel: resilience; civilian and military leadership; arts; and the indigenous contribution to Australian society.


The Sir Harry Chauvel Memorial Artwork

Renowned Melbourne sculptor Louis Laumen’s equestrian maquette of General Sir Harry Chauvel was unveiled in October 2017. Louis Laumen’s bronzed bust of Sir Harry was presented to the Shrine of Remembrance on 25 September 2018. The life-sized statue is planned for completion by 2025.


These three projects will serve to advance Sir Harry’s values and continuing relevance to our society.  The Foundation does not seek to glorify war but rather to highlight the qualities of those who served and continued to serve their nations in peacetime.  The Foundation’s commemorative program will be launched on 11 November 2017 during the centenary commemoration of the Battle of Beersheba.

The Foundation Board Members


The Board of Directors, The General Sir Harry Chauvel Memorial Foundation Inc. (A0095567J):


Lt Col. Graeme Smith RFD - President/Treasurer

Dr. Richard Chauvel - Vice President

Col. John Molnar - Secretary

Ms. Linda Garnett - Philanthropy

Dr. Honor Auchinleck - Member

Dr. David Holloway OAM - Member

Brigadier Michael Annett CSC - Member

Lt Col. John Boyce - Member

Dr. Tony Stevens - Member

Image credits:

Unless otherwise noted, images accessed via the Australian War Memorial collection, public domain: https://www.awm.gov.au/