Major Harry Worthington GMVC



In addition to the disappointment of not having children, the impact of the Great Depression and below average rainfall through most years in the mid-1930s, Harry was not in good health. He died aged fifty six in 1942. The obituary in the Pastoral Times stated that his health ‘had been very unsatisfactory for a long period ...’[38]

Harry’s widow, Ida moved to live in Melbourne later in the 1940s but she returned to live in Deniliquin in 1955 when she married Bennie Burge, a retired farmer. To commemorate the memory of Harry Worthington, Ida donated £1,500 to the University of Melbourne to fund the Harry Worthington Prize. The prize is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science to the final year student showing the greatest aptitude in the study of the diseases of cattle and/or sheep.[39]  At least for a select group of University of Melbourne veterinary science graduates Harry Worthington is not a ‘forgotten man’.


Harry Worthington’s ashes are housed in a memorial niche at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery. Ida Burge died in 1985 and her ashes are close to Harry Worthington’s in the same cemetery.[40]



[1] Priestley, Susan, 2009, Echuca: A History, page 174. This publication is an extended and revised edition of Priestley, 1965, Echuca: A Centenary History.

[2] Riverine Herald, 15 December 1894, page 3.

[3] Riverine Herald, 28 November 1894, page 2.

[4] Riverine Herald, 21 August 1895, page 3; and Riverine Herald, 7 July 1897, page 3.

[5] Priestley, page 209.

[6] In the Riverine Herald of 29 May 1895, it is reported at page 4 that Isabella transferred the license for the Southern Cross to William J Mc Guinness. If this is correct, at some later point it must have been transferred back to Isabella Worthington.

[7] Bendigo Advertiser, 9 February 1898, page 3.

[8] ‘Rural Topics’, The Australasian, 27 July 1907, page 5.

[9] Seddon, H R, 1964, The Development of Veterinary Science in Australia, page 18. In Michael Tyquin, 2011, Forgotten Men: The Australian Army Veterinary Corps 1909-1946, note 2, page 427 it is stated that the College was taken over by the university in 1908.

[10] Seddon, pages 18-19.

[11] Seddon, page 17.

[12] Harry Worthington’s military service records can be accessed at the National Archives of Australia website and follow the steps: the collection; search the collection; record search; name search; insert Worthington, World War 1; among 67 Worthingtons select  Worthington H at item barcode number 3444939 (see barcode numbers on the right hand side); finally  view digital copy.

[13] Carlyon, Les, 2001, Gallipoli, page 106.

[14] Seddon, page 19. 

[15] Australian War Memorial at

[16] Australian War Memorial at

[17] Australian War Memorial at

[18] Australian War Memorial at Casualties for Middle East kindly provided by Dr Jean Bou, author of Australia’s Palestine Campaign. Middle East: killed in action 574, died of wounds 288, died of disease 420, total deaths 1282; total casualties including deaths 4062.

[19] Bou, Jean, 2010, Australia’s Palestine Campaign, page 73.

[20] Parsonson, Ian M, 2005, Vets at War, page 51 citing T H Darley, 1924, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, page 4.

[21] Riverina Herald, 3 March 1916, ‘Fighting the Arabs’, page 3. 

[22] Echuca and Moama Advertiser and Farmers' Gazette, 23 January 1917, ‘Letters from the Front: Disgusted with the Noes’, page 2

[23] Parsonson, page 126.

[24] The report is available in the Unit War Diaries for the Assistant Director Veterinary Services, Australian Mounted Division accessible online at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) website at . The quoted extract from the report is at page 5 of the PDF version of the diaries for July 1918.

[25] Australians in World War 1, Australian Light Horse: Palestine 1916-1918, Second edition, September 2008, published by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra, page 21.

[26] Tyquin, Michael, 2011, Forgotten Men: The Australian Army Veterinary Corps 1909-1946, pages 206-207.

[27] Tyquin, page 13.

[28] Lambert, Amy, 1938, Thirty Years of an Artists Life, page 79.

[29] Lambert, page 131.

[30] Kerang is about 100 kilometres north west of Echuca.

[31] Display panel text for ‘A favourite charger with groom, Anzac Mounted Division,’ painting by George Washington Lambert, First World War gallery, Australian War Memorial.

[32] Terry, Martin, 'Lambert, George Washington Thomas (1873–1930)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,

[33] Undated letter (1919) from George Lambert to Harry Worthington, Australian War Memorial, Collection 3DRL/3799

[34] ‘Important Land Ballots’, The Independent, 17 December 1920, page 2

[35] The latter figure is drawn from Harry Worthington’s probate documents. In Bradley A Chalmers, The Sunlit Plains Extended: A Centenary History of the Conargo Shire, 2007, page 204 it is stated that ‘old Ramleh Estate’ comprised 1785 acres.

[36] Lambert, page 86.

[37] The Argus, Death Notices, 26 October 1929, page 13. 


[38] Pastoral Times, 17 March 1942.

[39] See details at

[40] Harry’s ashes are housed in niche 270, Tristania Wall 1B and Ida Burge’s ashes are in niche 267.