Pine Creek was where Borella caught the train north on the final leg of his 1000 kilometre journey. It’s a small place with a big heart, where gold mining and iron ore still dominate the small town of 250 people.
Pine Creek is the southern gateway to Kakadu National Park, and Borella would have been glad of any of the camping facilities up to the many-star resort. He would have rubbed shoulders with the miners who had established a centre there from the 1870s. Some, like Alf O’Neill, signed up and carried on their mining overseas under German lines. O’Neill was part of the famous explosive attack of the Battle of Messines, characterized in the film Beneath Hill 60.
Steven Hennessy, Mayor of Victoria Daly Regional Council, says: “Many people served from here in the Great ...read more
Albert Borella’s earlier life in the Northern Territory gives us an indication of why he was selected to be an officer.
Here was a man who had taken up challenge after challenge. Leave the farm in ...read more
Borella would have envied a modern bicycle as a means of getting up the Track.
James Kelly and Michele Bates from Vancouver are covering nearly 100 kilometres a day, more than we can do with horses. ...read more
Once an important southern part of the Northern Territory’s rail network, Larrimah is a quiet shadow of its former self, but the Larrimah Pub is full of bird life, some tropical snakes, and a few ...read more
Borella and his horse would have trotted on by Daly Waters, where we are now, but only because the new fangled flying machines had not got that far yet. Flying – a major activity around Daly ...read more
It would be easy to reach despair in the Outback 100 years ago and today as well. Gloom and doom was a little north of Elliott, perhaps.
By ten in the morning the temperature has climbed well ...read more
Renner Springs Roadhouse owners Alan and Christine Rendell were presented with the first Borella VC memorial board last night by the son of the Territory’s foremost soldier.
As the Borella ...read more
Stopping by the monument to the first Territory policeman who died on duty was an especially poignant moment for The Borella Ride team member, Tim George. Like the man on the monument, Tim is an NT ...read more
Tennant Creek has never seen a Victoria Cross before, let alone two. But on the first morning of The Borella Ride, Rowan Borella, the 81-year old son of Captain Albert Borella VC, held aloft ...read more
James McDonald left the Territory to fight in the Great War in March 1915. He was recognised twice for his conduct on the field of battle, fighting in Gallipoli and the Western Front. He returned ...read more
Albert Borella was one of 462 Territorians who volunteered to fight in World War I. Read the story of Frank Brazill, a stockman from Alice Springs who became a Light Horseman and was involved in many ...read more
The inspiring journey of Albert Borella to join the combat of World War I will be re-enacted as part of the Territory’s Anzac Centenary Program in 2015.
“The 100th anniversary of World War I is ...read more
In 1915, Albert Borella journeyed through 1000 kilometres of the Northern Territory’s Outback from Tennant Creek to Darwin to join up to fight in World War I. He fought at Gallipoli, and the Western Front, was twice wounded, commissioned on the battlefield, and was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest
honour for valor in combat.
The Borella Ride is being recognised as an Anzac Centenary 2015 programmed event supported by the Commonwealth of Australia and the Northern Territory Government.