Larry the fire horse, who died 118 years ago after carting the fire pump to a fire in Ballarat, a provincial town in the Australian state of Victoria. (At the time Ballarat was a very rich gold town)
After his death, Larry was remembered in a very macabre way. His hooves were removed and stuffed. The four stuffed hooves of Larry the horse have been separated for more than a century, taking pride of place in mayoral chambers and family mantelpieces, and even being used as ashtrays. But now the hooves, which are steeped in the history of the Ballarat City Fire Brigade, have finally been reunited.
Larry met his end on January 16, 1902, after the fire station’s bells sounded an alarm for a fire at an outhouse just south of the Ballarat town centre.
The story of Larry the fire horse buy ABC Journalist Sarah Jane Bell makes for a great read on the history of the fire service. Follow the link to a good read.