at 16 Bennett Street, Darwin, 0800 Australia
The Borella Ride is the NT’s flagship Anzac Centenary activity; retracing the journey of Victoria Cross recipient Albert Borella to enlist in WWI.
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Please note there will be some changed traffic conditions in Darwin tomorrow during the arrival of The Borella Ride and the final ceremony. From 4.30pm to 5.15pm there will be rolling road closures on The Esplanade from Herbert Street, passing Parliament House, Government House onto Hughes Ave and Kitchener Drive. There is no parking on Stokes Hill Wharf from 2pm to 8.30pm. Free parking is available at the Convention Centre Underground Car Park from 5pm
In 1915, Albert Borella journeyed through 1,000 kilometres of Northern Territory’s outback from the Tennant Creek area to Darwin, and then onto Townsville by ship, to enlist in World War I.
He fought at Gallipoli and the Western Front; was wounded, commissioned on the battlefield, and awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour for valour in combat.
From 20 February to 3 March 2015, The Borella Ride travelled from Tennant Creek to Darwin symbolically retracing Borella’s trek, which included walking, horse riding, hitching a ride on a horse drawn mail cart and a train ride.
Albert Borella’s grandson, Richard Borella, participated in the journey accompanied by two travelling companions, Tim George and Charlie Cloos, and a support crew.
The Borella Ride visited towns and communities along the Stuart Highway, with a range of activities taking place in each community including a travelling exhibition, community receptions and BBQs, campfire talks, ceremonial and educational activities.
The Commonwealth Government through the Anzac Centenary Public Fund and the Northern Territory Government proudly supported The Borella Ride, the flagship Anzac Centenary commemorative event for the Northern Territory.
Find out more about Albert Borella VC MM and what happened during The Borella Ride.
1900, Victoria, AUSTRALIA Prior to enlisting in the First World War, Albert Borella had some military experience.
1913, Daly River - Northern Territory, AUSTRALIA Encouraged by the opportunities available in the Northern Territory, Albert Borella together with Parker and Lewis took the boat to Darwin arriving on the SS St Albans 24 February 1913.
1913, Daly River, Northern Territory AUSTRALIA In April, Borella, Lewis & Parker successfully gained a hold over Section 2 or 3, Hundred of Berinka, County of Malmesbury.
1915, Townsville, Queensland AUSTRALIA Borella was formally enlisted into the Australian Army on 15 March 1915.
According to his family, he “wanted to join the Light Horse as everyone did” but was taken into the infantry, the most dangerous occupation of all military life.
275 Private Albert “Bert" Borella of the 26th Infantry Battalion embarked on the HMAT Ascanius A11 from Brisbane on the 24th May 1915.
Borella served for the entire war with the 26th Battalion of the First Australian Imperial Force.
1917 Albert Borella Commissioned on the Field as a 2nd Lieutenant.
1917 The Mention in Despatches (MID) is the oldest British award and was a device used by commanders at sea or in the field to bring the services of deserving officers to the attention of higher authority.
1917 A position of considerable importance, sergeants were the most experienced or the most capable men of the soldier ranks.
1918, Sandringham House, Norfolk ENGLAND Albert Borella was awarded the Victoria Cross, by King George V at Sandringham Palace, on 16 September 1918; his age, 36, making him the oldest recipient within the first AIF .
1968 Survived by his wife and two of his four sons, Albert Chalmers Borella VC, MM died at the age of 86.