The Award is a bronze statuette based on the famous Gallipoli image “Man with the donkey” and designed by official New Zealand Defence Force artist Captain Matt Gauldie.
The ‘Man with the donkey’ is one of the most recognized symbols of Gallipoli representing the qualities of the Anzac spirit. The now-legendary image of medic Richard Henderson and his donkey at Gallipoli was painted by Sapper Horace Moore-Jones, based on a photograph taken by a fellow New Zealand soldier, but confusingly referred to as Simpson with his donkey.
The RSA commissioned New Zealand Defence Force artist Captain Matt Gauldie to make a bronze depicting Henderson and his donkey at Gallipoli. The bronze stands 700mm tall and Gauldie has brought a touch of realism to his commission. The base depicts the Maori hammerhead shark motif, signifying Tumatauenga, the God of War.
Recipients also receive a framed bronze medallion engraved with Henderson and the Donkey, to retain.