Monday, 25 August 2008


The story of Donna from a plaque underneath:

Donna, friend and constant companion to John Hogan of Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia was born on the 14th February, 1975. At the time of her death, on 6th May 1995, she was recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Longest Living Hearing Guide Dog.

Donna travelled extensively on trains throughout NSW and John affectionately remembers her first journey from Sydney to Murwillumbah in 1985. "During the 14 hour trip, Donna was well behaved and waited until Casino where she left a very large puddle on the grass behind the station."

This memorial also recognises the love and companionship that all Guide Dogs for the Visually and Hearing Impaired give their owners.

It has been provided by the State Government of New South Wales with assistance by City Rail and the Department of Public Works and Services.

Unveiled by Hon Brian Langton, MP, Minister for Transport and MInister for Tourism on 10 May 1996.

Sculptor Ian Shaw.


  1. Where is that, I've never seen it. Is it something else I've walked past many times without noticing?

  2. It's in that pocket handkerchief patch of grass you cut through from country platforms to Railway Sq.

  3. Okay so up the ramp where you take your life in your hands if you try to negotiate your car.

    I wonder is there much of a difference in training for a hearing-ear dog from a seeing-eye dog?

  4. How lovely. Guide Dogs are wonderful dogs. I adopted one some years ago - she was 9 at the time. Had been a Guide Dog for the blind. I love that a statue has been made to this wonderful dog.