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Location Kintore Avenue, ADELAIDE, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Type Monument
Description

The Australasian Dardanelles Memorial

Re-dedicated on 11 November 2018, it is now located at the northern end of the ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk on Kintore Avenue, Adelaide (adjacent to the Pathway of Honour). It was relocated to its current position from Lundie gardens, South Terrace, Adelaide.

As far as can be reasonably established, this was the "first" WWI Memorial erected in Australia, on 7 September 1915, to honour the fallen following the carnage of the initial Gallipoli campaign .

In fact just days earlier, news of the losses sustained by the 9th Light Horse at Hill 60 on the Peninsula, had only just arrived in Adelaide.

It is unusual in that the Memorial was opened while the campaign was still in progress. The terms 'ANZAC' and 'Gallipoli' were not at that time in the general lexicon of the day.

Initially unveiled on September 7, 1915, it commemorates the Dardanelles campaign which began with the landing on April 25 1915 – and mourns their subsequent casualties.

It was created at the bequest of the SA-originated Wattle Day League.

League member – Walter Torode, a prominent Adelaide builder, orchestrated the design and build; a 3.65 metre high granite obelisk.

He built a granite Cross of Sacrifice surmounted on a polished granite sur-base that in turn is mounted on a rough-cut tapered pedestal and two-tier rough-cut granite base and a concrete slab.

A bronze plaque is affixed to the top tier of the base.

The monument was originally located at Wattle Grove, Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue enclosed within a structure comprising a wooden superstructure supported by four wooden pillars.
The memorial was moved to its present site in 1940 and restored in 1969 and again in 2014/2015.

A comprehensive history of the Memorial is located in the 'Research' section of the site.

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Built Designed by Walter C. Terode
Opened 7 September 1915 by HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL SIR. R. MUNRO FERGUSON
Inscription

Sub-base:

AUSTRALASIAN SOLDIERSDARDANELLESAPRIL 251915

Plaque:

UNVEILED BYHIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERALSIR. R. MUNRO FERGUSON.WATTLE DAY SEPT. 7TH 1915

Condition

Maintained by Adelaide City Council

Restoration of the granite was undertaken in late 2014/2015

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