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Location Corner of Canning Street and Chad Street, Rosewater (Greytown), Port Adelaide Enfield - South Australia, Australia
Type memorial
Description

Southwest Corner of Eric Sutton Reserve.  A grey granite rough-cut monument comprising a Cross of Sacrifice mounted on a pedestal, a sur-base and a concrete slab. Bronze plaques are affixed to the base of the cross and to the sur-base. The pedestal face is polished; all details are in black.

Rosewater Women’s Memorial Garden
In the aftermath of the Gallipoli Campaign and the focus of the European conflict, ship loads of the disabled, disfigured and deranged soon began to arrive back home. About one in four of the Rosewater overseas enlistees never came back at all. Even after the guns fell silent, some of those had returned died from their service experience.
Patriotic fundraising was well developed during the war but this time it was to be directed to the honourable expression of loved local women’s loss and anguish in having their lives mutilated by the war.
As best can be ascertained, the Rosewater Women’s Memorial Committee formed in May 1921. (Ref 1)
The President was Mrs A.D. Allan, Secretary Miss Ivorine MacGillivray and Treasurer Mrs Margaret Dobson. All these ladies lived in Chad street, Rosewater. About them gathered a working party of other ladies who also had incurred personal loss during, or after the war. With the cooperation of the Port Adelaide Council (PAC) a triangular piece of land at the corner of the local reserve where Chad street meets Canning Street was assigned a Memorial Garden and the site for two proposed memorials. The larger of the two bore a large, faced block of granite bedecked by a stone cross. This bears 66 inscribed names of those who died overseas. Nearby a granite fountain was erected, the stem of which now bears the names of ten men who died of war related problems after the Armistice. The stonework was completed by well-known firm of A.S. Tillet.
As the Governor of the day, Sir Archibald Weigall, was on the point of fishing his term in SA, the dedication date was brought forward to Saturday 15/4/1922 (Ref 2).
At this stage the names of the servicemen had not been inscribed on the stone but were displayed on a board (101/2 ft by 7ft) mounted on two large easels (Ref 3). Subsequent radial pergolas supported by cement columns surrounded each memorial, but before completion, two more names were added to the fountain list.
Mrs Dobson died on 5/7/1922. The ladies not to be denied appointed Mrs McLaurrin of 10 Canning Street as succeeding Treasurer. (Ref 4)
Finally on ANZAC Day 1924, the women’s task complete, their efforts were praised by both Mr Slade Mayor (PAC) and Councillor Tapp during the service.
References.
1. Port Adelaide News 21/4/1922
2.
a. PAC Mayors report for 1922
b. Register Adelaide 17/4/1922
3. PAEC Archives Memo Town Clerk to City Engineer & City Engineer to Carpenter
4. Port Adelaide News 2/5/1924
Written by Mr. R Grandison 03 Nov2009

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Inscription

Plaques on cross:Upper:

IN MEMORYTO ALL SERVICESWORLD WAR 11 1939-1945KOREA 1950-1953VIETNAM 1962-1973ROSEWATER R.S.L.

Insignia of RSL

LEST WE FORGET

Centre:

AIF Badge IN MEMORY OFDOUGLAS CAMERON2/10TH BATTALION A.I.F. SX1035324. 4. 1910-15. 9. 2002

LOVINGLY REMEMBERED BYWIFE NELLIEAND CHILDREN BRIAN, JOAN AND JUDITH

Lower:

RAN Badge IN LOVING MEMORY OFJOHN R. WHEELER27. 10. 1925-13. 1. 2002PA 4359 R.A.N.R.WHOSE ASHES WERE SCATTERED UPON THIS SITEFOLLOWING THE DAWN SERVICE ANZAC DAY 2002ALWAYS LOVED BY HIS DAUGHTER DIANE

Pedestal:

GOD KEEP THEIR MEMORY GREEN

 

Plaque base:

UNVEILED BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR, SIR ARCHIBALD WEIGALLK.C.M.G. ON APRIL 15TH, 1922 AND ERECTED AS A TRIBUTE OF PRIDEBY THE WOMEN OF ROSEWATER IN HONOR OF THE MEN WHO DIED FORKING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

"HE DIED THE NOBLEST DEATH A MAN CAN DIEFIGHTING FOR GOD TRUTH AND LOYALTYAND SUCH A DEATH IS IMMORTALITY"

Condition

MAINTAINED BY: Rosewater Council

PECULIARITIES/DAMAGE: Nil

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MCNEIL, Samuel Philip

Service number 4538
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 5 Jun 1899

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SMELT, Charles Harold

Service number 2794B
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Oct 1889

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COLES, Leith Carlyle

Service number 2347
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Jun 1898

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SIMON, Victor George

Service number 1516
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Jan 1893

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GROVES, George Eaton

Service number 6463
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Mar 1891

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ELLIS, Harold Percy

Service number 589
Private
12th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 Jul 1895

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FALK, Charles John

Service number 219
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 May 1884

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REES, Reginald William

Service number 677
Second Lieutenant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 29 Dec 1891

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