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Details

Location Corner of St Peters Street and First Avenue, St Peters, Norwood Payneham St Peters - South Australia, Australia
Type Monument
Description

A white marble memorial comprising a statue of a soldier standing at "Rest on Arms Reverse", left hand over right, rifle muzzle on left boot, surmounted on a capped split level pedestal and three-tier base. Five black granite plaques are affixed to the front pedestal cap, main pedestal and base plinths.

History

In 1919 a meeting of the women of St Peters resolved “– to erect a soldiers’ memorial in honour of the St Peters Heroes who fell in the Great War”. A committee was formed to raise funds for a memorial and to decide upon the form it should take. The St Peters Council reserved an area at the Town Hall end of St Peters Street.

The final design, by Adelaide architect and artist Edward Davies, consisted of a base of Angaston marble on top of which is a statue of an Australian ‘Digger’ with arms reversed, sculptured in Carrara marble in Italy and based on photographs taken at the Keswick Barracks of a typical Australian soldier.

The cost of the memorial was fully met by public subscriptions, with the unveiling and dedication by the then Governor, Sir Archibald Weigall KCMG on the12th February 1922.

On 24th April 2019, the Memorial was re-dedicated when the current Governor, The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, unveiled two bronze plaques listing the names of 145 men from the district who died in the Great War.

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Built 1921 0pened Feb 1922
Opened 12 February 1922 by The Hon Hieu Van Le AC Governor of South Australia at a rededication ceremony on 24 April 2019 by
Inscription

Pedestal cap:

LEST WE FORGET

Main pedestal:

IN MEMORY OF THE ST PETERS HEROES WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

"THEIR REWARD ALSO IS WITH THE LORD AND THE CARE OF THEM IS WITH THE MOST
HIGH" WISDOM V. 15.

"HALT, STRANGER, ERE THOU PASSEST HERE,

AND GAZE ON THIS GREAT STONE, WELL WROUGHT

TO MARK THE DEATH OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT

FOR EMPIRE'S CAUSE-AYE, LINGER NEAR."

"TEN THOUSAND MILES FROM HERE THEIR BONES ARE LAID:

BUT YET THEIR SPIRITS LIVE WITH US AND SHINE;

THIS STONE RECORDS THEIR SACRIFICE DIVINE,

AND PROVES TO ALL, THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT FADE"


Upper base plinths:

Left:                        

WORLD WAR 11
1939 - 1945

KOREA
1950 - 1954

Right:

MALAYA
1948-1960
1964-1965
BORNEO
1962-1966
VIETNAM
1962-1973

Lower base plinth:
UNVEILED BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR SIR ARCHIBALD WEIGALL K.C.M.G.
FEBRUARY 12TH 1922.

Condition

MAINTAINED BY: St Peters Council

PECULIARITIES/DAMAGE: Nil

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Names

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COLBEY, Alfred Gibson

Service number 42
Sergeant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Feb 1893

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PARFITT, Frederick Henry

Service number 547A
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 May 1888

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FERGUSON, John Montcrieff

Service number 3484B
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Jul 1874

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MUNRO, Donald Stewart

Service number 758
Driver
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1884

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CONRAD, Herbert Selmar

Service number 1437
Lance Corporal
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 21 Feb 1883

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GARDNER, William Hine

Service number 2159
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 May 1897

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OLDFIELD, Earl

Service number 660
Sergeant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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MOULE, Charles Launcelot

Service number Officer
Captain
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Jun 1879

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