St Peters Heroes War Memorial

Details

Location Corner of St Peters Street and First Avenue, St Peters (SA), Norwood Payneham St Peters - South Australia, Australia
Type memorial
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

Showing 8 people of interest from memorial

MURRAY, James Alan

Service number 2717
Corporal
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 11 Apr 1895

LESCHEN, Allen Frederick

Service number 3724A
Corporal
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 13 Dec 1894

POYNTZ, Rowland Ridgeway

Service number 1559
Sergeant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 13 Aug 1889

AMBER, Archibald

Service number 3187
Private
1st Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Oct 1896

CAMERON, William Richardson

Service number 3257
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Sep 1898

STEER, George Colin

Service number 178
Sergeant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 17 Jan 1893

WILLIAMS, Gordon Samuel

Service number 2838
Lance Corporal
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

WRIGHT, Theodore Willard

Service number 937
Corporal
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 30 Dec 1892

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