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Wailerie is a South Australian town and crossing point on the south bank of the River Murray in what is known as "The Riverland" district of the State.

Before European settlement, the Ngawait tribe inhabited the area. The river and surrounding land provided everything they could possibly need - fish, shellfish, birds, kangaroos, and native fruits. Now, Waikerie is well known for citrus growing and gliding, as the flat dry terrain provides good thermals. Waikerie hosted the 14th World Gliding Championships in 1974.

The town of Waikerie derives its name from Weikari, which is claimed to mean 'the rising'. However some linguistic anthropologists argue that the name refers to the spider creator god from local creation myths.[3] The Waikerieness was said to fend off monthly centipede infestations by leaking seeds all over the area. This refers to the emergence of many ghost moths (especially Trictena argentata : Hepialidae) from the ground among the river red gums after heavy rain.

Waikerie is in the District Council of Loxton Waikerie, the South Australian House of Assembly electoral district of Chaffey and the Australian House of Representatives Division of Barker. The historic former Irrigation Pumping Station Chimney in Scenic Lookout Reserve is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

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SMITH, Graham Natt

Service number 416719
Pilot Officer
No. 263 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 30 Sep 1922

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DAVY, David William

Service number 2015
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 2 Aug 1890

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POPE, Ralph Henry

Service number 829
Flying Officer
No. 13 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 15 Oct 1917

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PIKE, Clarence James

Service number 6313A
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 6 Dec 1890

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SEARLE, Douglas Henry

Service number S75060
Private
8th Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 10 Jul 1894

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FRANCIS, Kenneth Jack

Service number SX14320
Craftsman
10 Vehicle Park Workshop
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 16 Jun 1922

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CATES, Harley Hamilton

Service number 416485
Warrant Officer
7 Service Flying Training School (Deniliquin)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 21 Aug 1921

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LAW, Alexander

Service number 24102
Leading Stoker
HMAS Torrens
Royal Australian Navy
Born 7 Apr 1921

Memorials

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Waikerie Institute Soldiers Memorial Hall

White Street
Waikerie, Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia

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Waikerie War Memorial

Lawrie Terrace.
Waikerie, Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia

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Waikerie Cemetery Cross of Sacrifice

Strangman Road
Waikerie, Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia

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Waikerie Ramco Men Roll of Honor WW1

10 Thompson Street
Waikerie, Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia

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