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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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FRANCIS, Kenneth Jack

Service number SX14320
Private
Workshops Units and Elements
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 16 Jun 1922

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KIRBY, Thomas Edward

Service number 1854
Private
36th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Dec 1890

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PIKE, Clarence James

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

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TREBILCOCK, Colin Eric

Service number 417678
Flight Sergeant
No. 10 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force (WW2)
Born 20 Sep 1921

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CARPENTER, Arthur Stafford

Service number QX23052
Private
2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 19 Aug 1917

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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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HOLMES, Reuben Ray

Service number PA2587
Able Seaman
HMAS Melville
Royal Australian Navy
Born 7 Sep 1918

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PACKER, Edgar Reginald

Service number 353
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 12 Jul 1889

Memorials

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Waikerie Soldiers Memorial Park

Lawrie Terrace
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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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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