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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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JOHNS, Roy James

Service number SX8212
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 24 Nov 1919

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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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CARPENTER, Arthur Stafford

Service number QX23052
Private
2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 19 Aug 1917

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MATSCHOSS, Hugo Benno

Service number S62002
Private
17th Works Company
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 17 Oct 1905

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SNODGRASS, Robert

Service number 2870
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 May 1875

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BLIGHT, Ambrose Edward

Service number 416114
Pilot Officer
No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 12 Jan 1914

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BLAKE, William Dennis

Service number SX15789
Private
2nd/6th Independent Company (Cavalry Commando Squadron)
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 1 Mar 1920

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STARR, Reuben Frank

Service number 2304
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Apr 1885

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Waikerie Cemetery Cross of Sacrifice

Strangman Road
Waikerie, Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia

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Waikerie Institute Soldiers Memorial Hall

White Street
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 Soldiers Memorial Park

Lawrie Terrace
Waikerie, Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia

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