Waikerie

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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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Names

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LEWIS, Vivian Roy

Service number 407104
Sergeant
No. 201 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 24 Oct 1920

PIKE, Clarence James

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

ZYGAS, Stanley

Service number 5103A
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Apr 1887

HEMING, Hector Roy

Service number S75033
Major
Born 28 Oct 1888

FRANCIS, Kenneth Jack

Service number SX14320
Private
Born 16 Jun 1922

POPE, Vivian Lewis

Service number 416993
Flight Sergeant
11 Personnel Depot and Receiving Centre
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 20 Aug 1923

FRANCIS, Max Gordon

Service number 417356
Flight Sergeant
No. 467 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 20 Aug 1923

CARPENTER, Arthur Stafford

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

Memorials

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Waikerie Institute Soldiers Memorial Hall

White Street
Waikerie, Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia

Waikerie Ramco Men Roll of Honor WW1

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

Waikerie Soldiers Memorial Park

Lawrie Terrace
Waikerie, Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia

Waikerie Cemetery Cross of Sacrifice

Strangman Road
Waikerie, Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia

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