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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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HOLMES, Reuben Ray

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

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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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DAVY, David William

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

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JOHNS, Roy James

Service number SX8212
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 24 Nov 1919

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GILL, Reginald Hassall

Service number 6332
Private
23rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Feb 1895

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MATSCHOSS, Hugo Benno

Service number S62002
Private
Born 17 Oct 1905

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MORTIMER, Arthur Thomas Lort

Service number 407247
Born 29 Dec 1920

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SNODGRASS, Robert

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

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 Cemetery Cross of Sacrifice

Strangman Road
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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