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Angaston War Memorial : 23-February-2011
Angaston War Memorial : 23-February-2011

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Angaston War Memorial was originally erected to commemorate the fallen and those who served in World War One. Additional details were added to the memorial at a later date to commemorate the fallen and those who served in World War Two.

The monument is a bronze figure of Archangel Michael holding a wreath aloft in his left hand and a Crusaders sword with the tip of the blade touching the ground in his right hand. The figure is mounted on a pink Angaston marble pedestal, which in turn is mounted on a two-tier white marble and concrete sur-base. Bronze plaques are affixed to the pedestal. The memorial is set within a circular rose garden.

A costly and ornamental war memorial will be unveiled at Angaston to-day by Mrs. C. H. Angas. The site selected is a small park in the centre of the town,  which belonged to the estate of the late  Mr. George Fife Angas. The monument stands upon a mound, and as the park is at the junction of main roads, the position is a conspicuous one. The design has been adapted from the 12th chapter of Revelations, which describes the angel Michael defeating the powers of darkness, and the principal figure of the monument is a statue of St. Michael. Mr. C. H. Angas was responsible for the idea of applying the Biblical reference to the great war. The work was entrusted to Andrea Carlo Lucchesi, the celebrated sculptor. The bronze figure will be placed on a pedestal of pink Angaston marble. On the front and back metal plates will be inscribed with the names of more than a hundred men who enlisted from the district. The sides of the pedestal will be adorned with laurel wreaths. Two white marble steps form a base for the pedestal, and the total height of the memorial is about 18 feet. The monument has cost more than £1,000, and those who have seen it have expressed much admiration.
The Register (Adelaide), 6th June 1921.

Location

Address:Murray Street & Penrice Road, Angaston, 5353
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.500614
Long: 139.044837
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:Andrea Carlo Lucchesi

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 6th June, 1921
Front Inscription

Erected by the people of Angaston in honor of the men from the District who served overseas in the Great War, 1914-1918.

Died on Active Service [Names]

Served Overseas [Names]

 

Angaston

To the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice World War II 1939-1945 [Names]

Back Inscription

 Served Overseas [Names]

Inscription in Proximity

 World War Memorial 1914 - 18

The Angaston First World War Memorial represents the Archangel Michael symbolising Right over Might.  The bronze figure by noted sculptor Andrea Carlo Lucchesi (1860 - 1925) of the London Academy School, was the gift of Charles Angus.  Two of Charles` sons served with British Units in France.  The elegant pedestal of pink Angaston marble set on two white marble steps was donated by public subscription.

The dedication ceremony on Monday 6th June 1921 was presided over by James P Heggie Chairman of the Memorial Fund, and attended by an estimated one thousand people.  Due to rain the ceremony was held in the Angaston Institute.  This plaque and flagstaff are a gift of the Angas Family 2001

Source: MA,TOH
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