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A rotunda commemorates those who have died in service or been killed in action in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The rotunda was originally erected to commemorate the fallen of World War One. The plaque containing the names of the fallen of World War Two was unveiled by the Governor, Sir Willoughby Norrie, in May 1949.

Monument characterictics :

An octagonal band stand on a base of rough hewn Angaston marble with marble steps and facings

Miss Ethel Campbell, accompanied by Dr. and Mrs. Campbell and Colonel Stanhope, arrived at Port Augusta on November 15, and were met at the railway station by the Mayor (Mr. J. Roberts), town clerk (Mr. J. Holdsworth), president of the Returned Soldiers' League (Mr.R. W. Arrowsmith), Mr. A. E. Watkin, chairman of the memorial committee, and Mesdames J. Holdsworth (president of the Red Cross Society), Mrs. A. E. Carrig, and Miss Hardy, Cheer-up, the trench comforts societies, and a number of citizens and diggers. After lunch Miss Campbell, Mrs. Campbell, and Colonel Stanhope were escorted by the Mayor, Mr. A. E. Watkin, the town clerk, and Dr. L. J. Pellew to the Memorial Garden, where the Band Stand Memorial is erected. The diggers formed guard of honor under Captain Lindsay.

The mayor, on behalf of the town and district, welcomed Miss Campbell. He said she was a lady they all desired to honor for her splendid service to the Empire and the soldiers. It was a great pleasure to have the honor of receiving her that day. Mr. A. W. Arrowsmith, president of the Port Augusta branch of the R.S. and S. L. League, on behalf of the diggers, gave Miss Campbell hearty thanks for the splendid service she had rendered to the Australian troops. The memorial was second to none in the Commonwealth and a credit to the committee. He exhorted those present to maintain the garden and memorial in good order as a tribute to the memory of the 60,000 Australians who had died during the war. He called for three cheers for Miss Campbell, which were lustily given.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. A. E. Watkin gave a history of the memorial. It had cost £473, which was paid.  Mr. Watkin said it was fitting that a lady should dedicate the memorial. The mothers of the race had always helped the great movements of the Empire. Sixteen Port Augusta men had died in war who fought for their country and their mothers like heroes. Mr. Watkin paid an eloquent tribute to the motherhood of Australia. He then asked Miss Campbell to unveil the Memorial.
Chronicle (Adelaide), 24 November 1923.

Location

Address:Jervois & Marryat Streets, Gladstone Square, Port Augusta, 5710
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.491514
Long: 137.763619
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Designer:Mr A.B.Eldred
Monument Manufacturer:Mr. W.J. Stevens (contractor)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 15th November, 1923
Front Inscription

Plaque :

The Great War
In memory of those who fell
1914 - 1919
[ Names ]

Plaque :

In honour of those who fell in World War II
1939 - 1945
[ Names ]

Plaque :

In honour of those who fellin the Vietnam campaign
1962 - 1972
[ Names ]

Plaque :

The Great War
In memory of those who fell
1914 - 1919
[ Names ]

Source: MA,TOH
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