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Soldiers` Memorial Arch : 27-April-2011
Soldiers` Memorial Arch : 27-April-2011

Photographs supplied by Roger Johnson

The Soldiers` Memorial Arch was erected in memory of those who served in conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The arch was originally erected in memory of the fallen of World War One.

Wednesday was a memorable day to those who hold dear the memory of the gallant men who enlisted from Wallaroo, and gave their lives for the Empire. The unveiling of the handsome memorial, which is erected at the entrance to the town hall, has been looked forward to by the town.  lt has taken a long time to complete the structure, but the efforts of the devoted band of men and women who set with a will to see the thing through have been rewarded with a memorial that for beauty and design does credit to all concerned.  The proposal emanated from the ladies of the Cheer-Up Society, and with the nucleus of a fund they set to work. Gradually the sum mounted, and eventually the returned soldiers, who had raised a con iderable sum towards the erection of a memorial hall, were induced to throw in their lot with the Cheer-Up Society and by combined efforts and unstinted labor spread over a number of years, over £1,200 was raised, which enabled the committee to erect the handsome structure which now adorns the town.

The base of the arch consists of huge blocks of Tanunda granite, four feet square. Mounted on these are two massive polished Balmoral red marble pillars imported from Scotland, on which are inscribed in letters of gold the names of the fallen heroes. The remainder of the arch is constructed of reinforced concrete handsomely finished in cement, and artistically decorated. Wattle and laurel wreaths adorn the arch, and in the centre is the Australian Coat of Arms. Both sides of the arch are similar, and the work is high class and beautiful.  A flag pole is fixed in the centre. Colored electric light fittings, and bracket lamps will add brilliance at night. The arch is 20ft over all in height, and 24ft. in width.
The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA), 2 August 1924.

 

Location

Address:Irwin Street, Wallaroo Town Hall, Wallaroo, 5556
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.932797
Long: 137.627454
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Monument Manufacturer:Messrs Hawke & Neill (contractors)

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 30th July, 1924
Front Inscription

Soldiers Memorial

Left Side Inscription

1914

They Gave Their All [Names]

This stone was laid by Mrs. S. McKee March 17. 1923

Right Side Inscription

1919

Their Name Liveth Forever [Names]

1939 - 45  Lest We Forget   

R.A.N.  [Names]

A.I.F. [Names]

Source: MA, TOH
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