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A monument commemorates Colonel William Light`s landing and the birth of Fanny Lipson Finnis, the first European child born in the colony born at Rapid Bay, 2 January 1837.

About people gathered in front of the Second Valley Soldiers' Memorial when Mr. D. G. Willis declared the Rapid Bay Centenary celebrations open, and welcomed former residents. In the absence ot Mr. P. E. Day formerly Surveyor-General of South Australia, the Rev. J. C. Jennison a member of the council of the Memorial Geographical Society unveiled a commemoration fountain erected in an adjacent ornamental park.  The fountain is about seven feet high, is set on a rough cast Base, and is surrounded by a lily pond. It is surmounted by a figure of a child holding a huge shell on his head from which water flows. This is symbolical of the fact that Second Valley was the birthplace of the first female child to be born in the State.   The fountain was erected voluntarily by local residents to the memory of the first Surveyor- General Colonel Light.
The Advertiser (Adelaide), 29 December 1936.


Address:Finnis Vale Drive, Second Valley, 5204
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.527294
Long: 138.227822
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1836
Approx. Event End Date:1936


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 28th December, 1936
Front Inscription

Plaque :

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing of Colonel William Light 
1836 - 1936

Plaque :

Also the first white girl born in the Colony
Fanny Lipson Finnis

Rapid Bay, 2nd January, 1837

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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