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The Pioneer Memorial on the west of Moseley Square, Glenelg, was unveiled by the Governor, Major-General Sir Winston Dugan on Sunday 27 December 1936 as part of the centenary celebrations. It was designed by G. Beaumont Smith to commemorate the foundation of South Australia and to honour the early settlers.

On the south and north faces are bronze tablets listing the names of the first explorers: Nuyts, Flinders, Baudin, Sturt, Barker, Light and the first settlers, and the north tablet lists the founders: Wakefield, Gouger, Torrens, G.F. Angas and others. At the top of the four panels are portraits of Wakefield, Hindmarsh, Gouger and Angas and crowning the tip of the 12.9 metre high monument of Kapunda marble with its base of Murray Bridge granite is a bronze replica of the Buffalo.

An assurance that the Pioneers' Memorial at Glenelg will be completed in time for the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, December 27, has been given to the Mayor of Glenelg (Mr. Fisk) by the contractor for the memorial (Mr A. S. Tillett). Mr. Fisk said today that the unveiling ceremony would be performed by the Governor (Sir Winston Dugan) at 8.30 p.m. on December 27. Mr. Fisk hopes that following the opening, a divine service will be conducted appropriate to the occasion.

It is anticipated that congregations attending churches holding centenary religious services on that night will proceed from the churches to the memorial. "I expect a large influx of old colonists for the unveiling," said Mr. Fisk, "and that the whole ceremony will befit the purpose for which the memorial is being constructed."
News (Adelaide), 28 November 1936.


Address:Moseley Square, Jetty Road, Glenelg, 5045
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.980353
Long: 138.511108
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Monument Designer:G Beaumont Smith
Monument Manufacturer:Mr.A.S. Tillett


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 27th December, 1936
Front Inscription


At Holdfast Bay,
    Landed The
Pioneer Settlers
Governor Hindmarsh
Announced The
Establishment Of
The Government
On Dec. 28th 1836

Left Side Inscription


  In Tribute To
The First Explorers
Of South Australia.
Nuyts - Flinders - Baudin
Sturt - Barker - Light
In Grateful Remembrance
Of The First Settlers
Men And Women
        Who By
Faith And Courage
Endured The Hardships
Of Pioneer Settlement
To Lay The Foundations
Of South Australia

Si Monumentum Requirus

Back Inscription


To Commemorate
The Hundredth
Anniversary Of
The Foundation
Of The Province Of
South Australia

Right Side Inscription

To The Memory Of
Edward Gibbon Wakefield  
Robert Gouger  
Robert Torrens  
George Fife Angus
And Other Founders
Who Overcame
Great Difficulties
To Secure The
South Australian
Foundation Act
Of 1834
And Who Continued
To Labour Ceaselessly
Until The Province
Was Firmly Established. 

Source: MA
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