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Simon Rieff Inscription
Simon Rieff Inscription
Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

The sundial commemorates Simon Rieff who was a pioneer, explorer and miner in the Alice Springs region. 

Rieff was a former Cossack who left Russia soon after the 1917 Revolution. Arriving on the east coast of Australia he tried to talk a mate into travelling to the west coast through the inland by camel. His mate wasn't too impressed with the suggestion so Simon made his way to Central Australia alone and was one of the first miners to open up The Granites field in the Tanami Desert. Later he went to Hatches Creek and mined wolfram. Following his mining exploits he moved into Alice Springs and became a property developer and businessman in the years following the Second World War.

Note: When the image was taken in 2012, the memorial was covered with graffiti and the sundial was missing. 


Address:Wills Terrace & Stuart Highway , Trevor Reid Park, Alice Springs, 0870
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.695144
Long: 133.880467
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

This sundial is erected to the memory of SImon Rieff

Pioneer, explorer, miner

1894 - 1962


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