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05-April-2014
05-April-2014

Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin / Glen Yeomans

A monument commemorates Alexander Drysdale Tassie, the first settler of Port Augusta. This memorial was originally located on the corner of Commercial Road and Church Street but was relocated to Gladstone Square in 1881 when it become hidden behind a galvanised iron fence. However it lay in a state of disrepair in Gladstone Square until mid December 1881 when the memorial was mounted on a masonry pedestal.

Alexander Drysdale Tassie from Dumbartonshire in Scotland, was the first British settler in Port Augusta. He was initially the district manager for Elder & Co.but 1860 he began business as a merchant trading as A.D. Tassie & Co.  Around 1863 Tassie took as a partner in the business Thomas McTurk Gibson, the first Mayor of Port Augusta. Tassie’s fortunes were mixed with him running the biggest shipping and agency firm in the Port but he was less successful in his pastoral pursuits which resulted in him being heavily in debt.

Described as Port Augusta’s first ‘civic father’, Tassie was held in universal respect and esteem. He died on the 26th January 1873 at the age of 40 years.

Location

Address:Mackay Street, Gladstone Square, Port Augusta, 5710
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.491107
Long: 137.763257
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Settlement

Dedication

Front Inscription

Sacred to the Memory of Alexander Drysdale Tassie
Merchant and first settler in Port Augusta 
Who died January 26th 1873
Aged 40 years

This tribute of respect is erected by some of his friends as a mark of esteem and in recognition of his many good qualities during a residence of nearly 20 years in this township

Source: MA
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