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Centenary Park commemorates the centenary of European settlement of South Australia from 1836 to 1936. The park was redeveloped in 1996.

The British Province of South Australia was established by the South Australia Act 1834 in August 1834, and the South Australian Company formed on 9 October 1835 to fulfil the purposes of the Act by forming a new colony financed by land sales. The first settlers arrived on Kangaroo Island in July 1836, with all of the ships later sailing north soon afterwards to anchor in Holdfast Bay on the advice of Surveyor-General, Colonel William Light. 

The Arno Bay Centenary Sports meeting held on New Year's Day, attracted a large attendance, although the weather during the early part of the day was most unpleasant. Keen competition and excellent fields were the order of the day and some very fine running was witnessed. The principal athletic event, the Sheffield Handicap, was annexed by W. Leonard, a local runner, who also won the 75 yards sprint. In winning these races, he won two cups presented by Messrs  A Sims, O Rowe and G B Gillings, The weather was not ideal for water sports, but competition was keen and spectators showed great interest in them.

Prior to the starting of the first race, Mr D A Sims, President of the Sports Club, called on Mr E M Mitchell, Chairman of the Cleve District Council to perform the ceremony of opening the Centenary Park. This Park was made during the year as Arno Bay's Centenary effort. Situated parallel with the beach on the north side of the jetty, the park is 150 yards long and 22 yards wide. On each side a row of tamarisk trees has been planted and a cinder track has been made down the centre. This track is a little soft but should ultimately settle down to be a real solid track. Now that the Sports Club, can boast ot having a permanent running track, the success ot future meetings is assured.
Eyre's Peninsula Tribune (Cowell, SA ), 7 January 1937.


Address:Sunrise Drive, Centenary Park, Arno Bay, 5603
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.916365
Long: 136.575086
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:
Approx. Event Start Date:1836
Actual Event End Date:
Approx. Event End Date:1936


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 1st January, 1937
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Plaque : 


This public park was first established by the
local community in 1936 to commemorate
the centenary of South Australia.

At a cost of £20 (pounds) for materials, the
park was originally fenced and tamerisk
trees planted on each side of a well
constructed running track.  A centenary
sports event was held on New Years Day
1937, when the park was officially opened
by the local Council Chairman Mr. E. M.
(Ted) MItchell.

Spectators would gather on the sand dunes
to view the annual New Years Day sports
activities at the running track, on the beach
and in the sea.

In 1996 the park was redeveloped and the
tradition continues of people gathering on the
Arno Bay foreshore for sport and recreation.

Source: MA
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