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The memorial was erected over the grave in memory George Woodroffe Goyder (1826 - 1898), Surveyor-General in the colony of South Australia. 

He rose rapidly in the civil service, becoming Assistant Surveyor-General by 1856 and the Surveyor General of South Australia in 1861. He is remembered today for Goyder`s Line of rainfall, a line used in South Australia to demarcate land climatically suitable for arable farming from that suitable only for light grazing, and for the siting, planning and initial development of Darwin, the Northern Territory capital and principal population centre. However, Goyder was an avid researcher into the lands of South Australia (including the present-day Northern Territory) and made recommendations to a great number of settlers in the newly developing colony, especially to those exploiting the newly discovered mineral resources of the state.

The funeral of the late Mr. G. W. Goyder, C.M.G., a former Surveyor-General of the province, will take place this afternoon. The body will be conveyed from Warrakilla at 3 o'clock for interment in the cemetery at East Stirling, which the procession is timed to reach at 4 o'clock. The cemetery is situated about a mile from Aldgate on the road to Mylor. Among those who will attend the obsequies will be the Commissioner of Crown Lands, Hon.L. O'Loughlin, and probably the following ex- Commissioners of Lands: — The Hons. Sir Jenkin Coles (Speaker), Alfred Catt (Chairman of Committees), Thomas Playford,and J. H. Howe, M.L.C., and Mr. T. Burgoyne, M.P., Mr. W. Copley, M.P., a former Commissioner, is out of the city, and will therefore be unable to attend the funeral. The Parliamentary Party will proceed to Aldgate by the 1.10 train from the city, and go to Warrakilla in time to leave the house with the funeral procession. The Surveyor-General, Mr. W. Strawbridge, and the Deputy Surveyor-General, Mr. E. M. Smith, will also proceed to Warrakilla, which is over four miles from the cemetery. It is expected that a large number of officers in the Lands and Survey Department will join in paying a last tribute of respect to the memory of their late chief. They will meet at the cemetery in a body and follow the coffin to the grave. 
South Australian Register (Adelaide), 5 November 1898. 


Address:Strathalbyn Road , Stirling East Cemetery, Aldgate, 5154
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.0211
Long: 138.753038
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial


Front Inscription

Sacred to the memory of George Woodroffe Goyder

Surveyor General of South Australia from 1861 to 1893

Born June 24th 1826
Died November 3rd 1898

Erected to his memory by Officers of his Department and friends

Inscription in Proximity

George Woodroffe Goyder
1826 - 1898

Surveyor General of South Australia 1869 to 1893

George W. Goyder was responsible for the definition of The line between the marginal and reliable agricultural land in South Australia. This Line is known as Goyder`s Line. His name is also given to the channel between North and South Lake Eyre.

The South Australian Division of the Institute of Engineering and Mining Surveyors Aust Inc maintains this historic grave in the interest of Surveyors and the heritage of South Australia.

We would like to acknowledge the valuable assistance of : - 
Wattyl Australia Pty. Ltd. and 
S. D. Tillett Memorials Pty. Ltd. 

Source: MA, ADB
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