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The memorial commemorates Sylvia Birdseye who introduced mail and bus services from Adelaide to the Eyre Peninsula.

Sylvia Birdseye started the service from Adelaide to Port Lincoln in 1924, choosing a perilous route through hills and flooded creeks so that she could service a wider range of settlers,including those of the Cowell/Cleve area. She became well-known and well-loved for her intrepid adventures, her mechanical skill and ingenuity and her disregard for personal comfort.

She spent long hours at the wheel making detours to get through and once swam the Myall Creek between Whyalla and Port Augusta with a rope to pull the bus through. She and Gladys Dighton (her sister-in-law) once changed a tyre in four minutes, while her record for a broken axle was twenty minutes. She brought not only newspapers and letters, but also urgently needed medicines, spare parts, as well as passengers to Eyre Peninsula.


Address:Lincoln Highway, 4.4 kilometres west of Cowell , Cowell, 5602
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.677895
Long: 136.872605
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:26-January-1902
Actual Event End Date:09-August-1962


Front Inscription

The Birdsye Memorial Ciarn

Erected to perpetuate the outstanding services of Sylvia Jessie Katherine Birdseye

26 - 1 - 1902  to  9 - 8 - 1962

Who introduced overland mail and passenger bus services between Adelaide and Eyre Peninsula in 1928 and who drove approximately 4 million miles in 43 years.

E. P. Local Govt. Assn.


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