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The memorial, featuring a portrait bust, commemorates Antonio Giannoni, the first Italian settler in South Australia, who arrived on 19th of September 1839. 

South Australia's first Italian, Antonio Giannoni (1814-1883), a native of Rimini, arrived in Adelaide in 1839 as a sailor on the Recovery. After several years spent whaling at Encounter Bay and fossicking for gold in Victoria, he returned to Adelaide and worked as a cab-driver in Kensington and Norwood, where in 1920 his son Peter was elected mayor. 


Address:45 Osmond Terrace, On median strip, Norwood, 5067
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.920645
Long: 138.632057
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 4th November, 1993
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Antonio Giannoni
Rimini 1814 - Adelaide 1883

First Italian settler in South Australia
Arrived on the `Recovery` 19 Sept 1839
Citizen of Kensington and Norwood 1863 - 1883
Well known cab driver and father of Peter Gannoni, Mayor of Kensington and Norwood 1920 - 1992

This monument was unveiled on 4th November, 1993 by the Hon. Lynn Arnold MP   Premier of South Australia

Mayor Vincensina Ciccarello  City of Kensington and Norwood
Dr. Francesco Azzarello         Consul for Italy in South Australia

A joint initiative of Comune di Rimini City of Kensington and Norwood Italian Historical Society


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