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The monument was erected over the grave by the Italian Historical Society of South Australia to commemorate Antonio Giannoni (1814 - 1883), the first Italian settler in South Australia, who arrived on 19th of September 1839. The original gravesite has been restored. 

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:161 West Terrace, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.935036
Long: 138.585194
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 4th November, 1993
Front Inscription

In memory of Antonio Giannoni

Born Rimini     30 - 3 - 1814
Died Adelaide  6 - 9 - 1883

First Italian settler in South Australia arrived on the "Recovery"
19 September 1839

Con Orgoglio Il Comune Di Rimmi
Onora E Picorda Questo Suo
Benemerito Conottadino Lontano


Left Side Inscription

Repubblica Italiana

Erected by the Italian Historical Society of South Australia

Unveiled by Dr. F. Azzarello Consul of Italy in South Australia

4th November 1993

Inscription in Proximity

Plaque :

Antonio Giannoni (1814 - 1883)

South Australia`s first Italian settler

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