Gawler Thematic History - Commemorating the Fallen

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Commemorating the Fallen Gawler, like all Australian towns, suffered a significant loss of young men in the various wars of the 20th century, with almost 500 fallen in WW1 alone. They are commemorated by a statue, on the Adelaide Road, depicting a young Anzac in slouch hat and puttees with rifle and bayonet mourning his dead comrades. In March 1919 a mass meeting of the citizens of Gawler was held to agree a proposal to erect a Memorial Arch off Walker Place.

In June 1941 , the first WW2 victims from Gawler were commemorated. In Oct of the same year, Gawler adopted the Navy corvette ‘HMAS Gawler’.

In May 1969, Bernard Smith, the first local Gawler man killed in the Vietnam War was acknowledged in the local press. 123


This report has been prepared by the following people:

• Nancy Cromar (Flightpath Architects)

• Deborah Morgan (Flightpath Architects)

• Kate Paterson (Flightpath Architects)

• Douglas Alexander (Flightpath Architects)

The study team would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following people:

• David Petruzzella (Strategic Planner; Town of Gawler)

• Jacinta Weiss (Cultural Heritage Centre Coordinator; Town of Gawler)

• Jane Strange (Senior Development and Strategic Policy Officer; Town of Gawler)

Gawler History Team thanks: Flightpath Architects, Ryan Viney and the Town of Gawler for allowing us access to this important document of Gawler History.

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