South Australian War Memorial

The South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial at the Torrens Parade Ground.
The idea to establish a dedicated War Memorial began as early as 2007. This was a vision by many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal veterans.
In the words of my first cousin Marj Tripp, the first Aboriginal woman to join the Royal Australian Navy and the SA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial Committee’s Chairperson, ‘it has been a long, long hard road’ getting the vision into reality.
I attended the service and it was with great pride that I witnessed the historic launch of South Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander memorial on Sunday 10 November 2013.
The only other war memorial in Australia dedicated to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander veterans is in Canberra. I may be biased when I say the SA memorial is far superior: ‘a large granite boulder’ with two bronze guardian figures, male and female representing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and service women, in comparison to Canberra’s small rock with a plaque. In addition, to see the ACT one you have to follow a dirt track which restricts those with mobility issues.
The great honour for me is seeing my two older brothers, both navy veterans, recognised in the brick pavers on the pathway walk.

I would encourage everyone, if you have the time, to visit the war memorial. It is very significant as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have served in every war this country has been involved with, starting from the Boer War in the 1800s to the current conflicts in Afghanistan.

Christine Egan
Ngarrindjeri/Gurindji heritage