Mallala Receives War Memorial Upgrade

The Mallala War Memorial will receive a much-needed facelift in the coming months.

The 95-year-old structure, which commemorates World War One, will be repaired and repainted.

Heritage approval has been sought, as well as advice on the original colours.

“Although there have been several repaints over the years, the upcoming work will hopefully restore it to its former glory,” Adelaide Plains Council’s development and community general manager, Robert Veitch, said.

Built in 1922 at a cost of $1325 pounds, the upgrade is financed by a $2500 grant from the State Government’s Heritage Department.

The original granite and marble will be cleaned, and the loose pieces of plaster around the bottom  repaired, and then painted the appropriate colours.

Local councillor and chairman of the Mallala historical committee, Marcus Strudwicke, is pleased the memorial will finally receive the care it deserves.

“The museum has been trying for some years to receive funding for the upgrade,” Cr Strudwicke said.

“It is quite a lengthy process as it is a heritage structure and needed a heritage study done,” he expanded.

“After approval was granted, an expert came out to take paint samples.”

Cr Strudwicke said the museum committee was appreciative of council’s efforts to obtain advice from experts to ensure the work was completed appropriately.

“The timing of the upgrade is quite significant for the museum as we have been commemorating the centenary of World War One, so as this draws to an end the memorial will be completed,” he said.

“Then we have the 100-year celebration of the actual memorial to look forward to.”

Leave a Reply