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South East Asian Memorial

10th August 2020

Port Pirie Regional Council and the RSL Port Pirie Sub Branch have partnered to develop and enhance the South East Asian War Memorial in time for Vietnam Veterans Day.

Four bollards commemorating the theatres of war in South East Asia (Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam and Korea) have been installed along Memorial Drive in Port Pirie. Each bollard features a short story as well as the number of Australians who served, were wounded and died in each conflict.

QR codes featured on each bollard bring a digital storytelling element to the memorial. Community members can use their phone camera (on an Apple or Android phone) to be connected to stories about local servicemen and women through the Australian War Memorial’s Places of Pride website.

The bollards each feature a figure of someone who was instrumental during the South East Asian conflicts – an airman, a soldier, a sailor and a nurse.

Cr Jack Keain originally raised the idea of placing bollards at the various war memorials in Port Pirie and the district. The RSL Port Pirie Sub Branch was successful in obtaining a Saluting Their Service Commemorative grant through the Federal Government’s Department of Veteran Affairs to bring the idea to life.

The memorial upgrade has been completed in time for Vietnam Veteran Day, which will be commemorated at the South East Asian Memorial on Tuesday 18 August.

This project is part of a strong partnership between Council and the RSL with further developments to celebrate our military history still to come.