I found that the memorial stones (pavers) dedicated to my ancestors that were placed in the Alberton Pioneer Park Memorial Walk were deteriorating, so much so, they couldn’t be recognised. Signage at the park led me to the Port Adelaide Historical Society.
By joining the Society I found that the Portonian Walk containing the memorial stones was a joint effort between the Port Adelaide Enfield Council and the Society. The walk was a compromise because the initial proposal was for a memorial wall. The wall was to contain the names of the 3,000 persons buried in what was the original Port Adelaide Cemetery. The memorial wall proved to be too expensive.
At least three of my ancestors, were buried there in the mid to late 1800’s. The head stone of one of my adult relatives has been preserved; it’s one of only six headstones that survive.
The concrete pavers have proven to be an inferior product for engraving and have weathered badly in some cases. Alternative stone has been sourced, given time and money, the original pavers will be replaced.
The Historical Society has advertised the opportunity for its members and others to have the memorials replaced and with your support will replace the 160 pavers.
I can recommend a visit to the Alberton site at the end of Parker Street; it’s a well kept secret. It’s a place for quiet reflection and a park that is well received by the surrounding inhabitants. The locals provide water for the animals that use the park and the Council has provided a small play ground for small children.
You can have memorial installed by emailing the the Port Adelaide Historical Society at [email protected]
John Butler, Portonian Editor