The SA Naval Memorial is an anchor mounted on a granite slab. It's surrounded by 32 bronze plaques, commemorating ships and services in the Royal Australian Navy.

Surrounding the monuments are garden beds resembling the shape of an anchor. Further behind the anchor monument is a flag pole marking the tombstone of Phineas Philip Davies.

Davies was the first seaman to serve South Australia to be killed in the colonial navy. It was an accident on 28 December 1885, at Glenelg with a royal salute to mark Proclamation Day, what was then the 49th anniversary of the founding of the colony of South Australia.

The colony's only naval ship, HMS Protector fired its guns in salute. Davies failed to extinguish the flames in the breech of one of the guns, causing the blank cartridge to explode when it was loaded.

The premature explosion caused serious injury to Davies and a fellow seaman. His colleague went to Semaphore hospital, suffering permanent disfigurement and the loss of sight in one eye. Davies, however, didn't recover consciousness and died from his injuries.

He was buried in Cheltenham Cemetery, where he lay undisturbed for 99 years. Only when the licence for his grave plot expired did his story spark some action.
The Naval Association and the Adelaide City Council combined to fund and construct this memorial and rose beds.
A crowd of one thousand attended the unveiling on 8 April 1995. The garden and its monuments stand as a reminder of the sacrifices in the Australian Navy.

Our next location is about 50 metres further south along Sir Edwin Smith Avenue, just before we reach a large Moreton Bay fig tree.



Spoken Description - SA Naval Memorial
Creator: Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association
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