Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Lower Eyre Peninsula Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Memory Cove Tablet Site, Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area
Registered Name Flinders Tablet Memory Cove
Significance The Memory Cove Tablet marks an historic site related to Matthew Flinders' expedition of 1801-03 and the perils of South Australian coastal waters. The Memory Cove area is one of the few sites in South Australia where Flinders came ashore. In this instance it was to honour the memory of eight of the crew of the 'Investigator', John Thistle (master), William Taylor (midshipman) and six other sailors who were drowned when their cutter capsized on 21 February 1802. The original tablet was the first memorial erected on South Australian soil. It was an engraved sheet of copper and was erected on a 'stout post' on 24 February 1802. A portion of it was found on the beach in 1866 and is now displayed in the South Australian Maritime Museum. A replacement was erected in 1897 but it too was subsequently destroyed. The present plaque was mounted in 1924. Flinders bestowed the names Memory Cove and Cape Catastrophe to mark the event, and also named islands after each of the eight men. (HSA 9/99)
Subject Index Monuments and memorials - Memorials - Built/Statues/Plaques/Trees
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 04-MAR-1993
LGA Lower Eyre Peninsula
State Heritage ID 14214
Heritage Number 16599
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CR 5910/81 H510200 S12,CR 5918/369 D64397 A6


While due care has been taken to ensure that the SA Heritage Places Database accurately reflects the South Australian Heritage Register and listings of Local Heritage Places in Development Plans, the State of South Australia does not accept liability for the use of the SA Heritage Database for any purpose. Users should consult the Department for Environment and Water - Heritage South Australia to confirm the listing of State Heritage Places and the relevant Development Plan for Local Heritage Places/Contributory Items.

In the majority of cases, the maps of State Heritage Places on this web site show the footprints of the most significant structures on a registered Place. However, sometimes they simply indicate the complete area of land comprising the Place. Work is proceeding to further refine the mapping of such places. It is also important to note that development control is not limited to the registered structures but extends to their setting and structures nearby (what is termed ‘development affecting’ a State Heritage Place). Hence it is vital that exact details of the listed place and implications for any proposed development be discussed with Heritage South Australia staff, as they cannot be deduced solely from the information on this web site. The inclusion of a place in the SA Heritage Register gives no right of public access. Permission to visit properties must be sought from the owners. The accuracy of the mapping of State Heritage Places is not guaranteed. Please contact Heritage SA ( https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/heritage/sa-heritage-register) if you believe there is an error.

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