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The Desert Conquest Memorial

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Published January 23rd 2022
An unusual monument in Keith
Land rover on a pole

Keith is a small rural town located approximately 225 km southeast of Adelaide. The town is at the centre of an area rich in grain crops and cattle grazing. The town has been referred to as the lucerne capital of Australia.


Located along the Dukes Highway, south of the town centre, is an unusual memorial called "The Desert Conquest Memorial". The memorial comprises of a land rover on a pole. The monument, erected in 1995, is a tribute to the pioneering spirit and courage of the men and women who participated in the AMP land development scheme and land rovers were used extensively for the project.

Wiles huts

In the 1950s the AMP Insurance Company, an iconic Australian company, funded the development of turning the region around Keith from a desert wasteland into a rich agricultural area. Hence the memorial is called "The Desert Conquest Memorial".

Stone sculpture

The memorial park also had one of the original Wiles Huts where the workers on the scheme lived. The huts were made of prefabricated steel motor garages built by the Wiles Industrial Company of South Australia.

Picnic tables and chairs in park

There is also a stone sculpture with a plaque showing the areas of development. There are also picnic tables and chairs in the park.
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Where: Keith, South Australia
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