Fairey Firefly and Dethridge Wheel Memorial


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Located in the heart of the CBD, make time to stop by two iconic monuments, important to the history of the city.

The Fairey Firefly Fighter Bomber was raised as a memorial to all the men and women of the district who served their country in time of war.

The Dethridge Wheel Memorial was erected in 1957 by the Griffith Ex-Serviceman’s Club, as a memorial to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area Pioneers. The Dethridge Wheel, invented in 1910 by John Stewart Dethridge, was prevalent throughout the 20th century and its purpose was to register the amount of water that enters each farm. The wheel did not pull water into farms; it was gravitation that moved the water. The Dethridge wheel was replaced by newer technology in the early 2000s.

Both of these monuments are located adjacent to the Griffith Tourism Hub with free carparking.