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31 July 1984 Ocean Boulevard

 31 July 1984 Ocean Boulevard

When Ocean Boulevard, the continuation of Brighton Road, was widened the War memorial which had stood near the cement works had to be moved. At the time of the opening of the new road y the Minister for Transport, the Hon. Mr Abbott MP, on 31 July 1984 he also unveiled a plaque, placed near the memorial to commemorate the old Portland cement works. The plaque, on a base of crystal calcite, the main component of limestone from which cement is made, reads:

Near this place a syndicate led by William Lewis established a cement works in 1882 which produced the first Portland cement made in Australia. The SA Portland cement company Ltd grew out of this enterprise which eventually became merged in the Adelaide Brighton Cement Company Ltd.

Averil Holt, Brighton Council.

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