Tanunda's memorial garden to again honour the late Benno Keil

An extract from Barossa and Light Herald in April 1977 showing the unveiling of the Keil Memorial Garden, located on the corner of Murray and Bilyara streets, Tanunda.

An extract from Barossa and Light Herald in April 1977 showing the unveiling of the Keil Memorial Garden, located on the corner of Murray and Bilyara streets, Tanunda.

Installation of a new plaque at a Tanunda garden, to honour former councillor Benno Keil, was carried by Barossa Council's elected members on Tuesday.

The decision, made during their ordinary meeting, follows a proposal forwarded by councillor Carla Wiese-Smith.

The councillor, on behalf of resident requests, was keen to reinstate the naming of 'Benno Keil Memorial Garden', at the garden located on the corner of Murray and Bilyara streets.

The original plaque laid in the late 1970s was removed sometime ago after a wall at the garden was torn down.

An article in the Barossa and Light Herald newspaper, dated of 14 April 1977, revealed that "The Benno Keil Memorial Garden...was officially opened at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon.....'

'A memorial plaque to the late Mr. Keil was unveiled by his wife..." (Mrs Elma Keil),' the article states.

He was further noted for having provided "outstanding service" to the town and was a Barossa councillor for 16 years.

Council's research further confirmed that the garden site was purchased by the District Council of Tanunda in 1973 from Wallent & Sons for use as a public park.

During this week's meeting, council shared how Robert Homburg, a trustee of the Keil Family Estate, had been consulted regarding a replica plaque being reinstated in the garden.

He approved a replica plaque partially shown in the newspaper article (see photo).

Mr Homburg suggested installation of the plaque on the back wall of the rotunda in the vicinity of the 'Liedertafel' plaque, 'unless council considers that another location is more appropriate,' council shared.

The popular site for visitors and locals includes a rotunda, seating and well maintained gardens, and also provides a backdrop to community events, including the Barons of Barossa annual Declaration of Vintage in February.

According to the council, the plaque will be installed later next month at a cost of about $500.