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1986 marked the 150th anniversary of the colonisation of South Australia.
Historical Thing | By History SA | North Terrace | 1980s
A tireless worker for the welfare of soldiers, Alexandrine Seager founded and ran the Cheer-Up Society.
Electrical merchant Alfred Edward Gerard was also a concerned humanitarian, and a worker for Aboriginal welfare.
A manufacturer of agricultural machinery, Alfred Hannaford was also an inventor who devised a pickling machine.
Alf Traeger was friendly but self-effacing, and is perhaps best known as the inventor of the pedal wireless.
Not content with being the nation’s biggest metal goods manufacturer, Alfred Muller Simpson was prominent in public life too.
Howard was a nurseryman and great promoter of subterranean clover. His discoveries have benefited farmers’ pastures throughout South Australia.
A union leader, parliamentarian and egalitarian, Andrew Alexander Kirkpatrick pushed for equal rights for women.
An austere but tolerant Lutheran migrant leader, August Kavel contributed significantly to South Australia’s rich legacy of German culture.
The energetic Augustus Short, South Australia’s first Anglican bishop, laid firm foundations for the growth of the Anglican Church in the new colony.
Camel driver Bejah Dervish, highly-regarded for his part in the Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition in 1896, became a familiar figure in South Australia’s far north.
Dennis was a poet, journalist and satirist, renowned for The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, the bestselling book of Australian poetry.
Writer and social reformer Catherine Helen Spence was also the first woman to write a novel about Australia.
A geologist and explorer, Cecil Madigan crossed the Simpson Desert in the last classic Australian exploration adventure.
Horribly wounded twice in World War One, the tenacious Hawker went on to be a pastoralist and parliamentarian.
A medical practitioner, Charles Duguid was also a champion of the underdog who spent many of his 102 years as a worker for Aboriginal advancement.
Though dogged by scandal, Charles Kingston was a lawyer, parliamentarian and Federalist who steered many reforms through the South Australian Parliament and helped draft Australia’s Constitution.
Charles Mountford was an anthropologist, writer and photographer, and was dedicated to the promotion of Aboriginal art and mythology.
A soldier and explorer, Captain Charles Sturt was first to chart the River Murray.
Cawthorne was a dynamic music seller and concert manager, and is remembered as a genial raconteur.
Colin Sidney Hayes is remembered as possibly the greatest racehorse trainer and thoroughbred breeder in the history of Australian racing.
Though hampered by a physical disability, Davey became a psychologist and educationist who worked untiringly for social justice.
A trailblazing jurist, Dame Roma Mitchell pushed for numerous law reforms and became South Australia’s first female governor.
Befitting a dedicated community worker and charity organizer, Dame Ruby Litchfield’s simple philosophy was ‘To live and let live’.
Daniel Moriarty has been acclaimed as the greatest footballer between the two World Wars.
Musician and artist with a wide range both sonically and visually.
Merchant David Fowler built a successful grocery business, famous for jams, confectionery and preserved fruit.
Though a manufacturer of agricultural machinery, David Shearer also designed an early car, constructed an observatory, and was a keen artist.
David Unaipon was an Aboriginal leader, writer, gatherer of legends, and inventor who was referred to in the press as 'the Black Leonardo'.
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