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Though a manufacturer of agricultural machinery, David Shearer also designed an early car, constructed an observatory, and was a keen artist.
Historical Thing | By History SA | North Terrace | 1980s
David Unaipon was an Aboriginal leader, writer, gatherer of legends, and inventor who was referred to in the press as 'the Black Leonardo'.
As premier, Dunstan’s agenda of social and political reform transformed South Australia.
Doris Taylor was the founder and organizer of Meals on Wheels, despite spending most of her life in a wheelchair.
Some of Adelaide’s finest nineteenth-century buildings were designed by Edmund William Wright.
A racing car designer and driver, Eldred Norman was interested in all things mechanical.
Essington Lewis was a hard-working industrialist who substantially developed and expanded B.H.P., and was Director-General of Munitions during the Second World War.
Faulding was a manufacturing chemist, prominent businessman, city councillor and church benefactor.
Frederick May was an engineer and manufacturer, and the archetypal 'quiet achiever' who missed out on major fame and success.
George Elton Mayo was an extraordinarily versatile pioneer in human relations, management studies and psychoanalysis.
This merchant, banker, landowner and philanthropist was generous but shrewd, and often tagged with the phrase ‘philanthropy plus ten per cent’.
A printer and publisher, George Frederick Hassell was devoted to the immaculate ’embellishment of books’.
Equal parts naturalist and artist, George French Angas depicted the South Australian landscape, Aboriginal inhabitants, and flora and fauna with meticulous accuracy.
In the days before Coca-Cola and Pepsi, George Hall was a forward-thinking manufacturer of soft drinks.
1986 marked the 150th anniversary of the colonisation of South Australia.
A surveyor and conservationist, and incredibly prolific letter-writer, Goyder is mainly remembered for his famous ‘line of rainfall’.
Known to all as ‘Aunty Glad’, Elphick was a tireless worker for Aboriginal welfare.
Gladys Ruth Gibson was an educationist and president of the National Council of Women – and by all accounts a loyal friend and loving family member.
Harold Eustace Hill Ling was a joint patent-holder of that indisputable Australian icon, the Hills Hoist, and was responsible for expanding and diversifying Hills Industries Limited.
Medical practitioner Helen Mayo combined energy and a strong social conscience in her promotion of child health services.
Harry Butler was a charismatic young aviator with a barnstorming style.
The music of unconventional musician and composer Hooper Josse Brewster Jones was as distinctive as his name.
A man of many parts, James Martin was an inventor, politician, philanthropist, engineer and ‘The Father of Gawler’.
A masterly Aboriginal police tracker, Jimmy James saved lives, gathered evidence and attained legendary status.
A union official and social reformer who was not a socialist, John McPherson became the first leader of South Australia's Parliamentary Labor Party.
Though stern and strict, educationist (and first Inspector-General of Schools) John Anderson Hartley favoured progressive and innovative ideas.
Instigator and first Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival, John Bishop was a musician, teacher and visionary.
Founder of the Australian Inland Mission and Royal Flying Doctor Service, Flynn was a practical and restless innovator.
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