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Premier for 26 years, Sir Thomas Playford managed the industrialisation of South Australia while maintaining a conservative social agenda.
Historical Thing | By History SA | North Terrace | 1980s
A true internationalist, Sir Walter Crocker was a diplomat and Australian ambassador to many countries, a writer, and a centenarian.
A pastoralist and mine-owner once accused of fraud, Hughes stated shortly before his death: ‘I have been a sinner all my life’.
Philosopher, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, and a teacher of economics, psychology and literature, Sir William Mitchell was nothing if not a polymath.
Historical Thing | By History SA
Founder of the Congregational Church in South Australia, Thomas Stow was a strenuous minister and a dedicated opponent of state aid to religion.
A proverbial chip off the old block, Tom Elder Barr Smith was an astute businessman and generous philanthropist.
As the first Labor premier of South Australia, Tom Price established a minimum wage and electrified the tramways.
The term 'all-round sportsman' might have been coined for Victor York Richardson, who excelled at cricket, football, baseball, lacrosse, tennis and basketball.
A conscientious and gifted forestry administrator, Walter Gill was also an enthusiastic nature photographer.
Bagot was an architect whose work, including Bonython Hall and the Barr Smith Library, displays his preference for classical and traditional designs.
Surgeon William Anstey Giles came from pioneering stock, but was a pioneer himself in medical literature.
Soldier, engineer and Adelaide Town Clerk William Veale is celebrated for revitalising the city's parklands.
Short-lived explorer and surveyor William Christie Gosse was the first European to set eyes on Uluru.
Remembered as the founder of the City of Adelaide, Light was South Australia’s first surveyor-general.
William Mortlock was a pastoralist and a generous and popular, if not necessarily brilliant, parliamentarian.
William Muirden founded the Muirden College for Business Training, and was known for his well-balanced and harmonious nature.
William Randell was a pioneer of River Murray paddle-steamers, and was responsible for both designing and piloting them.
Lady Bonython grew from ‘Baby Mayoress’ into a community worker and supporter of numerous charities, especially those benefiting women and children.
The Angas Memorial was completed in 1915 as a tribute to the memory of George Fife Angas and John Howard Angas, colonists who contributed to the foundation of South Australia.
Historical Thing | By Madeleine Ryan, History SA | Parklands
The John Jefferson Bray Memorial Fountain commemorates the life of a senior judge, scholar and poet
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | Southeast corner | 1910s, 1930s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1990s
The statue of inland explorer John McDouall Stuart at the corner of Victoria Square and Flinders Street, Adelaide, commemorates his place in Australian history
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton and Mandy Paul, History SA | 1830s, 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1960s
An eclectic selection of significant contributors to South Australia to 1986
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton & Bernard O'Neil, History SA | North Terrace | 1830s, 1980s
Creating and installing King Edward VII’s statute took eight months longer than the period of his reign
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | North Terrace | 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1920s
The shining steel and simple form of Knot typifies the work of sculptor Herbert (Bert) Flugelman.
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | North Terrace | 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2010, 2010s
Affectionately known as the ‘Bonython bath’, this fountain stood outside the South Australian Museum from 1965 to 2005
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | North Terrace | 1870s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1920s, 1930s, 1960s
Remembering South Australian Light Horsemen who served in Egypt and Palestine and at Gallipoli
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton & Bernard O'Neil, History SA | North Terrace | 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, Boer War, early twenty–first century
Adelaide-born Lord Florey won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1945 for his part in making the infection-fighting penicillin available
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | North Terrace | 1890s, 1920s, 1940s, 1960s
An award for the ‘fairest and most brilliant player’ in South Australia’s major Australian Rules football competition
Historical Thing | By Bernard Whimpress | 1890s, early twentieth century, early twenty–first century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century
‘My aim is to leave the world better for women’ – Mary Lee was an activist, suffragist and unionist
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | North Terrace | 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1990s
A statue to honour Matthew Flinders, the first explorer to circumnavigate Australia, was a long time coming in Adelaide
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | North Terrace | 1790s, 1800-1810, 1840s, 1900-1910, 1920s, 1930s
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