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The sundial commemorates Gladys Ruth Gibson (1901 - 1982), who was an educationalist and womens leader. 

In 1921 Miss Gibson had been appointed to Westbourne Park Public School. She later taught at primary and technical high schools in Adelaide and in the country before becoming inspector of girls schools (1941) and of secondary schools (1952)

A member of the Public Examinations Board (1942-63) and of the Technical High Schools Curriculum Board, she convened the English and social studies committees of the latter. She was a foundation member, honorary treasurer and a fellow (1963) of the Australian College of Education, a founder of St Ann's College, University of Adelaide, and president (1960-61) of the South Australian University Women Graduates' Association. She retired from teaching in 1961.

While influential and respected within her profession, Gibson was better known for her work with the National Council of Women—at the State, national and international levels.


Address:King William Road, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.919727
Long: 138.597537
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Artist:Owen Broughton


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1974
Front Inscription

Sun Dial

Owen Broughton, born 1922 Australia
Adelaide Festival Centre Trust Collection

Commissioned by the National Council of Women 

- In honour of the late Miss Ruth Gibson OBE.

Generous citizen educator who worked for the advancement of women.


Source: MA,ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au