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The portrait bust commemorates the former Governor of South Australia, Sir Mark Oliphant.  He was the first South Australian born Governor. The bust was erected in 1978 as a tribute to the former Governor's great public service.

Sir Marcus 'Mark' Laurence Elwin Oliphant, AC, KBE, FRS (8 October 1901 – 14 July 2000) was an Australian physicist and humanitarian who played a fundamental role in the first experimental demonstration of nuclear fusion and the development of the atomic bomb.

During retirement he was appointed Governor of South Australia by Premier Don Dunstan a position he held from 1971 to 1976.   In 1977 he assisted in the founding of the Australian Democrats political party.


Address:North Terrace, Prince Henry Gardens, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.921311
Long: 138.600273
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Artist:John Dowie


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1978
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au