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The statue commemorates Queen Adelaide (1792 - 1849) after whom the City of Adelaide was named. 

Adelheid Luise Therese Karoline Amalie was born in the German Duchy of Meiningen, was the eldest child of Georg I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen.

In 1818 she wed William Henry, Duke of Clarence and St Andrews, who became King William IV of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover on 26 June 1830. It was at his request that the new colony founded in South Australia in 1836 was named ‘Adelaide’ after his wife, the Queen consort.

During her life, Queen Adelaide was well known for her tireless commitment to civic work. She died on 2 December 1849 and was buried at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. In September 1953 the Queen Adelaide Room in the Adelaide Town Hall was named in her honour, ahead of the visit to Adelaide by the newly crowned Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on 19 March 1954.

A portrait of Queen Adelaide by William Corden, which originally hung in Windsor Castle, is on display in the Queen Adelaide Room, and is on permanent loan to the City from The Royal Collection Trust, St James Palace. In 1980 the City of Adelaide unveiled a statue of Queen Adelaide in the foyer of the Adelaide Town Hall.

Every August, the City of Adelaide celebrates the birthday of the city’s namesake, Queen Adelaide, and welcomes those who share her name to discover more about her and her connection with the city.




Address:Plane Street Drive, International Rose Garden, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.916376
Long: 138.613048
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Statue
Monument Theme:People
Artist:Scott Eames


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 31st October, 2022
Front Inscription

Her Majesty Queen Adelaide

Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen 1792 - 1849

Queen Consort of King William IV of the United Kingdom and Hanover

The City of Adelaide was named in her honour

This statue was unveiled on Kaurna land by Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC Governor of South Australia

31 October 2022

Sculpted by Scott Eames FRSASA

Patron. Genevieve Theseira Haese (Lady Mayoress of Adelaide 2014 - 2018)


Left Side Inscription

Her Story

Sculptor Scott Eames was inspired to celebrate Queen Adelaide by Her Story project.  Initiated by former City of Adelaide Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese in 2015, Her Story aimed to highlight the often hidden histories of the women linked to some of our State`s key political figures.

Scott sculpted her likeness by studying portraits of Queen Adelaide held by the Art Gallery of South Australia and finding an Adelaide lookalike to model for him.  He raised funds for project by selling 50 limited edition bronze maquettes of the sculpture.

In her hand, Queen Adelaide holds the hybrid teas rose that was also named in her honour.

Inscription in Proximity

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