Sir Sidney KidmanPrint Page Print this page


Photographs supplied by Stephen Warren

The gates commemorate Sir Sidney Kidman (1857 - 1935), who was Australia's largest landholder, known as ‘The Cattle King'. 

Sidney Kidman worked his way up the pastoral industry via a series of tough jobs on outback stations, such as drover, bullock driver, and even an odd-job boy in a grog shanty. Following his mother's death in 1873, he received an annual stipend from his grandfather's will, before obtaining his full inheritance of £400 in 1878. Through astute investments, Kidman parleyed his inheritance into a healthy fortune. In 1887, he bought his first property, 'Thule' Station, near Charleville in Western Queensland, further cattle stations in the Northern Territory, South Australia, New South Wales, and Western Australia were to follow. Until by 1903, he owned 98,420 km2 across Australia. By the end of World War One, he had become a national institution, having given fighter aeroplanes and other munificent gifts to the armed forces. In 1920 he gave to the Salvation Army £1000 and a half share in one of his cattle-stations. In 1921 he gave his country home at Kapunda, the scene of his annual horse-sales, to the South Australian government for a district high school.

Sidney Kidman was knighted for his services to pastoralism in 1921. When he died, at the age of 78, in 1935, Sir Sidney Kidman owned 3.5% of Australia's land, 68 cattle stations covering more than 250,000 km² running more than 600,000 cattle. In 2016, S Kidman & Co., the company he created in 1899, was still listed as one of the largest landholders in Australia.


Address:Rose Terrace & Hamilton Boulevard, Adelaide Showgrounds, Gate 1, Wayville, 5034
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.943807
Long: 138.586509
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Gates
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 13th September, 1937
Front Inscription
Kidman Entrance
Left Side Inscription

In memory of Sir Sidney Kidman

1857 - 1935

Right Side Inscription

A pioneer of Australian pastoral development


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