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Sir Thomas Elder
Sir Thomas Elder

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The statue commemorates the South Australian benefactor, Sir Thomas Elder who was a founding member of Elder Smith and Company.  

Sir Thomas was one of South Australia`s greatest benefactors and left bequests for workingmen`s homes, the Art Gallery, hospitals and churches. His greatest generosity however, was directed towards the University of Adelaide, and ensured the continuing existence of the University in its founding years.

His Excellency the Governor of South Australia (Sir George Le Hunte) unveiled the statue which has been erected in memory of the late Sir Thomas Elder on July 29. After the unveiling Sir George remarked that they had met to do honour to the memory of the late Sir Thomas Elder, who had heen held in such high esteem throughout the length and breadth of South Australia. His Excellency thenreferred to the many beneficent actions of Sir Thomas. "I regard him." Sir George concluded, "as the good centurion, the servant of God and of your state, whose introduction to his Master was, 'He has loved our country and built us a synagogue.' The statue is erected close to Adelaide University.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic), 8 August 1903.


Address:North Terrace, University of Aldelaide, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.920685
Long: 138.605024
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Statue
Monument Theme:People
Artist:A. R. Drury (England)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 29th July, 1903
Front Inscription

Sir Thomas Elder G.C.M.G.

1817 - 1897

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