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The monument which was unveiled on her 200th birthday, commemorates Maria Gandy (1811 - 1847).  It was organised by residents of the street and the Thebarton Historical Society, and recognises Maria in four aspects - mother, carer, settler and pioneer.  It is fitting that Maria was honoured in 2011 being her bicentennial year as well as the 175th anniversary of the founding of South Australia and the 100th year of International Women’s Day.

A passenger on The Rapid, one of the first nine ships bound for the new province of South Australia in 1836, she had accompanied her partner Colonel William Light and later nursed him till his death from tuberculosis three years later. She became the sole executrix and beneficiary of his estate, and the custodian of some of the most significant papers in the history of South Australia which are now in the State Library.

Maria had nursed the invalid Light in the brick built cottage which he had called Theberton after Theberton Hall in Suffolk , England where he had been educated in the 1790s. The suburb of Thebarton was named after their home, the variant spelling due to a later typographical mistake.

After Light’s death, Maria had married Dr George Mayo and had 4 children. In 1847, when aged only 36, she too finally succumbed to tuberculosis and was buried in an unmarked grave in West Terrace Cemetery.



Address:Albert & Maria Streets, Thebarton, 5031
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.919392
Long: 138.575114
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 23rd November, 2011
Front Inscription

Maria Gandy
1811 - 1847

(1811 - 2011)


Maria Gandy
Born 23rd Nov, 1811 Twyford, Hampshire. England
Died as Maria Mayo 14th Dec. 1847  Aged 36

(Unmarked grave at West Tce. Cemetery)

Beloved mother of Mary, Kate, George and Maria Louisa who died aged 10 months.

Left Side Inscription


Maria set sail from England aboard the brig "Rapid" May 1836 with Colonel William Light, a small survey party and her two  brothers.

Light originally surveyed Adelaide in January - March 1837.

Back Inscription


Colonel Light and Maria moved to their unfinished Theberton Cottage after fire destroyed Light`s hut on North Terrace  

Jan.  1839.

Right Side Inscription


Colonel Light`s housekeeper, companion & mistress Maria nursed Light until his death 6th Oct. 1839 aged 53

Gandy was the sole beneficiary and executrix of his estate and papers.

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