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For the Greater Good: The Generous Life of Sir Thomas Elder (1818-1897)

Date/Time: Tuesday, 1 May 2018 - Friday, 15 June 2018

Location: The Barr Smith Library, Reading Room, Level 2

Cost: Free: All Welcome

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This exhibition celebrates the life and generous donations of Sir Thomas Elder in the 200th year since his birth. Sir Thomas Elder's business and pastoral empire underpinned his munificent support of many causes to enhance the prosperity of and expand the boundaries of knowledge in colonial South Australia, including exploration expeditions, art bequests and the establishment of the University of Adelaide. Elder also introduced innovations in pastoral management and camel and racehorse breeding at his Morphettville stud. His life and philanthropy are portrayed through historic documents, photographs and artefacts sourced from Rare Books & Special Collections and University Archives.

Contact: Ms Cheryl Hoskin, Email:, Special Collections Librarian, Business: (08) 8313 5224