A Knight who made a difference: Sir ET Smith 1830-1919

The Hawke Centre is pleased to mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Province of South Australia and the About Time: South Australia's History Festival, running during May to 31 May by presenting this tribute to a notable South Australian citizen of our past.

Art Exhibition previously on at Kerry Packer Civic Gallery in Australia.
From Monday 09 May 2011 to Wednesday 08 June 2011

A1 Sir E Smith SOFT EDGE image A Knight who made a difference: Sir ET Smith 1830-1919 image A Knight who made a difference: Sir ET Smith 1830-1919 image

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This special exhibition celebrates the life and achievements of Sir ET Smith, one of Adelaide’s great philanthropists. Born in Staffordshire, England in 1830, he arrived here in 1853 and became a partner in Edward Logues’ brewery at Kent Town, which became one of the most successful brewing empires in Australia.

As Mayor of Kensington and Norwood from 1867 to 1873 he inspired and drove the modernisation of the municipality. He initiated a major infrastructure works program and revolutionised Adelaide’s transport system and civic life in 1878 with the introduction of Australia’s first urban horse-drawn tram system. He served in the state legislature, was patron of many clubs, and societies and was knighted in 1888 by Queen Victoria for his services to the colony.

This brief glimpse into this 19th century Renaissance man reveals the power of the well-motivated citizen, the extent of his cultural influence, and his remarkable legacy of built heritage, some of which still survives.

This exhibition has been developed and curated by Denise Schumann, Historical Consultant on behalf of the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters