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Title: Address to the Honorable Thomas Elder from the University of Adelaide
Author: University of Adelaide
Issue Date: 16-Nov-2006
Abstract: The text reads as follows: On the first page: To The Honorable Thomas Elder Dear Sir, The Members of The Adelaide University Association beg to offer you their grateful thanks for your munificent donation of twenty thousand pounds for the purposes of the University. While they do not forget the princely gift of Mr Hughes which laid the basis of this Institution, they regard with equal satisfaction the like contribution from yourself as securing its future prosperity and extension. On the second page: They congratulate the colonists of South Australia that there have risen up from among them men, who appreciating the advantages of a high liberal education for the youth of the Colony, have in thankfulness to that good Providence which has prospered their honorable labours in the acquisition of property resolved to mark their grateful sense of the success accorded to them, by devoting a portion of their wealth to the benefit of the community at large, and of generations yet unborn. They trust that both yourself and Mr. Hughes may be long spared to see the good fruits of your munificence, and are well assured that your names as founders and patrons of the University of Adelaide will not only live in the affectionate remembrance of the present generation, but be handed down to the grateful respect of those Students who shall hereafter receive instruction in the halls of this Institution, and under the Professors who will be appointed through your liberality. Signed by A. Adelaide, Vice President, On behalf of the Association, and Geo. Young, Hon. Secretary, Adelaide 8th December 1874
Keywords: University of Adelaide -- Addresses
Elder, Thomas, Sir, 1818-1897.
University of Adelaide Benefactors
University of Adelaide History
Benevolence South Australia History
Endowments South Australia History
Education, Higher South Australia Adelaide Endowments.
Description: The address was presented to Sir Thomas Elder in appreciation of his gift of 20,000 pounds to the University on the passage of the Act of Incorporation in November 1874. The donation was "to be applied by the governing body in the manner best calculated to promote the interests of the Institution, without limitations or conditions on his part" and at the decision of Council in January 1875 was used to establish two chairs, one in Mathematics and the other in Natural Science. The first two Elder professors were Horace Lamb and Ralph Tate. The illuminated address was commissioned from R.S. Minchin immediately on notice of the gift and presented to Sir Thomas on behalf of the University Association on 8 December 1874. The cost of the address, handsomely bound in red morocco, was 15 guineas, a significant sum.
Scanned from the original held in Rare Books & Special Collections, Barr Smith Library.
Call number: Strong Room Oversize 378.942 A22
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