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

Sir Thomas Elder

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.

Bookings not required

Event Details

Venue information

  • Wheelchair access

Event type


Dates and times

1 May-15 Jun, during Barr Smith Library opening hours

Venue or tour starting point *

The Reading Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide, North Tce, Adelaide




Bookings not required


Cheryl Hoskin
8313 5224
cheryl.hoskin [at]