Memorial to Sir Walter Watson Hughes, The University of Adelaide

North Terrace ADELAIDE

The memorial commemorates the life of Sir Walter Watson Hughes, a noted South Australian benefactor. Hughes made significant contributions to the economic development of the State, his foresight leading to the discovery of the Wallaroo mines. He also supported major cultural and educational activities, including the University of Adelaide. Hughes' association with the founding of the University is reinforced by the location of his memorial in front of the Mitchell Building, the first building to be erected on the grounds. The statue is the only known example in South Australia of the work of noted English sculptor Francis Williamson. (HSA Assessment Report 1999)