1. Traeger, Mr. Alfred

    Alf Traeger was friendly but self-effacing, and is perhaps best known as the inventor of the pedal wireless. 

    Historical Person | By John Healey | North Terrace | 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s

  2. Tregenza, John

    John Tregenza's work has helped the South Australian public appreciate just how interesting and important their own history can be.

    Historical Person | By Wilfrid Prest | late twentieth century, mid nineteenth century

  3. Unaipon, David

    David Unaipon was an Aboriginal leader, writer, gatherer of legends, and inventor who was referred to in the press as 'the Black Leonardo'.

    Historical Person | By Philip Jones | North Terrace | 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s

  4. Veale, Mr. William

    Soldier, engineer and Adelaide Town Clerk William Veale is celebrated for revitalising the city's parklands.

    Historical Person | By Robert Thornton | North Terrace | 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s

  5. Wainwright, John

    John William Wainwright (1880–1948) was born in Naracoorte in the South East, studied accountancy at night and became South Australia’s auditor-general, 1934–45.

    Historical Person | By Carol Fort | early twentieth century, late nineteenth century

  6. Waite, Mr. Peter

    A pastoralist who built an empire on sheep and cattle runs, Peter Waite was also a major philanthropist.

    Historical Person | By Yvonne Routledge | North Terrace | 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s

  7. Wakefield, Edward

    Edward Gibbon Wakefield was born into a family of English Quaker reformers.

    Historical Person | By Carol Fort | 1830s, 1850s

  8. Walker , Mrs. Freida

    Mrs Freida Walker was Lady Mayoress of the City of Adelaide between 1943 and 1946, and a tireless civic worker. 

    Historical Person | By Lee Clark, HerStory Project

  9. Ware, Mrs. Rosa

    Rosa Ware was the Mayoress of the City of Adelaide from 1898-1901.

    Historical Person | By Cheryl Williss, HerStory Project | 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s

  10. Warnes, Mrs. Mary

    Deeply affected by the isolation and loneliness of her early married life, Mary Jane Warnes strived to improve conditions for her fellow countrywomen by founding the South Australian Country Women’s Association.

    Historical Person | By Nancy Robinson Flannery | North Terrace | 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s

  11. Watson, Prof. Archibald

    An unconventional character who had an unconventional career

    Historical Person | By Jennifer MT Carter | 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s

  12. Way, Sir Samuel

    A Chief Justice of South Australia, Sir Samuel Way was polished, cultured and proud.

    Historical Person | By Peter Moore | North Terrace | 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s

  13. Wells, Lawrence

    Explorer and surveyor Lawrence Wells survived gruelling expeditions but died after being struck by a railcar.

    Historical Person | By Rod Cramer | North Terrace | 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s

  14. Wendt, Joachim

    Joachim Wendt was a Danish-born silversmith whose work included extravagant naturalism, Edwardian style, and restrained Regency taste.

    Historical Person | By Richard Phillips | North Terrace, Rundle Street east | 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s

  15. Willcox, Mrs. Jeanie

    Jeanie Willcox was the Mayoress of the City of Adelaide from 1892-1894.

    Historical Person | By Cheryl Williss, HerStory Project | 1890s

  16. Wills, Sir Kenneth

    Businessman and soldier Sir Kenneth Wills was Controller of the Allied Intelligence Bureau during the Second World War.

    Historical Person | By William Wills | North Terrace | 1890s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s

  17. Willshire, Mr. William

    William Henry Willshire, Adelaide born, joined the South Australian police in 1878 and in 1882 was posted to central Australia.

    Historical Person | By Robert Foster | early twentieth century, late nineteenth century, mid nineteenth century

  18. Wilson, Mrs. Martha

    Mrs Martha Wilson was Mayoress of the City of Adelaide (married to the Mayor) from 1842-1843.

    Historical Person | By Cheryl Williss, HerStory Project | 1840s

  19. Woods, Mr. Edward

    One of the founders of the architectural practice of Woods Bagot, Edward Woods designed several of Adelaide’s prominent civic, ecclesiastical and educational buildings

    Historical Person | By Dr Julie Collins, University of South Australia

  20. Woods, Julian

    Julian Woods was the co-founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and a creative priest, educationist and scientist. 

    Historical Person | By Sister Margaret Press | North Terrace | 1850s, 1860s, 1870s

  21. Woolcock, Mrs. Elizabeth

    Hanged at Adelaide Gaol on 30 December 1873, the 26-year-old Elizabeth Woolcock is the only woman to have been legally executed in South Australia

    Historical Person | By Peter Bell | 1870s

  22. Wright, Edmund

    Some of Adelaide’s finest nineteenth-century buildings were designed by this architect.

    Historical Person | By Robyn Taylor | North Terrace | 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s

  23. Wright, Mrs. Agnes

    Agnes Wright was Mayoress in 1859.

    Historical Person | By Cheryl Williss, HerStory Project | 1820s, 1830s, 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s

  24. Yarwood, Mrs. Emily

    Mrs Emily Yarwood was Lady Mayoress of the City of Adelaide (married to the Lord Mayor) from 2010-2014.

    Historical Person | By Emily Yarwood, HerStory Project | 2010s

  25. Young, Sarah

    Sarah Jane (Jeanna) Young (née Foster) (1866–1955), inspired by Catherine Helen Spence, became secretary of the Effective Voting League (1897), wrote and lectured on proportional representation and, with Spence, campaigned for eight weeks in Sydney to have the Hare-Spence voting system adopted in Federal elections. She would later run for parliament and receive an OBE.

    Historical Person | By Dirk van Dissel | early twentieth century, late nineteenth century, mid nineteenth century, mid twentieth century

  26. Zadow, Mrs. Augusta

    Appointed in 1895, Augusta Zadow was South Australia’s first female inspector of factories and an ardent advocate for women workers, a leading trade unionist, philanthropist and suffragist. 

    Historical Person | By Pauline Cockrill, History SA

  27. de Lissa, Ms. Lillian

    Hard working, widely read and exceptionally charming, exotically-named intellectual Lillian Daphne de Lissa was a kindergarten pioneer.

    Historical Person | By Dr Helen Jones | North Terrace | 1900-1910, 1910s

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