Dame Roma Mitchell is depicted surrounded by her books looking relaxed and at home on North Terrace. The Statue is an acknowledgement of her many acheivements, including her time as Governor of South Australia. Dame Roma Mitchell was a much loved public figure, recognised for blazing a trail for women professionally, and for her human rights advocacy.
Dame Roma Mitchell
Born 2 October 1913 in Adelaide, Roma Mitchell was educated locally before pursuing a legal career. She became the first female Queen's Counsel (QC) in Australia (1962); the first female judge of a Supreme Court in Australia (1965); first Chair of the Human Rights Commission (1981); first female chancellor of an Australian University (1983); and the first female Governor of an Australian state (1991). Dame Roma Mitchell's biographers (Magarey & Round, 2007) christened her 'Roma the First' due to this long list of pioneering achievements.
Sculptor Janette Moore chose to portray Dame Roma Mitchell sitting informally and reading. At the unveiling Sir William Deane described the impression given as '... just as if she were on the other side of the wall behind us in the gardens of Government House.' (Magarey, Susan ed, 2002)
The front inscription reads:
Magery, Susan, ed, Dame Roma: Glimpses of a Glorious Life (Adelaide: The John Bray Law Chapter of the University of Adelaide's Alumni Association and Axiom Pbulishing, 2002)
Magery, Susan and Kerrie Round, Roma the First: A biography of Dame Roma Mitchell (Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2007)
Monument Australia, 'Dame Roma Mitchell', http://monumentaustralia.org.au/display/50062-dame-roma-mitchell, accessed 30 October 2014