Elizabeth Glover

People of Adelaide


Posted on 01 Sep 2019

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Elizabeth Glover (1870-1950), philanthropist and Lady Mayoress, was the wife of Charles Glover. They made a significant contribution to the governance of the city with Elizabeth ably supporting Charles during his terms as Alderman from 1909-1917, before their elevation to the roles of Mayor and Mayoress of the City of Adelaide for 1917-1919.

As Mayoress during the time of the First World War, Glover galvanised and cheered the men and women of the city, organising working bees in the Adelaide Town Hall, and commandeering its kitchen for the preservation of fruit for the troops. She was also an effective fundraiser, serving as President of the Women's War Memorial Committee which raised £3000+ from 10,000+ subscribers to build The Cross of Sacrifice Memorial in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide, unveiled in 1922.

In 1919, a Lord Mayoral title was approved by the British Government for the City of Adelaide. Charles Glover was conferred with this new title on 22 November 1919. The Glovers served again as Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Adelaide between 1923-1925 and in 1930-1933.

Celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia.

Image: CC000792, Civic Collection, City of Adelaide Archives