We have several statues in Adelaide to past British Kings and Queens. This man was the link between two Queens -
he was Queen Victoria's grandson, and Queen Elizabeth's grandfather.
Born in 1865, George Frederick Ernest Albert became King in 1910 at the age of 45 after his father died and stayed on the throne until his death in 1936 at the age of 70. His full title was “King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India” .
Surprisingly this State heritage-listed statue was not placed here, next to a massive Moreton Bay fig tree, until 1950. The 14 year delay after King George's death was caused by the Second World War.
During the First World War, King George V regularly visited the British and colonial troops both in England and serving on the Western Front in Europe. He had earlier represented his father King Edward VII at the opening of the Australian Parliament in May 1901 and had visited Adelaide as part of that visit to Australia.
From this point we cross over the road, in the direction that King George is facing.