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Published July 28th 2014
Lots of love in down town Adelaide
It's not the Trevi Fountain of Rome nor the Pont Des Arts of Paris but it's Adelaide's closest thing to just that. As is the case in Paris, in downtown Adelaide, lovers have the opportunity to demonstrate their love at a special location stretching across the Torrens River North of the University of Adelaide.
University of Adelaide footbridge a gift of Lily and Eva Waite 1937
It's not known which couple first connected their special lock to this University of Adelaide Footbridge, but since that date an ongoing number of lovers have, connecting their lock to the bridge and throwing the keys into the Torrens as a demonstration of their love.
The footbridge, was a gift from Lily and Eva Waite to the University of Adelaide in 1937. Who are Lily and Eva Waite I hear you say? Well, their demonstration of generosity to the University of Adelaide followed in the footsteps of their father, Peter Waite, who bequeathed the historic Urrbrae House and surrounding pastoral land north of Adelaide to the University of Adelaide in 1913. Peter Waite did so with the support of his wife, Matilda, and his children, Lily and Eva.
Adelaide's Pont Des Arts Footbridge University of Adelaide
Peter Waite came to Australia from Scotland in 1859 at the age of 25 to join his brother James. As a successful farmer, Waite established his fortune as a pastoralist in South Australia. During that time, however, he felt that Australia agriculture was stagnating and would struggle to remain internationally competitive if there was no scientific input. As a result he developed, with his families support, a vision of creating a research and education centre in agricultural sciences for the long term benefit of Australian farmers bequeathing the property to the University of Adelaide for creation of an Agricultural Sciences Campus.
lock your heart with the one you love on the University of Adelaide footbridge
The University of Adelaide extends across the River Torrens to the northern parklands of Adelaide as a result of the footbridge gifted to the University by Lily and Eva Waite. Whether they realised in 1937 that the footbridge would also become a site where couples would demonstrate their eternal love is not known. It is nevertheless a beautiful site in the city and practically used by many Adelaidians, international students and visitors to the city every day.
The locks in Paris are causing serious issues to the infastructure, and in many cases very dangerous (i.e. pieces of bridges falling into the water). They are also appearing EVERYWHERE, and the locals are not happy. Let's not encourage the same vandalism here in Adelaide please!!!