The Hon David Ridgway MLC has acknowledged the centenary of Mr Peter Waite’s donation of the Urrbrae Estate to the University of Adelaide for the study of agriculture in Parliament.
In 1913, Mr Waite penned his famous letter to the Premier of South Australia detailing his decision to gift his 134 acre Urrbrae Estate to the University of Adelaide.
In addition, Mr Waite donated a parcel of land to the State Government for the creation of an agricultural high school, which would become the Urrbrae Agricultural High School in 1932.
"To this day the donation of the Urrbrae Estate remains one of the largest public benefactions in South Australian history," said Mr Ridgway.
"Peter Waite was a pioneer – he recognised the importance of scientific research and development to agricultural advancement over 100 years ago."
The Waite Research Institute is now the largest agricultural research and teaching precinct in the Southern Hemisphere.
"The term ‘The Waite’ is now a globally recognised research brand," said Mr Ridgway.
"In the past two decades over $100 million has been invested in The Waite.
"It is home to an array of research centres, including the world renowned Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics.
"The benefits to the local agriculture industry resulting from research conducted at The Waite are immeasurable.
"For all this we have to thank Peter Waite – he was a truly selfless individual who advocated for the betterment of the agriculture industry in South Australia."