Arthur Campbell Rymill

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Sir Arthur Campbell Rymill (8 December 1907 – 27 March 1989) was a businessman, solicitor and Lord Mayor of Adelaide, South Australia.


Born in Adelaide, the son of businessman Arthur Graham Rymill (1 February 1886 – 22 August 1966) and grandson of Henry Rymill, Arthur was educated at Queen's School,[1] St. Peter's College and the University of Adelaide. He was admitted to the Bar in 1930.

First elected to the Adelaide City Council in 1933, Mr. Rymill represented Young Ward until 1937. In the next two years he was councillor for Robe ward. On 16 June 1940 he enlisted as a private in the 2/14th Field Regiment, 2nd AIF, and was commissioned as lieutenant on 1 January 1941. He was however injured in an Army vehicle accident (in Sydney according to one report),[2] and was invalided out of the service in May. He returned to his practice[3] and later served as a part-time Red Cross representative and with the Naval Auxiliary Patrol off the Outer Harbor.

He was elected to the MacDonnell ward of the Adelaide City Council in 1945 and held it until 1950, when be resigned to contest the Lord Mayoralty. He became, after Sir John Lavington Bonython, the youngest elected mayor of Adelaide, and served four terms in the position. Assisted by longtime (1947–1965) town clerk (and close friend) W.C.D. Veale, he commissioned significant improvements to the city's Parklands. He was, for a time, chairman of the City Council's parliamentary and by-laws committee.


A lifelong supporter of the conservative wing of South Australia's Liberal and Country League, and diametrically opposed to the likes of Robin Millhouse and Steele Hall, he supported property enfranchisement qualification which applied in the State until (1970?), which meant that only landowners (and citizens with overseas war service) could vote in the Legislative Council. He was its deputy president, chairman of its finance committee, and its president (1953-1955).

He supported the Menzies government's 1951 referendum to ban the Communist Party of Australia.

He was elected unopposed in 1956 to the South Australian Legislative Council as a member for Central District No.2. and held the seat until 1975.

Other Interests[edit]

A. C. Rymill was a noted polo player, representing South Australia in interstate matches 1933–1951, including the Gold Cup tournament in Sydney in 1938.

He was a speedboat driver and won the 1933 Australasian hydroplane championship in his father's hydroplane Tortoise II against H. McEvoy's Cettein.[4] The following year it sank in Outer Harbor when it "flipped" after reaching 70 miles an hour.[2]

He was on the board of many companies:

  • Chairman, Advertiser Newspapers Ltd 1980-83,
  • Director, The Bank of Adelaide 1953-80 (Chairman 1953-79),
  • Member of Principal Board, AMP Society 1964-1980,
  • Director of Public Companies of South Australia,
  • Director, Bennett and Fisher,
  • Director, South Australian Brewing Company.

He held many public offices:

  • First President, National Trust of SA,
  • Vice-President, Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust 1954-63,
  • Member of foundation board of Adelaide Festival of Arts,
  • Member of the Adelaide Children's Hospital board (Vice-President 1957-84).

He was a member of the Adelaide Club from 1929 (president 1979–1980) and a member of the Melbourne Club from 1956.


Arthur Campbell Rymill was knighted in 1954.[5]

Adelaide's Rymill Park was named for him.


He married Margaret Earle Cudmore (8 August 1913 – ca.2004) on 27 December 1934. They had two daughters:

  • Rosemary (ca.1937 – )
  • Annabel (ca.1942 – )

Their home was 39 Brougham Place, North Adelaide.



  1. ^ Queen's School, North Adelaide was founded in 1892 by J.H. Lindon and E.L. Heinemann, both ex-St. Peter's College, taking over the building (and the bulk of the students) of Thomas Field's Adelaide Collegiate School.
  2. ^ a b "Adelaide's New Lord Mayor.". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 3 July 1950. p. 2. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Traffic". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 29 April 1941. p. 9. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Conditions Suit Tortoise". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 6 February 1933. p. 15. Retrieved 31 May 2013.  The Tortoise and Baby Tortoise hydroplanes were owned by his father and his uncle Ernest Seymour Rymill, who died in 1931. His father died in 1934.
  5. ^ "Minister, Lord Mayor New S.A. Knights". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 10 June 1954. p. 3. Retrieved 30 May 2013.