During 1961 Mr Henry Wells, Chairman of the Hemel Hempstead Development Corporation, visited Elizabeth.
Hemel Hempstead was one of the new towns created in England at the time. Mr Wells was pleased with what he saw at Elizabeth and as a result arranged for a presentation to be made to the people of Elizabeth from the people of Hemel Hempstead.
The Hemel Hempstead Corporation had commissioned an eminent French sculptor, Hurburt Yencensse, to undertake a bronze work portraying a dancing couple.
Two bronze dancing figures have stood in the centre of Elizabeth (South Australia) since 1963.
‘Dancing figures’ was commissioned from the French sculptor Hubert Yencesse by the Development Corporation in Hemel Hempstead. A copy of ‘Rock and Roll’ as it was known was presented to the Elizabeth, South Australia. This was in response to the gift of the kangaroo and platypus sculpture from Elizabeth to Hemel Hempstead. Queen Elizabeth II viewed the statue on her visit in 1963.
The SA Housing Trust sent architect Geoff Shedley to the UK to look at new British towns that were being developed. Hemel Hemstead was one of the towns visited.
The figures once stood in Windsor Green and are now located outside the Playford Civic Centre: (10 Playford Blvd, Elizabeth, South Australia).
Elizabeth (South Australia)