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Archibald Memorial Fountain : 31-October-2011
Archibald Memorial Fountain : 31-October-2011

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A fountain gifted to his fellow countrymen by F.J.Archibald commemorates the association of Australia and France in World War One.

The fountain`s donor, F.J. Archibald, was for many years editor of the Bulletin magazine, and decreed in his will that the fountain should be built for this commemorative purpose.

Mr. Bertram J. Waterhouse, F.R.I.B.A.A., a trustee of the Sydney art gallery, who is returning to Australia, on the mail steamer Ormonde, bought news of the Archibald memorial fountain, which is to be erected in the Botanic Gardens, Sydney, and which in Mr. Waterhouse's opinion, will be a valuable contribution to Australian art, and one of the finest fountains in the world.  Mr. Waterhouse said that the late Mr. Archibald has set aside a certain amount of money to be expended on the erection of a memorial fountain to commemorate the association of Australian and French troops in the Great War, and had specified that the work was to be done by a French sculptor, The matter had been left in the hands of the President of the Royal Academy, London, and the choice had fallen on M. Sicard, an eminent Frenchman. M. Sicard had submitted to the London committee a model design which had been approved of. The fountain will be circular with a diameter of 60 feet. There will be three radial groups, and a central group, and the whole will be electrically, lighted.
Telegraph (Brisbane),  29 June 1927.

Location

Address:Elizabeth Street, Hyde Park North , Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.870983
Long: 151.211797
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Monument Designer:Francois Sicard (Paris, France)
Monument Manufacturer:W.Thompson (Ltd) under supervision of Waterhouse & Lake (architects)
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 14th March, 1932
Front Inscription

"This Fountain Is The Gift
Of The Late J.F. Archibald
To His Fellow Countryman
And Is Intended In Terms
Of His Will To Commemorate
The Association Of Australia
And France In The Great
War 1914 - 1918. It Was
Erected In 1932 And Is The
Work Of Francois Sicard,
Sculptor, Paris."

Source: MA,SKP,NRWM
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