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A fountain commemorates the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia.
The Commonwealth Memorial at Stawell was erected to commemorate the inauguration of the Australian Commonwealth on 1st January 1901. It was declared open by Mr T Skene, the Federal Member of the House of Representatives for the district, in a ceremony on 24 August 1903.
The first call for a memorial was made by the local branch of the Australian Natives Association in late 1900. After a public meeting on the matter, a committee was formed and a sporting carnival organised to raise money for the memorial. The event was delayed because of fears of low attendance during the Federation celebrations in Melbourne, and finally took the form of a moonlight concert and dance near the Town Hall on 27 February 1901. Thirty pounds was raised and another thirty pounds had been given by the Burough Council.
|Address:||Barnes Street, Stawell, 3380|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.057308|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||01-January-1901|
|Actual Event End Date:||01-January-1901|
|Monument Manufacturer:||George Robson & George Gray (Stawell, VIC)|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 24th August, 1903|
Erected to commemorate the inauguration of the Australian Commonwealth Jan. 1st 1901