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Inscription: 14-March-2016
Inscription: 14-March-2016

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

A monument originally designed as a drinking fountain was erected to commemorate the founding of Australia.

By the 1930s the setting of the fountain had become a sloppy mess, according to local stories, and someone decided the easiest way to dispose of the eyesore was to bury it. The monument was uncovered during the excavations for the cultural centre in 1987 and re-erected.

The Commonwealth celebrations evoked great enthusiasm here. There was a torchlight procession and feu-de-joie last night, and a large procession, comprising nearly the whole of the inhabitants of the town, this morning to the Queen's Park. It is estimated that over 2000 people were present. The foundation-stone of a commemorative fountain was laid by the Mayoress, patriotic addresses were delivered by the Mayor and other prominent citizens, a monster picnic was held, and 1200 children were entertained. 
The Brisbane Courier, 2 January 1901. 

Location

Address:Quintin & Bungil Streets, Cultural Centre, Roma, 4455
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.569183
Long: 148.788394
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Federal

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 1st January, 1901
Front Inscription

Plaque:
THIS FOUNDATION STONE WAS UNCOVERED 
WHILE DIGGING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE 
CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROMA BUNGIL 
CULTURAL COMMUNITY CENTRE.
THE STONE WAS RESTORED AND RE-ERECTED 
TO PRESERVE THE HISTORY SURROUNDING 
THE STONE WHICH COMMEMORATES THE 
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH 
OF AUSTRALIA.

 

FOUNDATION STONE
—  LAID BY —
MRS J.M, HUNTER
MAYORESS OF ROMA
JANUARY 1ST 1901.

 

Source: NRUM, MA
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