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30-August-2012
30-August-2012

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A fountain commemorates the 60th year of the reign of Queen Victoria. The fountain was originally erected in St Leonard's Park and relocated to its present site in 1982. 

Queen Victoria ( 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India.

On 23 September 1896, Victoria surpassed George III as the longest-reigning monarch in English, Scottish, and British history. The Queen requested that any special celebrations be delayed until 1897, to coincide with her Diamond Jubilee, which was made a festival of the British Empire at the suggestion of Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain. Queen Victoria held her diamond jubilee on June 20, 1897.

The celebrations in connection with the commemoration of the Record Reign were carried to a most successful conclusion at the St Leonards Park. At midday there must have been fully 20,000 people present including some 5000 school children. Never has the park presented so animated an appearance and the committee in general and the energetic hon. secretary (Mr Robert Moodie) in particular are to be congratulated on the perfection of the arrangements which left nothing to be desired.  

At 3.30 pm the foundation stone of a permanent memorial was laid in a site on the northern boundary of the bowling green commanding a magnificent view and was witnessed by a large assemblage. The ceremony was performed by the Mayoress (Mrs. Purves) who briefly expressed her thanks for the honour confered upon her in asking her to undertake the work. She said she was glad the people of North Sydney had determined to mark the occasion of the Queens Record Reign by the erection of a lasting memorial, one that would call to mind for many years the festival they were now celebrating. She then declared the stone well and truly laid. Under the stone was placed a copy of that days Herald and the names of all the children attending the celebrations that day will be built in the structure so soon as the design was approved of and the fountain purchased. It is intended that the completed structure shall be of an imposing character, and will cost about £300. The proceedings terminated by singing of the National Anthem, with cheers for the Queen. 
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 23 June 1897. 

Location

Address:Miller & McLaren Streets, Civic Centre Park, North Sydney, 2060
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.833744
Long: 151.207645
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Imperial
Actual Event STart Date:20-June-1837
Actual Event End Date:20-June-1897
Monument Designer:Messrs Grant & Cocks

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 23rd June, 1897
Front Inscription

This Fountain Was Erected By The Municipal Council Of The Borough Of North Sydney In Commemoration Of The Sixtieth Year Of The Reign Of Her Majesty Queen Victoria 1897

Source: MA,H
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