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The French Memorial Fountain was built in 1972 to commemorate the bicentenary of French exploration in Tasmania.
The sculpture itself is actually built out of Huon pine and it represents the bow and the sails of a French ship of that time. The plantings surrounding this sculpture consist of Tasmanian native plants.
|Address:||Domain Highway, Botanic Gardens, Hobart, 7000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -42.864157|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1772|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1972|
|Monument Designer:||Stephen Walker|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 17th April, 1972|
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the beginning of French exploration and scientific discovery in Tasmanian waters. This fountain `Antipodean Voyage` was inaugurated by His Excellency, the Ffench Ambassador to Australia, Monsieur G. Van Laethem on the 17th April 1972
Presented by the French community in Australia, the Tasmanian Government, Hobart City Development Association, City Council and Tasmanian Friends of France.
The navigators and their ships
Marion Du Fresne 1772 Mascarin
Le Jar Duclesmeur Marquis de Castries
Bruni D`Entrecasteaux 1792-3 Recherche
Huon De Kermadec Esperance
Nicolas Baudin 1802-3 Geographe
Eugene Hamelin Naturaliste
Louis De Freycinet Casuarina
This plaque commemorates the re-commissioning of the French Memorial Fountain Garden by the Ambassador of France His Excellency Mr Patrick Henault
30 November 2004