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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
Long: 147.331112
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:1772
Approx. Event End Date:1972
Monument Designer:Stephen Walker


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 17th April, 1972
Front Inscription

1772  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 


Inscription in Proximity

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

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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