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OShea Fountain
OShea Fountain

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

A fountain commemorates the centenary of exploration of the Northern Territory 1860 -1960 and was erected by family members in memory of pioneer settlers Timothy & Catherine O`Shea.

In 1860 John McDouall Stuart reached Central Mount Stuart in the Centre of the continent. In subsequent years he explored further northward, completing the south-north crossing in July, 1862. The explorations of Stuart eventually resulted in the 1863 annexation of a huge area of country to the Government of South Australia. This area became known as the Northern Territory.

In 1909, Timothy and Catherine (O’Keefe) O`Shea arrived in Port Darwin ready to start prospecting for gold. They found their way to Pine Creek where they built a home and pegged down the rights to the Enterprise Mine. O`Shea then went on to build a billiard saloon, a hotel and worked on the railway line from Pine Creek to Emungalan from 1917 to 1926.

Location

Address:O`Shea Terrace, O`Shea Park, Katherine, 0850
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -14.462786
Long: 132.260222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Approx. Event Start Date:1860
Approx. Event End Date:1960

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1960
Front Inscription
THIS FOUNTAIN 
WAS ERECTED BY 
THEIR FAMILY TO  
THE MEMORY OF  
TIMOTHY AND  
CATHERINE O`SHEA
EARLY SETTLERS 
OF THE DISTRICT 
AND TO COMMEMORATE 
THE NORTHERN
TERRITORY  
CENTENARY 1960. 
Source: MA
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