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John Christie Wright Fountain
John Christie Wright Fountain

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / Russell Byers

Memorial fountain commemorates the sculptor, John Christie Wright who was killed at Bullecourt, France in 1917 during World War One.

Early in 1960, Jean Hague-Smith offered to donate a fountain in memory of J.C. Wright to the City of Sydney and to bear the cost of its erection. Sydney sculptor Gerald Lewers, who had just won a prize in the City Fountains Competition, was commissioned to produce the work. Major restoration works were completed in 2012.

John Christie Wright was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1889 and after studying art in the UK, emigrated to Australia around 1912, where he initially worked in New South Wales. He was awarded the Wynne Prize in 1915 and was appointed as Principal of the South Australian of Art in Adelaide in 1916. He enlisted in the Australian Army and was killed in action in France in 1917.
 

Location

Address:Bridge Street, Macquarie Place, Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.86333
Long: 151.209941
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Arts
Actual Event STart Date:03-May-1917
Actual Event End Date:03-May-1917
Monument Manufacturer:Gerald Lewers

Dedication

Front Inscription

Plaque : 

In Memory Of 
JOHN CHRISTIE WRIGHT, Sculptor
Born Aberdeen, Scotland
Killed Bullecourt, France , May 3rd, 1917
Lieutenant, 20th Battalion, A.I.F
Aged 28 Years

Plaque :

THESE LAID THE WORLD AWAY, GAVE UP THE YEARS TO BE 
OF WORK AND JOY, AND THAT UNHOPED SERENE,
THAT MEN CALL AGE; AND THOSE WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN 
THEIR SONS, THEY GAVE THEIR IMMORTALITY
Rupert Brook

Source: H, MA
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