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Water Bubbler, erected in 1994 in honour of Joseph Maldon, marks the centenary of Jenkins’ departure for home after 25 years in central Victoria. It is also in recognition of 'his monumental contribution to the life of a rural worker in Victoria as recorded in his diaries'.

Joseph Jenkins was born in Wales and arrived in Victoria in 1869 and he travelled the colony as an itinerant agricultural labourer, mainly in the Ballarat, Castlemaine, Maldon and Inglewood areas. From 1884 onwards he lived at Maldon, working as a drain cleaner under contract to the local council.

He continued to write poetry, winning numerous prizes at the Ballarat Eisteddfod. Jenkins`s noteworthiness stemmed from the rich documentation of his experiences and thoughts that has survived. In 1839 he had begun to keep a journal in order to improve his English, maintaining it daily until his death. Those he kept in Australia provided a unique and memorable primary source for the social, cultural and labour history of colonial Victoria.


Address:Hornsby Street, Platform, Maldon Railway Station , Maldon, 3463
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.992002
Long: 144.073837
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 23rd November, 1994
Source: MA,ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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