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10-January-2011 (Peter F Williams)
10-January-2011 (Peter F Williams)

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / Russell Byers / John Huth

The "Tank Stream Fountain" commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first publication of the Sydney Herald newspaper. Designed by Stephen Walker, this four-part bronze fountain near Circular Quay incorporates dozens of sculptures of native Australian animals. Also known as "The Childrens Fountain" it is dedicated to all children who played around the Tank Stream. 

The Sydney Morning Herald began life as the weekly Sydney Herald on the 18th April 1831.  It cost 7d, had just four pages and only 750 copies were printed. The paper, named after Scotland's Glasgow Herald, was founded by Englishmen Alfred Ward Stephens, Frederick Stokes and William McGarvie, who all worked for the Sydney Gazette.

Note :- The settlement of Sydney was centred on a stream of fresh water that emptied into Sydney Cove. After the first few years the water was proving inadequate and the convicts were set to work digging holding tanks into its watercourse. Hence the first water supply was called "The Tank Stream."

Location

Address:Alfred & George Streets, Herald Square, Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.86146
Long: 151.208594
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry
Actual Event STart Date:18-April-1831
Actual Event End Date:18-April-1831
Monument Designer:Stephen Walker

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 16th April, 1981
Front Inscription

Plaque :

HERALD SQUARE

The Tank Stream Fountain
And The Landscaping Of 
This Square Were Donated To The 
City of Sydney For The Pleasure And 
Enjoyment Of Citizens And Visitors By
John Fairfax And Sons Limited Proprietors Of
The Sydney Morning Herald 
To Commemorate The 150th Anniversary 
Of The First Publication Of The Sydney
Herald On April 18, 1831.

The Right Hon. The Lord Mayor Of Sydney
Alderman Douglas W. Sutherland A.M., 
Accepted The Gift On Behalf Of Citizens 
On April 16, 1981.

J.O. Fairfax   Chairman   John Fairfax Limited 
LP Carter, O.B.E.  Town Clerk


Plaque :
1788
A Stream Flows Into Sydney
Cove. The European Settlement
Of Australia Begins Along Its
Sandstone Banks. Soon Drought
Strikes And Storage Tanks Are Carved
From The Stone. Hence The Name Tank
Stream. 
The Seasons Pass
1981
The Tank Stream Fountain Recalls
Mankind`s Past Dependence On This
Flowing Stream And Our Links
With Life Around The Region. 
Sculptor : Stephen Walker

Inscription in Proximity

THE CHILDREN`S FOUNTAIN

DEDICATED TO ALL THE CHILDREN WHO
HAVE PLAYED AROUND THE TANK STREAM

PRESENTED BY JOHN FAIRFAX & SONS LIMITED, 1981

Source: MA,H
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