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Plaque 2 : 09-February-2015
Plaque 2 : 09-February-2015

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The fountain commemorates the deeds of the Ninth Australian Division during World War Two and was designed by the Australian born architect Bob Woodward.

The 9th Division was a division of the Australian Army that served during World War Two. After serving during 1941–1942 in the North African campaign, at the Siege of Tobruk and both the First and Second Battles of El Alamein, the 9th Division returned to Australia. In 1943–1944, it served in the New Guinea campaign and, during 1945, in the Borneo campaign. It was disbanded, following the end of the war, in early 1946.

Apart from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, perhaps the most photographed tourist attraction in Sydney is the El Alamein Fountain at Kings Cross.  Dedicated in commemoration of the deeds of the Ninth Division of the Australian Army during World War II, the fountain was officially placed in operation on 18th November, 1961. It covers an area of some 60 feet by 40 feet, and consists of four terraced basins with a spherical fountainhead rising from the hexagonal base.

From the periphery of the fountainhead sphere, water is extruded from hundreds of outlets in saucer shaped films of water which form the sphere.  As these films of water fall and break into spray, a drape of mist falls from the sphere into the top basin, from which the water flows through bronze drills or grooves in cascades to the three lower basins. From the lower basins the water is returned to a tank beneath the fountain, and then pumped again through the sphere head. The whole effect is intriguing, and the El Alamein Fountain ranks as one of the outstanding fountains in Australia. 
Western Herald (Bourke, NSW), 11 April 1969.


Address:Darlinghurst Road & Macleay Street, Fitzroy Gardens, Kings Cross, 2011
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.872858
Long: 151.225031
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Designer:Robert Woodward (designer, Woodward & Taranto, architects)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 18th November, 1961
Front Inscription

Plaque :

The El Alamein Memorial Fountain

This Fountain Was Erected In Commemoration
The Deeds Of The Ninth Division, Australian Imperial Forces
 In World War II
The Council Of The City Of Sydney
And Placed In Operation By
The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Sydney

Alderman H. F. Jensen
on 18. 11. 61

E. W. Adams
Town Clerk

Plaque :

South Sydney Council 

This Fountain Was Designed By
And Constructed Under
The Supervision Of
Woodward & Taranto


Source: MA
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