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The fountain commemorates the golden jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria.

The Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria was celebrated on 20 June 1887 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of her accession on 20 June 1837. It was celebrated with a banquet to which 50 European kings and princes were invited.



Address:Barrier Highway, Burra, 5417
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.678478
Long: 138.934812
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Government
Actual Event Start Date:20-June-1837
Actual Event End Date:20-June-1887


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1887
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Plaque :

The Burra History Group Inc.

Jubilee Fountain

In 1887 a public subscription was raised in Burra for a special train to take 455 children and 175 adults to an exhibition in Adelaide to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.  The train was reported to be the first passenger train to pass through the tunnel under King William Street on the new spur line to the exhibition grounds, in what is now the University of Adelaide campus.

After the event the committee had an excess of £31 - 12 - 0 and decided to spend half on this drinking fountain, which carried the inscription "Children`s Celelbration Jubilee 1887".  An upper decorative part on which cups hung was removed in 1909.  Although intended to provide refreshment for those walking between Burra and Burra Nortn, in fact the fountain only ever worked for brief periods due to repeated acts of vandalism.

Regional Council of Goyder

Source: MA
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