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The fountain commemorates the first visit to South Australia by a reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. With 16 jets of water 10.6 metres high with a central jet of 21 metres, this fountain was put into operation in 1954 at the precise moment Queen Elizabeth II alighted from her aircraft at Parafield.

In 2006, the fountain was replaced with a newer model.

Early arrivals in the city this morning had a preview of the Torrens Lake fountain in action. It was given a successful trial about 6 o'clock. The fountain, with a central jet of 60 ft. is one of the most important of the Royal visit decorations. It was built by Adelaide City Council as a permanent reminder of the visit.
News (Adelaide, SA), 3 February 1954.

Queen Elizabeth II (21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was the longest serving English monarch, who reigned from 6 February 1952 to 8 September 2022 a period of over 70 years.



Address:King William Road, West of Adelaide Bridge, Torrens Lake, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.917526
Long: 138.5977
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Government


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:March-1954
Front Inscription

City of Adelaide

The fountain and this plaque commemorate the historic occasion of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the City of Adelaide March 1954.

Arthur C. Rymill, Lord Mayor
W. C. D. Veale, M.C., D. C. M., E.D., Town Clerk

Plaque :

This fountain replaces the original fountain presented to the City of Adelaide in 1954.

The replicated features include a 20m central jet.  16 jets at 15m in a circular pattern and sequenced lighting of blue,  green, red and yellow.

Commissioned by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor Michael Harbison

Councillor B, Angove    Councillor P. Darley       Councillor C. Magasdi
Councillor J. Brine         Councillor R. Hayward  Councillor A. Moran
Councillor S. Clearihan  Councillor B. Taylor

 August 2006



Source: MA
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