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(Diane Watson)
(Diane Watson)

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Stephen Warren / Henry Moulds

The drinking fountain commemorates the centenary of the Northern Territory from 1860 to 1960. It was erected by family members in memory of pioneer settlers Timothy & Catherine O`Shea. The fountain is no longer functioning and an additional plaque was placed on the top of the structure in 2009 by descendants of the O`Shea family. 

In 1860 John McDouall Stuart reached Central Mount Stuart in the Centre of the continent. In subsequent years he explored further northward, completing the south-north crossing in July, 1862. The explorations of Stuart eventually resulted in the 1863 annexation of a huge area of country to the Government of South Australia. This area became known as the Northern Territory.

In 1909, Timothy and Catherine (O’Keefe) O`Shea arrived in Port Darwin ready to start prospecting for gold. They found their way to Pine Creek where they built a home and pegged down the rights to the Enterprise Mine. O`Shea then went on to build a billiard saloon, a hotel and worked on the railway line from Pine Creek to Emungalan from 1917 to 1926.


Address:O`Shea Terrace, O`Shea Park, Katherine, 0850
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -14.462786
Long: 132.260222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:Government
Approx. Event Start Date:1860
Approx. Event End Date:1960


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1960
Front Inscription

This fountain was erected by their family to the memory of Timothy and Catherine O`Shea.

Early settlers of the District and to commemorate the Northern Territory Centenary


Plaque : 

To commemorate Tim and Catherine O`Shea

They arrived in Northern Territory on 10th May 1909.

From Ireland they passed this way
Pine Creek - Emungalan
Katherine   - Birdum
Larrimah    - Borroloola

Loved and respected by their many descendants

10 - 5 - 2009

Katherine N.T.



Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au