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Governor Blackall Memorial Fountain
Governor Blackall Memorial Fountain

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The fountain commemorates Samuel Blackall, who became Governor of Queensland in 1868 when he was fifty-nine. The foundation stone was laid on the 30th November,1880. The fountain was relocated to its present site in 1927 and restored in 1979. 

Governor Blackall contracted a terminal illness and died in 1871 after only a short period in office, but gained a high public regard in this time. He disagreed with the Queensland Government on the recruitment of Kanaka labour to which he was opposed.

The ceremony of laying the foundation-stone of the memorial column of the Blackall fountain will take place at 5 o'clock this afternoon. His Excellency the Governor Arthur Kennedy has kindly consented to perform the pleasing duty.  The monument is designed to perpetuate the memory of the late Colonel Blackall, one of the most popular Governors the colony has ever had, and whose death took place in Brisbane on the 2nd January, 1871. Soon after the lamented gentleman's demise, it was decided to erect some monument to him in Ipswich, and after many delays, and the consideration of numerous suggestions as to the form the memorial should take, it was at last determined that a drinking-fountain, surmounted by a column of stone, should be erected. This monument is now being built in Nicholas Street from a design by the Colonial Architect, Mr. F. D. G. Stanley, the contractor being Mr. C. A. Miller. 
Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld.), 
30 November 1880.

BLACKALL MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN. At 3 o'clock on Thursday afternoon his Excellency, Sir Arthur Kennedy, after opening the show and inspecting the exhibits, proceeded to the Blackall Memorial, and formally unveiled the fountain and the tablets bearing the inscriptions. He expressed himself as feeling much pleasure in performing the ceremony, the more especially as the late Colonel Blackall was an intimate friend of his.
Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld), 
18 December 1880.



Address:Chelmsford Avenue, Denmark Hill, Ipswich, 4305
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.619167
Long: 152.756944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial
Designer:Mr F. D. G. Stanley (architect)
Monument Manufacturer:Mr C. A. Miller (mason)
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Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 16th December, 1880
Front Inscription

In memory of Samuel Wensley Blackall

Governor of Queensland

Colonel Leitrim Militia

Obit Jany. 2nd 1871.

F.D.G. Stanley  C.A. Miller 
Architect             Mason

Back Inscription

Ipswich City Council

This drinking fountain was erected as a memorial to Governor Blackall at the intersection of Brisbane and Nicholas Streets, Ipswich in 1879.

Transferred to this area in 1927.

It was restored and set in these gardens when the Denmark Hill Environmental Park was established in 1979.

Source: MA,ADB
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