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William Tunks Fountain : Feb 2014
William Tunks Fountain : Feb 2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

The fountain, erected by public subscription, commemorates the former Mayor of St. Leonards. The fountain was damaged and restored in 1988.

William Tunks worked first as a carpenter and joiner but had retired from business before entering parliament. He was the first Mayor of St Leonards, NSW (1867-1883) and was elected member of the NSW Legislative Assembly for the seat of St Leonards (1864-1874).

A meeting of the Tunks memorial committee was held in the Victoria Borough Council -chambers in Blues Point-road on Wednesday night. The honorary treasurer said the memorial (a Sicilian marble fountain) had been erected in St. Leonards Park, that all the expenses so far has been discharged from subscriptions, and that there remained only the inscription on the fountain to be charged for, and that then there would be an unexpended balance of £20.  
Excerpt from Evening News (Sydney), 28 November 1885


Address:Falcon & Miller Streets, St Leonards Park, North Sydney, 2060
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.832436
Long: 151.21019
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Approx. Event Start Date:1867
Approx. Event End Date:1883


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1885
Front Inscription

State Member Of
Parliament For St Leonards
From 1864 To 1874
Mayor Of The Borough Of
St Leonards 1867 To 1883
Grandson Of First Fleeter,
He Fought To Preserve Land
Especially Harbour
Foreshore For
Public Recreational Use.
This Fountain Was
Originally Erected As
A Monument To Him In 1885.
Later Damaged
It Was Restored In 1988.
R.D. Kemshall Town Clerk

Source: H, MA
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