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The fountain was donated by Concrete Constructions Group as a tribute to its founder Allen C. Lewis (1891 - 1970) and the employees of the Company who contributed to the growth of the construction industry throughout Australia.

Allen C Lewis helped to form (initially as company secretary) Country Concrete Constructions Ltd (registered 1916). Most of its contracts were for rural projects. In 1920 the firm was reconstituted as Concrete Constructions Ltd but it remained a private company. Lewis built up a substantial shareholding and served as chairman. Projects in the 1920s included the reconstruction of Mark Foy's Ltd's store in Liverpool Street, the grandstand at the Royal Agricultural Society showground, the Government Savings Bank building in Martin Place, the Menzies Hotel, Melbourne, and reinforced concrete highways.

In the postwar period the impact of his company on Sydney was even more pronounced: among his projects was the Australian Mutual Provident Society Ltd's building on Circular Quay, described as Australia's first 'skyscraper'.


Address:Macquarie Street, Opera House End, Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.858962
Long: 151.213522
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:People


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In association with the Sydney Opera House Trust this fountain was donated by Concrete Constructions Group as a tribute to the group's founder Allen C Lewis (1891 - 1970),  and the employees of the Company  who contributed to the growth of the construction industry throughout Australia.

Source: MA, ADB
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