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Testimonial fountain commemorates Kevin (Dick) Phegan who died five months after his spine was dislocated while he was playing rugby at Jubilee Oval.

Kevin was packing into a scrum in a rugby match at Jubilee Oval when pressure on his head dislocated his spine. He was completely paralysed from the neck down. He died in November 1948 at the age of 22. 

Team-mates have collected £1400 to buy best medical attention for Kevin Phegan (22) who has been paralysed since injuring his spine at football 3 months ago. Kevin was packing into a scrum in a rugby match at Jubilee Oval, Sydney, when pressure on his head dislocated his spine. He has since been in Balmain Hospital unable to move.  He lies on his back and can only see life about him in the ward through a mirror fixed at the head of the bed. Through a movable glass frame above his head he reads books and papers. Kevin is engaged, but the marriage, to have taken place in September, has been postponed indefinitely.
Mirror (Perth, WA),  9 October 1948.

The Mayor of Balmain (Ald. E. C. Erwin) yesterday unveiled a memorial fountain at Balmain District Hospital. Residents of Rozelle and Balmain dedicated the fountain to a footballer who died after being injured in a game at Jubilee Oval, Glebe, in June, 1948. About 100 people attended the ceremony. The footballer was Kevin Phegan, 22, electrician, of Rozelle. Doctors admitted Phegan to Balmain Hospital with a fractured spine. He died on November 4, 1948.
Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 24 July 1950.


Address:29 Booth Street, Balmain Hospital, Balmain, 2041
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.859361
Long: 151.182043
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Fountain
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:20-June-1948
Actual Event End Date:04-November-1948


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 23rd July, 1950
Front Inscription


In Memory Of
Injured on the 20th June 1948 
At Jubilee Oval

Died 4th November 1948 
In Balmain District Hospital 
Unveiled 23rd July 1950 
By Ald. E.C.Erwin 
Mayor of Leichhardt.


Source: MA
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