Goyder Memorial Lamp and Drinking Fountain

Location: Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

Alderman Frederick Charles Goyder was a businessman who owned Goyder Auctioneers and the Carrington Hotel, a premier tourist resort in the Southern Hemisphere. He was a Justice of the Peace and became the first Mayor of Katoomba, serving from 1890 -1891.

In 1900, the year of his death (18 Jan 1900), discussions were held regarding a memorial lamp and drinking fountain. It was erected on 26 June 1901 in the centre of Katoomba Street near the railway station.

In July 1914 Katoomba Municipal Council adopted a recommendation to remove the drinking fountain attached to the Goyder memorial lamp and re-erect it on the footpath near the railway gates. The lamp was also relocated to the corner of Park and Main Streets.


Creative Commons License, Blue Mountains City Library

The font, design number 7 from Walter Macfarlane’s catalogue manufactured at the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, was a single pedestal basin with four decorative columns rising from an octagonal plinth. Four salamanders descended the fountain pedestal as a symbol of courage and bravery. The basin had a scalloped edge and decorative relief. A central urn with four consoles offered drinking cups suspended by chains. The terminal was a crane recognized as a symbol of vigilance. The fountain, visible in the lower right corner of the image above, was operated by pulling on one of four levers which released water.


This is what the fountain looked like. Saracen Foundry Casting 7


  • Console, a decorative bracket support element
  • Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal.

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