Location: Kiama, NSW, Australia
In 1913 after the death of Joseph Weston, the Kiama Council decided to purchase a drinking fountain in his memory funded by subscriptions. It was erected outside the Council Chambers on Manning Street near the original site of the Kiama Independent Newspaper premises.
Weston was the founder of the Kiama Independent newspaper, initiator of the first Dairy Farmers Co-operative in Australia, and was also actively involved in obtaining a water supply for the town.
The cast iron drinking fountain was removed when it was hit by a truck in the mid 1950’s, and in 2009 was discovered in a private garden.
Design number 7 from Walter Macfarlane’s catalogue was manufactured by the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow featuring a single pedestal basin with four decorative columns rising from an octagonal plinth. Four salamanders descend the fountain pedestal as a symbol of courage and bravery. The basin has a scalloped edge and decorative relief. A central urn with four consoles offered drinking cups suspended by chains. The terminal is a crane recognized as a symbol of vigilance.
During the 150th celebrations of the Kiama Council a sculpture created by Vivienne Lowe, funded by the Weston family and the Kiama Council Chambers, was erected to commemorate Joseph Weston. In the form of a wave etched with the image of a newspaper, it was installed at the original site of the drinking fountain and unveiled by Mayor Sandra McCarthy. A dedication plaque is inscribed, This Sculpture Replaces The Original/ Memorial Erected / In The Memory Of The Late / Joseph Weston / By Residents Of / Kiama And District / Nov. 1913, Thomas Love, Mayor.
Many thanks to the owner of the Kiama Local History blog who provided me with useful information. https://kiamalocalhistory.wordpress.com/
- Console, a decorative bracket support element
- Plinth, flat base usually projecting, upon which a pedestal, wall or column rests
- Terminal, statue or ornament that stands on a pedestal