Joseph Weston Memorial Drinking Fountain

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.

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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. 

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Many thanks to the owner of the Kiama Local History blog who provided me with useful information. https://kiamalocalhistory.wordpress.com/

Glossary:

  • 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
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Posted on April 9, 2016, in Architecture, Australia, Cast Iron, Memorial Drinking Fountain, Saracen Foundry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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