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Cunnamulla War Memorial Fountain
Cunnamulla, South West

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13 74 68
heritage@ehp.qld.gov.au
www.ehp.qld.gov.au

Description

An inscription is all that identifies an ornately carved water fountain as a war memorial, standing in a traffic island at a five-way intersection in the outback town centre of Cunnamulla.

Paroo Shire decided on a war memorial fountain in 1920. The process of selecting and installing a monument took some time. Despite the submission of memorial designs from AL Petrie and sons in Brisbane, the council and the Diggers Racing Club collaborated on the purchase of a stock item, and had it railed to Cunnamulla - an identical fountain can be found in NSW. It was installed prior to the Armistice Day race carnival in 1926 and unveiled on ANZAC Day 1927.

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Fountains were an unusual choice in Queensland. It's thought that the symbology of water, a scarce commodity in outback Queensland, may have been considered a suitable 'sacrifice'.

The centrepiece comprises four basins decreasing in scale as they peak. Gargoyles' heads, winged griffins holding shields bearing emus and kangaroos, leaf-like motifs and scrollwork add to the elaborate classic design. The figure of a little boy stands at the very top.

The fountain doesn't bear names of the fallen: they're found on an honour board in the Civic Centre.

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Map of Cunnamulla War Memorial Fountain
John Street
Cunnamulla
Queensland 4490 Australia

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13 74 68

 

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