This fountain commemorates the association of France and Australia in the Great War, 1914-1918. The fountain's donor, F. J. Archibald, was for many years editor of the Bulletin magazine, and decreed in his will the fountain should be built for the above commemorative purpose. The sculptor was Francois Sicard.
Archibald also endowed the important 'Archibald Portrait Prize', awarded each year by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
This fountain is a gift of the late J. F. Archibald to his fellow countryman and is intended in terms of his will to commemorate the association of Australia and France in the Great War 1914 - 1918. It was erected in 1932 and is the work of Francois Sicard, Sculptor, Paris.
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