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A series of 36 tall, vertical brass pipes, fluted at the top, from which water cascades into a shallow red-tiled, circular pool at the base. Surrounding the pool is a larger circular paved area which bears the inscription. At the perimeter of the area are 20 smaller stone pillars. Two of these pillars house the initial dedication plaque and the plaque dedicating the new fountainhead. The memorial is located at an entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens, opposite the State Library of NSW, Mitchell Library building.
Inscription at base of fountain:
This fountain was erected in remembrance of Lieutentant General Sir Leslie Morshead KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO, ED and all the men who served with him 1914-18 1939-45.
To a distinguised soldier and citizen Sir Leslie Morshead KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO, ED. This plaque was unveiled by His Excellency The Governor of NSW Sir Roden Cutler, VC, KCMG, CBE, on the occasion of the setting in operation of the fountain by Lady Morshead on 27th November, 1966. (Woodward, Taranto and Wallace - Architects)
New Fountainhead 1983 Phill Taranto Architect
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