Sir Leslie Morshead Memorial Fountain

Sir Leslie Morshead Memorial Fountain and surroundsSir Leslie Morshead Memorial Fountain Sir Leslie Morshead Memorial Fountain, close up of vertical pipes

The Sir Leslie Morshead Memorial Fountain consists of 36 tall brass pipes, which are positioned vertically and fluted at the top. They are arranged in a tight circle, in the centre of shallow circular basin, lined with red tiles. Water cascades from the top of the pipes into the basin.

Surrounding the basin is a large concrete circle, constructed on an angle so as to slope away from the fountain in the middle. The inscription is inlaid into the concrete, around the edge of the basin. Positioned at regular intervals around the outside edge of the concrete circle are 20 low stone pillars. Two of these pillars bear the original dedication plaque from 1966 and the plaque dedicating the new fountainhead in 1983. 

The memorial is located at an entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens, opposite the State Library of NSW, Mitchell Library building.

  • Brass
  • Concrete

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.

Plaque 1

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)

Plaque 2

New Fountainhead 1983 Phill Taranto Architect

Veterans listed on this memorial

Royal Botanic Gardens
Cnr Macquarie Street and Cahill Expressway
Sydney NSW 2000
Local Government Area
  • Sydney, City of
  • Roadside
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Fountain/Drinking fountain
Recorded by
David Roden. Updated photos by Liz Burge.
Established date
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Dedication date: 
Dedication date
27 November 1966
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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