Wednesday 12 August 2015


The Macpherson Robertson Fountain, designed by Philip Hudson and sculpted by Paul Montford is a granite, bronze and concrete fountain made in 1934 and located in the Shrine Gardens, corner of Domain and St Kilda Roads.

Architect Philip Hudson moved from New Zealand to Melbourne in 1903. He designed several grammar schools, as well as the Shrine of Remembrance, near which this fountain is sited. On this work he collaborated with celebrated sculptor Paul Montford, who migrated to Australia from England in 1921. The fountain consists of one pool within another, and a central column upon which sits a bronze figure of a boy catching a dolphin. Water sprays into the pools from bronze animals.

The fountain was a gift from Sir Macpherson Robertson to celebrate Victoria's centenary. Robertson was a successful businessman and a philanthropist, making his money and name in confectionery; he was responsible for introducing chewing gum and fairy floss into Australia. Robertson gave to many causes and expeditions, Sir Douglas Mawson even naming Mac Robertson Land in Antarctica in his honour. In celebration of Victoria's centenary, Robertson donated £15 000 as first prize in the Centenary Air Race from London to Melbourne and £100 000 for works to be undertaken around the city. The fountain is one result of this donation.

This post is part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


  1. Nice! Looks quite refreshing.
    Thanks for linking up at

  2. I like fountains in the middle of a park. I haven't seen so many of those here in my neck of woods.

    Thank you in linking Water World Wednesday. I do appreciate it and see you next week!

  3. A pretty fountain and the sculpted elements are so beautiful.

  4. I love the shot of the two women talking


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