The prompt this week shows a fountain in Mexico from which the local people are filling earthenware jars with water, presumably for drinking. I don't really have much in the way of family photographs of fountains, so instead I thought I would look at the history of a couple of fountains, which are both located in Central Park, which in this case is not in New York but in the suburb of Malvern East, near where we live.
The first fountain is the Wilmot Fountain, shown below in a photograph taken not long after it and the Conservatory behind it were built. According to the Stonnington History Centre Catalogue,
- "The Conservatory was erected in 1927 at a cost of 3,500 pounds. Located on an artificial mound, the Conservatory was open to the public and held permanent and temporary displays. Roller blinds were fitted to provide necessary shade. A sunken garden was built adjacent to the Conservatory to contain the marble fountain presented by the Mayor, Cr. H.G. Wilmot in 1928."
- From the photo below which I took today it appears that the fountain and Conservatory have changed very little over almost 90 years, but of course the gardens are much more established. The water is flowing and it's a great setting for wedding photographs. One of our girls had lovely professional photographs of the bridal party posing around the fountain a few years ago.
|Our daughter Laura's wedding, 1 October 2010. Photo courtesy Lisa Baker Photography, http://lbphotos.com.au/|
- The conservatory now houses the extensive orchid collection of a gentleman called John Varigos. There weren't many orchids currently in flower, but here is a link to his wonderful and amazing variety of orchid photographs on Flickr.
The second fountain in Central Park is the Gilpin Drinking Fountain. Here is a newspaper article describing its inauguration back in 1929. It was a shame the donor Mr Oliver Gilpin couldn't be present due to illness, but perhaps he just needed to drink more water!
Article published in the Age, Melbourne Victoria, Monday 10 March 1930, snipped from the Trove web site.
|Present day photograph of the fountain's dedication.|
According to the Stonnington History Centre Catalogue,
Mr Gilpin's benevolence extended to donating another fountain to the nearby council of Balwyn, where he moved a few years later.
|Presentation of the Gilpin Drinking Fountain 1929, |
The Gilpin Fountain today, still maintained in working order
Central Park itself was established in the early 1900s, around the time that the first trams ran from the city along Wattletree Road to Burke St. Here is a plan from the Stonnington History Centre Catalogue of the kiosk that was proposed for the park in 1910.
An example of an advertisement for the Kiosk published in 1913:
|Prahran Telegraph 4 January 1913, snipped from Trove web site|
Here's another photograph of the the kiosk in its heyday, showing its convenient location at the tram terminus.
- The kiosk was popular for dances and for many other public and private social functions. Here are a few examples of events held there.
|Prahran Telegraph, 15 April 1911, snipped from trove web site|
|Prahran Telegraph, 25 May 1923, snipped from Trove web site|
|Prahran Telegraph, 6 September 1919, snipped from Trove web site|
- Sadly times changed and the Kiosk fell into decline in later years, and was demolished in 1973. Here's the same corner today. The trams still run, but anyone coming to the park without bringing their own supplies has to resort to the nearby shops and cafes for refreshment. Central Park is quite extensive and the council stages various outdoor events there throughout the year. The oval is used by several cricket and soccer clubs and is popular with dog walkers and personal trainers.
Family members playing a game of Kubb in the Park last Sunday after a picnic lunch.
Did anyone notice the mention of another kind of fountain in Central Park?
For more fountains, whether drinking or just decorative, just click over to Sepia Saturday #320