City set to commence restoration of historic Alexandra Fountain

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The iconic 136 year old Alexandra Fountain is set to receive a much needed $350,000 facelift to take this important part of Bendigo’s history into the future. The major refurbishment works are set to commence next week and are expected to be completed in late 2017.

The project will include restoration of the fountain’s cast balustrade and masonary and will also include repairs, conservation and painting of the statues and render as well as significant plumbing and electrical upgrades. The restoration of the fountain is a large task requiring in some cases quite detailed restoration especially of the statues and ornate pieces.

City of Greater Bendigo Presentation and Assets Director Craig Lloyd said the Alexandra Fountain is an important part of the city’s history and its future.

“The last major work undertaken on the fountain was in 2010 so it really is time to give this important icon a new lease of life,” Mr Lloyd said.

Alexandra Fountain was funded from the proceeds of the Bendigo Juvenile Industrial Exhibition (1879), a £500 gift from local mining magnate and philanthropist George Lansell and a further £700 from the former Sandhurst City Council (now the City of Greater Bendigo).

It was designed by noted local architect William Vahland and was erected using local craftsmen.

The fountain was named in honour of the Princess of Wales – Princess Alexandra and was officially opened on July 5, 1881 by her two sons the Prince George (who was later to become King George V) - and his brother Prince Albert.

Other than the Exhibition Fountain, built in 1880 in the Melbourne's Carlton Gardens, Bendigo’s Alexandra Fountain is the largest and most ornate municipal fountain in Victoria.

The Alexandra Fountain is one of Bendigo’s best known and important landmarks. It is protected by the City of Greater Bendigo’s Planning Scheme and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, the Register of the National Estate and is classified by the National Trust of Australia.

 

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