Unique Memorial Fountain in Narrandera

Posted on 8 November 2018
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The Hankinson Memorial Fountain, was donated in 1922 by Narrandera Municipal Council Alderman Robert Henry Hankinson and his wife, Beatrice in honour of those in Narrandera and District who served in World War I. The fountain, is one of only two fountains made by Royal Doulton that are known to exist, (the other located in India) is located in the Memorial Gardens in Narrandera. The Hankinson Fountain was smashed by an act of vandalism in 1971 and was restored by Charles Pearce. The erection of the fountain which Ald. R. H. Hankinson is presenting to the residents is now nearing completion. The fountain, which is of green Doulton ware, will indeed be an ornament to the Memorial Gardens. It is of handsome design, and in every way suitable for erection in the gardens. A glazed name plate on which appears the following inscription is affixed to the top of the concrete basin, and explains the reason of its being presented to the residents:—' In honor of all those in Narandera (sic) and District who served in the Great War, 1914-1918. Presented by Ald. R. H. and Mrs. Hankinson, 1922. The erection of the fountain is being carried out by Messrs F. Lindley and W. Whitwell. The fountain will probably be officially turned on on Anzac Day. Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW), 20 April 1923.