The other week, on my way to the Museum, I strolled through sections of Hyde Park, enjoying the lovely summer's day in the shade of the enormous fig trees.
Hyde Park is effectively split in two by Park Street.
The southern section features the Anzac memorial, while the northern section is best known for the Archibald Fountain.
During this visit I focused on the southern section of Hyde Park (opposite the Museum) where there is an elaborate Gothic-style water fountain. It was erected by businessman and philanthropist John Frazer (1827-1884) who was a Member of the Legislative Council of the New South Wales Parliament in the 1880s.
The fountain was designed by the city architect, Thomas Sapsford, and carved in Pyrmont stone by Lawrence Beveridge.
The basin for the fountain is made of Scottish granite.
There is now a modern bubbler sitting inside the basin.
I find the idea of drinking from this bubbler rather daunting.
Such grandeur, pomp and circumstance for a wee drink of water.
I expect applause and a military band to start playing when I walk up the steps!
On the city-side of the water fountain there is a monument to Captain James Cook.
The Sculptor was Thomas Woolner.
The east coast of Australia abounds with monuments to Cook.
Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne even went so far as to buy the old English cottage he grew up in and transplanted it to Victoria in 1934.
In 2010 my husband and I honeymooned in Hawaii.
We visited Kealakekua Bay (below) where Captain Cook was killed in 1779.
(the haze is the vog that covers the main island of Hawaii - not my dodgy photography!)
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This post is also part of my personal Sydney Challenge.