Oddfellows Memorial

Oddfellows Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney

Public Art : Oddfellows Memorial, also known as ; Oddfellows Memorial Fountain

Sculptor/ Architect : Monument was designed by Murrow and De Putron of Sydney

Date Dedicated : 11th of May, 1921

Description : The Oddfellows memorial is of Classical style and is constructed of granite. The monument is rectangular and features, at the corners, piers and circular Tuscan columns. The top of the monument features a dome roof. The monument once had water fountains on each corner, but have long since been removed, thus its original name Oddfellows Memorial Fountain .

Dedicated By : The “United Order of Oddfellows"

Location : Corner of Elizabeth and Park Streets, Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia.

Inscriptions :

 

Presented to the City of Sydney by the Grand United Order of Oddfellows in honour and appreciation of the members who enlisted for active service in the Great War 1914 - 1919 and other conflicts.

In memory of 501 members of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows who made the supreme sacrifice 1914 - 1919
"Their Name Liveth For Evermore"
and the members who made the supreme sacrifice 1939 - 1945 and other conflicts.


In appreciation of the services rendered to God King and Country by the 3010 members of the Grand united Order of Oddfellows who served in the Great War 1914 - 1919. And the members who served in the Second World War 1939 - 1945, and other conflicts.


History of the Oddfellows Memorial : The “United Order of Oddfellows” was established in 1848 (registered under the friendly Societies Act 1899). The motto of the order was/is   "to provide assistance to its members in time of sickness, death and unemployment." In 1919, the order submitted a design for a Memorial Drinking Fountain to be erected in Hyde Park to commemorate the members of the Oddfellows’ Society who enlisted for active service in World War I. Though approved the following year, the original location for the monument had to be changed, due to a conflict with a proposed railway line. Of the 3010 members who served during the war, 501 gave their lives.

LEST WE FORGET

Oddfellows Memorial Trivia : The memorial was once a bubbler fountain. What is a bubbler you may ask ? Well, when the world discovered sharing cups and taps at public fountains was a tad unhygienic, they built bubbling fountains (bubblers), where water literally shot out and up, allowing the drinker to avoid contact with the tap (we know known them as drinking fountains). 

   

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