Paddy Hannan Memorial Fountain

Paddy Hannan Statue, Kalgoorlie - Boulder, Western Australia

Public Art : Paddy Hannan Memorial Fountain  (aka Paddy Hannan statue)

Sculptor : © John MacLeod

Date Unveiled : Originally the Paddy Hannan statue was unveiled in 1929, but it was later shifted to the foyer of the Town Hall. In 1983 a bronze  replica was placed back in the original location (on the street corner). The original was moved in 2001 to the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame.

Description : Bronze statue of Paddy Hannan sitting on a rock (boulder) with water bag and pick by his side.

Location : Corner of Hannan St and Wilson St, Kalgoorlie.

Who was Paddy Hannan? :  Patrick "Paddy" Hannan (1840 – November 4, 1925) was a gold prospector, who discovered gold on June 17, 1893 in Kalgoorlie, setting off one of the biggest gold rushes in Western Australian history. Originally from Quin, in Ireland, paddy arrived in Australia in 1863 at the age of 23. Click here to learn more about Paddy Hannan.

Vandalism : In 1983 the Paddy Hannan memorial fountain was vandalised, forcing its removal to a safer venue. A bronze replica statue and fountain replaced the original.

 

Interesting Tidbits About sculptor John MacLeod : In 1933 John MacLeod was one of four artists selected to submit for the Edith Dircksey Cowan Memorial. He missed out to portrait painter Margaret Johnson.

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