Pioneer Women's Memorial Fountain
Public Art : Pioneer Women's Memorial Fountain
Sculptor & Architect : Sculptor Margaret Priest
& architect Geoffrey Summerhayes
Date Pioneer Women's Memorial Fountain Unveiled : The
fountain was official opened on the 14th of January 1968 by Lady Kendew (wife of the Governor of WA, Major Sir
Location : Either look for wet people or simply go to
the botanic Garden on Forrest Drive, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia.
Description : The pond itself consists
of about 14 fountains that randomly spew torrents of water high into the air, scaring those unfamiliar
with its untimely schedule and/or soaking them in its fury. Standing in the middle of this water spectacular
is a bronze sculpture depicting a women holding a young child in her arms. The statue stands strong amidst the
changing environment. I guess the randomness and ferocity of the water jets is symbolic of the struggles that the
women of early settlement in Western Australia had to endure. Arriving from merry England to an environment
which was unforgiving and full of surprises, would have been no joy.
Pioneer Womens Memorial
This fountain plays to honour the pioneer women of Western Australia. The figure symbolises
their courage, strength and tenderness. Mother and child move through the bushland of surging jets
towards their destiny.The three great sprays.
Opened by Lady Kendrew 14th January 1968
Architect Geoffrey E.Summerhayes