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Macpherson Robertson Fountain

The Macpherson Robertson Fountain was gifted to the people of Victoria to commemorate the centenary of European settlement (1834–1934). 

Macpherson Robertson was a sweet-maker who gave us the Cherry Ripe, Freddo Frogs, chewing gum and fairy floss. He also funded expeditions including one to Antarctica. Sir Douglas Mawson named Mac. Robertson Land in Antarctica in his honour. 

The fountain was designed by architect Philip Hudson and sculptor Paul Montford. Both men also worked on the Shrine’s design and development.  

The bronze figure of the boy in the centre of the fountain was modelled on a young boy who later became a renowned doctor. Dr John Court was a pioneer in the study of childhood diabetes and worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital. His reward for modelling for this famous fountain was the book A Treasury of Verse for Little Children, inscribed by the sculptor Paul Montford.  

The bronze boy on top of the fountain is shown catching a dolphin. Scattered around we can also see bronze frogs, sea horses and even a platypus (more than one!). At the base is the magical gryphon spurting out water. 

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Reviewed 30 March 2021

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