Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Redfern, Baptist Fountain

The Baptist Fountain is located in the middle of Redfern Park, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. In 1888, Charles O’Neil designed the formal landscape of Redfern Park which included an ornate fountain. It was funded by a prominent local resident and nurseryman, John Baptist, so the fountain was named the Baptist Fountain.

22 comments:

  1. So no religious connection then? Or was Mr Baptist a baptist?

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  2. Andrew, there doesn't seem to be a religious connection but maybe Mr Baptist came from a family with a religious ancestry. John Baptist was a wealthy nurseryman which explains the connection with this park.

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  3. Interesting history and a superb capture of a beautiful fountain! Hope your week is going well, Jim!

    Sylvia

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  4. I could see this fountain in the distance the other day and was hoping you would do a post on it.
    It is a such a beautiful piece.
    If your surname was Bapist and you had a son, you would have to call him John!

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  5. so glad you told us why it was named as such.

    www.ewok1993.wordpress.com

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  6. I doubt whether it was ever a "Baptismal fountain!"
    Lovely shot, Jim.

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  7. Redfern Park looks like an interesting and pretty place.

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  8. Ha ha,,, I was about to be a bit peeved about the non separation of church and state :) It is a lovely fountain, and well placed in the gardens.

    Have a great holiday season, Jim

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  9. Oh, and here I was, thinking it was built for very interesting baptisms.
    Well, John Baptist is a very interesting name.
    Your photos are always wonderful to see, Jim.
    Wishing you all the best for the holiday season and throughout the coming year.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  10. That is a nice fountain. I thought that it was going to be a baptistry but no.

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  11. A beautiful fountain in Redfern-O. I heard someone say they live in Redfern-O, because everytime he said where he lived people would say 'Oh'.

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  12. That's funny, Peter. I wonder if they'll still be saying that in a few years as the Housos are being replaced by Yuppies in their flash flats. They've just opened a Woolies supermarket under a flash new block of apartments across the road from this park.

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  13. hat is a beautiful fountain. Is it for religious perpourses?

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

    Riet

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  14. Great shot Jim and your images over the last few days show just how beautiful this park is to visit.

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  15. Riet, there is no religious purpose for this fountain.

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  16. I like it Jim, not too ornate, but with lovely little touches.

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