Sunday, 25 September 2016

Hyde Park, Oddfellows Memorial

The Oddfellows Memorial is located in the south-west corner of Hyde Park North, on the corner of Elizabeth and Park Streets. The foundation was erected in memory of the members of the Oddfellows Society who enlisted in World War 1. The Oddfellows movement began in 18th century Britain as a social club, but was reorganised in 1810 into friendly societies, insurance and lending organisations. This memorial drinking fountain consisting of a pink granite and sandstone monolith obelisk set on a stepped sandstone base was created in 1921 by Samuel Lipson.


  1. That's one of the things I miss about traveling in Mexico: drinking fountains. They don't exist, because the water supply is unsafe. Glad that's not the case in Australia!

  2. There are chapters of that organization here. I've always found it a bit peculiar of a name. I like the memorial.

  3. Somehow this memorial design almost looks like part of a mausoleum facade. That was my first thought for some reason. Impressive.

    1. It's funny how I have walked past this many times and just thought it was a war memorial and hadn't noticed it was also a drinking fountain.

  4. I love the idea of honouring members of a group who served their country but never came back from war. The survivors needed (in 1921 and on) to stand with their colleagues... in a public space.

  5. I hope you have a wonderful week. I so look forward to your posts - it makes me certain that Australia MUST be on my "bucket list".
    Thanks for sharing at



  7. Pretty fancy for a drinking fountain! Interesting post.


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