A ROYAL and iconic piece of the Playford region’s history is currently under restoration, and will be resurrected in the new northern central business district.
The Windsor Green fountain was erected by the South Australian Housing Trust in November 1955, and officially unveiled in February 1963 by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during their visit to the Elizabeth township.
After the unveiling, the Queen started the flow of the fountain by turning the gold tap.
The fountain, which is currently being modified and restored, will be relocated to the new Playford CBD, located on the corner of Main North Road and Philip Highway, in front of the Prince George Plaza, which is also currently under construction.
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said he is excited the historically significant piece will become a focal point in the new Elizabeth centre.
“It’s great to see a key component of Playford’s cultural heritage restored for everyone to see,” he said.
“I believe this is an iconic piece of our history and I look forward to seeing it placed in the new Prince George Plaza.
“It’s fitting that this fountain, which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen, will now feature in her great-grandson’s plaza.”
The fountain’s original design was created by South Australian Housing Trust architect Geoffrey Shedley, who developed the piece over half a century ago.
Some of the original features included vertical granite slabs, which represents an open book, and bronze sculptures depicting two life-sized female figures and one child.
These were used to depict life and family, and portray ‘fire and earth’, whilst the ‘water’ element was represented by the fountain’s spray.
Australian animals and birds were featured on the back of the slab.
The newly restored fountain will incorporate the original sculpture and some of the old stone, and will be completed by August 2017, coinciding with the Northern CBD project’s stage one infrastructure works.