Free from its scaffold encasing and beautified through $350,000 in refurbishment works, the Alexandra Fountain is back to its best.
The refurbishment project included the restoration of the fountain’s cast balustrade and masonary, repairs, conservation and painting of the statues and render as well as significant plumbing and electrical upgrades.
City of Greater Bendigo Presentation and Assets Director Craig Lloyd said the fountain was an important part of the city’s past and future.
“The restoration was a large task requiring, in some cases, quite detailed restoration especially of the statues and ornate pieces as expected when dealing with heritage structures,” he said.
The fountain, designed by local architect William Vahland, was named in honour of the Princess of Wales – Princess Alexandra and was officially opened on July 5, 1881 by her two sons the Prince George and Prince Albert.
Bendigo’s Alexandra Fountain is the largest and most ornate municipal fountain in Victoria outside of Melbourne.
The fountain is protected by the City of Greater Bendigo’s Planning Scheme and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, the Register of the National Estate and is classified by the National Trust of Australia.