The El Alamein Memorial Fountain is a fountain and war memorial in the city of Sydney, Australia. It is located in the Kings Cross area, at the entrance to the Fitzroy Gardens on the corner of Darlingurst Road and Macleay Street. The El Alamein Fountain was commissioned as a memorial to soldiers who died in 1942 during World War II in two battles at El Alamein, Egypt, and was designed by the Australian architect Phill Taranto as employed by architectural firm Woodward and Woodward.Arrange your visit to El Alamein Memorial Fountain and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sydney using our Sydney route builder.
The Australian 9th Division fought in both the first (July 1942) and second (November 1942) battles of El Alamein during World War II. Both were important for the course of the war. They halted the advance of Axis forces into Egypt and routed them, and are considered a turning point in the Western Desert Campaign. The El Alamein Fountain in Sydney commemorates the Australian army's roles in the North Africa campaign in general, and the two El Alamein battles in particular.
New Zealand born Robert Woodward together with Phill Taranto was commissioned to build the fountain in 1959. Woodward, himself an Army veteran, was 36 at the time and had studied architecture at Sydney University, and worked in Finland. The structure was completed in 1961 and officially opened by Harry Jensen, Lord Mayor of Sydney. The fountain made such a name for Woodward and the firm that he went on to design many others, and his fountains are his best-known works.
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Certainly worth a visit and a few photos. A shady restful area just off the busy main road. Nice to take a break from the nearby hustle and bustle of Kings Cross, to admire the fountain, and remember.... more »
The fountain is just that, but the markets that take place there on the weekends are worth visiting. Small but with lots of options: food, cloth, coffee, flowers, jewelry, and more! more »
This well known fountain has endured countless washing powder attacks over the years and it's still as beautiful as the day I first saw it in the 1980's. Worth the trip to have a cuppa at the cafe and then browse through the markets on a weekend.
A busy area with good cafe and eats around, close to Kings Crossing train, a must go on a Saturday for an Organic Farmer's market
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