Fountain gone to the dogs

Have you been wondering about the former life of the water fountain in George Suttor Park at Baulkham Hills? Exactly what was the purpose of this sandstone box with its pitched roof nestled in a rose garden – now fitted with a modern bubbler?

The plaque attached to the top of the fountain says “Erected by the Council of the Shire of Baulkham Hills with funds provided by the late Jessie Stuart Broomfield 1950”. Jessie, a resident of Northmead, died in 1935 and bequeathed her estate to be distributed to dogs’ homes, as well as providing funds for a number of drinking fountains and troughs for dogs to be built across Sydney.

Some of the other surviving dog drinking fountains bearing the name of Jessie Stuart Broomfield can be found in Moore Park, La Perouse, Strathfield, North Sydney and Centennial Parklands.

The fountain in George Suttor Park was moved when Old Northern Road was widened by the RMS, and has recently had the water and drainage reinstated.

George Suttor Park also pays homage to the Hills Shire’s Tramway/Railway heritage through a series of interpretive signage.

For more information about parks and reserves in The Hills Shire, visit www.thehills.nsw.gov.au and search the Parks and Recreation Directory.

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