10 May 2014

The Honeyfield Fountain.

I love this fountain. It was originally installed for the people of New Plymouth walking from the old railway station. It has a drinking fountain, plus a light on top to help light their way. 

The Honeyfield Fountain was gifted to the city in 1907 by Alice Brown Honeyfield, who came from a family dedicated to community projects.

Fundraising began in 2004 to restore the historic feature and the restored fountain was reopened in August 2007.

The $50,000 for the restoration came from the TSB Community Trust, Lotteries Environment and Heritage Committee, Govett Quilliam, New Plymouth District Council, plus a number of individuals, many of whom are relatives of the late Alice Brown Honeyfield.

More recently the fountain was badly damaged with when a stolen car collided with it in April 2013. It has now been repaired by a specialist stonemason in Auckland, and returned to it's original site on 1/3/2014.

Photographer: Radcliffe, Frederick George
Date: 1913?
Date Period: 1910-1919

Description: Showing a boy sitting beside the Honeyfield Fountain on the Marine Parade, New Plymouth and another boy to the right standing next to a pram with a younger child in it, with Paritutu and some of the Sugar Loaves in the distance (centre) and the New Plymouth hot and cold saltwater swimming baths on the foreshore to the right.

Here is my sketch:

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