Frederick Jowett Memorial Drinking Fountain

It is hard to believe that this modest granite and bluestone drinking fountain located at the entrance to Caulfield Library, was once considered a major community hazard.

Caulfield City Council commissioned the drinking fountain in honour of Frederick Jowett one of its longest serving (1887-1921) and most well-respected secretaries/town clerks.

The Jowett Memorial Drinking Fountain was originally located in the middle of the Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads intersection, which proved dangerous for passers-by, travellers and the fountain. Those who stopped for a drink of water put their lives at risk as vehicles passed close behind them. The fountain was hit so often within the first month of its installation that it had to be relocated.

The fountain was moved to the corner of the Town Hall site where it remained until traffic increased and it was deemed a risk to the travelling public. It was relocated for the third and final time to its present safe and tranquil location.