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*Pic: The Saracen drinking fountain in City Park, Launceston.

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Further to the gate enquiry ( here ) …

Please find two contemporary illustrations of Saracen Foundry Glasgow products still in Launceston Tasmania.

Launceston was then almost the furthest part of the Empire from what was then the world’s Second City.

In those days we did not need to move our university into a flood plain in order to steal $150 million of Federal money.

What other Saracen foundry objects are to be found in Tasmania?

*John Hawkins was born and educated in England. He has lived in Tasmania for 13 years. He is the author of “Australian Silver 1800–1900” and “Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking” and “The Hawkins Zoomorphic Collection” as well as “The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold” and nearly 100 articles on the Australian Decorative Arts. He is a Past President and Life Member of The Australian Art & Antique Dealers Association. John has lived in Australia for 50 years and is 75 this year. In two of the world’s longest endurance marathons and in the only teams to ever complete these two events, he drove his four-in-hand team from Melbourne to Sydney in 1985 and from Sydney to Brisbane in 1988.

• Two surviving Saracen Foundry Glasgow cast iron masterpieces in Launceston ... see MJF comment #2 for further details ...

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Children’s Jubilee fountain Launceston

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Children’s Jubilee Fountain Launceston detail

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Horse Drinking fountain Launceston

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Horse drinking fountain now moved to the side of the entrance to Elphin Road Launceston and restored by Glasgow Foundry Launceston