Curries fountain was for many years a well known feature of the city of
Durban, and used to stand on the corner of West St and Point Rd. The cast iron
landmark was erected by Councillor H.W Currie in 1889, in an attemp to provide
relief from the severe drought which Durban was experiencing.
Currie sunk an artesian well in 1878 with hopes of finding water in the area below the Botanic Gardens. Water was discovered and the well, named Currie's Fountain was erected delivering roughly two hundred thousand liters of water to the town every day through a series of pipes which were laid for the purpose. In 1889 a lampost and drinking fountain were erected to the memory of Cllr. Currie on the corner of West Street and Point Road. The drinking fountain was modelled after Brussels' famous Mannikin Pis but Durban goes one better by incorporating two little boys in its design.
The plaque on the fountain reads:
H W Currie Memorial Fountain
Erected in 1889 in grateful remembrance of Mr H W Currie, for many years a Town Councillor and Mayor in 1879-1880, through whose resource and perseverance this town was saved from a serious water famine by the establishment in 1878 of the wells and pumps known as Currie's Fountain at the foot of the Botanic Gardens.
Recent years have seen the fountain being removed from its long time home in the city centre, being restored and relocated to a site at the Durban Botanical Gardens.
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