Hidden in plein air

“A hero is an ordinary man who is five minutes braver than other ordinary men…”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One bonus of being out on adventures with the Adelaide Urban Sketchers, is seeing through new eyes. Being involved with this group has revealed places I never knew or never understood before. Sketching requires an inquisitive nature and often new details are seen in the locations that we visit. In one of the busiest places in Adelaide, along King William Street next to Elder Park and the Rotunda, is this public drinking fountain. Fireman JAH Gardner lost his life on Christmas Eve 1886, in a fire on Rundle Street. This is a memorial to that tragedy and was funded by public subscription. The SA Fire Brigade was founded in 1862 and Gardner was the first member to perish on duty. The fountain was refurbished in 1912 as part of the MFS 150th Anniversary celebrations. #thanksanita #letsmakelemonade

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