Topic: Ferrier Fountain, Christchurch Town Hall

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The Ferrier Fountain in front of Boaters Restaurant was donated by Mr and Mrs Jack Ferrier to mark the opening of the Christchurch Town Hall.

The Ferrier Fountain was donated by Mr and Mrs C. J Ferrier who responded to Councillor Hay’s
televised hope that a citizen of Christchurch would endow the Avon River site of the Town Hall complex
with a fountain. Although the Ferriers had already contributed to the Town Hall project, they sent a
cheque for the amount of $ 20 000 with the condition that they would like to approve the name and
design of the fountain.

Problems occurred and it looked like the fountain might not be in place for the opening of the Town Hall
in 1972. Due to strike action in England the equipment for the fountain was stranded until Mr Ferrier
arranged for it to be air freighted to New Zealand in time for it to be assembled and functioning for the
ceremony.

Christchurch’s Ferrier Fountain resembles the famous El Alemein fountain in Kings Cross, Sydney, and
was manufactured by the same designers. It is a ‘sphere de fleur” design which consists of three separate
static water display fountains that are at different heights and diameters. There are two complete spheres
and one hemisphere just above the water level in a triangular grouping.

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Ferrier Fountain, Christchurch Town Hall


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