Fleischer Commemorative Fountain
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In the grounds of the Queen's Park in East London is a fine cast iron fountain. Placed within a large raised circular pond the fountain forms a historic landmark in that portion of the Queen's Park grounds which was occupied by the East London Zoo in the 1930's.
The fountain was donated to the City of East London by William Martin Fleischer and this is recorded on a commemorative granite plaque:
Fleischer was born on 17 October 1840 and had a long and varied career in the Civil Service of the Cape Colony. He commenced his service as a Clerk to the Resident Magistrate in Queenstown in 1861 and was subsequently employed in Steynsburg, Cradock, Stutterheim, Victoria East, and in 1879 was Civil Commissioner and Resident Magistrate in Wodehouse. Two years later he was again promoted to East London in the same position - before finally transferring to Port Elizabeth in 1894.
The 'post nominal' letters ISO record the award of the Imperial Service Order to Fleischer. The ISO was instituted by King Edward VII in August 1902 and was awarded on retirement to the administration and clerical staff of the Civil Service throughout the British Empire, for long and meritorious service. Normally a person had to serve for 25 years or more to be eligible. The Fountain could therefore only have been donated after August 1902 - but the actual date it was erected and unveiled remains to be confirmed.
The cast iron fountain was made by the well known Coalbrookdale foundry , based in Ironbridge in Shropshire, England. The base comprises a substantial circular shaft, with four finely detailed classical scrolled brackets acting as buttresses. The circular base is surmounted with a moulded interface which in turn supports a large diameter shallow circular dish with a moulded underside and perimeter overflow spouts. A narrower upper shaft in turn supports a second, smaller diameter, shallow circular dish with a moulded underside and again with perimeter overflow spouts. The shaft extends upwards to support a circular base for a small figure supported on a branch - the whole assembly terminating at the apex with a fountain spout.
Fleischer passed away on 10 September 1914 and is buried in the Main Cemetery in Queenstown.
William Martinson, April, 2020
Extract from the Civil Service List:
(Submitted by William Martinson)
These notes were last edited on 2020 05 25