Craig's fountain restoration
The magnificent Craig's fountain occupies a focal point near the main entrance to the Oamaru Public Gardens. Officially opened during the Floral fete on 13 April 1914, the fountain was purchased with bequest funds of 500 pounds from the estate of prominent Oamaru timber merchant James Craig. Oamaru Borough Council paid for the landscaping and the concrete basin.
The fountain is an intricate design in Carrara marble featuring griffens, maidens and water dragons. Oamaru monumentalist John Crombie designed, imported and erected the fountain. The original three tiered design featured a bluestone rock base and two drinking fountains.
Restoration work in the 1990s was largely unsuccessful and Craig's fountain has been dry for many years. Waitaki District Council authorized the current restoration work of the Historic Place Category 2 structure. The completed and Craig's fountain is set to once again take pride of place in the most beautiful garden of North Otago.
The Contract for the design and erection of Craig's Fountain, Oamaru Gardens [Waitaki District Archive 2015/330.237] is on display at the Oamaru Library from 1 December 2017 - 30 January 2018.
Image credit: Contract for the design and erection of Craig's Fountain, Oamaru Gardens [Waitaki District Archive 2015/330.237]
Heritage New Zealand List, Craig Memorial Fountain
http://www.heritage.org.nz/the-list/details/7151 Accessed 29/11/2017
C. Cochran, ‘Craig's Fountain, Oamaru: Conservation Report’, Report prepared by Chris Cochran, Conservation Architect for the Waitaki District Council, 20 July 2001
James Craig, Archives New Zealand Probate Records, 1843-1998 Dunedin Court Probate records 1912 P1565/12-P1598/12
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L92Z-YDSN?i=334&cc=1865481 Accessed 29/11/2017