Lion heads and site of former conservatory

On the back wall behind the pond, you will see the heads of four concrete lions, gushing water from their mouths.

These are relatively recent additions. Until 2013 they were not lions, but four native animals, in bronze.

The sculptures first put there were of a kangaroo, a platypus, a koala, and a quoll.

For these to be made, specimens were borrowed from the South Australian Museum and delivered to the Town Hall. The modeller, Mr Logger, used them to create plaster models that were later cast in bronze.

However the native animal heads were frequently targeted by vandals, and the City Council eventually removed them and replaced them with the more generic concrete lions.

Three years later, in 2016, the former Veale Gardens conservatory was demolished. It was built in the 1960s not long after the Pavilion was built, and by the same builder, Ezio Moroni. The conservatory was used by gardeners for seasonal displays of plants and flowers.

In the 1960's a pergola led up to conservatory. However the site now is a level patch of grass.

From this point, look southwards at the mounds and hills behind the creek.



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