Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – French Memorial Garden & Fountain
The French Memorial Fountain, created in 1972 by sculptor Stephen Walker, recognises the bicentenary of early French exploration in Tasmania. Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, on his voyage to explore the South Pacific, arrived in Tasmania in 1772 followed by the expeditions of Bruni D’Entrecasteaux in 1792 and 1793. D’Entrecasteaux established a base at Recherche Bay to replenish supplies and undertake scientific research. Expedition Botanist Jacques Labillardiere collected many plants including the type specimen of the Tasmanian blue gum, Eucalyptus globulus and Felix Delahaye established a food garden on the shore. Today, the plantings around the fountain are representative of the plants collected and described by Labillardiere during those early voyages.