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The Mystery Fountain
Former Wacol Army Base
Unknown Fountain Area

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We stumbled on this large fountain and former building complex in an empty area of land west of the main base entry gate. A branch street used to lead off the main entry street west toward a parking area here, next to what was a substantial set of buildings and decorative walls all around this large fountain. Traces of all these remain still.

What was here? I have line layout drawings of the base from the 1950s and late 1990s and both show this area as being empty. Could this have been the site of the US Army Group HQ in WW2? If you know the answer to this question I would love to hear from you please!

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Wacol - Fountain Area Detail Panoramic

Panoramic view of the fountain and building area. The fountain is visible right of centre and the concrete stumps of former buildings are all around. The concrete foundation of an ablution block is out of scene to the right. Please contact me if you would like the detail photos used to make this panoramic view.

Wacol - Fountain Area Decorative Wall Near Ipswich Rd

The former building complex was bounded on two sides by a decorative concrete fence. Much of this remains between the former building complex and Ipwich Road and dividing the former complex from the access road and car park. This section is on the Ipswich Road side.

Wacol - Fountain Area Decorative Wall Near Ipswich Rd

More of the decorative wall near Ipswich Road.

Wacol - Fountain Collapsed Decorative Wall

A partially collapsed section of the wall next to the access road and carpark. The stumps of the largest building are visible in the background.

Wacol - Fountain

The fountain itself is constructed from what appear to be smooth river stones larger than a fist cemented together. It is over 6 feet high and must have been quite a sight when in operation. There are extensive drainage works all around the fountain area.

Wacol - Fountain Area Overgrown Access Road

The intersection where the access road to the fountain area complex meets the main base entry road. The main base entry gate is about 50 metres to the right. The very heavily overgrown state of the road surface seems to indicate long disuse.

Wacol - Fountain Area Main Entrance

The access road leads to this former car park area next to the fountain area complex. a small set of overgrown concrete steps lead up to the left here towards what is referred to as the Transport Headquarters (see the Headquarters page for more details).

Wacol - Fountain Area Poss Rec Area

Nort-west of the fountain area complex, near a small entrance from Ipswich Road (see the "Entrances and Gates page for more on that) is a heavily overgrown area which I'm guessing may have been a recreation area, shaded by this big gum tree.

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Last Updated: 20 January 2011