With financial support from the City of Nelson Civic Trust and help from skilled technicians from Nelmac and Powertech, the city’s 81-year-old Moller Fountain will soon have a new lease on life.
The project has involved cutting a section out of the fountain’s base, to replace the old water pipes, installing a new pump station and replacing the fountain’s iconic lights.
The fountain was initially donated anonymously to the city in 1940, but the identity of the benefactor was revealed at the unveiling ceremony to be Dorothea Moller, who gifted the fountain in the memory of her husband Bernard, a successful businessman, city councillor, Justice of the Peace and beloved member of the community.
Moller Fountain has sported various looks over the years, ranging from its original creamy colour to pink and turquoise, purple and golden yellow, and, most recently, gold and cream.
It will have a new look again, come November, when the fountain will be repainted.