Archibald Fountain

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Archibald Fountain is one of unmistakable Sydney landmarks. Being the centerpiece of the Hyde Park it features on numerous postcards and in every tourist book as a major attraction. The fountain has been a pride of Sydney since 1932. The fountain is a creation of sculptor Francois Sicard.
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Shoe shine at the fountain

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In most cases when you see a person cleaning their boots in public you may assume a doggy do accident. That was actually the first comment I received when I have shown this photograph. However, at that time I have realised I have never seen a stray dog in Sydney’s CBD.

So what is this man doing? I’m sure using fountain water is not exactly a good shoe shine practice.