The Silver Ball

Ralph Jones, engineer and eldest son of Fletcher Jones, designed the 40m tall Fletcher Jones water tower.   Erected in 1967 as part of the Pleasant Hill factory’s extensive fire protection system, the water tower’s massive concrete foundations extend through the building.  Its design is a clever use of the restrictions posed by the site, which did not allow for a traditional four-legged base.  The water tower was state heritage listed, along with other aspects of the Pleasant Hill site, in August 2006.  

Painted silver with red legs, the water tower is known as the Silver Ball by locals and visitors. It is a much loved & distinctive landmark.  

"The kids used to say "we’re nearly home mum" when they saw the Fletcher Jones Ball."  Eleanor Anderton 

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