Big bells in Oz

billy_clarke03 billy_clarke03 at
Wed Jan 31 08:32:54 GMT 2007

I heard the GPO clock strike 6:00 pm today and it is a fine sounding 
bell. I didn't hear it chime the quarters beforehand though.  

The nearby town hall clock has quarter chimes but they have been out 
of sync for at least 2 years (I live within earshot of them).

Antiquarian horologists must be thin on the ground in Sydney.

Billy Clarke.

--- In bellhistorians at, "David Bagley" <david at ...> 
> Stumbled over this today at :-
> Can anybody add to the details?
> David.
> May 4 1891
> Cast in England in 1890 "the castings have come out remarkably 
> possessing very rich tone, especially the 5-ton tenor bell. Its 
fine, full
> resonance being greatly admired. Canon Cattley (Worchester 
Cathedral who
> blessed it) expressed high approval. He said they are certainly 
the best
> bells ever sent out of England. The first quarter bell is 2ft 9in 
> diameter, the note C sharp, and weight 81/2 cwt.; the second, 3ft 
> diameter, B 111/4cwt; the third, 3ft 4 in diameter, A 143/4 cwt., 
> fourth, 4ft 4in in diameter, E 30cwt, and the tenor bell, 6ft 6in 
> diameter, A weighing 5 tons. Each bell has the imperial crown and 
> VIR with the words 'General Post Office, Sydney 1890.
> The following lines from Tennyson's 'In Memoriam' are inscribed on 
> bells, one line on each, commencing with the largest.
> Ring out the false, ring in the true
> Ring out the feud of rich and poor
> Ring in redress to all mankind
> Ring out false pride in place and blood
> Ring in the common love of good
> Cast by John Taylor of Loughborough designs by lord Grimthorpe.
> The initials of Henry Parkes also appear H P


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