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Wall Clock - Victorian Railways No 1, circa 1871 Object Reg. No: ST 038326

Victorian Railways No 1 clock, also known as the 'Main Line Starter Clock', from Spencer Street Station.

The Batman's Hill Station was established in1859, and the station and railway line to Geelong acquired by the Victorian Government's Railway Department in 1860. Information provided at the time of acquisition in 1964 suggested the clock was installed in 1859, but it seems more likely that the clock dates from 1871, when Government Astronomer Robert Ellery connected this clock and several other public clocks by telegraph line to the Melbourne Observatory's main clock.
Large wall clock, cedar drop dial case, cast-iron bezel hinged at top.

Weight driven; dead-beat escapement. Pendulum bob contains an electromagnet to enable electrical control from a distance. Electrical terminals on top of clock case.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victorian Railways (VR), 1964
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 182 cm (Height), 122 cm (Width), 24 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: wall clocks, railway stations, horology
Themes this item is part of: Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Horology Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Victorian Railways (VR), Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Clocks
Tertiary Classification: australia
User: Victorian Railways (VR), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1871-1964

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