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Turret Clock Movement - Victorian Railways, Flinders Street Station, Victoria, 1882 Object Reg. No: ST 026256

Summary:
Turret clock movement, made by Thomas Gaunt, Melbourne, 1882.

The clock was originally installed on a tower at the Elizabeth Street entrance of Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, in 1882-3. It became a Melbourne landmark and was commonly known at "the water tower clock".
In 1901 the clock and tower was relocated to Princes Bridge Station, Melbourne. In 1910 to clock and tower was relocated to Spencer Street Station, Melbourne, where it remained until dismantled in 1967.
Description:
Clock movement in wooden and glass case with lead roof.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Victorian Railways (VR), 1967
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 114 cm (Height), 94 cm (Width), 122 cm (Length)
Weight: 360 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: turret clocks, railway stations
Themes this item is part of: Horology Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Transport Collection, Thomas Gaunt, Watchmaker & Jeweller (1829-1890), Thomas Gaunt, Watchmaker & Jeweller (1829-1890), Victorian Railways (VR), Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Victorian Railways (VR), Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Victorian Railways (VR), Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Clocks
Tertiary Classification: australia
Maker: Thomas Gaunt - Thomas Gaunt & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1882
User: Victorian Railways (VR), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1882-1901

Installed at Flinders Street Station, Elizabeth Street entrance.
User: Victorian Railways (VR), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901-1910

Installed at Princes Bridge Station.
User: Victorian Railways (VR), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1910-1973

Installed at Spencer Street Station.

Comments

Helen Potter Posted on 05 Apr 2010 6:41 PM
Hi
i am trying to find any information relating to the Victorian railway watchmakers. They were located at Spencer St station in Melbourne until my father John Albert Potter, the last remaining watchmaker retired. He started i think as an apprentice in 1939 and retired at age 65 in about 1991.
thanks for any leads
yours sincerely
Helen potter
Discovery Centre Posted on 07 Apr 2010 1:21 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Helen, you may find that the Australian Antiquarian Horological Society will be a great place to start, and they may also be able to point you in other directions. you can find contact details here: http://www.clockandwatchclub.com/default.htm
Andrew Richards Posted on 29 Dec 2011 10:29 AM
I worked as an apprentice in the VR from 1980-1986. as part of the roster, we spent i think 2 months in the spencer steet workshops. mainly to work on signal relay refurbishment. however, the watchmaker was part of this workshop and as a treat during our stay, we were taken by the watchmaker to rewind the clock spring on the elizabeth st clock tower. I think that would have been John Potter, although cant be sure. My main memory of the visit was Johns ability to wind the clock spring with one hand, whilst it took me both hand and a considerable amount of effort to match his strength. I also remember being told that whilst John took holidays, he continued to return to work once a fortnight to wind the elizabeth st clock. the other interesting feature of this clock was that each hour, a comb of wire fingers were dropped into a mecury bath, this used to send out a signal to each and every clock in every suburban railway station, that operated a set of fingers in a tweezer motion, that pulled the minute hand accurately to the 12 or on the hour. This system was known as the clock clips
Helen Potter Posted on 14 Jul 2012 1:53 PM
Hi Andrew
Thank you for your reply
Yes it would have been my father. He had wound the clocks since age 14 so was pretty strong! And yes I am think he did go into wind the Elizabeth St Clock.
Regards
Helen

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