Tower ticks again

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ar­ran Mor­ton

It has been more than two years since Rock­ing­ham’s Founders Me­mo­rial clock worked prop­erly.

Now the hands of time will tick once more thanks to Shoal­wa­ter am­a­teur horol­o­gist Jay Macfar­lane.

Life­long clock en­thu­si­ast Mr Macfar­lane said he had of­ten won­dered why the iconic clock­tower at Rail­way Ter­race, which was erected in 1979, was out of or­der.

He said he de­cided to take mat­ters into his own hands and last week ap­proached City of Rock­ing­ham with a plan to fix the ne­glected mech­a­nism.

“It up­set me ev­ery time I passed it be­cause it is such a spe­cial thing for the city,” Mr Macfar­lane said. “It had been ne­glected and it was a shame — I thought it must have been quite easy to fix with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.”

Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the clock­tower, which has two time pieces, had suf­fered in­ter­mit­tent faults over the past two years.

Cr Sam­mels said the City handed the clocks to Mr Macfar­lane to as­sess and he quickly spot­ted the fault and fit­ted a bat­tery-op­er­ated mech­a­nism and new hand pieces.

“The orig­i­nal clocks are bat­tery pow­ered mo­tors which are prone to time dis­place­ment and a short op­er­at­ing life,” Cr Sam­mels said.

“Mr Macfar­lane did not charge for his time and only re­quested re­im­burse­ment for his ma­te­ri­als to­talling $150.85.

“The long-term re­place­ment so­lu­tion from Sim­plex Time is es­ti­mated to cost about $6000.”

Mr Macfar­lane said he had long held an in­ter­est in time­keep­ing de­vices and liked to re­store an­tique clocks in his spare time.

He said he was pleased the City pro­vided an elec­tri­cian to work along­side him dur­ing the restora­tion process.

The clock was erected in 1979 in recog­ni­tion of 150 years since the ar­rival of Cap­tain James Stir­ling aboard the ship Parmelia.

Rock­ing­ham Se­nior High School stu­dents crafted the clock and em­bed­ded a time capsule within it, which was raised in May 2001.

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