BALLARAT - TH/2 : AUSTRALIA

*Location:

   Town Hall
   Sturt Street at Armstrong Street
   Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
   LL: S 37.56211, E 143.85670
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*Contact:

   City of Ballarat
   PO Box 655
   Ballarat  VIC 3353
   T: 3/5320 5832
   E: ballcity@ballarat.vic.gov.au

*Schedule:

   Originally played a tune 4 times daily,
   triggered by Town Hall clock, with a
   different tune each day of the week.
   Present schedule unknown (single tune).

*Remarks:

   Original bells purchased in 1869;
   installed in Town Hall tower 1872 or 3;
   moved to other locations on or in that
   building in subsequent decades.
   Was accompanied by an additional bell
   cast by Horwood, Castlemaine, until
   taken down in 1982 for refitting.
   Now located in a glass tower in town
   square; refurbished chiming machine
   by John Moore & Sons, London, has
   30 hammers.

*Technical data:

   Mechanical-automatic chime of 15 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the treble octave
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   Some bells were recast or replaced in 1988
     by Whitechapel 
   Prior history:
     In 1872, a complete instrument was installed
       with bells made by Whitechapel 
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                  0 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   10 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  12 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  99%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2008
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

Heritage article about the town hall and bells

Photo of the Town Hall, looking west along Sturt Street toward Armstrong Street
Photo of the Town Hall, looking east along Sturt Street

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Whitechapel bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Asia and the Pacific Rim chimes by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all Asia and the Pacific Rim chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Asia and the Pacific Rim chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Australia.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  4-Dec-12
   based on textual data last updated on 2008/01/25
   and on technical data last updated on 2008/01/25
*Photos:

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