CANBERRA - A : AUSTRALIA

   The National Carillon

*Location:

   Aspen Island
   Lake Burley Griffin
   near Kings Avenue bridge
   Canberra,
     National Capitol Territory, Australia
   LL: S 35.29848, E 149.14172
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*Carillonist:

   Lyn Fuller
   54 Tempe Crescent
   Googong,
     via Queanbeyan NSW, 2620
   E: fulfam@aapt.net.au
   - and -
   Joan Chia
   - and -
   Nathan Ward
   E: nathan.ward/@/natcap.gov DOTau
*Past Carillonneurs:
   Members of Carillon Concert
     Presentations
   19??-91 John D. Gordon   (d.1991)
   19??-?? George Howe, deputy   (A)

*Contact:

   (unknown)

*Schedule:

   Sep-May:
     recitals 1230-1320 on Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun
       and public holidays,
     tower tours from 1230 Tu/Th, 1130 Sat;
   + Dec/Jan/Feb Tue.1930-2030 concerts;
   Jun-Aug:
     recitals 1230-1320 on Wed/Sun
       and public holidays,
     tower tours from 1130 Sat

*Remarks:

   Original bells cast in 1969.  Was the
   largest carillon in the southern
   hemisphere until Wellington expansion.
   Totally rebuilt in 1986 by Olympic;
   additional work in 1992 and 1998
   before 2003 enlargement.
   Practice clavier is original, 53 notes.
   Most of the old trebles are now in
   PERTH - SC/3.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 55 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F# in the bass octave
   Transposition is down 1 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     G C   /    G A#27
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is a non-identical practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 2003
     with 30 bells made by Taylor      
   Prior history:
     In 1970, the instrument was begun with 53 bells
       with bells made by Taylor      
   Auxiliary mechanisms: EIQ   
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2006
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The Canberra government has a page about the carillon as a tourist attraction (with recital schedules and photos).  Another page tells what the carillon is.

Historic photos related to the carillon:

The Wikipedia article on this carillon has several photos.

A White Hat photo of the tower

A Google Earth streetview allows viewing the tower from many points along Wendouree Drive.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Asian & Pacific Rim traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all Asian & Pacific Rim traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Asian & Pacific Rim traditional carillons by year of completion.

Where the bass bell of this carillon ranks among all great bells in the Pacific Rim region.

Index to all traditional carillons in Australia.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Australia.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 10-Aug-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/08/05
   and on technical data last updated on 2014/08/05
*Photos:

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