Like many cities, Melbourne has its share of iconic clocks that Melburnian's know where to find when they need to tell the time.
Flinders Street Station: Our best-known clocks are the Flinders Street Station clocks, although they tell the time for departing trains. There are also two-time clocks, one above the famous (meet you under the clocks) nine clocks in the crest of a triangular facade, the other housed in a tower visible up and down both Flinders and Elizabeth Streets.
Where do people meet in Melbourne? Under The Clocks
Royal Arcade: The clock in The Royal Arcade is guarded by GOG and MAGOG and wonderfully housed in an arched half-dome.
Melbourne Central: The giant fob-watch clock in Melbourne Central is a classic. Hanging from its gold chain starting on the fourth floor, the clock puts on a show every hour.
The Forum Clock: One of the most beautiful clocks is the clock tower above the Forum Theatre on the corner of Flinders and Russell Streets Melbourne
Myer has clocks dating back to its beginnings on the facade in Bourke Street and on Lonsdale Street.
Melbourne Town Hall Clocks
Melbourne Town Hall on the corner of Swanston Street and Collins Street has a four-sided clock.
The old GPO building now a shopping precinct on the corner of Bourke and Flinders Street has a four-sided clock.
Water Tower Clock
The Water Tower Clock now at Southern Cross Station, started at Flinders Street Station, then Spencer Street Station and then Scienceworks.
Flinders Street Station (1883 to 1901)
Spencer Street Station (1910 to 1967)
Southern Cross Station (2014- )
In 1901, the Water Tower Clock was moved to Princes Bridge Station (now Federation Square) for the building of the present Flinders Street Station which had its own built-in clock tower, so from 1910, the clock was relocated again, to the entrance to Spencer Street Station. In 1967 it was moved again when Spencer Street Station was rebuilt. The Institute of Applied Science (now part of Museum Victoria) snapped up the clock's internal mechanism but rejected the rest, which was taken to a scrap yard. An enthusiast rescued it, and later it spent years at a small museum, followed by a vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula.
It was later refurbished and an electronic mechanism installed, and the owners sold it to the state government. (A 1997 article had the asking price at $200,000.)
The 11-metre Water Tower Clock was relaunched in May 2014 after several months of renovation and now takes pride of place at Southern Cross Station's main entrance.
Outer Melbourne Clocks
The Floral Clock in Queen Victoria Gardens (Domain Parklands) opposite NGV International Gallery contains over 7,000 flowering plants which are changed twice yearly.
It was donated in 1966 to the City of Melbourne by a group of Swiss watchmakers.
Catani Clock Tower - St Kilda beach - Clocktower and bronze bust commemorate Carlo Catani (1852-1918), the chief engineer of the Public Works Department who was highly respected in St Kilda. The tower is constructed to the Italian Renaissance style consisting of a square tower of clinker brickwork, raised on a base of stone and relieved by panels.
Nylex Clock (Richmond) - is one of the most significant neon sky signs in Victoria was built by Neon Electric Signs in 1961. The sign is visible across many suburbs due to its high elevation upon the No. 2 Cremorne Silos.
Dimmey's Clock Tower (Richmond) - This very recogniseable clock is also interesting because the clock face only letters that spell Dimmeys Stores (no numbers).
Bryant and May (Richmond) - is visible from the train coming into the station before you see the Dimmey's clock, and similarly spells out the name - BRYANT AND MAY. :)
Black Rock Clock Tower is a local landmark known to many Melburnians.
Town Hall Clocks
Many of the original Melbourne suburbs had a town hall and clock tower that made it a recognisable feature in each suburb.
Box Hill Town Hall - City of Whitehorse
Brighton Town Hall, Melbourne - City of Bayside
Brunswick Town Hall - City of Moreland
Camberwell Town Hall - City of Boroondara
Coburg City Hall - City of Moreland
Collingwood Town Hall in Hoddle Street has a clock now driven by an electric motor but was the last municipal wind-up clock in Australia.
Dandenong Town Hall - (right) now Drum Theatre, the clock chimes every hour and half hour. Corner Walker St & Lonsdale St, Dandenong [map]
Essendon Town Hall - now Clocktower Centre in City of Moonee Valley
Fitzroy Town Hall - located in Napier Street Fitzroy, the hall was built in 1863 with the clock tower added in 1890.
Footscray Town Hall - City of Maribyrnong
Caulfield City Hall - now Glen Eira Town Hall
Hawthorn Town Hall - Burwood Road (now Hawthorn Arts Centre)
Heidelberg Town Hall - City of Banyule
Kensington Town Hall - City of Melbourne
Kew Town Hall - City of Boroondara
Malvern Town Hall - - rare because it has a black face with white numerals. Now Stonnington City Centre
Moorabbin Town Hall - City of Kingston
Northcote Town Hall - City of Darebin
North Melbourne Town Hall (formerly Hotham Town Hall) - City of Melbourne
Oakleigh Town Hall - City of Monash
Port Melbourne Town Hall - City of Port Phillip
Prahran Town Hall - City of Stonnington
Preston Town Hall - City of Darebin
Richmond Town Hall (Richmond) - We grew up with this clock staring straight through our kitchen window as we lived directly opposite.
South Melbourne Town Hall (formerly Emerald Hill Town Hall) - City of Port Phillip
St Kilda Town Hall - City of Port Phillip
Williamstown Town Hall - City of Hobsons Bay
Many of these clocks were created or installed by master clockmaker Ingrams Bros of Carlton now Ingrams Time systems Ringwood
The clocks continue to be maintained by Ingrams Time Systems. Ingrams historical forebears Ingrams Bros. then Ingrams Bright also were the builders of the clocks. Company history going back to 1890 is noted on the master clocks of these landmarks.
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