Memorial Clock Tower, New Zealand

January 23, 2019 News

A memorial clock tower is a common feature in many towns and cities across the world but particularly in Australasia. They are often the scene of annual Anzac parades, which take place in April to commemorate those lost in both World Wars. The picturesque town of Waverley, New Zealand, is no different as it has a memorial clock tower at the heart of its community.

The tower was subject to a full restoration in 2013 which brought it back to full working order and visually making it look ‘as good as new’. However, the clocks chiming hours were not always appreciated. The chimes could be heard during the night in many parts of the town. It was eventually decided that this mechanical masterpiece would be silenced at night. Smith of Derby were approached to see if a solution could be found so a silent period would be formed.

Jim Foster, who has led many international projects at Smith of Derby, worked closely with the client to accurately identify the current system in place at the clock tower, before developing a solution. Jim decided that it was best to incorporate a new movement, with an accompanying equipment, to suit a 2kg bell hammer. Then a controller was set to work alongside the equipment which would now hold the bell hammer between the hours of 11pm and 6ammeaning the town fell silent during the nigh. These parts were supplied and delivered to the South Taranaki District Town, before being installed by the local project leader Robert Hopkins.

The equipment supplied.

The project was a complete success and the clock now falls silent during the night which is greatly appreciated within the town. Robert was delighted with the outcome. “The clock has been keeping very accurate time and displaying it proudly to the town, equally the bell has been tolling the hours religiously and we have a silent period between 2300 and 0600 which the town has much appreciated, which I must pass on to you and your team. Your initial help and assistance, the quality of product, guidance and backup has been second to none – thank you all.”

Smith of Derby are proud to be part of a successful international project and are delighted be able to make a difference in a small community over 10,000 miles away from our Alfreton Road base.


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