Saturday, 23 May 2015

The Clock, Launceston, Tasmania

Whilst in the city during Jury duty I was able to take a few photos with my phone of the Town Clock, Macquarie House built 1830 in the Civic Square, plus a vehicle on the roof of a verandah in one of the main streets.

The Launceston City clock is over a hundred years old with the Post Office at the base of it.  It's always been well maintained and chimes throughout the night on the hour.  I remember when doing my training and living in the Nurses home I along with most of the Nurses would hear the clock chime during the night, and of course on our way on duty, it struck 6 times which gave us time to get to the hospital and be on time.

Recently there were complaints from mostly visitors who stay in the motels/hotels saying the clock was too noisy.  They didn't win, the clock still chimes and strikes.  It never woke me up.






33 comments:

  1. Is it fall or spring in Tanzania, looks like changing color but lots of sun.

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  2. It's a very elegant clock tower Margaret. And I'm loving the VW on the roof! Chiming clocks should never be silenced in my humble opinion.

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    1. I certainly agree with you on the clock, let it chime...

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  3. It is a lovely clock tower - visitors should use their initiative and wear earplugs rather than make stupid complaints

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    1. I think the clock came from England all those years ago...I agree Rosemary, ear plugs is the answer for the tourists who complain....

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  4. I love the story about the clock and I'm glad they did not give in to visitors and silence it! The VW van on the roof is very attention-getting, which is I suppose what they had in mind.

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    1. There was a big public outcry when it was made public about the visitors etc. if you look up going along the street that VW does catch your eye...

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  5. what a beautiful clock! thanks for sharing!

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  6. What the Bloody hell!
    Aren't town / city hall clocks supposed to chime / toll?
    Bugger the whinging bloody tourists - these tourist
    types would whinge about anything. A word of advice
    don't ever go on an extended tour with a group - there
    will be always one or two constant whingers.

    Did only a one week tour and
    how I didn't murder a bloody male creature and a constantly
    couple who drove the tour guide mad, is one of the mysteries
    of life. A tropics area - the male from London complained of the
    heat and the couple from Houston, TX - God forbid, the local
    inhabitants!!!
    Locals adapt to noises. The trains passing my place drove
    me up the wall initially - now I don't hear them unless intentionally.
    The locals of Launceston who are in noise range could even depend
    on the clock for the time.
    I am glad the clock won.
    Cheers
    Colin
    (PS: I noticed the very clean streets)

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    1. Oops - "constantly whinging couple".
      Memories of that week of hell overcame me.

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    2. Never been on a tour with others. From what I've heard there is always one person who is a problem.
      Yes, locals do adapt...I used to live next to a main road with trams years ago when a child, I never heard the trams..

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  7. I wonder if tourists complain about the noise from Big Ben striking. Love the Kombi on the roof. I remember a pub there which had a tram or train carriage inside to in.

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    1. That's interesting to know that Andrew.....that Kombi van has been up there for ages! Amazing what goes on roofs...looks effective..

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  8. Those are handsome buildings and I am glad the clock is still striking time.

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  9. That clock tower is so beautiful, especially framed as you did, with the trees some in fall color. The van with the surfboard on the roof is just classic!

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    1. The trees with autumn colour are not natives of Tasmania..

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  10. It seems the tower cloch is one of the highest point in the city. I love photos of everyday lifestyle in the country which I have visited..

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    1. We haven't got tall buildings and I'm not sure if the clock is the tallest, will have to look it up..

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  11. The clock tower is beautiful and I enjoyed reading your memories of it from nursing school.

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  12. What an amazing clock tower. A great place to pay a visit.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Was lovely sitting in the Civic Square in front of the library in the sun looking at the clock.

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  13. good morning M, your autumn leaves instantly made me feel better. yay for the clock chimes and i love the kombi (of course) on the roof. tassie with it's beautiful buildings. :) hope you are well

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    1. Yes doing ok thanks. Are you well also!
      I wish I had been about when that Kombi van went up there, it's been there for years.

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  14. "Thoughts & Happenings" has been included in our A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that we hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

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  15. Lovely memories! Thank for sharing the story and the pictures!

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  16. I am a new visitor to your blog. I've seen your last entry and I say , I agree that the clock is still playing , it is a sign of identity of this city ... who are a series of individuals who stay several days, to silence him .

    Regards

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    1. Thank you for your comment..it's good that the clock still strikes...

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