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King Edward VII : 28-August-2011
King Edward VII : 28-August-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Nancy Alford

Clock and chimes in the former Post Office building erected as a memorial to Edward VII.

Edward VII (9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death in 1910. He was the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha which was renamed the House of Windsor by his son, George V.

In the plebiscite taken as to what form Geelong's tribute to the memory of King Edward should take, a strong lead has been established by the proposal to place a clock and chimes in the Post Office tower; and the Sailors' Rest holds second place at the time of writing. The mayor of Geelong, Ald. H. A. Austin, says: "All the memorial proposals are good, but which is the one most likely to meet with general acceptance and to be useful to the citizens as a whole? I think the clock for the Post Office tower best meets this view of the case, and consequently I favor this proposal. The Post Office tower is quite empty looking at present: a clock will give the necessary finishing touches and complete a fine building."
Excerpt from Geelong Advertiser, 31 May 1910. 

 

 

Location

Address:Ryrie & Gheringhap Streets, Old Post Office Building, Geelong, 3220
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.148462
Long: 144.357173
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Clock
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Imperial
Monument Manufacturer:Benson's of London

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1911
Front Inscription

The Clock And Chimes In This Tower
Were Subscribed For In The Year 1910
By The Citizens Of Geelong & District
To Commemorate The Illustrious Reign
Of Their Late Beloved Sovereign
   KING EDWARD VII
Who Reigned 1901-1910

Source: MA,VMR,RHSV
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