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Cronulla Clock Tower
Cronulla Clock Tower

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

The clock tower in Cronulla Plaza was a Bicentennial gift to the people of the Sutherland Shire from Caltex Refinery Co. Pty Ltd. The tower houses the oldest public clock in Australia, built by John Jullion of England in 1770 - the year Captain James Cook landed at Kurnell. The clock's original home was Stanwell Place, near Heathrow in England. It is a turret clock with large time and starter weight mechanisms. The weights require re-winding weekly, which is achieved automatically by electric power.

The clock was fully restored and installed in the tower by Douglas Minty, who has been contracted to maintain it by Sutherland Shire Council. The Lions Club of Australia contributes to the cost of the maintenance.

National Parks and Wildlife Services said no to Caltex’s offer to erect the clock at Captain Cook’s Landing Place but the council agreed to to make the Clock Tower the main feature at the northern end of the Cronulla Bicentennial Plaza which was then under construction. After restoration by horologist Doug Minty, the clock was offiicially handed over to the people of Sutherland Shire on November 19, 1988.

Location

Address:Kingsway, Cronulla Plaza, Cronulla, 2230
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.051667
Long: 151.153056
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Approx. Event Start Date:1788
Approx. Event End Date:1988

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 19th November, 1988
Front Inscription

              CALTEX REFINING CO.PTY.LTD.

                      THIS CLOCK TOWER
IS A GIFT TO THE PEOPLE OF SUTHERLAND SHIRE 
       FROM CALTEX REFINING CO PTY.LTD. 

This Tower Houses The Oldest Clock In Australia,
Built By John Jullion Of England In 1770, The Year
Captain Cook Landed At Kurnell. The Clock's Original
Home Was Stanwell Place, Near Heathrow England. 

This Project Was Developed By Two Australians:
                    Norman Davis
         A Director Of Readymix, UK
           Acquired The Clock, And
                 Harry Babbage
    A Director Of Caltex Australia Limited
    Transported It To Australia, Where It
        Was Restored By Douglas Minty
                  Horologist

 

 

Source: MA
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