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A large replica of the Samuel W. Jones Bullfrog Bell commemorates the invention by the Welsh blacksmith of Condamine in 1866 of a suitable bell for droving, i.e. one that could be heard for long distances to locate straying cattle.

Jones was the first to manufacture stock bells using sheet metal from crosscut and pit saws, stamping S.W. Jones on the tongue. He called them bullfrog bells because of the strong resonant sound.


Address:Leichhardt Highway, Bell Park, Condamine, 4416
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.926844
Long: 150.135884
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 17th September, 1977
Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1977
Front Inscription

Samuel Williams Jones

Blacksmith in Condamine
1867 - 1878

Invented the now famous Condamine Bell

He was first to manufacture stock bells using sheet metal from a cross cut saw or pit saw.  He called them bull frog bells and stamped "S. W. Jones" on the tongue.

This monument unveiled on 17th Sept, 1977 is to salute Jones and the pioneers who used his bells.

Source: MA,NRUM
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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