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Rotary Club Clocktower : 18-04-2014
Rotary Club Clocktower : 18-04-2014

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

The Rotary Club Clocktower was constructed by the Rotary Club of Sunbury and presented to the citizens in recognition of Sunbury being the birthplace of the Ashes.

Sunbury is the site where a tiny terracotta urn, believed to be a perfume bottle bought by Lady Janet Clarke at an Egyptian bazaar, was presented to Ivo Bligh, the captain of the English touring team of 1882 and 1883. Although the date of the presentation is not confirmed, it is generally thought the urn was presented at Christmas in 1882 after a private game at Sir William Clarke's Rupertswood  mansion.

The urn, which still sits at the Marylebone Cricket Club, is thought to contain the ashes of burnt cricket bails.


Address:Brook & Evans Streets, Sunbury, 3429
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.579764
Long: 144.72921
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Clock
Monument Theme:Culture
Designer:Richard Petersen


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 14th January, 1995
Front Inscription

Rotary Club of Sunbury Inc.


Constructed to recognise Sunbury as being the birth place of The Ashes

Presented to the citizens of Sunbury on 14th January 1995

Officially opened by Stanley S. Payne J.P.  (Paul Harris Fellow)

Special thanks to the Councillors and residents of the Shire of Bulla
Stanley S. Payne as trustee of the Edward A.Green Charitable Donation
The members of the Rotary Club of Sunbury

Designed by Richard Petersen and depicts a cricket ball hitting the stumps

Albert Achterberg President

Source: MA
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