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Clock comes home

04 Jun 2014

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The historic Water Tower Clock had a homecoming  last month, when it was restored to Southern Cross Station, where it stood between 1910 and 1967.

Transport Minister Terry Mulder unveiled the clock on May 14, saying it was a wonderful timepiece and icon for generations of Victorians.

“It was often the first thing arriving passengers saw coming into what was then Spencer St Station,” Mr Mulder said.

“It has had quite a long and interesting history and it is great that it has been restored and returned to Southern Cross Station after such a long absence.”

The 130-year-old clock was built in 1883 and was originally located at Flinders St Station before moving to Spencer St Station in 1910, where it stood for 57 years.

It was decommissioned in 1967 and held privately until 1997 when the State Government purchased it and put it on display at Scienceworks.

The clock was originally mounted on an 18-metre high tower, but today is located atop a 5-metre high tower, which exhibits a storyboard of its history and advertising.

You can view the historic clock at Southern Cross Station’s main entrance, near the corner of Spencer and Collins streets.

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