Sydney bells ring again

Sydney bells ring again

Sydney Town Hall clocktower restored

The much-loved bells of Sydney’s 140-year-old clocktower are ringing again after a careful restoration by some of Australia’s leading heritage experts.

The 17-month restoration of the 55-metre tall Sydney Town Hall clocktower completes the first stage in the conservation of Sydney’s most important civic building.

Using centuries-old skills and techniques, stonemasons have chiselled and carved about 26 cubic metres of sandstone with intricate designs to replace worn and damaged pieces of the clocktower.

The conservation work also included maintenance of the clock, seismic bracing of the tower columns by adding steel reinforcements, the safe removal of asbestos, and installing environmentally-friendly low-voltage LED illumination.

To protect the restoration workers’ hearing and the clock mechanism, the historic timepiece was wrapped in protective dust cloth and stopped for the duration of the work beginning in March 2012.

Stage two of the restoration is due to start soon and will include the south and north exterior of Sydney Town Hall.

Last updated: Monday, 14 October 2013