Summary

Victorian Railways No 1 clock, also known as the 'Main Line Starter Clock', from Spencer Street Station.

The Batman's Hill Station was established in1859, and the station and railway line to Geelong acquired by the Victorian Government's Railway Department in 1860. Information provided at the time of acquisition in 1964 suggested the clock was installed in 1859, but it seems more likely that the clock dates from 1871, when Government Astronomer Robert Ellery connected this clock and several other public clocks by telegraph line to the Melbourne Observatory's main clock.

Physical Description

Large wall clock, cedar drop dial case, cast-iron bezel hinged at top. Weight driven; dead-beat escapement. Pendulum bob contains an electromagnet to enable electrical control from a distance. Electrical terminals on top of clock case.

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