How icons can connect us to our past and present

How icons can connect us to our past and present

More than just a clock this icon is a part of Melbourne’s history.

At the grand old age of 130 years and not a wrinkle in sight the Water Tower Clock has been restored and returned to Southern Cross Station after 50 years. Originally installed on a tower, the clock once stood 18 meters high above the Elizabeth Street entrance of Flinders St Station where it became a hugely significant landmark.

Historical and iconic the Clock Tower was a meeting point for many, where lovers met and families farewelled members of the Victorian Light Horse contingent heading for the Boer War, or men eagerly dashed by checking the time to be sure to make it to a city pub before 6pm closing time, the clock quickly became a part of us.

How icons can connect us to our past and present

Now in its new home it is a backdrop to the rich story telling of our wonderful city. It presents more than just a mechanism to tell us the time, it is a beautiful icon that connects us to our past and helps to contribute to a sense of place.

A new place to ‘meet under the big clock’.

Tell us what you think of the Water Clock Towers new home…

Emma Ferris
Office Manager

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. I love that the clock has been restored and returned to Southern Cross station. But it really jars with me that the clock seems to be used primarily as a centrepiece for advertising on the video screens below it. It’s tacky and garish, and out of keeping with the heritage clock.

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