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Bega clock tower keeps up with the times

Bega clock tower keeps up with the times

Bega’s clock tower will be up and running once again this week, after its first major renovations since it was built in 1930. Specialist clock maker Andrew Markerink was pulling out the old interior mechanism on Monday and replacing it with a new electronic system linked to at least five satellites to keep the correct […]

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Happy Clock Owners

Happy Clock Owners

A nice story that is typical of most clock owners. The background to why a clock is so important to us is often filled with stories that put a smile on your face. We received the following email from a client we saw yesterday and after checking that they were happy to let the world […]

Sydney University Crane

Sydney University Crane

Setting up the 60 tonne crane for the Sydney university job today

Grandfather Clock

Grandfather Clock

Did you know that the term “grandfather clock” only becomes popular from the beginning of the 1900’s when 2 American song writers write a song about their grandfathers clock that “stopped short never to go again when the old man died”. The clock which was their grandfathers then transferred to being a grandfather clock. With […]

An Old Friend

An Old Friend

Great see an old friend again I made this tubular Gong striking longcase 10 years ago and it has been well travelled in that time having gone to the UK for a while and now back to the Central Coast in NSW.

Gravity Clock

Gravity Clock

Just completed this wonderful gravity clock. The clock uses its own weight to operate and tells the time by rotating the centre disc. Made as a limited edition in the early 80’s they have become very collectable.

Old Red Cross Building

Old Red Cross Building

The third largest clock in Sydney now back on the old Red Cross building in Clarence street. Not able to get it running at this stage but good to have the job finishes for the end of the year. New dials and hands as well as fitting a double dial gear box we were able […]

Central Clock Lives Again

Central Clock Lives Again

The clock for central lives again. It had been badly damaged after being filled with the sandstone dust from the renovations. Interesting fact is this is the original clock from Goulburn and not central.  

Handy Hints

Handy Hints

Article by: Andrew Markerink 18th century English longcase and bracket clock hands are things of beauty all by themselves and can show the quality of the workmanship in the creation of fine quality clocks in the period. A specialist generally made hands that we now refer to as a hand maker and who obviously possessed […]

Watchmaking in Fiji

Watchmaking in Fiji

Article by: Andrew Markerink Walking down the streets of Nadi in Fiji can be an education in itself. The colourful Indian fabrics in the sari shops to the interesting state of repair for all the taxis in the street whose drivers all seem to think you are in a desperate search for a way out […]

Sydney Clock Back on Time

Sydney Clock Back on Time

View the video from The Age on the recent restoration of the City Of Sydney Clock Tower

French mantle clock

French mantle clock

Just finished re gilding this late 19th century French mantle clock.

The Oatley Watch

The Oatley Watch

Little is really known about the early life on James Oatley our Colonial clockmaker and again even less about the maker’s family however we do know some interesting things about his business and of course his exportation to Australia as a convict. James Oatley was convicted in the Warwickshire Assisses and sent to Australia in […]

Master Clockmakers & Turret Clocks

Master Clockmakers & Turret Clocks

The great construction boom that occurred in the late 1800’s saw the building of many tower or turret clocks in towns around Australia. The work of Tornaghi and R.B Smith was far reaching and on a grand scale and in NSW we find many examples of their work. Tornaghi who was an Italian migrant to […]

Gillett & Co  – TURRETT CLOCK SYDNEY TOWN HALL

Gillett & Co – TURRETT CLOCK SYDNEY TOWN HALL

Maker’s background Gillett & Co have a long history which sees the company start life as a maker of small clocks in 1844. The huge growth and their move to the world stage occur more as a result of the bell work they undertake than their clockmaking alone but it must be said that the […]

$9.6m makeover give bells new appeal

$9.6m makeover give bells new appeal

Traffic did not stop and nary a harried pedestrian lifted their gaze. But when the Sydney Town Hall bells let loose their clunky chime on Tuesday after 532 days of silence, the city regained a modicum of old world dignity. Sydney’s oldest clock tower has been restored after 17 months of finicky work. Crumbling sandstone […]

The Industry in the 21st Century

The Industry in the 21st Century

Have your clients said that you must be a dying breed as your industry has just about vanished?  Is your client correct when they say we are a dying breed and that the industry we belong to is now in its death throws? How do we define our industry is it by the approximately 700 […]

Wheel Making

Wheel Making

The making of clock wheels has a certain amount of mystery surrounding it. Often clockmakers encounter the problem that they have a wheel damaged in a clock. Having seen many clocks come in for repair that have been to many clockmakers simply because it has an out of round or destroyed train wheel tends to […]

Gustav Becker – All Wound Up

Gustav Becker – All Wound Up

Gustav Becker it could be said are one of the best makers of clocks that existed in the Black Forrest in the last ¼ of the 19th century and the 1st ¼ of the 20th century. High quality movements were presented to the public with great fanfare and emphasis on the quality in their production. […]

Click Springs

Click Springs

The click spring in some forms of clocks presents at time a difficult repair. The difficulty is in two forms, firstly that the click spring is often overlooked when doing a quote and therefore a broken or cracked  click discovered after the repair has been started results in wasted time, and secondly that the click […]