Clock on to preserve history
AFTER being out of service for most of last year, the Grafton Post Office clock is finally ticking again, thanks to its adopted caretakers.
The clock ground to a halt early in 2009.
Clarence Consultants have occupied the first floor of the Post Office building for six years and since moving in, director Michael Brennan and his son, Aiden, have ‘adopted’ the clock and taken on the role of maintaining its operation. Mr Brennan said because the clock mechanism developed a fault and the fact that it was an old piece of equipment, it took some time to source the necessary parts.
But after much patience and persistence the critical parts arrived last month, giving father and son a project to work on over Christmas.
Mr Brennan and Aiden spent their holiday break working on the clock, eventually bringing it back to life for 2010.
“The mechanism has been repaired, tested and I am pleased to report it was returned to service on New Year’s Day,” Mr Brennan said.
“All that is left to do is monitor the performance of the clock and make adjustments as necessary,” Mr Brennan said.
He said the bell-ringing mechanism has a quirky feature in its operation in the afternoon that alert listeners will notice.
But Mr Brennan said he wasn’t giving any secrets away.
The clock can be seen above the Post Office on Victoria Street in Grafton.