Saturday, February 3, 2007

St Stephen Cathedral Bell

After visiting the Cathedral of St Stephen during last week, one of my colleagues commented that I should do a post on the Cathedral Bell located on the same site. We went back and visited today, so here it is!

The bell had a hundred year history within the Cathedral from 1888 to 1988. It was cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, famous also for casting of the American Liberty Bell. It was brought to Australia in 1887 on the R.M.S. Dacca. Its weight is 2856kg.

Today, the bell sits on concrete pillars in the courtyard of the Cathedral. It has an imposing and virtually immovable position, given its weight and size. It hasn't necessarily been untainted by sitting outside the bell tower, with a certain level of graffiti on the outer casing. It is still an impressive piece of metal, and it would have been great to hear its peal around the area over those 100 years.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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