St John's Anglican Church clock the focus of Historical Society talk

If there is a Launceston artefact that has (literally) stood the test of time, it is the clock of the St John’s Anglican Church.

The two century-old time piece will be the subject of a talk by Jenny Gill to the Launceston Historical Society on Sunday.

Entitled ‘The controversial clock of St John’s Anglican Church: Why was it so?’, Ms Gill said church had always been a source of fascination for some people.

“It’s got quite a story,” she said.

“Being the town clock for almost a century, it saw its fair share of significant events and had some interesting people working to keep it going.

“It went through several stages before it was complete and was even made using one of the clockworks which were sent from King George IV Tasmania as a present.”

“It started out as a one face clock and some would argue it is still not complete, given it only has three faces.”

The Launceston Historical Society talk will be held from 2pm at the QVMAG Museum of Inveresk meeting room. Admission is free.