The Bells Are Ringing
I was sitting in Kings Parade the other day, eating my tofu and onion gluten free wrap, when my mate Mick happened to stroll by.
“Hey Mick, wot’s the story about the Carillon bells,” I said. Mick, the sage of Wiseman’s Creek, knew all about it because each bell has a special story.
In 1933, the Carillon and its bells were a true community endeavour. Bathurst was called ”Carillon City” and a train was given the same name. A huge crowd attended the opening. The majestic art deco war memorial is a fitting centrepiece for King’s Parade…
But the bells, the bells. The Sydney Morning Herald reported on 13 November 1933 …
“Of the 35 bells, the largest, weighing 31cwt, bears the inscription, “Thus, Bathurst and Her Surrounding Villages Honour Their Men of 1914-18. Lest We Forget.
“The second largest bell is the returned men’s tribute in honour of their fallen comrades. The third biggest bell has cast upon it the emblem of the Red Cross, and is in honour of the nurses.”
Each bell is embossed with the Bathurst Coat of Arms.
So Mick says … “The other 29 bells are dedicated to the surrounding villages and sub-districts: Brewongle, Burraga, Caloola, Cow Flat, Dunkeld, Duramana, Eglinton, Evans Plains, Georges Plains, Glanmire, Kelso, The Lagoon, Limekilns, Locksley, O’Connell, Orton Park, Peel, Perthville, Raglan, Rockley, Sofala, Sunny Corner, Tarana, Turondale, Wattle Flat, White Rock, Wimbledon, Vittoria and Yetholme.
“Each village raised public subscriptions to pay for their bell.”
Funny what Mick knows.
thought of the week……. “isn’t it about time the heritage Carillon mechanism was fixed, and the full playing of the bells became a daily feature for us and our visitors.”