Topic: Town Clock, Old Post Office cnr Arawa and Fenton Streets

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An Eight Day Clock made by Joyce of England installed c1915.

Excerpt from the Daily Post written by Phil Andrews and published 18 August 1990.

"Premier Richard John Seddon was perhaps our most popular leader...when Seddon died in 1906 subscriptions were gathered throughout the nation for memorials. The Rotorua Seddon Memorial Committee, after first considering a fernery or a town statue or a winter garden in the Government Gardens, eventually decided on a memorial clock. It could be installed in the post office or at the railway station, or as it was finally decided - as part of a separate clock tower to stand at the intersection of Hinemoa and Tutanekai Streets... the Rotorua public subscribed over £300 including donations from the Maori residents of Ohinemutu and Whakarewarewa... A Wellington firmed tendered to supply a clock with chimes at £600, the tower it was estimated would cost another £300. As a cheaper alternative, a Shropshire firm was recommended, which had already supplied post office clocks for Gisborne, Nelson, New Plymouth, Taihape and other New Zealand towns." 

The full story is available to read on microfilm of the Daily Post.

Further articles about the clock are also available in the Daily Post of 4th March 1992 and 18 Mar 2000, p1

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Town Clock, Old Post Office cnr Arawa and Fenton Streets


1106 Arawa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -38.1351821,176.2534088

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