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Time stops for on-again-off-again Town Hall clock


The hands of Adelaide Town Hall’s tower clock are stuck at 13 minutes past five after a mechanism brought in to fix the clock late last year itself broke down, requiring new repairs.

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The prominent clock on Albert Tower, facing King William Street, had been stopping intermittently late last year.

The Adelaide City Council spent $5632 on a new ‘master clock’, which controls the tower clock, to fix the problem.

However, the new mechanism, reportedly delivered to Adelaide from Germany in October, itself stopped working intermittently.

Councillor Phil Martin said it was his understanding that the clock had to be repeatedly restarted to ensure it hit midnight at the correct time on New Year’s Eve.

Mid-last month, the council’s specialist clock consultant officially diagnosed the mechanism broken, with the hands stuck at 5:13.

The master clock, which was under warranty, has now been returned to Germany for repairs.

A council spokesperson told InDaily it was expected to be back in Adelaide – in working condition – within a fortnight.

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