We had an exciting opportunity at Vaucluse House this week to document a sight rarely seen...

... the internal workings of the Assyrian Revival clock, which graces our Breakfast Room mantelpiece.

Suffering a cracked click spring (to which clocks like this one, featuring a French movement, are quite prone), it was no longer able to be wound, and had consequently stopped.

After a careful examination, it has now been removed for repair.

For those who are horologically inclined, Vaucluse House keeps several antique clocks in good working order. They are wound every Sunday to keep them running smoothly.

Vaucluse House is open to the public from Friday to Sunday - why not come by and see how many different, fascinating clocks your can spot, both running and stopped, on display.

After all, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

 

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Karina Wright
Visitor Services Coordinator
Karina's first experience with Sydney Living Museums was squeezing lemons, as an anachronistically self-costumed eight-year-old...

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20/HC050 Heritage Project ManagerThursday 28 May 2020

Visitor experience at the Hyde Park Barracks

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Sydney Living Museums to reopen from 1 JuneThursday 21 May 2020

Sydney Living Museums is delighted to announce we are reopening our museums and historic houses, with the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff our main priority.

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Annual Appeal 2020Monday 4 May 2020

To help us continue our important work, we invite you to support Sydney Living Museums through the Annual Appeal 2020.

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Q&A: Jacqui NewlingWednesday 27 May 2020

Join Jacqui Newling, Assistant curator, colonial gastronomer, author of our Eat your history book and 'the cook' in the Cook & Curator blog as we ask her about some of her favourite recipes from across our museums and historic house collections.

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Dr Jack Mundey AO (1929-2020)Tuesday 12 May 2020

Jack Mundey, Chair of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW (Sydney Living Museums) from 1995-2001, has died aged 90. He was as committed to ‘the workers’ as he was to our historic sites, and is fondly remembered by all who knew him.