Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    Great bell to chime for Anzac Centenary

    25/09/2015 7:10 AM
    • Largest swinging bell in the Southern Hemisphere to chime in the Bell Tower
    • Name to acknowledge the Anzac Centenary
    • Bronze bell to be cast in WA

    A bell weighing 6.5 tonnes will be cast and installed in the Bell Tower to mark the Anzac Centenary.   


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said it would be the largest swinging bell in the Southern Hemisphere and would take pride of place as the 'great' bell at the tower.  


    "A 'great' bell has always been planned for the tower and I'm pleased a Lotterywest grant of $300,000 will help to see this vision become a reality," Mr Day said. 


    "This bell will celebrate, commemorate and serve as a lasting memorial to all Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women who were involved in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world.


    "It is a fitting tribute and will serve as a lasting legacy to acknowledge the Anzac Centenary.


    "This bell will be viewed and heard by the thousands of visitors, tourists and locals who explore the Bell Tower each year."


    Veterans Minister Joe Francis said the Swan Bells Foundation Inc had been working closely as part of the State Government's veterans portfolio.


    "This is a wonderful opportunity to mark a milestone of very special significance to all Australians in a very distinctive way," Mr Francis said.


    Mr Day said the bell was expected to be cast locally using Australian bronze.   


    "This bell has been a long time in the making and I thank all of the supporters of this project," he said.


    Visitors can tour the Bell Tower for free on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 as part of Perth Heritage Days.


    Fact File

    • The bell is expected to last in excess of 500 years
    • Support for the project has been provided by Lotterywest, long-time supporter of the Bell Tower Mark Creasy and patron Laith Reynolds 
    • For more information, visit http://www.thebelltower.com.au

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Veterans Minister's office - 6552 6500