Monday, March 31, 2014

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - April 2014

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - April 2014.

WIM April 2014 Splash screen.

Clue 1 - You have to walk there to see it run.  

Clue 2 - The bells toll regularly.

Clue 3 - When things were made to last - this clock was installed in 1892 and operates to this day.

Clue 4 - The clock has 2 bell ringers.

Solution - The picture is of Gog and Magog in Melbourne's Royal Arcade.

Take a walk down the Royal Arcade and you are drawn to the clock flanked by two giants. Gog and Magog. Thomas Gaunt & Co., clockmakers and jewellers, had been original tenants of the arcade and installed the clock in 1842.

Gaunt died in 1890 and the clock, though bearing his name on its black and gold face, is attributed to Frederick Ziegler. The pine figures were probably carved by Mortimer Godfrey in his Lonsdale Street workshop. Connected by wires to the clock which operates from a machine room above, they strike iron bells every quarter hour and are modelled on larger effigies in London's Guildhall.

Those effigies were erected in Guildhall 1708 to symbolise the conflict between the ancient Britons and the Trojan invaders.

Gog and Magog of London.
There seem to be a number of legends and fables referring to Gog and Magog and I have not been able to find a definite version. Mainly, it seems that poor Gog has been a victim of propaganda. Called upon as a suitable figure of threat representing foe or country.

Gog and Magog are names that appear primarily in various Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures, as well as numerous subsequent references in other works. Their context can be either genealogical (as Magog in Genesis 10:2) or eschatological and apocalyptic, as in Ezekiel and Revelation. They are sometimes individuals, sometimes peoples, and sometimes geographic regions. Take a pick. Goths, Celts, Russians, Jews, Mongolians, Khazars, and many of the European countries have been referred to as Gog.

The passages from Ezekiel and Revelation in particular have attracted attention due to their prophetic descriptions of conflicts said to occur near the "End times".

One legend tells of the giants Gog and Magog having been captured in battle by the Trojan warrior Brutus and chained to the gates of his palace on the site of Guildhall.

Carvings of Gog and Magog are kept in Guildhall and 7 foot high wicker effigies of them
(The Protectors of London) lead the procession in the annual Lord Mayor's Show.

According to another source, an early version of Gog and Magog were destroyed in Guildhall during the Great Fire of London and they were consequently replaced in 1708 by a large pair of wooden statues carved by Captain Richard Saunders.

These giants, on whom the current versions are based, lasted for over two hundred years before they were destroyed in the Blitz.

They, in turn, were replaced by a new pair carved by David Evans in 1953 and given to the City of London by Alderman Sir George Wilkinson, who had been Lord Mayor in 1940 at the time of the destruction of the previous versions.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Where in Melbourne Puzzle March 2014

Where in Melbourne Puzzle - March 2014.




Clue 1 - This building is in the heart of the City.
Clue 2 - A tower within a tower.

Clue 3 - The tower had to be of a particular height for dropped melted lead to form small spheres.
Clue 4 - Previously holding its own on the Melbourne skyline, this building has been incorporated into a Central shopping complex.
This is a picture of the Coop's Shot Tower within the Melbourne Central shopping centre.
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About Coop's Shot Tower :
Coop's Shot Tower Melbourne
Coop's Shot Tower was completed in 1888. Built by the Coop family, it stands as a reminder of early history of Melbourne when the inner city was a hub of industrial activity.
The Coop family had extensive interests in shot manufacture and smelting. They owned both of the two remaining towers in Melbourne, the other being in Clifton Hill near the current entrance to the Eastern Freeway.
Coop's Shot tower provides tangible evidence of the original process of lead shot production, a process now largely forgotten. Its form reflects the shot production process.
Pouring lead shot.
Sorting lead shot.
Shovelling lead shot.
The shot was produced by dropping molten lead through a perforated pan at the top of the tower into water at the bottom. The tower stands at 50 meters tall, the height necessary to allow the shot to form into spheres before reaching the bottom. 

At the height of its productive life, the Tower was producing six tons of shot per week up until 1961, when the demand for lead shot dwindled following new firearm regulations.
The historic building was saved from demolition in 1973 and was incorporated into Melbourne Central complex in 1991 underneath an 84 m-high conical glass roof.
Coop's Shot Tower is 9 storeys high, and has 327 steps to the top. The tower produced six tonnes of shot weekly up until 1961, when the demand for the lead shot dwindled, because of new firearm regulations.
The Clifton Hill Shot Tower is an 80 metre (263 ft) tall shot tower on Clifton Hill in Melbourne, Australia. Clifton Hill Shot Tower was built beside Alexandra Parade in 1882 and resembles a chimney.
 Coop's Shot Tower retains architectural significance as a fine example of a rare and distinctive building type and as a Melbourne landmark for more than a century. The Tower was one of the tallest buildings in Melbourne for many years and remains a significant Melbourne landmark long after its closure.

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