Victoria Clock Tower

On Thursday 7 February 2013, the Environment and Infrastructure Committee of the Christchurch City Council recommended the historic Victoria Clock Tower be restored to full working order due to its heritage and architectural significance.

Find out about the history of Christchurch’s “town clock”.

The Clock Tower – neglected by the Government, admired by the People on the Lost Christchurch website  reveals its trials and tribulations in various locations. It also reveals interesting facets of its history. The Clock Tower was a gathering place for pre-World War One anti-militarism:

During 1912 and 1913, the Clock Tower became the rallying point for passive resisters and anti-militarists. Addresses were given there on most Saturday nights, and these caused obstructions to traffic, resulting in police summonses and what were called in the media, the ‘clock tower’ cases.


Clock tower, High Street, Christchurch ca. 1913

Victoria Street clocktower
1 February 2013.

4 thoughts on “Victoria Clock Tower

  1. Gallivanta 10 February 2013 / 7:42 pm

    And despite its history, still it survives. Very tenacious!

  2. Big D 11 February 2013 / 11:18 am

    I hope a certain person who spends some time in that round building in Wellington does not hear about this or we may find out he has decided to demolish it for somewhere to build something he has decided upon. Good to see that something from the early days of the city is to be kept. I do not want to see a city of modern glass boxes with no character.

  3. John Walker 11 February 2013 / 6:35 pm

    Like Queen Victoria herself…. just keeps on going, and going, and….

  4. rachaelccl 12 February 2013 / 2:11 pm

    I used to think it was haunted when I was a child in the 1990s. We called it Creepy Clock Tower. I was stoked when it was restored ten years ago. No more creepiness, please! Keep it shiny and lovely!

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