THE Bathurst District Historical Society will hold its monthly muster as part of the first Festival of Bells in Bathurst this week.
Andrew Reynolds from John Taylor & Co foundry is flying in from Perth to be guest speaker at the muster and will talk about the history of bells and the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon.
John Taylor & Co is the world's largest bell foundry and was responsible for the original manufacture of the carillon bells in 1928, their installation in 1933 and upgrade in 2020.
Continuing a long line of bell founding in England since the 14th century, members of the Taylor family began operating in 1794 and moved the foundry to its present site in Loughborough, England in 1859.
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When the new bells and clavier arrived in Bathurst from England in May 2020, Mr Reynolds personally supervised their installation and has since become an enthusiast of the Bathurst carillon which he regards as one of the "finest instruments in the world".
Bathurst is home to one of only three carillons in Australia - the others being the University of Sydney War Memorial Carillon and the National Carillon in Canberra.
The monthly muster will be hosted by the Bathurst District Historical Society in the Uniting Church activities hall on William Street, Bathurst this Thursday, May 6 at 7.30pm.
Entry is free but numbers are limited. Please contact Bathurst Visitor Information Centre to book on 1800 68 1000 or online at https://bit.ly/3mO3Uw0.
Tea and coffee will be served after the talk. Gold coin donations are welcome to assist with hall hire costs.
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