Top deck
   The Bell Tower
     (home of The Swan Bells)
   Barrack Square
     (Barrack Street and Riverside Drive)
   Perth, Western Australia, Australia
   LL: S 31.95891, E 115.85822
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   Richard Offen
   - or -
   The Bell Tower
   Barrack Square
   Riverside Drive
   Perth, WA
   T: 08/6210 0444   F: 08/6210 0499


   On demand.


   22 largest bells were cast in 1969 as
   trebles for the Canberra carillon,
   from which they were removed in 2003;
   4 smallest cast in 2006.  All hung on
   a pole, controlled by a coin-operated
   computer for visitors' selection of
   music; also a keyboard.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic carillon of 26 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is B  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up one octave
   Keyboard range:     B C   /    NONE  
   There are no missing bass semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 2008
     with bells made by Taylor      
   Year of latest technical information source is 2008


The Swan Bells Website does not yet say much about this instrument, an addition to the museum associated with the change-ringing bells which are the reason for the structure's existence.  But the management has kindly provided a digital drawing (21 KB) of the planned arrangement of the bells on a pole.

A set of six photos of the Swan Bell Tower doesn't show where these bells are located - on the upper deck, concealed by the "wings" of the "swan".

Set of photos of the tower; all the captions are at the bottom of the page, and all are clickable for larger versions.

An inland view of the tower, from a blogger's ramblings

The initial phase of this work is indexed relative to the Canberra carillon for which it was made.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Asia & Pacific Rim non-traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all Asia & Pacific Rim non-traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Asia & Pacific Rim non-traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in Australia.


   This page was built from the database on 28-Jan-09
   based on textual data last updated on 2008/12/31
   and on technical data last updated on 2008/12/15

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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