Perth’s newest addition, a 6.5 tonne bell to be installed into the Perth Bell Tower to mark the centenary of Anzac, has become a reality this month with VEEM recently completing a successful casting pour.
VEEM was heavily involved in bringing the Anzac Bell to life, from working with designers to develop 3-D printing to show the giant frieze through to test castings of decorative elements.
Even though the final tuned weight will be approximately 6.5 tonnes, a total of ten tonnes of liquid bronze (80% copper & 20% tin) was needed to properly cast the ANZAC Memorial bell, which was undertaken on the 3rd of August.
Representatives from the Bell Tower, the Minister for Culture and the Arts, and the MP for Jandakot were present at the pour as well as the RSL and the Royal Australian Navy, as the senior service of the Australian Defence Forces.
The Anzac Bell is the first of its sort to be cast in Australia and it will be the largest swinging bell in the Southern Hemisphere. It is expected to last over 500 years and would be a lasting legacy to acknowledge the Anzac centenary.
The Perth Bell Tower is currently home to 17 bells which are made up of 12 bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields and 5 bells from the London diocese of the Church of England. These bells were gifted to Western Australia as part of the nations bicentennial celebrations in 1988.