New chapter for 170-year-old clock

A PIECE OF HISTORY: Peter Broadbent with his 170-year-old grandfather clock.

A PIECE OF HISTORY: Peter Broadbent with his 170-year-old grandfather clock.

Mr Peter Broadbent recently moved into his unit in Resthaven Port Elliot retirement living and brought with him an important piece of South Australian history - a 170-year-old grandfather clock which had been sent out to the 'colonies' by his great-great-uncle in the 1850s.

The nine-foot-tall pendulum clock needs to be wound weekly with a crank handle and shows the date, seasons, and even phases of the moon. This impressive antique piece was one of four clocks sent to Peter's great-grandfather, John Broadbent, as wedding presents for his four sons.

John's father, Luke, was one of the first colonists of South Australia and scored his ticket to South Australia through his job in an English cotton mill, owned by first Governor of South Australia Captain John Hindmarsh.

Luke's brother was still a clock-maker back in England and made each of his four nephews a grandfather clock as a wedding present, sending them to the new colony of South Australia by ship.

The clock that was sent to John Broadbent-Peter's great-grandfather and passed down through generations now stands in Peter's retirement living in Port Elliot after he inherited it from his father in 1975.

The clock is still in good working condition but has not gone completely unscathed. Peter's grandson even swung on the pendulum! The Resthaven retirement village is delighted to welcome both Peter and his clock to the community.