The time keepers

Maree Cardinale

Sunbury, Australia

Artist's Description

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Royal Arcade (between Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street), is Melbourne’s oldest, built in 1869, and features Gaunt’s clock and the two folklore giants of the ancient Britons, Gog and Magog, who strike the hour.
There is a sign below the clock headed “Gog and Magog” in Melbourne’s Royal Arcade and it reads thus:
These two 7-feet giants have been striking the time on Gaunt’s clock since 1842. They were carved from clear pine and modelled on the figures erected in Guildhall, London, in 1708 to symbolise the conflict between the ancient Britons and the Trojan invaders."
Mythology tells of the giants Gog and Magog (also known as Corineus and Gogmagog) having been captured in battle by the Trojans and made to serve as porters at the gateway of an ancient palace on a site later occupied by the Guildhall. It is traditional for Gog to stand to the north and Magog to the south.

Here is a link with interesting info regarding the clockmaker Thomas Gaunt. http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/themes...

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