Fellows and guests of the Academy are invited to inspect the new Anzac Memorial Bell and Bell Tower, hosted by Fellow Ian Macleod, who played a major role in the funding and constructing of the bell.
The ANZAC Memorial bell was designed by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, cast by VEEM Engineering in Canning Vale and tuned by Willis Engineering in Welshpool. It was officially installed to the Bell Tower by Premier Mark McGowan in October 2018 for the first formal ring on Remembrance Day 2018, which marked the 100th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in 1918. The finished weight of the bell is 6.5 tonnes.
The bell tower was commissioned as a Millennium project and was designed by Bill Hames of Hames Sharley architects to always have a big bell at the top above the other 18 bells.
The bell tower is the only tower designed for visitor engagement so that they can view the ringers and the swinging bells and it is the most rung set of bells in the world. The tower houses the original 12 bells of St Martin in the Fields and was augmented by another six bells at the time of the commissioning of the tower by Premier Richard Court.
Fellows and partners are invited to enjoy a meal at the nearby Annalakshmi restaurant following the visit. The Annalakschmi is a unique WA institution. It has been serving traditional vegetarian Indian food at its restaurant at Barrack Street Jetty for nearly 30 years.
The Annalakshmi does not have a priced menu. Diners are requested to pay what they think the food is worth. We have agreed we will pay $15 per head and access the buffet. We will have a separate reserved seating area. The restaurant closes at 9pm. Guests will be able to pay on leaving the restaurant.