Australia has only three instruments which meet the
criteria needed to be called a carillon. They are the
National Carillon in Canberra, the Sydney University War
Memorial Carillon, and the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon.
The two former instruments are complete, but the Bathurst
instrument lacks the keyboard and action needed to play the
bells manually. The bells can be played by electric
keyboard, but the sound is frankly ghastly, as one of the
papers below establishes. We hope the Bathurst Shire
Council will soon be able to overcome the problems stopping
the instrument joining its fellows as a fully functioning
But the relative lack of instruments hasn't meant that
Australia hasn't contributed to carillon study. The
purpose of this page is to make that research conveniently
available to all.
About the writers
Terry McGee and Jesse Rowan offer Australia's only
carillon maintenance and engineering service. We
have been maintaining the National Carillon at Canberra
since 1997, and have introduced a large number of
improvements to how maintenance is carried out, and to the
We have also been called upon to carry out maintenance on
the Sydney University instrument, and have provided advice
to the Bathurst Shire Council on bringing their carillon
into full operation.
About the papers
The papers listed below have been carried out as
opportunity presented itself. We hope we will have the
opportunity to do more.
Contact us: Phone 02 4471 3837 or
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