The Anzac Bell being installed at the Bell Tower
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Date
22 October 2018

Anzac Bell to ring in centenary commemorations

  • Elizabeth Quay

The largest bell cast in the Southern Hemisphere has been unveiled at a dedication ceremony in front of the Bell Tower at Barrack Street Jetty.

The Anzac Bell commemorates the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018, marking 100 years since Australia's involvement in the First World War.

Weighing in at 6.5 tonnes, the bell is the heaviest of its kind ever to be cast in Australia.

It will be installed within the Bell Tower at Elizabeth Quay in time for its first public ringing on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2018.

Premier Mark McGowan said the Anzac Bell was a fitting memorial for the Anzac centenary.

"It's important to remember the sacrifices made by Western Australians who have served in wars, conflicts and peace operations,” he said.

"The First World War killed and maimed more Australians than any other conflict. About 61,000 Australians died, including 7,000 Western Australians.

"I encourage all Western Australians to visit and pay their respects."

The bell was designed by Whitechapel Bell Foundry, one of the oldest and most well-known bell manufacturers in the world that was also responsible for the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and Big Ben in London.

The bell was cast in Western Australia with a number of local businesses contributing to the manufacture.