The June meeting was conducted by Peter Ekins, Lindsay Bramall being overseas. Roger little said there were venue problems for the Canberra Regional and a new date will be set for October. Members on email have been sent the information to hand. Accounts were given of the visit to Palloys Metal Casting, the activities of the Electrical Horology and 400-day clock group activities. The Autumn workshop on learning how to disassemble, clean and replace watch and platform balances was a success. John Stapleton reviewed a recent trip to Europe with his wife, including tips on how to get around and visit important sites, horological or otherwise.
Doug Minty gave an illustrated review of a recent trip to Tasmania by a group of club members and spouses. A mix of sightseeing and clock and watch inspections, especially of tower clocks as is usual with Tic-Toc Tours organised by Doug and wife Joan. An interesting visit was to meet up with Richard Watkins who has been writing a series of articles for the NAWCC Bulletin on watch collecting.
The raffle was won by Geoff Raberg the prize being a most unusual 1930's art deco marble desk clock, unusual because it is a battery electric movement.
Peter then closed the meeting inviting all to enjoy afternoon tea and the noisy socialising.
Meanwhile, the Electric Horology Course has also been active. We looked at cells and batteries that have been used for electric clocks over the years.
As you can see on the right, even the most basic cells were demonstrated - in this case a lemon cell! Many older electric clocks were driven from "earth batteries" (or cells), where the power was generated by a couple of metal plates buried in the garden.