The building's clock features the local landmark of the 'Father and Son' clock which features a pair of figures emerging from the building every hour.
The clock and the clock lighting are automatically controlled to split second accuracy, and interlocked so that the clock can operate day and night, month after month, without human intervention.
Technically, the installation consists of a master clock which controls the four-dial tower clock, other clocks throughout the building, the hour striking, and the movement of the figures.
The figures are of a farmer and his son in typical period farm work clothing, and are a symbol of activity in a rural community.
Each device is electronically driven and the whole installation is mechanically and electrically interlocked.
A room at the roof level in the tower contains the master clock, a stand-by battery, and the figures and automatic gear which operates them.
The figures symbolise the father handing over responsibility to his son, and urging him to continue with the good work, a message to the people of Geelong of confidence in the development and prosperity of their rural city.
By the mid 1990s the building had fallen into disrepair, and the clock no longer worked. However a public campaign led to the restoration of the building and the clock's repair.
The figures, together with the bell and base, weigh five tons.
While the son is mainly ornamental, the figure of the older man is fitted with all the moving parts for the striking of the bell.
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