Logan Park High School principal Jane Johnson admires the
100-year-old bronze bell from King Edward Technical
College, which is being installed at Logan Park High
School. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
It has taken more than a decade, but the 100-year-old
bronze bell which used to call pupils to class at King Edward
Technical College is finally being put on display at Logan Park
The bell was discovered in 2001 by former Logan Park High
School technology teacher John Maquire, who attended an
auction of property from the King Edward Technical College
Initially, he went there in search of metalwork equipment but
instead found the large bronze bell, which was presented to
King Edward Technical College in 1914 by its first president
Upon hearing of the bell's existence, Logan Park High School
principal Jane Johnson and deputy principal Roger Tobin went
to the auction and bought it for $2500.
The college was Logan Park High School's founding school, and
Ms Johnson said it was an important part of the schools'
''We thought we had really struck gold in a way - we thought
it was a nice thing to have.
''I think it ties the history of the two schools together.
We're very proud of our history.''
Mr Maquire designed a stand to display the bell, but a lack
of funding to build it meant the bell remained in storage for
That was until recently, when funding left over from the King
Edward Tech centenary was given to Logan Park High School to
build the stand.
Construction began last month, Ms Johnson said.
''We've put it in a staff area, so that kids or outsiders
can't come in the weekend and drive everyone mad by ringing
the bell at 3 o'clock in the morning.
''It's a nice contained area and we can still use it if we
need to, to gather attention.''
Once it is finished, we will have a launch ceremony to mark
the centennial of the bell.
''I think it's lovely and we're very pleased to have it,''