Rosewood's history returns

ON Thursday, April 28, a piece of history returned to the St Brigid's School grounds in Rosewood.

After it had been missing for about 10 years, because it had to be pulled down due to safety issues with rotting wood, the finishing touches are going back into the bell tower that once tolled for all around town.

A crane arrived at 8am to prop the tower back up into position while students and teachers looked on with joy.

Principal Sharon Olsen said the school was excited about the tower being restored.

“It is pretty exciting, we are dying to hear it ring now,” she said.

Laidley contractor, Jeff Armstrong, and his team of workmen including Damien Brown, Adam Cavanough, Gavin Brandt were working on the tower and said it would be finished soon.

“Probably the end of the next week. It's going well as the roofing is on and the top coat of paint is going on soon,” he said.

“We should have the finishing touches done by the end of the next week.”

One of the men working on the bell, Damien Brown, grew up in the area and remembered the bell tower.

“The last two generations of kids used to climb up and ring it at midnight and it has probably been gone for 10 years.”

The heritage-listed bell is still intact as well as a few original bolts and bits of timber, but apart from that the bell tower has completely been restored.

The bell tower is about nine metres from the ground to the tip of the point.

THE BELL TOLLS: St Brigid's Catholic Primary School students Keely McGuire, Brianna Mellor, Adair McNamara and Sophie Marshall are excited about the new bell tower ringing.


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