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Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 years

Clocks

Telling the time on the Play School clocks and revealing the theme of the day’s story has always been a popular segment.

What will be under the Play School clock today?

At first there was some concern about having a clock that did not show the correct time, but the clocks have endured. The distinctive music as the Rocket Clock lit up and rotated to reveal the diorama for the day brings back memories for generations of viewers. 

The Flower Clock and the Rocket Clock
The timber Flower Clock and the Rocket Clock, in use from 1976 to 1998. Play School collection, National Museum of Australia. Photos: George Serras.

Many different clocks have been used over the past 50 years, some more successfully than others.

Clocks over time

1966: The original Flower Clock was a perspex model copied from the British Play School set

1976: The timber Flower Clock, and the Rocket Clock are introduced to make the most of colour television

1980s: Rosie the Robot Clock was a short experiment

1999: The timber Flower Clock and the Rocket Clock were replaced after a major set redesign

2000s: The Slippery Slide Clock was introduced

2016: On the set today the Hickory Dickory Dock Clock or the Train Clock are used

More on the Play School clocks in the Museum’s collection