Without the Townsville media noticing due to the fact that it appears to run in an anti-clockwise direction , the hands on the clock above the former post office in the CBD, now the Brewery , were removed in recent days . The clock has not worked for years . After the Japanese bombing of Darwin in 1942 the mechanism was removed , reinstalled much later. Something went wrong , the clock stopped, civic authorities apparently did not care that a busted prominent town clock was not a good look for the Queen City of the North .
When British TV presenter Tony Robinson came to Townsville on his Australian Time Walks series a few years ago he commented on the fact that the clock was not working , raised the issue with a person behind the bar in the Brewery , was told the problem was being worked on .