The timeball has been a landmark in Lyttelton for over 100 years. It was one of only two working timeballs in the world until the earthquakes destroyed it.
It was fantastic to see it restored and working again in 2018. Sensibly, only the tower was rebuilt.
I have seen the timeball drop a couple of times, but just missed it dozens of times.
I'm glad that in 2006 it was one of the things I chose to draw as part of my Lyttel Lives series of line drawings (The Deluxe Cafe was erased by Coffee Culture, but the boyf's restaurant and St David’s Street steps’ benches were also victims of the earthquakes).