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The Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers was formed in 1962 to promote the art of change ringing in our two countries. There are currently around 500 members who ring at more than 65 bell towers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Non-ringers might like this introduction to bellringing.

Ringers and potential ringers can contact our association's office bearers or local towers and ringers.

Updated: 26 September, 2023

St Boniface Bunbury - a ring that nearly was... new

St Boniface Bunbury

The Anglican Cathedral of St. Boniface in Bunbury has a solid and dominating tower, originally planned to contain a peal of bells. In 2009 eight eighteenth-century bells from the redundant 28cwt twelve at St. Leonard’s Shoreditch, London, arrived as a donation from Laith Reynolds. Plans were drawn up for them to be hung in a radial frame. But the main problem was that access to the tower is by an internal vertical ladder and an external staircase. Because of this, extensive rebuilding would be needed to provide a ringing chamber. Quotes for the required work were upwards of $500,000.

After sitting in the Cathedral narthex for fourteen years the Shoreditch bells were returned to their donor in April this year.

But the tower of St.Boniface Cathedral may not remain silent for ever, as a further promise has been made by Laith of a donation of a much lighter chime of bells which would be installed as a stationary ring, electrically rung. The cost of this to the Cathedral authorities would be the more achievable sum of $50,000, and although this is not currently available, the Dean, The Very Reverend Darryl Cotton, hopes that one day funds will materialise and the project can proceed. Until then a second peal of bells in Bunbury remains "a ring that nearly was" ….

Abbreviated version of article in Look To! September 2023
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Repair work at Lismore


So many months after the February and March 2022 floods, scaffolding has gone up at the seriously damaged tower at St Andrew’s Lismore. When the tower work is finished they will then start inside to repair the bells, fittings, new floors and ceilings etc. The Bellringers have kept together with handbell practices.

Margaret Weatherby
18 September 2023

ex-Burnley Bells to ring out in Wahroonga

St John's Uniting Church, Wahroonga

The Australian cast bells previously at Burnley have been aquired by St John's Uniting Church, Wahroonga (shown above). The bells have been retuned and will be hung in a new frame but with many of their original fittings. It is hoped that work on hanging the bells will be started this year.

St John's was designed by John Shedden Adam. He was also the architect for St James', Turramurra. The ring of 6 bells (approx. 5 cwt) will be a good addition to the tower at Wahroonga.

Thomas Perrins
September 2023

October 2023 12 Bell Weekend - Goulburn and Sydney

For information, including the draft program and how to register, please see the first news item on the 12 Bell Weekends web page.

2022 12-bell weekend in Sydney

September 2023

ANZAB CPR Training and First Aid Assistance

ANZAB offers funding to all towers for ringers to train in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid, to a maximum of two ANZAB members per tower. Each tower is also being offered a free poster providing details of CPR.

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Updated: 26 September, 2023

Burnley. St Bartholemew's
No Practice Thursday 28 September.

Sydney. Christ Church St Laurence
Check ahead for all ringing during September.

Bathurst. All Saints' Cathedral
No Service ringing Sunday 1 October.

Updated: 25 September, 2023


29 Sept - 1 October
Sydney Ringing School.
Web page

3-5 October
Goulburn. ANZAB 12 Bell Weekend Extension.
Web page

6-8 October
Sydney. ANZAB 12 Bell Weekend.
Web page

13-15 October
Bridgetown. Mini-ring weekend.

15 October
Lithgow. Hoskins Memorial Day.

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20 October - 50th anniversary of Sydney Opera House

1 December - 50th anniversary of First Ladies Peal on Tower Bells in Australia

This is a very selective list in an ANZAB context. See also the CCCBR's list for events and anniversaries, and's peal and quarter peal lengths for appropriate compositions.

about an event or anniversary to list here.

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New Zealand: Daylight Saving Time commences on 24 September 2023 (UTC +13 hours) and will cease on 7 April 2024 (UTC +12 hours).

New South Wales, A.C.T., Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia: Daylight Saving Time commences on 1 October 2023 (UTC +11 hours, South Australia UTC +10.5 hours) and will cease on 7 April 2024 (UTC +10 hours, South Australia UTC +9.5 hours).

Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory: No Daylight Saving Time.