Photo of bellringers in action

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.

If you are not yet a ringer, we suggest you start with this short introduction to bellringing and our Association.

You can contact our association office bearers or local towers and ringers.

Updated: 30 October, 2020

Update from Walkerville new

Peter Norman has written an excellent account of the rehanging available to members in the Spring edition of Ringing Towers. See the tower page for extra photos.

Bells being lifted
Wheels and bells arranged for lifting into the tower. Photo courtesy Peter Norman.

Vale! Reg Toze

Reg Toze

Reginald Toze. 25th March 1936 - 22nd October 2020.

Reg learnt to ring at Bampton, in Devon, in 1950 and emigrated to Brisbane in 1964.

He was very much involved with the teaching of ringers at St John's Cathedral when the bells were installed for full circle ringing in 1988, and was ringing master during these early years. It was later realised that when the temporary west end north tower - where the bells were installed - was replaced with a permanent structure, it would not be suitable for the bells. He campaigned vigorously for them to be installed in the central tower and augmented to 12. Although he already had started suffering from Parkinson’s in 2008 he was able to be in the band for the first ring of the 12 bells in the central tower.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s he travelled regularly to Western Australia to visit his eldest son and took the opportunity to "score some towers". He was a regular attendee to ANZAB festivals during this period. He had to retire from ringing in 2009 and was made an Honorary Life Member of ANZAB in that year.

Mike Toze

"Shake my hand and I'll show you the ropes" new

George Pipe biography front cover

The Ringing World is about to publish a biography of George W Pipe by John Loveless.

From a Suffolk family with bellringing in its blood, George Pipe (1935–2020) was an unusually influential character across his long life. He was involved in the growth of bellringing in America and Australia, built on centuries of tradition in Suffolk ringing, and maintained a huge network of friends through his many activities.

Over the course of twenty chapters illustrated with over one hundred of George's photographs, sketches and other memorabilia, John Loveless traces George's extraordinary life - his range of talents, his accomplishments across the world of ringing, and the many colourful characters George kept in touch with. Filled with stories and history and including a sixteen-page colour photograph section, this book is sure to delight and interest a wide range of readers.

Tower Photos - Challenge 7

The Bell Tower, Perth

Many of the photos in the Tower Directory date back to the days of dial-up modems and we are trying to update them with higher resolution images.

This photo of The Bell Tower is out of date for another reason. Although we will keep it for historical purposes, the current view is quite different.

Please check your photos (or if in Perth, take a photo) and and if you have a good up-to-date view, send it to us.

The winning entry will be acknowledged here, along with the challenge of another tower which could do with an upgrade of its photo.

Deryn Griffiths

COVID-19 - Ringing Still Suspended at 26 Towers

At the peak, 64 ANZAB towers suspended ringing, as a precaution against COVID-19.

Currently the 26 towers listed below continue to have ringing suspended as a precaution against COVID-19.

At towers where ringing is occuring visitors are encouraged to "check ahead". It is very likely that the towers have restrictions on numbers and visitors may not be welcome. Furthermore, they may be ringing for services but not practicing, or vice-versa.

ANZAB branches have also suspended various activities. Contact them for further information.

Returning to Ringing

Lithgow announcement boad
  Notice at Hoskins Memorial Church

The following towers have provided information about their experience going into, and coming out of, COVID-19 restrictions, which you will find detailed in their tower page.

Safeguarding Guidelines

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.

see other performance links on the
Peals & Quarters page

Updated: 30 March, 2020

COVID-19 Suspensions
See news item here for COVID-19 related suspensions.

Updated: 27 October, 2020


7 November
WAANZAB Branch Practice
York. Holy Trinity

15 November
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Committee Meeting.

Facebook - follow ANZAB on Facebook

email - looktoanzab


11 November - Remembrance Day


26 June - 200th anniversary of the invention of the Ellacombe Chimes

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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Latest issue:
vol.74, no. 4, Spring 2020

Ringing Towers cover

Find it on the Members' section.

Deadline for next issue:
4 January 2021.

New Zealand: Daylight Saving Time commenced on 27 September 2020 (UTC +13 hours) and will cease on 4 April 2021 (UTC +12 hours).

New South Wales, A.C.T., Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia: Daylight Saving Time commenced on 4 October 2020 (UTC +11 hours, South Australia UTC +10.5 hours) and will cease on 4 April 2021 (UTC +10 hours, South Australia UTC +9.5 hours).

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