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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 350 members who ring at more than 70 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: 16 June, 2024

ANZAB 2024, Adelaide


Here is some news from the 2024 ANZAB AGM and Ringing Festival.

Annual General Meeting

The meeting approved the proposed changes to the Constitution, which were chiefly about simplifying the definition of Associate Membership.

Deryn Griffiths was elected as President, with Murray-Luke Peard remaining as Treasurer. Peter Harrison was appointed as Secretary. A number of new Directors were elected to the Board, with Thomas Perrins and Kellie Hayek remaining on the Board to assist with the transition.

Ringing Performances

"ANZAB Youths"

There has been strong youth fellowship at ANZAB 2024.

The ANZAB Youths - Patrick, Luka, Laurence, Charlotte, Inga and David

Youth quarter peal band at Walkerville

Charlotte, Luka, Inga, Charlotte, Patrick, Matthew, David and Laurence

Youth quarter peal band at SFX

The band, in ringing order: Inga, Luka, Matthew, Charlotte, Patrick and James

Youth peal band at Prospect

Striking Competition

The inter-state competition for the Bob Ferris Shield was rung on six bells at St Andrew's, Walkerville, on Sunday, 10th June, with the following results (a maximum of 3 faults per row):

  1. NSW 9.5
  2. South Australia 27.5
  3. Youths 35.5
  4. Queensland 48
  5. Victoria/ACT 52

All bands rang doubles, with the judges suggesting that one or two should have been more ambitious with the method chosen.

ART Course, Sydney, 4 May 2024 new

Nine people
Nine smiling faces

Christ Church St Laurence hosted an ART Module 1 training course on May 4th, led by Kathi Downs and David Smith. Seven aspiring teachers attended, including members of other towers, with varying levels of teaching experience represented.

The day offered an enjoyable mix of theory and practical skills, and most participants left the day feeling inspired to share their love of ringing with aspiring learners.

Since the course, participants have stayed in touch via a Whatsapp group, and have even held some reunion sessions (with actual learners) to put into practice some of the techniques and material covered during the day.

Many thanks to Kathi and David for sharing their time, experience and enthusiasm with the group.

Sam Rorke

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: 23 June 2024

Sydney. St James' Queen's Square
Service ringing 28 July, 9:30-10:00am only.

Updated: 16 June, 2024


18 June
Perth. WAANZAB Surprise Major Practice.
Venue: St George's Cathedral

28-30 June
Melbourne. Intermediate Ringing Course.
More info

3 August
York. WA Branch Practice

13 August
Randwick. NSW-ACT Branch Practice.

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23 June - 100th anniversary of Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Goulburn)

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.

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