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: 27 September, 2021

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Peal Band at lunch

The Peal Band celebrating

The catalyst for our first handbell peal was Gerald McIlhone showing Ruth Lightbourne his peal book from his youth, when he called lots of peals of Bob Minor, because at the time "he didn’t know any better!"

The first Sunday after restrictions dropped, the band assembled. It was also to be Plain Bob Minor, as we hadn’t rung anything for ages. That attempt was lost EXACTLY halfway which was a pain!

However, we gathered a week later in the cathedral ringing chamber, and after 1h 55 mins solid, near flawless ringing, we scored. Everyone was bubbly for the rest of the day! Lunch was duly enjoyed at the nearby Bordeaux Bakery, where we all succeeded in eating too much.

Dylan Thomas and Ruth Lightbourne

Bells for Darwin

Bells for Darwin, NT

The bells at Taylor's Workshop

The six bells for St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral Darwin are on display in Taylor’s Workshop for the Heritage Festival on the 11th September. The following week the bells and fittings will be put in a crate ready for their trip to Darwin. The bell frame is being manufactured by Steel Supply in Narellan NSW and should leave for Darwin the same week.

Ron Shepherd

NSW & ACT Branch Tutorials

Plain Hunt on 8

The NSW & ACT branch is running online tutorials on Wednesday evenings to help ringers at all levels learn a bit of theory while access to towers is limited. Presentations will be followed by time for questions.

To register interest in a tutorial please sign up here.

Ringers can view the detailed schedule here.

Videos of past tutorials are available here. new

Richard Webster

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: 15 August, 2021

Visitors are advised to check ahead at all towers due to lingering COVID-19 health restrictions and lockdowns, and related changes to ringing times.

Updated: 7 September, 2021


1-4 October
Sydney Ringing School

18 November
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Practice. (tbc)

21 November
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Meeting.

27 November
Claremont. WA Striking Competition.

Facebook - follow ANZAB on Facebook

email - looktoanzab


2 June - 60th anniversary of the formation of ANZAB

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.75, no. 3, Winter 2021

Ringing Towers cover

Find it on the Members' section.

Deadline for next issue:
4 October 2021.

New Zealand: Daylight Saving Time commenced on 26 September 2021 (UTC +13 hours) and will cease on 3 April 2022 (UTC +12 hours).

New South Wales, A.C.T., Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia: Daylight Saving Time commences on 3 October 2021 (UTC +11 hours, South Australia UTC +10.5 hours) and will cease on 3 April 2022 (UTC +10 hours, South Australia UTC +9.5 hours).

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