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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.

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: 21 July, 2021

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Pleasance Purser

The Wellington Bellringers are sad to acknowledge the death of Pleasance Purser who was the foundation Ringing Master at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. In recognition of her dedication to the Cathedral and its bells, Pleasance was awarded a Bishop’s Medal for 25 years' service as Ringing Master.

Pleasance learnt to ring in 1979 at Old Saint Pauls. She quickly became a good ringer. Pleasance became the first woman to conduct a peal in New Zealand on 21 January 1988 at Old St Pauls.

Following the completion of the bell tower at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in 1984, Pleasance was elected Ringing Master, a position she retained until ill-health forced her to give up ringing in 2009. She was dedicated to maintaining ringing at the Cathedral and always encouraged a high standard of striking. Her calm manner and her close contact with the Cathedral community greatly assisted in keeping the bells ringing.

Pleasance’s contribution to Wellington ringing is recognised by one of the bells in the John David Ring being named for her and by the naming of a method Pleasance Surprise Minor (x36x14x12x36.12.34x36 le16) in her honour.

Pleasance is remembered with much affection by those she taught and those with whom she rang. Her death just 6 days short of her seventieth birthday was a shock to all her ringing friends. Two quarter peals have been dedicated to her memory, at Wellington and Hamilton.

Derek Williams
20 July 2021

Wellington 12 Bell Weekend Postponed

Due to the risk of travel restrictions continuing in 2021, it has been decided to postpone the 12 Bell weekend in Wellington to 2022. We are trying to work out if we can organise something in Australia in Spring 2021. Please keep an eye on the ANZAB website for details.

If you have any questions, please email or call Peter Harrison on +61 (0) 414 331 769.

Peter Harrison
10 July 2021

Sydney Ringing School, October 2021 - applications are open

Applications are now open for the NSW-ACT Branch's Sydney Ringing School to be held on the October long weekend (in NSW), Friday 1st to Monday 4th October 2021.

Anna Bosman
School Organiser

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.

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Peals & Quarters page

Updated: 5 July, 2021

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

Updated: 12 July, 2021


7 August
Bunbury, Mandurah, Rockingham. WA Branch Outing.

15 August
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Meeting.

19 August
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Practice.

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30 August - 150th anniversary of the birth of NZ physicist E Rutherford


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.

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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.