image of St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta

First Ringing

The first ringing took place between the 6:00pm and 9:00pm Masses on Christmas Eve 2020.

Thomas Perrins

Parramatta Bell Frame Arrives

The bell frame for the ring of eight at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, was delivered on 2 November 2020. Thomas Perrins is shown supervising the unloading. Installation is expected to start shortly and will be Australia's 65th ring of bells.

St Patrick's Parramatta bell frame

Report by The Keltek Trust. Photo courtesy Ron Shepherd.

Blessing of Bells for St Patrick's, Parramatta

The eight bells were blessed on Tuesday, 8 September 2020. They included the Ron Shepherd tribute bell, the treble, which was christened St Benedict.

Ron Shepherd and his tribute bell

Ron Shepherd standing by the Ron Shepherd tribute bell.
Photo courtesy Richard Webster.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions attendance in person was strictly by invitation only. However, the event was livestreamed, and links to the recordings are available here.

These two images came to us courtesy The Keltek Trust.

ANZAB contingent at the belessing of the bells

Bishop Vincent Long with the ANZAB contingent at the blessing of the bells.
Jim Doyle, Richard Webster, Ron Shepherd, Peter Harrison, The Bishop, Anna Bosman, Thomas Perrins,
Margaret Hill, Enid Roberts, Murray-Luke Peard and Fr Colin Blayney

Bishop Vincent Long and Enid Roberts

Bishop Vincent Long and Enid Roberts at the blessing of the bells

Parramatta Cathedral Bells Arrive

Another ring of bells, fresh off the boat - this time for St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. This ring includes the Ron Shepherd tribute bell (treble). 8 bells, 7-3-24 in A.

Bells for Parramatta Cathedral

Bells and wheels for Parramatta Cathedral

Thomas Perrins
29 July 2019

Ron Shepherd Meets His Tribute Bell

Ron Shepherd and his tribute bell

Dave Kelly of the Keltek Trust sent this image of Ron Shepherd and the NEANZAB tribute bell, taken on 10 September 2018 at Matthew Higby's workshop.

The bell will be the treble of the ring to be installed at St Patrick's Cathedral.

An Interesting Sighting, July 2018

The trebles for Parramatta (2 and 1) in front of "FAITHFULNESS" one of the bells destined for Bundaberg.

Bells for Parramatta and Bundaberg

image courtesy Thomas Perrins

Bells for St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, August 2018

The bells for St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta (left), are being gathered. Some are awaiting tuning and the Ron Shepherd tribute bell has been cast.

Deryn Griffiths writes:

NEANZAB ringers and towers, assisted by Beechworth (invited as their bells are a Ron Shepherd installation), have donated the bell shown below. The dedication on the bell reads NEANZAB TRIBUTE TO RON SHEPHERD FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION TO BELLRINGING. The bell will be the treble in a set of eight bells planned for St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral in Parramatta.

Ron has been significantly involved in getting bells hung in the following towers: St James’ Queen’s Square (Sydney), Naremburn, Castlereagh, Camden, Armidale, Lismore, Singleton, Bowral, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, Katoomba, Beechworth and Menangle. He is still working on others!

Ron Shepherd tribute bell

Ron Shepherd tribute bell

Parramatta bells awaiting tuning, July 2018

Some of the bells for Parramatta awaiting tuning

Images courtesy Thomas Perrins and Dave Kelly

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