Update: The Bells have now been restored and were dedicated and commissioned on Sunday 11 August 2019. Thank you for all your kind donations.
Our current bells were installed in 1889. These eight bells, named after some of the Apostles, are made for change ringing, where they are swung through an arc to make a full and rich sound. Instead, they were permanently fixed with clappers and struck to chime.
In this special heritage project, plans are underway to restore and convert these bells for change ringing by 2019. Work on the bells and preparation of the bell ringing chamber are estimated to take nine months, and cost $600,000. A further four bells can also be added to the existing eight if funds are available.
More information about the history of the Cathedral Bells can be found in the brochure available here.
An in-depth article from our Courier Magazine can be read here about the history of our bells.
Members of the Cathedral Servers' Guild rang hymns on the 2nd of December to bid a temporary farewell to the bells that have served us faithfully for the past 129 years. You may listen to recordings below:
Joy to the World: