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Bell Ringing

Melbourne's first peal of bells - six of them - were hung in St James' Cathedral in 1853, replacing an old ship's bell. (Two more were added in 1885.)


A group of miners banking their profits from the goldfields saw the bells being hung and resolved to stay in town to form a team of ringers.

You can read more at the State Library blog here.


A vital part of Melbourne's living heritage, the bells are still rung today on many Sunday mornings before worship, at weddings and at funerals. They are usually rung on the first, third and fifth Sundays of each month from 9:15am-10:00am.

The team of ringers practice on Friday nights, from 7:00-8:30pm, and they welcome people interested in learning the art of campanology.

To visit the tower or find out more about bells, ringing, or learning to ring, please contact Bill Cook on 0419 540 581 or Laura Goodin on 0432 695 505, or visit the tower's web site at


Ministry Staff

Canon Matt Williams (Vicar)
Rev. Mike Raiter

Ms. Bei-En Zou

Ms. Bridget Penington

On-Site Manager
Ms. Lisa Wardell


Building Location

Cnr King & Batman Sts
West Melbourne 3003

Community Location
Zoom Room 597-917-6529.


T 03 9329 0903

Service in Church / YouTube:
Sundays at 10:00 am

Services on Zoom

Monday to Friday:
8:30 am: Morning Prayer
5:30 pm: Evening Prayer
9:00 pm: Litany, Bedtime Prayer


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