New Bells for St. Jude’s

In the year 2000, a project was undertaken to replace the old timber bell frame with a metal
frame, and to replace the old bells. New bells were ordered and cast by John Taylor and Sons
in Loughborough UK, shipped to Australia and processed into Randwick with bands, Town
Crier and Bishop Robert Forsyth.

The bells were hung in the tower and first rung on 9th December 2000.

Many have contributed to the cost of purchasing this new set of bells. Funding from the
Centenary of Federation Grants contributed over $41,000 to rebuild the Bell Frame and began
the whole process. It became clear that the bells needed replacing at the same time and an
appeal was launched.

Many others have also given and worked for the goal and another $85,000 has been
generously given. Major sponsors for each bell have chosen a dedication and wording for
each bell. The total cost of the project was more than $180,000.

We thank all who worked so willingly and generously to achieve the goal. St Jude’s is
fortunate to be one of only ten ringing towers in Sydney, and one of two in the Eastern

Thank you for your help in this rare community event.

Below is the Text of the Service held outside the Church after the Bells were processed into
Randwick with Town Crier and Band, for the:


Saturday 9th December 2000

12 p.m. Procession of Bells
From High Cross Park to St Jude’s The NSW Railways Band plays whilst the Bells are

CD – “The Bells of Randwick”
– composed by Paul Kelly

1 p.m. Welcome and Hallowing Begins

Singing of National Anthem

Australians all let us rejoice
for we are young and free.
With golden soil and wealth for toil
Our home is girt by sea
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
of beauty rich and rare.
In history’s page let every stage
Advance Australia fair!

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia fair.

The Mayor, Councillor Dominic Sullivan welcomes the Bells to the city of Randwick.

The Honourable Mr Andrew Thomson MP – the member for Wentworth

The Honourable Mr Ernie Page MLA – member for Coogee

The Bells Greeting

The Handbell Choir

Older Bells
The Old bells are struck individually

We the Bells of St Jude’s have been driven by the wind across the world on slender ship to
find our home by the beautiful New South Wales coast, on Frenchman’s Road the oldest road
in the colony, that linked the Aboriginal peoples, the French and the English.

We have ascended the high tower and rung out since 1865, proclaiming worship and
matrimony, birth and death. Our hearts are always merry but our steel bodies and creaking
wooden joints have grown weary and sometimes miss a beat or a tune.

You the new arrivals of copper and tin from the John Taylor Foundry have also traversed the
vast ocean, travelling so far under different stars to those above where you were formed.

Rest a while beneath these friendly walls, enjoy the attention and be refreshed.then ascend the
shadows of the high tower out of blazing sun and driving rain.

There you will find your new circle and home to carry on the ancient and noble work. Take
over our sterling round and toil, carry on into the new century and beyond. Be kind to those
who work with you and guide your peeling. Ring to God’s glory, stir up the sluggish, bring
joy to the city, waken the dead, strike a happy rhythm and tune.

Australia’s Oldest Bell – Part of Set of 1794 given by the King to First Church

The bell is rung

I, one of the oldest bells in Australia, greet you the newest bells in this land. I am of Royal
lineage, cast before the centuries turned 18, given by the King to a motley Colony. My 206
years have seen so much that has changed.

I saw the steel of shackles changed into ploughs, and into these companion bells that I have
lived with for so long.You new bells, like me are of English stock. You have many friends
here, but also in this land we have embraced those who have come from many nations to join
the first inhabitants of this land.

I have but a small body next to you, but I welcome you to my tower and will watch over you
from higher up. Please remember to respect your elders!

The Identification of the New Bells

We, the stranger bells, have been made to carry on the work as the Bells of St Jude’s in
Randwick. We seek to be part of the family and strangers no more, so we have come today
for Dedication by the friendly Bishop.

I am the Number 1 Bell and will take the name “Parish Harmony
I stand to honour so many workers and contributors to the life and resources of this Parish
Church and the community it serves. I strike the …note to salute their cheerful willing
service. (In loving memory of Rebecca Mary Alexander 20th October 1981 – 7th
October1999. from P.C. & R Alexander)

I am the number 2 Bell and will receive the name “Eastern Toll
We bells will stand in the most Easterly ringing tower in Australia. In order not to disturb I
will welcome in most new dawnings in silence. However when I do strike the …note I will
acknowledge the gift of each day. (Be RUSTY Ring out the old – Ring in the new, Ring out
the false – Ring in the true. I set the standard of rhythm from alpha to omega Rev; 1-
8,10&11. In thanks for the lives of Lila (nee Bullivant) and Sidney Frederick Walters By
beloved son Robert John. A.D. MM.)

I am the number 3 Bell and will receive the name “Wedding Bell
I celebrate love as God’s gift, the union of man and woman and the family unit. Many
thousands who have, and will be married here are joyfully greeted with my …note. (For
ILONA and RUPERT and all future Australians) Tony & Doffy White

I am the number 4 Bell and will receive the name “Ship Ahoy
This name recognises our tower as a longstanding pointer for shipping near the coast, in
sometimes treacherous waters, as well as Geodetic marker in our city by the sea. I will be a
beacon of direction as I sound the…note (FRANCIS & ELIZABETH HANNAN Settled in
Randwick – 1887) F Hannan Pty Ltd

I am the number 5 Bell and will receive the name “Ringer’s Folly
Many have sought to tame our predecessors with the ancient art of Campanology in the
tradition of English Change ringing dating back to the 12th Century. I will strike the …note
at their bidding as we merge together. (In loving memory of my mother Jean Margaret
Phillips b 9 April 1917 d 26 June 1998. NEVER SEND TO KNOW FOR WHOM THE
BELL TOLLS, IT TOLLS FOR THEE (John Donne)) Elaine Phillips

I am the number 6 Bell and will receive the name “Rector’s Joy
Twelve Rectors have lived and worked at St Jude’s. Some who served in silence before the
bells, left quickly. Since then most Rectors have stayed and served a long time under the
sound of the bells with great support from assisting clergy. In honour of their Christian
ministry and those who will follow I ring the…note. (In Memory of Rev Roy Lovitt Rector of
St Jude’s 1979 – 1991 Donated by members of the Maple-Brown Family)

I am the number 7 Bell and will receive the name “Simeon’s Striker
A name that honours the memory of Randwick’s founder, Simeon Pearce, the visionary that
saw and brought to being our new home. I bring a sense of both history and foresight as I
strike the …note. (Faith – Hope – Love. Presented by Syd Dunderdale (Not a bad bloke))

I am the Number 8 Bell and will receive the name “Big Coogee“. A name to remind of
turbulent times and near neighbours, when the location of the church and tower was hotly
disputed. It is good to feel wanted by diverse local communities as I strike the tenor
note. (May these bells always ring to celebrate Australia’s Federation. A happy sound to hear.
Paul, Tom, William, Robyn, Julie & John Doyle 1.1.2001)

Hymn “Joyful Joyful We Adore You”
– Tune ‘Ode to Joy’ (Ludwig van Beethoven)
– Words Henry Van Dyke

Joyful, joyful we adore you,
God of glory, God of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before you
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
drive the dark of doubt away;
giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day.

All your works with joy surround you,
earth and heav’n reflect your rays,
stars and angels sing around you,
centre of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
flowery meadow, flashing sea,
singing bird and flowing fountain
call to praise you joyfully.

You are giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blest,
well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean-depth of happy rest.
You our Father, Christ our brother,
all are yours who live in love
teach us how to love each other,
lift us to your joy above.

The Blessing of the Bells

Introduction – Rev Gregory Job Rector: Bishop Robert, these bells, the product of skilled
craftsmanship, are to be set aside for the service of God in our tower. We ask you now to
hallow them to their sacred use.

Bishop: Lord Jesus Christ you hallow the common things of life to serve your sacred
purpose. We ask that these bells to be dedicated here may ring for centuries to come the
praises of God and in so doing may witness to your power and glory, for your name sake.

With joy and thanksgiving in our hearts we bless these bells. May they long sing the praises
of our God whom they are cast to serve, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit.

The Bishop strikes each Bell as he dedicates each.

I hallow this bell with the name “Parish Harmony
in the name of God. Amen.

I hallow this bell with the name “Eastern Toll
in the name of God. Amen.

I hallow this bell with the name “Wedding Bell
in the name of God. Amen.

I hallow this bell with the name “Ship Ahoy
in the name of God. Amen.

I hallow this bell with the name “Ringer’s Folly
in the name of God. Amen.

I hallow this bell with the name “Rector’s Joy
in the name of God. Amen.

I hallow this bell with the name “Simeon’s Striker
in the name of God. Amen.

I hallow this bell with the name “Big Coogee
in the name of God. Amen.

May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be upon all, both
near and far who hear these bells and upon those who ring here and sing here, and upon our
worship and mission to the world now and for evermore. Amen.

Choir: “Ding Dong Merrily On High”

Rector: Three cheers for the new bells and all who made it possible.
Thank you for your part in this day of celebration.

Refreshments are served for all to enjoy. Donation requested $5