Bells G (lower) and A (upper) back in the tower, showing the arrangement on two levels (other bells behind)


A swinging peal E-G-A-C (basis bell E = 1 tonne) in northern Australia has been dismantled, cleaned, and rebuilt. New "linear" motors replace old rotary motors and chain drives, and the deep-toned E bell has also been given a chiming hammer for daily angelus ring and occasional funeral toll. In the restoration process all four bells were cleaned by glass-bead blasting, and their crowns, emblems, and some lettering have been picked out in black, replicating their as-new appearance.

The large E bell (Mary) was originally supplied in 1962 by the Czudnochowsky bellfoundry in Erding, Germany. The G-A-C bells (Larrakeyah, Jesus, and Isabella) came from the Bachert bellfoundry in Bad Friedrichshall, Germany, in 1974. This composite peal E-G-A-C, which is in "Parsifal" motif, permits in addition to the "Plenum" (full peal) the use of two minor-third peals E-G and A-C and the Gloria peal G-A-C.
.The bells are sounded on a weekly program from a microprocessor-based control unit. They may also be started manually, either on the control unit itself or remotely on a hand-held cordless telephone.

The deepest-toned bell, Mary (note E, mass 1 tonne), on test frame after cleaning

Bells C (left) and A (right), in the upper level, with their linear motors at centre (painted white)


Concept and direction of the restoration by Hervey Bagot. Logistics and labour by local companies. 
Linear motors from Clock-o-Matic, Belgium.