Hervey Bagot graduated Master of Science (Adelaide University) in experimental physics in 1961, with applied mathematics as a Bachelor of Science major. His first job was as an exploration geophysicist, using instruments to map the location of minerals in the South Australian countryside. Later he worked as a scientific editor in the CSIRO journals section in Melbourne, and then with the Institute of Physics in London and the Oxford University Press in Oxford. It was on wintry Saturday afternoons in Oxford in 1971 that he spent time in the Radcliffe Science Library searching Acoustical Abstracts for articles about bells and their vibrations, and it was at that time that he became deeply enthused about this subject. A following 7-year period as scientific editor at CSIRO Division of Mineral Chemistry, Melbourne, introduced him, too, to other technical disciplines, primarily in fields of metals structures and metals production, which have formed an important background to his work with bells.
Hervey's practical interest in bellringing consisted primarily of association with change-ringing bands in Australia and in England – in both tower-bell ringing and two-in-hand handbell ringing. He remains a member of the
Ancient Society of College Youths (an English bellringing society founded in 1637) – elected in 1961 – and of the Australian and New Zealand Association of
Bellringers, of which he was President in 1965-66. He is a member or associate also of other bell-interest
Association Campanaire Wallonne (Belgium);
Carillon Society of Australia;
Guild of Carillonneurs in North America;
Guilde des Carillonneurs et Campanologues Suisses;
Utrechts Klokkenluiders Gilde (Netherlands).