Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Bells Are a Part of Sunday Morning in Maryborough

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Bells Are a Part of Sunday Morning in Maryborough

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LOOKING BACK

GEORGE SEYMOUR

SOME Sunday mornings I like to help at St Paul's Church with the bell ringing in the historic tower.

The building is effectively a giant musical instrument with the musicians inside it.

25 metres high, it has three floors above the ground floor.

The ground floor is a lovely small museum which documents its history, the bellringers assemble on the first floor to pull the ropes attached to the bells, the ropes go through that ceiling and right through the second floor to the third floor where the massive bells are held.

It is a really enjoyable experience in a truly historic building.

Last Sunday as I climbed the ladders up St Paul's Bell Tower I thought about its history.

Here, 130 years ago, at 2.30pm on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1888, the tower and bells were dedicated.

Since that time they have provided an acoustic backdrop to Maryborough and a connection to our history.

Ruth Andersen brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to her role as the Tower Captain.

She carries on the traditions that have been handed down by generations of Maryborough men and women as well as regularly welcoming school children and other visitors who like to give bell ringing a try.

The bell tower was added to the church grounds in 1887.

The impressive structure, with nine bells cast by Mears Whitechapel Bell Founders of London, cost [pounds sterling]3,500.

The contractor was Jesse Thomas and the architect who gave us this landmark was James Buchanan.

In order to build this substantial tower, Brennan and Geraghty Brickworks made 73,000 of the bricks as well as some from Richard Hebbards' Brickyards on Teddington Road.

As can be deduced from the marble memorial above the entrance to the tower, these funds came from a donation by Edgar Aldridge in memory of his late wife, Maria.

They were a pioneering couple who prospered through hard work and business acumen.

It was a partnership which left a lasting and unique legacy to the Maryborough community. …

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