At this year's Maryborough Open House day, people will not only see the bells but will also be taught how to ring them.
At this year's Maryborough Open House day, people will not only see the bells but will also be taught how to ring them. Valerie Horton

Open House will a-peal to city’s bell ringers

THE nine bells housed in Maryborough's St Paul's Anglican Church have been seen by the public only twice in the past century.

At this year's Maryborough Open House day, people will not only see the bells but will also be taught how to ring them.

The St Paul's bell tower will run campanology classes throughout the free event, led by tower captain Ruth Anderson.

All nine bells in the tower were sent to London's Whitechapel foundry, where they were originally forged, early last year to be restored.

It was the first time the bells had been out of the tower since it was built in 1887.

A crane was used to carefully lift the heavy bells back in place last September.

The campanology classes are part of a larger effort to create really memorable experiences in Maryborough's historic buildings during the event.

Cr George Seymour, who is helping to organise the event, said people needed to listen to the bell chiming to truly appreciate St Paul's place in Maryborough's history.

"It is something so rare and evokes a real heritage feel," he said.

Maryborough Open House, now in its second year, will be held on October. 26.

Visit frasercoast.qld.gov.au for more information or to volunteer.



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