Summoned By Bells

St Judes’ 150th anniversary publication, Summoned by Bells, is not an ordinary parish history. It explores the church’s history as a part of the history of Randwick and indeed Australia, linking it to social and political developments, wars, depressions, and notable personalities.

It is a beautifully produced glossy volume containing over 200 plates, some in colour and others in black and white. Anyone from browser to serious researcher will find this book to be both interesting and useful.

You can purchase a copy of the book by coming to the church office (the cost is $20).

If you would like the book sent to you, the cost is $40. There are two ways to pay.


Please post us your cheque, together with a note saying, “Please send me a copy of Summoned by Bells” and include the address to which you would like the package sent.

St Judes’ postal address is:

St Jude’s Anglican Church

PO Box 287

Randwick NSW 2031

Electronic Funds Transfer

If paying electronically, please transfer $50 to the church bank account:

BSB: 032-056

Account No: 11 1857

Bank: Westpac, Randwick

And enter “Summoned by Bells” into the transfer description.

Then send an email to asking for a copy of the book, specifying the date of the funds transfer and the address to which you would like the book sent.

You will definitely enjoy the read!



About the Book

This book occupies a small place in the ongoing story of Christian belief and its body of believers. From its beginnings in 1855, with the establishment of the first St Jude’s Church, to the creation of a new church building in 1865, St Jude’s has played an important part in the lives of many thousands of people. The celebration of new life, the making of vows and forging of ties, the remembrance of life spent, the opportunity to play, to sing, and in the case of St Jude’s, to ring bells, is secondary to the nurturing of spiritual growth and understanding. For those who have entered and stayed awhile, St Jude’s Church has been a spiritual home and family and will continue to remain so for as long as people hold to the Christian faith.

About the Author

Ron Ringer is a business communications consultant, consulting historian and the published author of numerous educational textbooks and business histories. He has been a parishioner at St Jude’s Church, Randwick since 2002.


1 Terra Australis

2 Simeon Pearce

3 A Beautiful Little Church

4 The Curious Case of Big Coogee

5 Summoned by Bells

6 Hough the Tractarian

7 Hough the Builder

8 Canon Cakebread

9 Making Ends Meet

10 Sign of the Times

11 Wartime Parish

12 Tradition and Change

13 The Long Goodbye

14 From Bush Padre to Naval Chaplain

15 The Long View


Clergy of St Jude’s Church, Baptisms, Marriage Register, Bishops and Archbishops of Sydney, The Christian Calendar, Commemorative plaques, Stained glass, Some notable people interred in St Jude’s Cemetery, St Jude’s Bells, People and places, Bibliography.

Price: $50 rrp *Early bird price: $40

Pub Date: 1 May 2016

426pp hardcover, 190 x 240mm

For the general reader, this book provides a contextual history of the church, its times, people and places. For the parishioner, it helps to form a wider, clearer picture of our meaning, mission and presence in the Randwick locality. For the scholar and researcher, it is a useful starting point for further enquiry. With over 200 colour, black & white

plates, hand-drawn illustrations, we encourage you to read and enjoy.

ISBN: 9780646575315 (hbk.)

Category: Australian religious history

Design: Taninka Visuals

Illustrations: David Dickson

Print production: Green Giant Press, Singapore