With Brian’s passing a precious stone has been lost in the necklace of the Adelaide I remember so well from the 1950s and since.

That elegant city always evokes for me happy memories. They will remain and continue; such is the nature of the place and its ringers’ but it won’t be quite the same without Brian.

In later years with his gracious wife Anna, always a fine welcome, good conversation, books, music, excellent wine and, of course, ringing. Brian was not a man given to envy but there was always a hint of wistfulness as a Benjamin Britten / Peter Pears enthusiast because we live just twenty miles from Aldeburgh and The Maltings! He loved Suffolk’s churches, too.

Brian’s contribution before his long illness to Adelaide ringing was immense – and, indeed, to Adelaide life. A Christian gentleman – a gentle man, of depth and wisdom, reflected in his calling as a Supreme Court judge and Chancellor of the Diocese.

It was good that he rang in the first peals of Triples and Major in 1963 on St Peter’s Cathedral’s grand eight and taught David Bleby to ring (perhaps with the long-term view that a ‘whole turn of High Court judges’ would be a good thing for the belfry!). I know how much he treasured the friendships he made in ringing, but probably most of all the joy it gave him to welcome people to South Australia.

Rest in peace dear friend.


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