Welcome to the Organ Historical Trust of Australia

Founded in 1977 to preserve historic pipe organs, stimulate public interest and encourage scholarly research.

A warm welcome is extended to all those interested in finding out about the pipe organ in Australia and becoming enthused about our country's remarkable organ heritage.  This site contains a great deal about the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (OHTA) - its projects, research, publications, awards, appeals, conservation standards and conferences - as well as providing information about whom to contact for information about the relocation of redundant pipe organs.

An enormous amount of research and fieldwork has enabled us to build an ever-growing online database about pipe organs in Australia, including scholarly histories, technical specifications and photographs.

Dr Kelvin Hastie OAM
Chair

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Organs of Australia

Many of our instruments have been documented with histories, specifications and photos.
Details will be found in the "Organs of Australia" section.

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Membership

To be an effective national preservation organisation, OHTA needs your financial support as well as your advice, interest and participation. Read more on how to become a member, which includes a subscription to our journal, OHTA News.

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Conferences

Our conferences are an excellent way to get to know our heritage of historical instruments intimately. Here are links to the photos and documentation of the organs visited during our conferences.

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Current restoration appeals

A large number of successful organ restorations have been carried out throughout Australia over the years, ranging in size from the colossus in the Sydney Town Hall, to small chamber organs with but a handful of stops. Read more about fundraising and the current organ restoration appeals.

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Redundant organs

View the list of redundant pipe organs in Australia for which new homes are currently being sought. The information of these redundant organs, where possible, will be linked to an existing page on the OHTA website.

Recent news

  • OHTA News April 2017

    Please click on the cover to download the April 2017 issue.

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  • OHTA News January 2017

    The Organ Historical Trust of Australia greatly regrets the non-receipt of the January 2017 issue of OHTA News which has been mislaid in transit by Australia Post. Members will be sent replacement hard copies shortly. Please click on the cover to download the latest issue.

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  • 2017 OHTA Conference

    The conference will start on Monday 25 September, with registration from 9.00 am at St Paul’s Cathedral. It will conclude in Ballarat on Saturday 30 September at 12.15 pm and after a lunch break the coach will drop participants at Melbourne airport by 3.00 pm and then central Melbourne. As […]

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  • Carcoar Catholic Church

    The page of the 1890 Kirkland organ at Carcoar has been updated. Thanks to Mark Quarmby. There are before and after shots of the organ’s restoration. The specification has been updated.

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