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Find out about the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, how to become a member, how to subscribe to our Journal OHTA News and contact details for the Council members.


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Directors' Report and Financial Statements
for the Year ended 30 June 2016


Historic Organs of Australia

Many of our historic instruments have been documented with histories, specifications and photos listed under each State link below. Although not all historic, the most important organs found in our Cathedrals, main City Churches, Town Halls, Concert Halls, Universities and Conservatoria have also been included.


Organs of Australia & New Zealand
(general index page including links to neighbouring countries)

New South Wales
South Australia
Western Australia
Australian Capital Territory
Northern Territory

OHTA 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.

2017 Conference Brochure


OHTA annual Conferences
2017 Melbourne and Ballarat
2016 South Island, New Zealand
2015 Hunter, NSW
2014 Queensland
2013 South Australia
2012 Western Australia
2011 Tasmania
2010 Sydney and the Central West of NSW
2009 Adelaide and the Barossa region
2008 Melbourne and regional Victoria
2007 Queensland
2006 New Zealand
2005 Sydney & Hunter Valley
2004 Western Australia
2003 Riverina
2002 Tasmania


Useful Resources

Our web site contains information on organs in Australia and a list of Australian organ composers and their compositions, a list of redundant organs and details for churches considering restoring instruments.

  The Organ in Australia
Organ Gazetteers
Redundant Organs
Conservation and Maintenance Guide
Fund-raising for restoring organs
Hill & Son records for organs in Australia and New Zealand
Australian compositions for Organ
Directory for organising Organ Recitals in Australia
Website Updates
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The Christopher Dearnley Award

The Christopher Dearnley Award is awarded for new recordings or the re-release of archival recordings made on Australian pipe organs, or Australian recordings involving a significant local pipe organ component.

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1866 George Fincham organ
[ Line drawing by Graeme Rushworth]



The organ in St Jude's Anglican Church, Carlton, Melbourne was very seriously damaged in a fire lit by arsonists on the evening of Friday 17 October 2014. This organ is of enormous significance as the earliest example of an organ built in Melbourne by George Fincham to remain substantially intact. It was exhibited at the 1866 Melbourne Intercolonial Exhibition and was in St John's Church, Toorak for a short while before its installation at Carlton in 1872. It is a very large single-manual instrument with a chorus complete to Mixture and Trumpet.

While the fire took place in the sanctuary end of the church, and the organ is located in the rear gallery, the heat was such that the façade pipes, and many of the internal pipes, all of spotted metal, have melted. Some of the case timbers and wooden pipes have also been affected by the fire and water. It appears that the organ could be reconstructed to a high standard; this work could find the detailed documentation of the organ carried out in 1978 by John Stiller for OHTA invaluable for details of pipe scales.

We understand that it will be dismantled and the parts removed to an organbuilder's workshop for more detailed examination.

St Jude's organ web page



2015 Brisbane RSCM Summer School

The Art of the Organ




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