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

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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.



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.



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.


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.


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

  • Soaring Sounds

    The choice of music in the first commercial recording of the 1877 Hill & Son concert organ at Tanunda has been influenced by works performed on the organ when it was placed in Adelaide Town Hall and played upon by distinguished local and overseas performers up to the visit of […]

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  • OHTA Foundation Fund & Australian Pipe Organ Centre

    The establishment of the OHTA Foundation Fund was formally approved by OHTA Council at its meeting in September 2017.  Donations and Bequests to the Fund are invited to support the work of OHTA into the future. The proposal for an Australian Pipe Organ Centre was first raised in OHTA News in January 2014, and was approved […]

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  • Lost Pipe Organs of Australia: A Pictorial Record

    This book has been published to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the foundation of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia in 1977. It provides a pictorial record of pipe organs in Australia that have been lost through various agencies. Some have simply been removed and broken up, others have been […]

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  • Notice of Meeting

    THE ORGAN HISTORICAL TRUST OF AUSTRALIA ABN 99 005 443 372   NOTICE OF MEETING Notice is hereby given that the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia will be held on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at 9.00 am at St Mark’s Anglican Church, 250 George […]

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