Redundant pipe organs in Australia

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The organ from the Adelaide Town Hall (Hill & Son, 1877), re-located to the Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA in 2014

(Last updated November 2018)

This page lists redundant pipe organs in Australia for which new homes are currently being sought.

Information concerning instruments proposed for listing here should be sent to the OHTA Redundancies Co-ordinator:

Dr Geoffrey Cox
Tel: 03-9419-4448 or 0418-210-642
E-mail: gcox56157@bigpond.com

The information will be linked, where possible, to an existing page on the OHTA website.
Details required for the redundancy listing should normally include:

(a) the dimensions of the organ, and
(b) contact details for negotiating the terms of the re-location.
The terms for re-locating redundant organs vary from one instance to another, and need to be discussed with the current owner.

Websites Listing Redundant Pipe Organs Outside Australia

Redundant Pipe Organs Facebook page (UK / International)

The Institute of British Organ Building (UK)

The Organ Clearing House (USA)

E.F. Walcker Orgelbau (Germany)

F.R. Feenstra Orgelbouw (Holland)

Gebrauchtorgeln (Germany)

New South Wales and ACT

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Residence of Dr Thomas Campbell, Murwillumbah

John Nebe, Brisbane, c.1923 (possibly second-hand)
Addition 1985 Ken Beech, Burleigh, Qld
Case added from an earlier barrel organ?
Restored 2002 W.J. Simon Pierce, Brisbane
1 manual, 4 speaking stops [+ 2ft stop to be added], mechanical action, no pedals.

Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: Dr Thomas Campbell 0407 752 724 or campbellthomas@yahoo.com


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Drummoyne Uniting Church (formerly Methodist), 34 College Street, Drummoyne
W.L. Roberts, Adelaide, 1928
2 manuals, 14 speaking stops, 7 couplers, pneumatic action

Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: Five Dock-Drummoyne Uniting Church Office 02-9713-6818


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St John-the-Evangelist Anglican Church, Anglo Road, Campsie
C.W. Leggo, Sydney, 1931
Restored 1972 Ian D. Brown
2manuals, 11 speaking stops, 7 couplers, pneumatic action
Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: Stephanie Chan 0404-686-217 or steph@yss.com.au


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St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Hay

E.F. Walcker & Cie, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 1887 (opus 487)

1 manual, 6 speaking stops, pedal pulldowns, mechanical action
Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: Peter Jewkes 02 9684 6533 or peter@jewkes.com.au


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Uniting (formerly Methodist) Church, Reid, ACT.

(Organ in storage in Sydney)

J.W. Walker & Sons Ltd UK 1963
2 manuals, 4 ranks extended & mixture, electric action

Dimensions: Depth: 2.03 m, Width: 3.97 m, Height (highest point) approx 3.4 m

Contact: Peter Jewkes 02 9684 6533 or peter@jewkes.com.au


Victoria

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Uniting (former Methodist) Church, Pleasant Street, Ballarat

[This church has closed. The organ is in good working order]
George Fincham & Sons, Melbourne, 1921
2 manuals, 14 speaking stops, 4 couplers, tubular-pneumatic action.

Dimensions: Case - 4.25m high, 5m wide, 1.71m deep.
Centre tower projects a little in depth, height to top of centre pipe estimated 4.6m.
Console - 1.17m high x 1.44m wide x 1.13m deep, plus 0.4m for pedalboard.

Contact: Lynne Jelbart 03 5332 3028 or lynne.mj@bigpond.com


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Former St James’ Uniting (former Presbyterian) Church, Wattle Park

The organ is in need of some repair, partly due to water damage to the pedal chest.

Alfred Fuller, Kew, 1887, for Unitarian Church, East Melbourne
Electrified and installed in present location 1965 with altered casework and new console
Original slider chests and tonal scheme intact
2 manuals, 14 (originally 13) speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action.

Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: David Pietsch 0416 225 722 or dpietsch@bigpond.net.au or Alan Collyer 03 9723 1147 or alan@scolly.net.au


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Former St Francis-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, Mooroolbark

[This church has been closed]

William Anderson, 1877, for St Mark’s Anglican Church, Fitzroy
Rebuilt and enlarged 1963; Installed in present location 1999

2 manuals, 21 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action.

Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: Ian Wakeley 0412 113 568 or wakeleyorgans@optusnet.com.au


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In storage in Melbourne - Formerly in the Workshop of Mark Fisher (Pipe Organ Reconstructions Pty Ltd), Sydney

Henry Bevington & Sons, London, 1905, for Holy Trinity Church, Milford, Derbyshire, UK.

2 manuals, 17 speaking stops, 4 couplers, mechanical action (pneumatic on pedals).
Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: Ian Wakeley 0412 113 568 or wakeleyorgans@optusnet.com.au


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Uniting (former Presbyterian) Church, Port Melbourne

Geo. Fincham & Sons Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1925
2 manuals, 9 speaking stops, 3 couplers, pneumatic action

Dimensions: 2 metres deep plus a further 1 metre for the console and pedal board, 3.06
metres wide and around 5 metres high

Contact: John Maynard (Advisor on Organs for the Uniting Church of Australia, Synod of
Victoria and Tasmania) 0419-902-927 or jsmucorg@yahoo.com.au

Queensland

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Former Baptist Church, South Bank (South Brisbane)
(Church demolished; organ in storage)

Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane, 1928, for the Congregational Church Hall, Brisbane Electrified with additions, c.1973, Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane
Rebuilt 1984 H.W. Jarrott, Brisbane
2 manuals, 19 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action

Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: Simon Pierce 0412-676-282 or simon@piercepipeorgans.com.au

South Australia

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Second (Dodd/Walker) organ from St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Cathedral, Adelaide

(Organ in storage since 1994)

J.E. Dodd, Adelaide, 1926
Rebuilt and enlarged 1954 J.W. Walker & Sons, Ruislip, Mx
3 manuals, 56 speaking stops, 13 couplers, electro-pneumatic action

Stored material includes: all pipework and windchests (1926 and 1954), stop-actions, reservoirs, blower, most of the building frame, three-manual detached oak console (1954), main casework (originally facing across the gallery), and second case (facing down the side aisle).

Dimensions: There are 25 windchests, including Swell slider windchest 2620mm x 1190mm; Great slider windchest 2630mm x 880mm; Choir main unit windchest (1954) 2645mm x 1 200mm

Contact: Ian Wakeley 0412 113 568 or wakeleyorgans@optusnet.com.au

Western Australia

No organs listed at present.

Tasmania

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All Saints’ Anglican Church, South Hobart

(This organ is in storage in Melbourne. It has been replaced by a larger organ from the former Trinity Uniting Church, Launceston). In need of repair.

Bishop & Starr, London. Installed 1862.
Rebuilt and enlarged 1920 Geo. Fincham & Sons;
Rebuilt and enlarged 1963 Davis & Laurie;
2 manuals, 19 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action

Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact:  Australian Pipe Organs. Tel: 0415 100 074 or E-mail: daniel@australianpipeorgans.com.au
or Fr David O’Neill. Tel: 03 6223 1795 or 0419 891 409 or E-mail: fatherdavid@allsaints-southhobart.org.au

A select list of successfully re-located organs in Australia

This list contains some redundant organs that have been successfully re-located in Australia since 1995.
The list is arranged chronologically by the dates of re-location. The organs listed are notable in that they
retain the integrity of their original builder's design.

Included here are instruments that were originally listed by OHTA as redundant, some that were effectively
redundant although never listed as such, and some that have been successfully re-located from overseas.

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1995

St Peter's Anglican Church, East Sydney, NSW (Hele & Co. 1880)
to St Finbar's Catholic Church, Glenbrook, NSW


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1998

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Port Melbourne, Vic (Geo. Fincham & Sons 1901)
to St Joseph's Catholic Church, Edgecliff, NSW


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1998

St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, Brisbane (William Anderson 1889?)
to Old Museum Building, Bowen Hills, Qld


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1999

St Luke's Anglican Church, Cowley, Oxfordshire, UK (Harrison & Harrison 1938)
to St Mark's Anglican Church, Fitzroy, Vic


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1999

Independent (Congregational) Church, Prahran, Vic (Frederick W. Nicholson 1862)
to St Patrick and the Holy Angels' Catholic Church, Mentone, Vic


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2000

St Mary's Redemptorist Monastery, Ballarat, Vic (Alfred Fuller 1890)
to St John's Catholic Church, Heidelberg, Vic


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2003

Epworth Uniting Church, Parkside, SA (J.E. Dodd 1912)
to St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Claremont, WA


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2004

Presbyterian Assembly Hall (Scots Church), Sydney (Hill, Norman & Beard 1930)
to Scotch College Memorial Hall, Hawthorn, Vic


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2005

Elsternwick Baptist Church, Vic (Douglas Renton 1874)
to St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Flinders, Vic


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2005

St Saviour's Anglican Church, Walton Place, London, UK (Norman & Beard 1898)
to St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Parramatta, NSW


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2006

Methodist Church, North Essendon, Vic (Fincham & Hobday 1891)
to St Fidelis' Catholic Church, Moreland, Vic


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2007

St John the Baptist Anglican Church, West Hobart, Tas (Henry Bevington & Sons 1879)
to St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Bonnyrigg Heights, NSW


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2009

Newtown Methodist Church, Wellington, NZ (Arthur Hobday 1905)
to St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Perth, WA


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2010

Seventh-Day Adventist Church, College Park, SA (Johann Wolff 1880)
to St Aloysius' Catholic Church, Caulfield, Vic


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2011

Congregational Church, Williamstown, Vic (George Fincham 1885)
to St Carthage's Catholic Church, Parkville, Vic


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2012

St Francis Xavier's Catholic Church, Bowenfels, NSW (Balbiani 1929)
to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carlton, Vic


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2014

St Peter's Anglican Church, Eaglehawk, Vic (Alfred Crook c.1886)
to St Mary-the-Virgin Anglican-Catholic Church, Caulfield South, Vic


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2014

Town Hall, Adelaide, SA (Hill & Son 1877)
to Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA


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2015

Marist College, Pearce, ACT (Wadsworth Bros 1908)
to Westminster Presbyterian Church Belconnen, Cook, ACT


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2016

Uniting Church (formerly Methodist), Barkly Street, Ballarat, Vic (Fincham & Hobday 1899)
to St John's Anglican Church, Creswick, Vic


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2016

Girrawheen Community Church (formerly Methodist), Brighton, Vic (Alfred Fuller 1884, 1893)
to St Brendan's Catholic Church, Flemington, Vic


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2016

St Jean de la Croix Catholic Church, Montreal, Canada (Casavant Frères 1927)
to St Francis Xavier's Catholic Cathedral, Adelaide, SA


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2016

Congregational Church, Gawler, SA (Fincham & Hobday 1885, 1888)
to 'Swifts', Darling Point, NSW


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2017

St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Port Melbourne, Vic (George Fincham, early 1870s)
to former Uniting/Methodist Church (since renamed Fincham Hall), Dunkeld, Vic


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2018

Whitley College Chapel, Parkville, Vic (Laurie Pipe Organs, 1975)
to St Mark’s Anglican Church, Balnarring, Vic


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2018

St Alban’s Anglican Church, North Melbourne (Builder unknown, mid-19 th century English)
to Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth, Vic