Redundant pipe organs in Australia

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

(Last updated September 2021)

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

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.

New South Wales and ACT

Residence of John Atkinson, Hurstville

Theatre pipe organ; fully intact and playable
Wurlitzer Co., Tonawanda, N.Y. (Style 260; Opus 1808)
Installed 1927 in Regent Theatre, George Street, Sydney
3 manuals, 15 ranks extended + percussion
Enlarged c.1960 (Tibia extended)
Installed 1985 in current location
Addition 1997 (English Posthorn)
3 manuals, 16 ranks extended + percussion
Restored 2006 John Atkinson, and placed on the National Trust Register.

Layout: horseshoe console; two chambers (Main and Solo), currently side by side, combined dimensions: 7 metres x 5 metres.

Contact: Jay Atkinson, Email:

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: 294cm height x 206cm width x 104cm depth

The present owner is willing to donate this instrument to a school or organisation with DGR status with the ATO.

Contact: Dr Thomas Campbell 0407 752 724 or

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

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

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

St Mark’s Anglican Church, Picton

(Organ in storage in Sydney)

Wordsworth & Co, Leeds, UK, 1893
2 manuals, 8 speaking stops, mechanical action

Dimensions: [not supplied]

This organ was damaged by floods in 2016. Restoration with mechanical action is not considered viable on a commercial basis, although it may make an excellent retirement project for an organ builder or enthusiast with sufficient time and patience for the task.
Alternatively the action may be electrified if necessary.

Contact: Peter Jewkes 02 9684 6533 or


St John’s Anglican Church, Sorrento

Builder unknown, c.1850s?
1 manual, 7 speaking stops, 1 coupler, mechanical  action.

Dimensions of Case - 4.3600mm high, 1990mm wide, 1.2200mm deep.

The organ can be viewed and played in the workshop of Hargraves Pipe Organs Pty Ltd, Mt Evelyn, Vic

Contact: Campbell Hargraves 0488 732 271 or

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

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

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

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


Congregational Church, South Brisbane
Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane, 1933, for the Congregational Church, South Brisbane
Addition 1948 Whitehouse Bros.

Partially restored by John Brooks, Coolum Beach, Qld, 2002-2010, incorporating some parts of the Whitehouse
Bros organ (1950) from the Methodist Church, Chermside
2 manuals, 9 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action

The instrument is not currently assembled

Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: Stephen Brooks 0413-881-225  or

Former Baptist Tabernacle, Collingwood, Vic

Builder unknown (possibly Robert Mackenzie, Melbourne)

Installed second-hand 1881 at the Baptist Tabernacle, Collingwood, Vic
Partially restored by John Brooks, Coolum Beach, Qld, 1993-2010

1 manual & pedals, 6 speaking stops, mechanical action.

The instrument is not currently assembled
Dimensions: [not supplied]

Contact: Stephen Brooks 0413-881-225  or

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

South Australia

In storage at Workshop of Ian Wardle, Paracombe

J.E. Dodd & Sons Gunstar Organ Works, Adelaide, 1966
2 manuals, 3 ranks extended, direct electric action
Enlarged 1993, 1994, 2004 and 2006, mostly by Leith Jacob, Adelaide
3 manuals, 17 ranks extended (41 speaking stops), direct electric action

Dimensions: Instrument: 3.2m high x 2.540m wide x 1.585m deep
Console: 1.2m high x 1.450m wide x 0.950m deep

May be suitable for re-using the large quantity of pipework by Aug Laukhuff,
added since 1993.

Contact: Ian Wardle 0423-813-310 or 08-8380-5628 or

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

Western Australia

No organs listed at present.


City Baptist Church
(formerly Christ Church Congregational Church)
Frederick Street
Launceston, TAS

The church has been sold, and the organ is available for sale and relocation.

Bevington and Sons, London, 1874
2 manuals, 13 speaking stops, mechanical action (manuals) and pneumatic action (pedals)


  • Width 3.5 metres
  • Depth 4.6 m, including the freestanding pedal diapason ranks
  • Height 5.7 m

And the freestanding wooden pipes at the rear of the organ:

  • Width 3.0 m
  • Depth 0.4 m
  • Height 5.1m

Ivan D. James, AO
Tel: 03-6343-7366 or 0419-366-514

For the purpose of gaining approval from the Tasmanian Heritage Council  for the sale of this heritage organ, prospective buyers are asked to provide the following information:

•    The history and profile of your church and its music ministry
•    Why your church wants this organ
•    Your plans for its disassembly, transport, and installation
•    An outline of your church’s proposed budget and timing for this project 
•    An undertaking that your church would maintain the historical structural integrity of this heritage organ

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


All Hallows' Church, Great Mitton, Lancashire, UK (James J. Binns, 1903)
to St Mark’s Anglican Church, Picton, NSW


Methodist Church, Woolston, NZ. N.T. Pearce, Christchurch, NZ, 1908 (incorporating
components supplied by Gray & Davison, London (job number 10791). Removed 1981 to
Christchurch Cathedral Grammar School Chapel. Dismantled c.2009-10 and placed in
storage at South Island Organ Company, Timaru.
to St John’s Anglican Church, Sorrento, Vic


St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Hay, NSW. E.F. Walcker & Cie, Ludwigsburg,
Germany, 1887 (opus 487)
to St John’s Anglican Church, Corowa, NSW