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Organs of Sydney


Information has been taken from organ ramble notes in various issues of the Sydney Organ Journal, Organ Historical Trust of Australia conference handbooks, articles in OHTA News, Graeme D Rushworth's Historic Organs of New South Wales (Hale & Iremonger, 1988) and John Maidment's Gazetteer of New South Wales Pipe Organs (Society of Organists Vic Inc, 1981). Pages with mp3s are indicated by *. For Gazetteer "Sources and Abbreviations", please click here to download as pdfs.




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SYDNEY – City

Concert Halls

Sydney Town Hall * cnr George & Druitt Streets
Hill & Son 1886-9 (5/127 tubular-pneumatic/Barker lever)

Sydney Opera House
Concert organ: Ronald Sharp 1979 (5/132 mechanical and electric)
Continuo organ: ABC chamber organ (portable)
B. 1961 Ronald Sharp 1m., 5 sp. st., no pedals. tr. Man: 8.4.2.1-1/3.1.

City Recital Hall, Angel Place
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra continuo organ
Mander Organs, London, 2003
1 manual, 4 speaking stops, mechanical action

State Theatre 49 Market Street
Wurlitzer 1929 Op 2005, Style 270 (4/21 ranks extension, 216 stops, electric)
Currently undergoing restoration

Universities and Schools

Great Hall, University of Sydney
First organ: B. 1883 Forster & Andrews, Hull
Reb. 1922-25 Charles Richardson. Reb. 1932-33 Hill, Norman & Beard (o/n 330)
Rem. 1970 and in storage at residence of Kevin Clancy, Wentworthville
3m., 37 sp. st., 14c., el. pn. Gt: 16.8.8.8.8.8.4.4.2-2/3.2.8.
Sw: 16.8.8.8.8.4.2.II.8.8.4. Ch: 8.8.8.8.4.2.8.8.8. Ped: 16.16.16.16.8.16.
Present organ: von Beckerath 1972 (3/54 mechanical and electric)

University of Sydney College Chapel Organs

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street


1. Pogson 1973 (3/37 mechanical), refurbished South Island Organ Co. 2001

2. George Fincham 1976 Studio practice organ (2/9 mechanical)
Rem. Dec. 2006 John Jackson, for his Mount Colah residence.

3. Henk Klop (Netherlands) 2009 Continuo organ
(1/5 mechanical action)

4. Knud Smenge 1982 Continuo organ
(1/3.5 mechanical action)
Formerly located in the Darlington School, University of Sydney campus.

Sydney Grammar School, College Street

'Big School' Organ: N.P. Mander, London, 2004,
2 manuals, 21 speaking stops, mechanical

Continuo organ: Bernhard Fleig Orgelbau, Basel, Switzerland, 1998, Op.46,
1 manual, 5 speaking stops, mechanical

Cathedrals

St Andrew's Anglican Cathedral, *
cnr George & Bathurst Streets
Hill & Son 1866, Davidson 1899; Hill, Norman & Beard 1952,
Létourneau 1998
(4/53 mechanical and electric)



St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, College Street

Orgues Létourneau 2000 (4/46 mechanical and electric)
Western Transept Gallery

Ronald Sharp 1960 (2/26 electric)
Chancel Triforium

Whitehouse Bros. 1942 (2/27 electric)
Southern Gallery

Bellsham organs 1986 (2/9 mechanical)
Crypt

Churches

Anglican

St James' Anglican Church,
King Street, Queen Square
John Gray c.1827 2m., 13 sp. st., [1c.], pedal pulldowns, 2 shifting movements, tr. Cost £500,
Gt: 8.8.4.2-2/3.2.Sesquialtera.Mixture.[8. reed prep. for].
Sw: (ten. F): 8.8.4.2.8. Great Trumpet supplied 1831 Gray for £39.1/6
Reb. and enl. Davidson, Reb. and enl. Fincham 1905,
Reb. and enl. Hill, Norman & Beard 1972 (3/66 electric)

Christ Church St Laurence Anglican Church, *
George Street, Railway Square

First organ: George M. Holdich of London (1844); destroyed by fire 18/8/1905
Present organ: Hill & Son 1892 (3/26 mechanical and tubular-pneumatic)

Continuo organ: Henk Klop 2011 (1/4 mechanical)

St Philip's Anglican Church, *
cnr York & Jamison and Clarence Streets, Church Hill
J W Walker 1873 (2/27 mechanical and tubular-pneumatic)

St Barnabas' Anglican Church, *
cnr Parramatta Road and Mountain Street, Broadway
Hill & Son 1879 (2/23 mechanical)
Church and organ destroyed by fire 10th May, 2006

Holy Trinity Anglican Church (the "Garrison Church")
cnr. Argyle & Lower Fort Streets, Millers Point
Builder unknown c. 1847 Restored with tonal alterations 1971 Arthur Jones.
(2/13 mechanical)

Catholic

St Patrick's Catholic Church,
cnr Grosvenor & Gloucester Streets, Church Hill
First organ: B. 1847-48 Gray & Davison, London
coxt £336.16/3. Rem. c. 1895. Present location unknown.
2m., 14 sp st., 2c., tr. Gt: (to GG) 8.8 divided.8.4.2-2/3.2.III.8. Sw: (ten. C) 8.8.4.2.8. Ped: 16.
Second organ: B. c. 1895 Charles Anneesens, Grammont, Belgium.
3m., 28 sp.st., 7c., tub. pn. Gt: 16.16.8.8.4.2.IV.16.8.4.
Sw: 16.8.8.8.8.4.2.16.8.8.8. Ch: 8.8.8. Ped: 16.16.16.8.
Reb. 1971-72 A. Welby 2m., 29 sp.st., 7c., el.pn. Gt: 8.8.4.4.2-2/3.2.IV.IV.8.
Sw: 8.8.4.4.2.1-1/3.IV.16.8.8.4. Ped: 16.16.8.8.4.III.16.8.4.
Present organ: Ruffatti 2004 (2/22 mechanical)

St Peter Julian's Catholic Church,
641 George Street, Haymarket
Geo. Fincham & Sons 1964, enl. Peter DG Jewkes 2007 (2/13 ranks extension + 2 mixtures electric)

St Benedict's Catholic Church,
cnr Chippendale and Parramatta Roads, Broadway
F.H. Baker 1882, restored Pitchford & Garside 1978 (2/20 mechanical)

Uniting

Pitt St Uniting Church, *
264 Pitt Street (formerly Congregational)
First organ: B. 1845 W. J. Johnson
Second organ: B. c. 1906 W.G Rendall: rem. 1910 Present location uncertain.
3m., 38 sp. st., tub. pn. Gt: 16.8.8.8.4.4.2-2/3.2.[Mixture prep. for].8.4.
Sw: 16.8.8.8.8.8.4.2.Mixture.8.8.8.4. Ch: 8.8.8.4.4.2.8. Ped: 16.16.16.10-2/3.8.32.16.
Present organ: Hill & Son 1910 (3/31 tubular pneumatic)

St Stephen's Uniting Church,
197 Macquarie Street (formerly Presbyterian)
First organ: see: Armidale Wesley Uniting Church
Present organ: Hill, Norman & Beard 1934 (3/51 electric)

Wesley Mission, 220 Pitt Street

Wesley Church - Whitehouse Bros 1941-2,
reb. Pitchford & Garside 1991 (2/17 electic)
(formerly in the Church of Christ, Scientist, Chatswood)

Wesley Theatre - "Christie" theatre organ by Hill, Norman & Beard 1928,
reb. Pitchford & Garside 1991 (2/8 ranks extension plus Mixture)

Lutheran

Lutheran Church, 3 Stanley Street
E.F. Walcker & Cie., Ludwigsburg, Germany, 1887, Op. 498,
restored and installed Pitchford & Garside 1986 (2/8 mechanical).
(formerly in Crows Nest Baptist Church)

German Lutheran Church, 90 Goulburn Street
First organ: Details unknown
Second organ: see: Young St John's Anglican Church
Present organ: Schuke 1979-80 (2/17 mechanical)

Baptist

Central Baptist Church, 619 George Street
c.1889 Nicholson & Lord, reb.1937, reb. and enl. Graeme Rawson 1966,
restored A. Welby 1971 (2/27 electric)

Presbyterian

Scots Church Assembly Hall, Cnr York and Margaret Street
Hill, Norman & Beard 1929-30, 3m. 47 sp.st., 18c., el. pn.
Organ removed from Assembly Hall with redevelopment of the church building (c.2000).
Sold to Scotch College, Hawthorn, Melbourne
Restored and erected in the College Assembly Hall,
South Island Organ Co. and Peter D G Jewkes (Sydney) 2004.
3m, 50 speaking stops, 18 couplers, el.pn.

Residence

Residence of Dr Wilbur Hughes, "The Peak", Quay Street, Haymarket
Jäger und Brommer, Waldkirch, Black Forest, Germany 2000
2 m., 6 sp. st, (+ MIDI), mechanical and electric

 

Lost, removed or destroyed

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Sydney Suburban Organs



Members of the Organ Music Society of Sydney are invited to document their own suburban instruments and send photos, information and specifications to the webmaster, Mark Quarmby, to add to those below. There are about 350 organs in the Sydney region. Most of the following documentations have been taken from organ ramble notes from the past 35 years' issues of the Sydney Organ Journal, OHTA Sydney conference booklets and articles from OHTA News. Some of the organ details date from over 20 years ago and may well be out of date by now. Please contact the webmaster with any corrections you may find and if known, send more up to date information which can be added. While some of the writers have included personal observations in their notes, their sources were rarely listed. The majority of the historical details have been taken from Graeme D Rushworth's Historic Organs of New South Wales (Hale & Iremonger, 1988) and John Maidment's Gazetteer of New South Wales Pipe Organs (Society of Organists Vic Inc, 1981), from which the organ summaries have been taken. For Gazetteer "Sources and Abbreviations", please click here to download as pdfs.



Index of Sydney Suburbs

(includes Blue Mountains)

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Please click on the blue links below to access further photos and information on the organs
Sydney suburbs are arranged in alphabetical order -
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F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Click below for other organs in New South Wales
Newcastle Hunter Valley Maitland Wollongong
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