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Directors' Report and Financial Statements
for the Year ended 30 June 2013


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.



OHTA annual Conferences
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
Copyright and Privacy Policy



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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View the report on the opening of the restored organ here.

The 1877 Hill & Son at the Barossa Regional Gallery, South Australia is finally complete. The work has taken more than a decade to undertake, but the result is now one of Australia's most outstanding concert organs, notable for its arresting appearance and opulent sound. The addition of the eight ranks of restored reeds has given the instrument a totally new dimension.

Recent work has seen the completion of a new wooden Flageolet 2ft for the Choir Organ, made by George Stephens, and modelled upon a comparable stop at Sydney Town Hall, installation of the remaining reed stops and the Pedal Violoncello 8ft sourced from a former Hill organ in Sydney. The whole of the action and pipework has been meticulously regulated and the organ fine tuned.

OHTA pays tribute to the dedicated and committed expert work of organbuilder George Stephens in achieving such an outstanding level of success, something that had not been emulated elsewhere on this scale. We also salute the contribution of Irwin Beitz and Steve Kaesler in particular together with local crafts people and the Friends of the Hill & Son organ.

The opening of the organ will take place as follows:

Grand Opening Gala Concert
Saturday 30 August 2014 at 7.30 pm
Dominic Perissinotto, organ, with other noted brass and vocal artists
Tickets $35.00

Grand Concert in Town Hall Style
Sunday 31 August 2014 at 2.30 pm
Dominic Perissinotto, organ
Tickets $25.00

Bach to the Future
Sunday 7 September 2014 at 2.30 pm
Christopher Wrench, organ
Tickets $25.00

Concert tickets are available from the Barossa Regional Gallery, 3 Basedow Road, Tanunda.

Phone enquiries (08) 8563 3199.


For OHTA members not near the Barossa Valley, concert tickets for the Tanunda Hill & Son Grand opening concert series can be reserved through Steve Kaesler, email skaesler@barossa.sa.gov.au

Tanunda is in the Heart of the Barossa Valley and is just an hour's drive north east of the Adelaide airport. You can hire a car from the Adelaide airport. Alternatively, you can travel from Adelaide to Tanunda via the Adelaide Metro train system from Adelaide to Gawler and then a LinkSA bus from Gawler to Tanunda. Refer to the Angaston to Gawler/Evanston timetable at www.linksa.com.au

Accommodation in the Barossa caters for all tastes, ranging from a bed and breakfast nestled in private vineyards to family friendly caravan parks, to world class hotel establishments and stylish apartments. The last OHTA Conference in the Barossa stayed at the 4 star Weintal Motel complex at the northern end of Tanunda www.barossaweintal.com.au Alternatively, contact the Barossa Visitors Information Centre www.barossa.com to discuss various accommodation options.




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