This week Greg and I are going to the concerts of the 23rd Organs of the Goldfields Festival in Ballarat.
The organ of St Paul’s was built in 1864 by J. Walker, London, and installed a year later. With 20 stops and 830 pipes, this organ was said to have had a ‘beautiful tone’. In 1892 it was moved and a new hydraulic blowing engine was installed. In 1957 it was rebuilt and electrified, though the original pipework and tonal work was retained. In 2013 the organ was completely overhauled.
Despite these various improvements and restorations the organ we heard today is essentially the instrument that was played at my great great grandparents’ wedding 140 years ago. It might have been drowned out by the rioting though.
The east window is claimed to be the oldest example of the Melbourne firm, Urie and Ferguson. It was first installed in 1863. The church building collapsed in 1864 and was rebuilt and the window was refitted into the new building.
- History of St Paul’s Church, Bakery Hill
- Ferguson and Urie WordPress blog: 31-03-1863: St Paul’s, Humfray St, Bakery Hill, Ballarat, Victoria.