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List of All Known Australian Theatre Organs - Past and Present

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 Last updated: 24/2/02

Date

Builder

Opus

Size

State

Town

Building

Comment

(Instruments in Italics are believed no longer to exist in any recognisable form)

 

 

 

Part 1 - Unit Organs

Wurlitzer Organs

 

06/1917

Wurlitzer

129

2/7? New South Wales Blakehurst Residence, Dodd E Piano console

Wurlitzer

129

2/7?

New South Wales Sydney Romano's Restaurant

24/08/1940  

Wurlitzer 

129 

2/7 

New South Wales

Wentworthville 

Regent Theatre

Horseshoe console

/1951

Wurlitzer

129

2/7

New South Wales

Castle Hill

In Store, Baldwin M

 

/1960

Wurlitzer

129

2/7

New South Wales

Sydney

Residence, Newell G

 

/1975

Wurlitzer

129

2/7

New South Wales

Belmore

Masonic Hall

Current status of organ unknown. Console to Terry Lloyd, Canberra

               

12/1917

Wurlitzer

150

2/4

Victoria

Melbourne

Melba Theatre

  Style 1

00/1951

Wurlitzer

150

2/4

Victoria

Melbourne

In Store, Browne M

Pipes (3 ranks) and chest only

16/11/1918

Wurlitzer

157

2/6

Tasmania

Hobart

Strand Theatre

  "Special"

/1940

Wurlitzer

157

2/6

Tasmania

Hobart

In Store, Shield R

 

/1945

Wurlitzer

157

2/6

Tasmania

Hobart

In Store, McCann F

 

/1952

Wurlitzer

157

2/6

New South Wales

Hurstville

Presbyterian Church

Rebuilt by HN&B - only the Flute rank is left of the Wurlitzer pipework

               

03/1919

Wurlitzer

202

2/4

Victoria

Melbourne

Majestic Theatre

  Style 135

06/1943

Wurlitzer

202

3/4

Victoria

Prahran

Residence, Avery G

 

/1967

Wurlitzer

202

3/4

Victoria

Melbourne

Residence, Donovan G

 

/1975

Wurlitzer

202

3/4

Victoria

Melbourne

Residence, Hamilton, G

 

/2000 

 Wurlitzer

 202

 3/4

 Victoria

 Melbourne

 Storage

 

03/1922

Wurlitzer

324

2/4

New South Wales

Sydney

Rialto Theatre

  Style 135

01/04/1924

Wurlitzer

324

2/4

New South Wales

Sydney

Lyric/Wintergarden Theatre

  Possibly incorporated in Arthur Lord's residence organ

06/1922

Wurlitzer

359

2/7

Victoria

Melbourne

De Luxe Theatre

  Style 185 with player

/1927

Wurlitzer

359

2/7

Victoria

Melbourne

Paramount Theatre

Organ was incorporated in Opus 1902 for Regent, Melbourne, 1947

/1921

Wurlitzer

388

2/7

New South Wales

Elizabeth Bay

"Toftmonks", Residence, Crowle

  "Special"

06/1928

Wurlitzer

388

2/7

Victoria

Geelong

Residence, Hearne

 

Wurlitzer

388

2/7

Victoria

Melbourne

storage

 

05/04/1999

Wurlitzer

416

4/36

Victoria

Melbourne

Regent Theatre

Style 285 . Built 1921 for Granada (Paramount) Theatre, San Francisco as 4/32, later to Vollum residence, Portland, Or., USA

11/08/1924

Wurlitzer

637

3/15

Victoria

Melbourne

Capitol Theatre

  Style 260 1st organ in Aust with console lift

27/04/1967

Wurlitzer

637

3/15

Victoria

Brighton

Dendy Theatre

  Reinstalled in rebuilt theatre. Owned by TOSA (Vic)

01/08/1924

Wurlitzer

748

2/7

Queensland

Brisbane

Wintergarden Theatre

  Style 185 with player and echo chamber

09/07/1938

Wurlitzer

748

2/8

New South Wales

Sydney

Plaza Theatre

  Tibia by Dodd added

/1958

Unspecific (Composite)

748

4/16

New South Wales

Bexley

Residence, Hughes P

Console ex-Wurlitzer Op. 1987 (slave console)

/1971

Unspecific (Composite)

748

4/16

Northern Territory

Darwin

Residence, Pfitzner M

 

02/04/1983

Unspecific (Composite)

748

4/29

South Australia

Goodwood

Capri Theatre

 Owned by TOSA (SA) as is theatre. Opened in 1982 as 4/13 and gradually enlarged to 4/29. Completed 1995

22/11/1924

Wurlitzer

875

2/10

New South Wales

Sydney

Prince Edward Theatre

  Style H

27/11/1968

Wurlitzer

875

2/11

New South Wales

Marrickville

Town Hall

  Owned by TOSA (NSW)

08/02/1926

Wurlitzer

1167

2/10

New South Wales

Chatswood

Arcadia Theatre

  Style H

04/1972

Wurlitzer

1167

2/11

New South Wales

Chatswood

Town Hall (Willoughby)

 

09/12/1987

Wurlitzer

1217

3/12

New South Wales

Cremorne

Orpheum Theatre

Built 1925 for Wilson Theatre, Fresno, Cal., USA as Style 235

20/11/1985

Wurlitzer

1716

3/9

Tasmania

Hobart

St Michael's School

Organ was installed previously:

1927 Madame Tussaud's Cinema, London (Style F)

1952 Palace Ballroom, Blackpool

1962 Rooks residence, Yeovil

Owned by TOSA (Tas)

05/01/1928

Wurlitzer

1728

2/8

South Australia

Adelaide

Regent Theatre

Style F . Organ was shipped to Adelaide but sent straight on to Perth without being installed there (it was too small for the Adelaide)

25/08/1928

Wurlitzer

1728

2/12

Western Australia

Perth

Regent/Metro Theatre

  Enlarged by Wurlitzer in late 1928 (opened as 2/8)

03/10/1981

Wurlitzer

1728

3/20

Western Australia

Karrinyup

Civic Centre

  Owned by John Fuhrman and Ray Clements

09/03/1928

Wurlitzer

1730

2/8

New South Wales

Sydney

Regent Theatre

  Style F

10/05/1929

Wurlitzer

1730

2/12

Victoria

Melbourne

Plaza Theatre

Additions by Wurlitzer

12/12/1970

Wurlitzer

1730

2/12

South Australia

Adelaide

Pulteney Grammar School

Owned by TOSA (SA)

11/03/1929

Wurlitzer

1808

3/15

New South Wales

Sydney

Regent Theatre

Style 260. This organ was shipped for Capitol, Perth, but sent to Sydney instead to replace Opus 1730, which was too small for the theatre

/1964

Wurlitzer

1808

3/15

New South Wales

Sydney

In store, Sharp R

27/11/1986

Wurlitzer

1808

3/15

New South Wales

Allawah

Residence, Atkinson J

07/04/1928

Wurlitzer

1813

3/15

New South Wales

Sydney

Capitol Theatre

 Style 260

04/01/1989

Wurlitzer

1813

3/17

New South Wales

Campsie

Orion Theatre

(Owned by TOSA (NSW)

00/00/1961

Wurlitzer

1846

2/12

Victoria

 Caulfield

Residence, Glasson W

This is a composite organ with parts from several UK Wurlitzer organs. Console is ex-Gaumont, New Cross, London

11/08/1928

Wurlitzer

1868

2/10

New South Wales

Darlinghurst

King's Cross Theatre

Style H

04/09/1937

Wurlitzer

1868

2/10

New South Wales

Hurstville

Savoy Theatre

/1958

Wurlitzer

1868

2/10

New South Wales

Burwood

Congregational Church

/1998

Wurlitzer

1868

2/10

New South Wales

Carrs Park

Residence, McDonald, S

07/1928

Wurlitzer

1879

2/10

New South Wales

Pott's Point

Residence, Crowle "Wyldeful"

Style R15, with main, slave and roll-player consoles

13/02/1934

Wurlitzer

1879

2/13

New South Wales

Auburn

Civic Theatre

One console, additions by Wurlitzer

11/11/1967

Wurlitzer

1879

2/18

New South Wales

Wentworthville

Residence, Clancy J

House and organ now owned by Mr Kevin Clancy

16/09/1928

Wurlitzer

1896

3/15

South Australia

Adelaide

Regent Theatre

Style 260 (no 32ft Diaphone)

06/1968

Wurlitzer

1896

3/19

South Australia

Adelaide

St Peter's College

29/12/1928

Wurlitzer

1902

3/15

Western Australia

Perth

Ambassador's Theatre

Style 260

19/12/1947

Wurlitzer

1902

4/19

Victoria

Melbourne

Regent Theatre

The added parts came from Opus 359 Replaced Op. 2009

/1969

Wurlitzer

1902

4/19

Victoria

Melbourne

In Store, Tranter A

23/02/1929

Wurlitzer

1987

4/21

Victoria

Melbourne

State Theatre

Style 270 2 consoles and grand piano

29/04/1970

Wurlitzer

1987

4/22

Victoria

Moorabbin

Town Hall

09/04/1929

Wurlitzer

2005

4/21

New South Wales

Sydney

State Theatre

Style 270 slave consople never installed . Grand piano soon removed. Organ still in theatre

15/03/1929

Wurlitzer

2009

4/21

Victoria

Melbourne

Regent Theatre

Style 270. Destroyed by fire April, 1945

31/12/1998

Wurlitzer

2027

2/5

South Australia

Adelaide

Residence, Beames, P

Style 150. Awaiting installation

08/11/1929

Wurlitzer

2040

3/15

Queensland

Brisbane

Regent Theatre

Style 260. Grand piano

/1963

Wurlitzer

2040

3/15

New South Wales

Lawson

Residence, King Dr K

15/07/1978

Wurlitzer

2223

3/8

New South Wales

Kogarah

Victory/Mecca Theatre

Style UNN3

1990s

Wurlitzer

2223

3/8

Sydney

In store, Tranter, A

Christie Organs

06/02/1930

Christie

2777

3/10

New South Wales

Parramatta

Roxy Theatre

/1958

Christie

2777

3/10

New South Wales

Sydney

Residence, Baldwin S

/1970

Christie

2777

3/10

New South Wales

Sydney

In Store

Mostly destroyed by fire whilst in storage. There are currently plans to rebuild the remains of Op. 2777 with other Christie parts, including the console from Op. 2698. The rare Fanfare Trumpet of Op. 2777 survived the fire

/1932

Christie

2698

3/10

New South Wales

Burwood

Palatial Theatre

Organ originally installed in Clou Konzert Haus, Berlin, Germany, 1928, Then earmarked 1929 for Civic, Auckland, N.Z., but not sent there

/1958

Christie

2698

3/10

New South Wales

Wahroonga

Seventh Day Adventist Church

Console replaced with drawstop console 1999

/1957

Christie

2714

2/10

New South Wales

Bexley

Residence, Hughes P

/1964

Christie

2714

2/3

New South Wales

Concord

Seventh Day Adventist Church

Console ex-Wurlitzer Opus 359 Pipes ex-Empire, Dunedin, NZ. Op. 2714

/1974

Christie

2714

2/3

Canberra

In Store (TOSA) ACT

/1983

Composite

2714

2/7

Queensland

Pomona

Majestic Theatre

03/02/1930

Christie

2774

2/9

New South Wales

Sydney

Lyceum Theatre

Rebuilt with new console 1964 after fire. Still there - theatre used as church on Sundays

24/11/1975

Christie

2911

Originally 3/8, now 3/10(soon to be 3/11)

Queensland

Brisbane

Kelvin Grove High School

Built 1934 for Granada Theatre, Maidstone, UK. Original console destroyed in flood at Maidstone 1968. Organ has console (enlarged from Op. 2714) but this is now being replaced (1999) and 3 extra ranks added. Will be 3/11. Owned by TOSA (Qld)

06/1928

Christie

2720

2/8

Western Australia

North Perth

Regent Theatre

07/1929

Christie

2720

2/8

Victoria

Melbourne

De Luxe Theatre

11/04/1930

Christie

2720

2/8

New South Wales

Sydney

Plaza Theatre

27/07/1938

Christie

2720

2/8

New South Wales

Enfield

Savoy Theatre

/1960

Christie

2720

2/8

New South Wales

Sydney

Residence, Baldwin, F

/1984

Christie

2720

2/8

South Australia

Happy Valley

Residence, Smith G

Electronic 3rd manual added

1994

Christie

2720

3/16

Victoria

Castlemaine

Town Hall

Installation and enlargements pending - may start in 2000

14/10/1929

Christie

2743

2/8

New South Wales

Gordon

King's Theatre

02/10/1960

Christie

2743

2/8

New South Wales

Ryde

St. Colomb's Church

This organ originally shipped for Lyceum, Sydney

/1929

Christie

2687

2/7

New South Wales

Kogarah

Victory/Mecca Theatre

/1970

Christie

2687

2/7

New South Wales

Sydney

In Store, Tranter A

/1931

Christie

314

2/7

Victoria

Clifton Hill

Hill, Norman & Beard Factory

Organ built by HN&B Australia Pty Ltd

14/05/1932

Christie

314

2/7

New South Wales

Eastwood

Duke of York/Odeon Theatre

29/08/1959

Christie

314

2/10

New South Wales

Epping

Baptist Church

Rebuilt and enlarged 1983

/1930

Christie

2766

2/5

New South Wales

Concord

Ritz Theatre

Organ originally shipped for King's, Gordon

02/11/1935

Christie

2766

2/8

New South Wales

Strathfield

Melba Theatre

/1957

Christie

2766

2/8

New South Wales

Five Dock

Christian Broadcasting Assn.

/1965

Unspecific Composite

2766

3/26

New South Wales

Wahroonga

Residence, Esgate A

/1980

Unspecific(Composite

2766

3/10

Victoria

Melbourne

Dallas Brooks Hall

18/02/1937

Christie

N61

2/5

New South Wales

Parramatta

Astra Theatre

Organ built by HN&B Australia Pty Ltd

/1950

Christie

N61

2/5

New South Wales

Bondi

Catholic Church

/1968

Christie

N61

2/5

New South Wales

Mt Druitt

Church of the Holy Family

Little of the original instrument remains

Other Unit Organs

23/02/1975

Blackett & Howden

2/9

Victoria

Reservoir

Cinema North

03/04/1999

Blackett & Howden

2/9

Victoria

Coburg

Town Hall

Organ (2/8) built 1928 for Prince's Theatre, North Shields, UK. Console destroyed in UK 1969/70. Organ has Christie console ex-Op. 2743. Owned by TOSA (Vic)

8/09/1974

Compton

3/10

Western Australia

Myaree

Purvisonic Sound

00/03/1987

Compton

3/10

Western Australia

Perth

John Leckie Music Centre

Organ built 1933 for Plaza Theatre, Worthing, UK. Now owned by TOSA (WA)

/1968

Compton

3c/8

Victoria

Brighton

In Store, Dendy Theatre

17/08/1986

Compton

3/9

Canberra

Albert Hall ACT

Organ built 1933 for Gaumont Theatre, Cheltenham, UK Owned by TOSA (ACT)

12/06/1982

Compton

379

3/9

Victoria

Ballarat

Memorial Hall/Her Majesty's Th.

Organ built 1937 for Ritz Theatre, Warrington, UK Owned by TOSA

19/04/1981

Compton

412

3/6

Queensland

Oxley

Residence, Linnett B

Organ built 1937 for Regal Theatre, Chester, UK

00/08/1969

Compton

3/14

Victoria

Melbourne

In Store (TOSA)

11/07/1992

Compton

3/17

Victoria

Malvern

Town Hall

Organ comprises parts of many Compton organs from the UK. Owned by TOSA

08/04/1938

Martin

3/7

New South Wales

Drummoyne

Astra Theatre

"The Thing at Drummoyne"

04/01/1939

Lord

3/7

New South Wales

Wentworthville

Regent Theatre

"Concert organ" replaced after 18 months by Wurlitzer Op. 388

29/07/1956

Composite

2/9

New South Wales

Mosman

Baptist Church

Contains console and several pipe ranks from the Standaart organ ex-Capitol, Barking, London, UK (built 1929)

00/00/1958

Unspecific Composite

2/8

New South Wales

Harris Park

Residence, Taylor C

Console ex-Wurlitzer Opus 748

/1975

Unspecific Composite

2/8

New South Wales

Padstow

Star Theatre

Installation was not completed

/1978

Unspecific Composite

2/8

New South Wales

Sydney

In Store, MacDonald S

/1991

Unspecific Composite

2/8

Victoria

Swan Hill

Residence, Williams, N

"To be installed shortly" (1998)

/1977

Walton

2/5

South Australia

Aldgate

Residence, Walton D

00/11/1979

Walton

2/5

South Australia

Mt Barker

Residence, Walton D

Part 2 - Photoplayers

12/06/1912?

Wurlitzer photoplayer

2/5

South Australia

Adelaide

Pavilion/Rex Theatre

25/03/1918

Wurlitzer/ Dodd

2/8

South Australia

Adelaide

Grand Theatre

/1912

Wurlitzer photoplayer

2/5

South Australia

Adelaide

Chinese Garden Theatre

/1925

Wurlitzer photoplayer

2/4

South Australia

Port Pirie

Adastra Theatre

1920s

Wurlitzer photoplayer

2/4

New South Wales

Manly

Embassy Theatre

1922

Wurlitzer photoplayer

2/5

New South Wales

Sydney

Crystal Palace Theatre

/1934

Wurlitzer

2/5

New South Wales

Bega

St. John's Church

/1970

Wurlitzer

2/5

Canberra

Residence, Lloyd T ACT

/1923

Wurlitzer photoplayer

2/4

Tasmania

Hobart

Palace Theatre

/1925

Wurlitzer

2/4

Tasmania

Hobart

Barnett's Skating Rink

from Palace Th

1920s

Wurlitzer photoplayer

2/4

Western Australia

Fremantle

Princess Theatre

/1959

Wurlitzer

2/6

Western Australia

Inglewood

In Store, Hufner P

from Princess Th Fremantle

1920s

Cremona photoplayer

1/5

Victoria

Brighton

Prince George Theatre

1920s

Cremona photoplayer

1/2

Western Australia

Fremantle

Majestic Theatre

05/09/1913?

American Photoplayer Company

1/2

South Australia

Adelaide

Wondergraph Theatre

Style 35

23/08/1917

American Photoplayer Company

1/2

South Australia

Glenelg

Glenelg Theatre

From Wondergraph. To Strand when Style 50 Fotoplayer installed at Glenelg Theatre

/1926

American Photoplayer Company

1/2

South Australia

Glenelg

Strand Theatre

From Glenelg Th

15/04/1915?

American Photoplayer Company

1/7

Victoria

Melbourne

De Luxe Theatre

Style 50

/1922

American Photoplayer Company

1/7

Victoria

Canterbury

Hoyt's Theatre

From above

/1923

American Photoplayer Company

1/7

Victoria

Richmond

Hoyt's Theatre

From above

/1923

American Photoplayer Company

1/7

Victoria

Melbourne

Hoyt's Theatres (unknown)

From above

/1926

American Photoplayer Company

1/7

South Australia

Glenelg

Glenelg Theatre

From above

10/1959

Unsepcific Composite

2/21

South Australia

Macclesfield

Residence, Broadbent A

Rebuilt from above Fotoplayer

/1975

Unspecific Composite

2/21

New South Wales

Petersham

Mastertouch Piano Roll Co.

From above

/1918

American Photoplayer Company

1/2

South Australia

Goolwa

Mechanics' Institute

Style 20

/1977

American Photoplayer Company

1/2

New South Wales

Petersham

Mastertouch Piano Roll Co.

From above

/1985

American Photoplayer Company

1/2

New South Wales

Sydney

Powerhouse Museum

From above. Located in King's Cinema exhibit - played daily

1910s

American Photoplayer Company

1/7

New South Wales

Sydney

Lyric/Wintergarden Theatre

Style 50

/1920

Seeburg photoplayer

2/6

New South Wales

Kogarah

Victory/Mecca Theatre

03/11/1920

Seeburg photoplayer

1/2

South Australia

Goodwood

Star Theatre

1920s

Seeburg photoplayer

1/2

Victoria

Sth Melbourne

Sleight's Funeral Home

00/02/1922

Gulbransen Duo Concerto photoplayer

1/2?

New South Wales

Ballina

Moss' Pictures

08/01/1924

Gulbransen Duo Concerto photoplayer

1/2?

South Australia

Victor Harbour

Wonderview Theatre

00/00/1921

Unknown photoplayer

2/??

Queensland

Brisbane

Majestic/Odeon Theatre

29/04/1916

Unknown photoplayer

1/??

New South Wales

Sydney

Haymarket Theatre

00/00/1918

Unknown photoplayer

1/??

New South Wales

Hurstville

Civic Theatre

/1915

Unknown photoplayer

1/??

South Australia

Adelaide

West's Theatre

09/10/1919

Unknown (photoplayer?)

2/??

New South Wales

Sydney

Shell Theatre

1910s

Unknown (photoplayer?)

?/?

New South Wales

Sydney

Princess Theatre

1910s

Unknown photoplayer

?/?

New South Wales

Sydney

Majestic Theatre

1910s

Unknown photoplayer

?/?

New South Wales

Sydney

Opera House Theatre

1910s

Unknown photoplayer

?/?

New South Wales

Mosman

Lyceum Theatre

1910s

Unknown photoplayer

?/?

New South Wales

Sydney

Hoyt's De Luxe

1920s

Unknown photoplayer

?/?

New South Wales

Sydney

Empress Theatre

1920s

Unknown photoplayer

?/?

South Australia

Adelaide

Skating Rink, Pirie Street

20/07/1921

Unknown photoplayer

1/??

South Australia

Kadina

Ideal Theatre

Part 3 - Other Non-unit Organs

/1908

Bishop

2/17

Western Australia

Perth

Queen's Hall/Vic's Pictures

/1928

Bishop

2/19

Western Australia

Claremont

Wesley Church

From above

/1899

Casson

168

1/4

Victoria

Melbourne

Tivoli Theatre

/1917

Casson

168

1/4

Victoria

Thornbury

St. James' Church

From above

/1974

Casson

168

1/4

Victoria

Melbourne

Organ Centre

From above

/1975

Casson

168

1/4

Victoria

Melbourne

Residence, Maidment J

From above

/1982

Casson

168

1/4

Victoria

Yea

St Luke's Church

From above

/1915

Unknown

?/?

Victoria

Fitzroy

Lyric Theatre

/1934

Unspecific (Composite)

3/??

New South Wales

Petersham

Residence, Lord A

/1937

Unspecific (Composite)

4/ ??

New South Wales

Killara

Residence, Lord A

/1920

Anderson

3/26

Queensland

Brisbane

Strand Theatre

Second-hand church organ from Victoria. Stored in theatre but not installed

/1921

Anderson

3/26

Queensland

Brisbane

St. Stephen's R.C. Cathedral

From above

/1991

Anderson

3/26

Queensland

Brisbane

Exhibition Building

From above

1910s

Unknown

??/8

New South Wales

Haberfield

Picture Theatre

/1925

Unknown

?/?

New South Wales

Newcastle

Strand Theatre

24/06/1912

Estey

591

2/11

New South Wales

Sydney

Crystal Palace Theatre

Destroyed by fire 1921

/1888

Fincham

3/42

Victoria

Melbourne

Exhibition Hall

/1889

Fincham

3/42

Victoria

Melbourne

Masonic Hall, Collins' St.

From above

/1905

Fincham

3/42

New South Wales

Sydney

Lyceum Hall

From above. Organ taken by Hill Norman & Beard in part-exchange for Christie organ Op 2743

/1927

Unknown

 

1/6

Victoria

Sale

Palais Theatre

/1930

Unknown

1/6

Victoria

Melbourne

In Store, Pr. Regent Theatre

1950s??

Unknown

1/6

Victoria

Melbourne

Residence, Marshall G

From above

 

Note: The late Ray Thornley was assembling a unit instrument of some 26 ranks at his home in Gippsland, Victoria.  This instrument was not completed before his death in 2001, and the components are currently in store in Melbourne.  Other incomplete instruments and/or parts of organs (including isolated consoles) exist around Australia.  Since none has yet constituted a complete organ, and their status is transient, they do not appear in the above list.  Once they become playable instruments in their own right they will be added to the list.

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