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Palais Theatre, Sale

Drawing: Arthur Pyers, Vox, TOSA (Vic), Melbourne, Nov-December, 1965

There was a small, single-manual organ of unknown manufacture at the Palais, Sale, after it was rebuilt following the destruction by fire of the earlier Palais Theatre in 1926. It was installed, probably for the reopening of the theatre in February, 1928, by a local church organ tuner, Harry Taylor. It comprised some six to eight stops, and, like the organ at the Tivoli, Melbourne, it was foot-blown. There was no builder's plate, but it is believed to have been of German origin.

The organ was played by Jack Pyers and Harry Taylor.

After removal from the Palais, it was stored backstage at the Prince Regent Theatre, and was subsequently sold to Mr Gene Marshall. It still existed in storage in Mr Marshall's garage in 1965, when the brief article in Vox, from which details about this organ are taken, was written. "Before it was stored away, it was in working order, and is now partly electronic, using the original keyboard and some other parts, but pipes and bellows are as original".

Pyers, Arthur, "Organ at the Palais Theatre, Sale, Victoria", Vox, TOSA (Vic), Melbourne, Nov-December, 1965, p. 1

 

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