THE CELEBRATION: St John’s Anglican Church, Bulimba, celebrated 125 years of service to the Bulimba community during 2013. To celebrate this occasion “Project Organ” was launched to raise $160,000 to restore the historic Chamber Organ and to add four new stops.
ORGAN HISTORY: The organ is believed to have been built in England by Reverend William Francis Gore. Gore immigrated to Australia in 1848 and became founding Rector of All Saints’ Church, Parramatta, NSW 1849-1862. Members of the Gore family lived in Yandilla, Queensland, and records show that Rev. Gore celebrated baptisms in that area from 1859. Gore’s contribution to worship at All Saints’ Church, Yandilla, is recognised in stained glass windows sent out from England after his death in 1885. The organ was also brought to Australia at around this time and initially installed in the Yandilla Church. In 1915 St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Lutwyche purchased the organ and in 1929 St Andrew’s sold the organ to St John’s.
ORGAN FUND: A generous anonymous donation of $100,000 launched the restoration appeal for the organ in early 2013. A further $60,000 was initially required to achieve this goal. By September 2013 enough funds were in hand for the Parish to commission W J Simon Pierce to dismantle all parts of the organ and to repair, refurbish & return them to a good, reliable condition. Further donations are still required so that four new stops can be added to give more versatility & volume to the organ. Work began in late April 2014 and we look forward to recommissioning the organ in late 2014!
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
DIRECT DEBIT DONATION to St John’s Organ Fund: BSB: 034844 A/C:000145737
DONATE IN ENVELOPE AND PLACE IN DONATION BOX
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ALL DONATIONS WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED