Carcoar’s Historic Kirkland Organ Gets A Makeover

The small historic pipe organ in Carcoar’s Immaculate Conception Church is about to undergo its first major renovation in its 123 years of existence. 

After a Tender process and much discussion, the contract has been awarded to Hargraves Pipe Organs, of Melbourne, and the organ will be dismantled and packed up to be taken to his workshop sometime in early December. 

The local community has been raising funds for 18 months now – and according to local Parish Priest Fr Tim Cahill, it will need to continue for some time.  “We’ve been running monthly Concerts,” he said, “and we have about a quarter of the money needed – but the organ is deteriorating and we thought, if we don’t act now, it will just get more expensive.” 

Built by English organbuilder Alfred Kirkland in 1890, it is the first of only two by his firm ever to arrive in Australia – and it is the only one still in original condition. It is unique in Australia, and very rare in the rest of the world.

The Organ Appeal Committee has a number of other fundraising ideas, such as historic postcards of Carcoar, a CD of the organ, and a Sponsor-a-Pipe scheme, whereby people can make a donation and their name will be permanently recorded against one of the organ’s 219 pipes. 

For any further information, please contact Fr Tim at PO Box 24, Blayney 2799 or on 0427 125 690.

It is hoped to have the organ back in the church by around Easter next year.