This week Greg and I are going to the concerts of the 23rd Organs of the Goldfields Festival in Ballarat.

This morning’s recital was in St Paul’s, East Ballarat. My great great grandparents Annie Frances Chauncy and Philip Champion de Crespigny were married there in 1877.

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.

organ at St Pauls Bakery Hill

The organ at St Paul’s Bakery Hill



Organ in St Pauls Church Ballarat Star 1865 05 23

THE ORGAN IN ST. PAUL’S CHURCH. (1865, May 23). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 – 1924), p. 2. Retrieved January 19, 2018, from



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.

the east window of St Pauls Bakery Hill

The east window of St Paul’s, Bakery Hill, Ballarat


Ballarat Star 1863 03 31 pg 2

NEWS AND NOTES. (1863, March 31). The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 – 1864), p. 2. Retrieved January 19, 2018, from


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