1 pipe organ)st pauls anglican church clunes front view sep1999
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - October 4, 1999
What is significant?
The pipe organ in St Paul's Anglican Church at Clunes was built about 1866 by Hamlin and Son, London, to the order of a Melbourne gentleman for his personal use. The client died before the organ arrived, and the organ remained unused until it was installed in the Methodist Church at Daylesford in 1881. In 1888 the organ was sold to St Paul's Anglican church in Clunes.
How is it significant?
The pipe organ in St Paul's Anglican Church at Clunes is of historic and scientific (technological) significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The pipe organ in St Paul's Anglican Church at Clunes is historically significant as the only known example of the work of the English organ builders Hamlin and Son in Australia.
The organ at St Paul's is scientifically (technologically) significant for its ability to illustrate the development of the organ as a musical instrument, particularly the transition from the English Classical style of organs to the English Romantic design. The organ is also important for its high level of intactness. It retains its unaltered casework and display pipe finishes, and its original console featuring mechanical keys, stop and combination actions, and retractable keyboard. The instrument also exhibits important characteristics in its tonal quality principally as a result of its cone-tuning and original pitch of its pipework (almost half a tone flat by modern standards.