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Public support needed to repair historic pipe organ

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QuoteA PIPE organ dating back to 1877 at the St Thomas' Anglican Church in Toowong is falling into disrepair and urgent public support is needed.

For more than 100 years the parishioners of the Anglican Church of St Thomas, the apostle in Toowong, have enjoyed worshipping in what is now a heritage listed church on High Street.

In conjunction with the National Trust, the church accepts responsibility for maintaining the site including the iconic pipe organ for future generations.

The original pipe organ was purchased in 1877 and was upgraded in the 1960s with the present organ built and installed by H.W. Jarrott (Bert).

Bert continues to service the organ and has advised that it is now due for a major overhaul.

To fund this restoration project the parish plans to host a series of musical events under the title of "organ donor''.

Performances will include renditions by organist Beverley Taylor, oboist Jenny Flottmann, flautist Neil Flottmann and the St Thomas' Church Choir, alongside plenty of congregational hymns.

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, October 21.

For more information phone 3870 1655


The Church of St Thomas is a heritage listed building and important part of Toowong's history. St Thomas' was originally a wooden church built in Curlew Street in 1866, but was replaced by the current church building at the corner of High and Jephson Streets in 1877.


In 1887, the first organ was purchased, and noted Brisbane music master, William Arthy, who was the first organist. A memorial window to William Arthy is on the wall at the back of the church.


The organ suffers from normal aging and regular use, the electrical system needs to be updated (replaced) and there is damage caused by rodents. The church received a generous donation of $4,000 from the son of a past Rector of the Parish.

A concert held on Sunday, August 19, earned $1,220 towards the organ fund.

The next concert will be at 2pm on Sunday, October 21, at the church, the cost of $15.00 entry for adults (children are free), includes afternoon tea.


A raffle will be hosted with the proceeds going to the organ fund. The prize is a painting, Basilica II, by the late Fr David Binns, valued at $1,500. Tickets are $5.00 each and the raffle will be drawn on Saturday, November 24 at our Old Friends Luncheon.

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