By Hook or by Crook

c1886 Crook Organ moves in to its seventh home One of the many enjoyable aspects of what we do at Wakeley Organs is knowing that we have walked alongside an instrument’s journey through history for some of the way. The c1886 Alfred Crook organ is a particularly notable example of this. A very well-travelled instrument, […]

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St John’s Camberwell Façade Unveiled

The first of two newly designed façades for the organ of St John’s, Camberwell was unveiled on Saturday 12 December. A appreciative audience of parishioners and guests were treated to a brief history of the organ, along with a fantastic slideshow compiled by Fr John Baldock, and Ian Wakeley before being treated to a special […]

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Wishing you a Very Happy Festive Season in 2020

Thank you to our clients, collaborators, associates and friends for your support during the challenges that 2020 has brought to all of us. Wishing you all a very happy and restful Festive Season in 2020. See you in 2021. With warm wishes,Ian, Carmelita, Jeremy, Keith, Phil, Chris, Kate, Mark, Tim, and Monte

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A moment to take a breath

It’s been a very long time between news updates. We’ve been very busy in past 5 years with a range of projects and work in Australia and overseas, so have hardly had a moment to breathe. Some of the highlights of our most recent work include: Relocation, Refurbishment and Installation of the St Francis Xavier […]

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Beechworth Town Hall Organ Making Headlines on National TV

The relocation of the organ (builder unknown) from St Alban’s Anglican Church, North Melbourne to the Beechworth Town Hall featured on ABC National News. The organ was discovered to be the same organ that had originally been in the Beechworth Town Hall, and has returned home. Read the full story on the ABC News site […]

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Conservation for 1865 Walker Organ

We are excited to announce that we have won the contract for the conservation of the 1865 Walker organ. The St Stephen’s project is currently at the mid way point, and includes cleaning, preservation and minor repairs to all parts, releathering of the bellows and hand feeders and wind chests, and careful conservation work to preserve […]

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Connect with us on 微信/WeChat and Share our news on 微博/Weibo!

Look for our new 微信/WeChat follow and 微博/Weibo share buttons You may have noticed a few changes on our website lately. We are particularly happy you can now connect with us on 微信/WeChat using our new WeChat follow button. You will find the button in the bottom right hand corner of our site pages. The QR […]

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Virtually in Place

St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral, Adelaide  As the refurbishment of the 1927 Casavant Frères instrument nears completion in the Wakeley Organs workshop in Melbourne, hot off the press of Grieve Gillett Dimitty Andersen Architects in Adelaide, the 3D working models of the organ set the scene for its arrival at the Cathedral. The casework is […]

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Photo of the original drawings of the 1927 Cassavant Frères Organ for St Francis Xavier Cathedral Adelaide

From Canada to Adelaide – 1927 Casavant Frères Organ for Adelaide Cathedral

St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral, Adelaide Work is well underway in the Wakeley Pipe Organs workshop on the refurbishment of the 1927 Casavant Frères organ, due for installation in its new home in St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathdral in Adelaide. Originally manufactured in 1927 for St Jean de la Croix Church in Montreal, Canada, our […]

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Photo of the 1886 Alfred Crook organ after restoration in St Mary the Virgin, South Caulfield

Work complete on Historic c1886 Crook Organ

Our firm’s restoration and relocation of the c1886 Alfred Crook organ in the Anglican-Catholic Church of St Mary the Virgin in Caulfield South is now complete. Originally built around 1886 by Crook for his residence in Brunswick, the instrument was later installed in his residence at Lockwood. In 1893, the organ was relocated to the […]

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