A Supplement to Historic Organs of New South Wales: The Instruments, Their Makers and Players, 1791-1940
Wallmann, James L., The American Organist
A SUPPLEMENT TO HISTORIC ORGANS OF NEW SOUTH WALES: THE INSTRUMENTS, THEIR MAKERS AND PLAYERS, 1791-1940, Graeme D. Rushworth. Camberwell, Victoria: Organ Historical Trust of Australia, 2006. 132 pp., ill. ISBN 0-9588448-1-X. Aus $30. Available from the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, GPO Box 676, Sydney, NSW 2001 Australia; Ohta.org.au. Historic Organs of New South Wales: The Instruments, Their Makers and Players, 1791-1 940 by Graeme D. Rushworth (Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1988) was favorably reviewed in the July 1990 TAO. The book is long out of print, but copies can be found on the antiquarian market, usually at prices to match the heft of the original tome. Historic Organs of New South Wales is in five parts: the first organs in the New South Wales colonies (to 1855); organbuilders of New South Wales and their work; organbuilders from other Australian states and their work in New South Wales; imported organs and their makers; and "Some organists in New South Wales, 1827-1940." Rushworth's treatise, as one sees from the contents, is less a traditional, integrated history than a collection of valuable information on individual organs, organbuilders, and organists in New South Wales. With his focus on this Australian state, Rushworth brought attention to a little-known area of organ history, but one that reveals a rich heritage of 19th- and early-20th-century organs.
After 18 years, new information has been uncovered and a few errors found in the original book. The Supplement follows the outline oí Historic Organs of New South Wales with new information for each of the five parts described above. …