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Honorary Membership to John Maidment OAM
Awarded at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Annual General Meeting 2014

Through his work with the Organ Historical Trust of Australia and the National Trust, John Maidment has played a majorand significant role in the development of pipe organ conservation in Australia.

John Maidment has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Trust in Victoria over more than 35 years of voluntary work. John was instrumental in establishing the Trust’s Pipe Organ Committee to further the cause of preservation and celebration of significant instruments. John is currently Secretary of the Pipe Organ Committee and has previously served for many years as its Chair.

Pipe organs are working artefacts which makes them vulnerable to well-meaning but misinformed modification. Their conservation is important for a proper understanding of the development of local music and its influence on cultural development. It is also important for the place the pipe organ has had as a significant part of the furnishing of the interiors of many churches and public buildings.

John has played an outstanding role in maintaining the work of the Committee, identifying instruments worthy of conservation, ensuring that instruments are properly evaluated and recorded in documentation of very high standard. He has provided advice to the Trust, to the owners of instruments and to organ builders on the restoration and maintenance of classified instruments.

John has also been active in the relocation of classified instruments where they had ceased to be used. His painstaking work in preparing and maintaining a Gazetteer of Victorian Pipe Organs, initially in print and subsequently electronic format has been of enormous value in understanding the significance of surviving instruments.

In this work John has developed extensive overseas contacts, giving Australia recognition as a significant contributor to pipe organ conservation. The Trust in Victoria has benefited greatly from this work.

With John Henwood, John Maidment was co-founder and chairman of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (OHTA) in 1977. John was driven to establish the organisation following a period when major significant pipe organs in Australia, such as the 1880 Grand Organ in the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, were being destroyed and broken up for scrap metal.

The first Organ Historical Trust meeting was held in the chapter house of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, during the 1977 Organ and Harpsichord Festival. Since OHTA’s establishment, many significant instruments have been carefully conserved to international standards.

John’s work for the National Trust has meant that the most important of Victoria’s pipe organs are protected by law, with many now on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Trust’s Pipe Organ Committee was established in October 1978, and immediately commenced with classification work. It was guided by John and the OHTA in establishing a process of classification and providing members for the specialist committee.

A classification scheme for pipe organs in Australia was developed, and consequently a number of highly significant organs in Victoria have been restored under the aegis of a National Trust sponsored restoration appeal, which provides tax-deductibility to donors. The Committee’s work has provided a vast archive of research material, and the Trust now has nearly 200 files on significant organs in Victoria.

The long list of organs that John has advised on include the restoration of organs in St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in West Melbourne, St John’s church in Toorak, Scotch College and Heidelberg’s St Johns, as well as Brisbane’s City Hall and places in New Zealand.

John has been a regular contributor to Trust News, Heritage Council Hearings, tours and talks, and publications. John was on the steering committee for the National Trust of Australia’s book Victorian Churches, edited by Prof. Miles Lewis, and has a wide knowledge of church architecture, fittings and history.

John was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in 1999 for his contribution to heritage conservation and his extensive contribution to the work of the Trust is strongly deserving of recognition by the Trust and the community at large. It serves as model to which all people engaged in conservation could well aspire.