Please help as significant restoration work is required on both the metal and wooden pipework to give it voice again.
Bevington Pipe Organ Conservation Appeal
This apparently humble musical instrument may have a very special significance, making it unique in Australia.
One of the most unusual and significant items cared for by the National Trust is an early domestic pipe organ built by the renowned London organ builder, Henry Bevington. Bevington founded one of the most famous organ building enterprises of the nineteenth century. It appears, from the nameplate, that this organ is the earliest example of its work known in Australia, and perhaps one of the earliest surviving examples anywhere, as it bears the name Henry Bevington and not the more usual Bevington and Sons. It can be dated at around 1820-1830.
This very special organ, kindly donated to the National Trust of South Australia by The Hon Patrick O’Neill, is starting to reveal more of its secrets as preparations commence to restore it to full working order. Beaumont House, in the Adelaide foothills, is home to this extraordinary collection item with a fascinating history. Recent expert research has revealed that this apparently humble musical instrument may have a very special significance, making it unique in Australia – and possibly the world – as an early example of Henry Bevington’s work. O’Neill recalls:
“My father (who was Prime Minister of Northern Ireland 1963-1969) inherited this Bevington organ from a cousin of his by the name of Evelyn (Eva) Chichester. Following her death, I remember it being installed at our home in Glebe House, Ahoghill, County Antrim, in an unplayable condition. Eva had, I understand, inherited it from her own father and she used to be the organist in the Churchof Ireland parish church, in Newcastle County Down. My father told me she used it to practise the hymns on this Bevington organ at home.”
Significant restoration work is required on both the metal and wooden pipework to give it voice again.Your donation will ensure that this organ can once again delight all who listen.