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Dr Geoffrey Cox

Dr Geoffrey Cox  has been a member of OHTA since its inception, a council member since 1990, and is the author of the Gazetteer of Queensland Pipe Organs. He completed postgraduate studies at New College, Oxford, where he was an Organ Scholar, and went on to hold academic posts at the University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University. In Melbourne, he was Organist and Director of Music at St Peter’s Eastern Hill, later at St Patrick’s Cathedral, and most recently,  at St Mark’s, Fitzroy. His publications include editions of early-English organ music through Faber Music and chant accompaniment through the Catholic Truth Society in London. He was made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music in 1993 in recognition of distinguished services to church music.


Dr Kelvin Hastie

Dr Kelvin Hastie joined OHTA shortly after its inception and served as secretary from 1988 to 2016, when he was elected chair. He is a music teacher and examiner by profession and has undertaken postgraduate study at the University of Sydney in the fields of church music and organ conservation. He has acted as an organ consultant for almost seventy organ restoration or rebuilding projects in New South Wales, most notably for his recent work at Sydney Town Hall.  He regularly produces articles on Australian organ history and conservation for local and international journals. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his contribution to organ conservation.


John Maidment

John Maidment was the co-founder of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia in 1977 and was chairman from 1977 until his retirement in 2016. He has researched widely on organbuilding in Australia and was the author of three of the state gazetteers of pipe organs in Australia,  beginning with Victoria in 1970. He has published widely on the subject in local and international journals and has acted as an organ advisor in five Australian states and New Zealand. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1999 for his services to organ conservation  and has subsequently been honoured through the Ray Tonkin Award made by Heritage Victoria and through honorary life membership of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and the Organ Historical Trust of Australia.


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