Date: Wednesday 8 November 2017 Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library, Civic Drive, Kew, 3101
Alfred Fuller was born in Kelvedon, Essex in 1845, the son of a brewer. He studied organ building in London with G.M. Holdich and gained further experience in America before his arrival in Melbourne in 1872. Fuller initially ran the Kew Brewery close to Kew Junction until 1880 when he moved into organ building, exhibiting at the Melbourne Exhibition of that year. He built around 25 new organs for clients in three Australian states, all characterised by the adoption of beautiful carved casework, decorated façade pipes and a superlative level of finish. He ceased business in 1900 and moved into real estate, passing away in 1923, leaving a colossal estate of more than £15,000. His grave is in the Boroondara General (Kew) Cemetery.
John Maidment OAM, who retired last year as the inaugural Chairman of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (founded 1977) will examine Fuller’s career and show images of many of the organs built at his premises in Main Road (High Street South), Kew. He is the author of many of the Gazetteers of pipe organs in Australia and most recently a co-author of Lost Pipe Organs of Australia: A Pictorial Record, published this year by Xlibris in association with OHTA.
Following the conclusion of John’s talk, supper will be provided. Visitors are welcome to attend.