IPSWICH HISTORY: St Paul’s Church chairman of the organ committee Dr Grantley Chaplin (centre) with Mayor Paul Pisasale (right) and IGA representative Zac Mina who have donated $10,000 to help restore the church organ.
IPSWICH HISTORY: St Paul’s Church chairman of the organ committee Dr Grantley Chaplin (centre) with Mayor Paul Pisasale (right) and IGA representative Zac Mina who have donated $10,000 to help restore the church organ. Rob Williams

Funding boost needed to revive Ipswich icon

ONE of Queensland's oldest pipe organs is nearing the end of a two-year-long restoration that aimed to renew the historic Ipswich icon.

Chairman of the organ committee, Dr Grantley Chaplin, said a lot of work had gone into the project, which hopes to see the JW Walker organ in St Paul's Anglican Parish operational by November.

"The organ was built in 1860," Dr Chaplin said.

"The reality for Ipswich is that this organ and St Paul's are of immense historical significance.

"We plan to have world-class visiting organists perform and multiple concerts for the whole community to enjoy."

Mayor Paul Pisasale planned to donate $2000 to the project on a recent visit to the church.

However, once he stepped into the historic structure, Cr Pisasale said if IGA representative Zac Mina could match it, he would increase his donation to $5000.

Dr Chaplin said the much-needed boost was a lovely surprise, but he was still searching for business sponsors.

"People or local businesses can adopt a pipe for anywhere between $50 and $5000," he said.

Phone 3812 0377 for details.


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