THE ANNUAL ORGAN FESTIVAL
The AMOS Annual Organ Festivals bring together members and
enthusiasts for a weekend of music and fun. Always held at an
interesting location, they attract members from overseas and
several states within Australia. Members bring along a variety of organs
and related items, including large
trailer mounted instruments, smaller hand cranked
organs (often home built) & ancilliaries such as punching machines.
The 18th Annual Rally was in October 2011 at Horsham in Victoria.
The venue was the local Botanic Gardens during the annual Spring festival.
We made use of the electric barbecues for the Friday evening get together.
Photos of the event appear in the photo gallery.
The 2013 rally was held at Campbelltown, NSW, on the 11th. 12th and 13th October 2013.
The venue was the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum. A selection of photos of the event appear
in the photo gallery.
A highlight of the Campbelltown rally was a visit to Craig Robson's museum of antique automatic musical
instruments at St.Peter's in Sydney. Craig's collection is truly amazing, it features a carousel and showman's
steam engine plus a plethora of fairground and dance hall organs including the mighty "Taj Mahal"
(see photo at the bottom of the page).
The 2014 rally was held at Bathurst in the grounds of the well established miniature
passenger carrying railway, with the usual Friday evening barbeque at our motel, an Annual Dinner & AGM on the
Saturday evening, and a singalong at a local Chinese restaurant on the Sunday evening.
A highlight was a visit to the rally organiser's hangar at Bathurst airport, from which several members
enjoyed flights in a light aircraft around the district.
The 2015 Rally was held in Horsham, Victoria, the dates being
10-11 October 2015. What a great event this was, with a laid back atmosphere and an excellent motel. The Friday BBQ went well,
everything at the Park on the Saturday & Sunday was a success, and the Saturday night AGM meal was one of the best ever! A final meal
on the Sunday night was another highlight. New friends were there, whilst one or two were missing - part of the evolution of this successful
The 2016 Rally was held at the popular venue of Corowa, a great town on the Murray river.
Home of several AMOS members, we had a fantastic time, having largely avoided the enormous rainfall of the previous week.
A BBQ at the President's home was a great start on the Friday, followed by playing our instruments in Rutherglen on the Saturday, and in
the Corowa Park carpark amongst market stalls on the Sunday. A harmonious & pleasurable experience with both new an old members enjoying a relaxing time.
The 2017 Rally was held in Beechworth in Victoria on the weekend of Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017. This
very popular town is awash with historic buildings and a "Government Precinct" consisting of a Courthouse, Police Station etc. as well as being a gourmet food destination.
It was a terrific venue to see our mechanical musical instruments in full cry!. As always, for members the event kicked off on the Friday with an evening BBQ, foolowed
by playing on the street for 2 days. The town really appreciated our visit and I think we all had a wonderful time.
The 2018 Rally will be held in Wagga Wagga on the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018 in the
local gardens. We have been here before and it is a delightful venue well suited to the display of mechanical musical instruments. There are the usual BBQ,
annual dinner, AGM and other functions for members over the weekend. Please come either as a visitor or a member!!
Contact the webmaster for more details.
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