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Removal of the earthquake damaged Organ was undertaken the week of 4th July 2011. The building was demolished with the organ left standing to ensure a safe removal. The nave roof was cut and lifted off the nave and placed beside the building, and the crossing roof was removed and lifted into the nave. The former organ chamber was accessed by a ramp of rubble along the vestry wall. Fortunately the weather was dry for all but the last day in removing the organ.

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Building with the Nave and Sanctuary cleared, the nave roof can be seen behind the organ chamber.


Back of the organ chamber, with the Nave roof in front of it. The roof made a convenient packing and sorting space for the various organ parts and pipes as they were removed. (It had excellent indoor/outdoor flow.)


With the roof lifted off, and the chamber walls taken down to a safe level, the organ could be removed. 


Not a sight that will ever be seen again.....


Showing the rubble ramp we used to get to the organ. The pipes in the center of the picture are resting on what was the top step of the sanctuary floor. The roof is sitting on the nave floor. 


Looking from the organ into what was the side chapel opposite the vestry.

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