The SIOC Archives consist of over one hundred and twenty years of material related to organ building activity in New Zealand.

SIOC archive holds the company letters and drawings from the Hill Norman & Beard Christchurch branch (1928 – 1953), a facsimile of the Auckland organ builder George Croft’s letter books 1899 – 1926, and the workshop books of the Christchurch organ builder James Strachan (1955 – 1973).

The Archives holds a wide range of New Zealand, Australian, British and American organ journals, and a library of pipe organ related publications.

It also holds a wide range of ephemera, photographs, scrapbooks, concert programmes, LPs and cassettes donated from various private collections and estates.


Archive Access

Research at the archives is available by appointment. This is to ensure that the Archivist can prepare the required materials ahead of your visit and be of help to you on the day.
Written or e-mail enquiries are also welcome.

While there is no set fee, for a large enquiry a charge may be requested (at the discretion of the Company).


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More than a Pipe Dream

More Than a Pipe Dream pays homage to the highly skilled individuals in the South Island Organ Company who have dedicated so much of their lives to designing, building and restoring pipe organs, highly complex musical instruments as they are. In these pages you find the story of how this unique company first came to be formed. An impressive amount of detail will be unveiled of its development, achievements and adventures, including secrets of the instruments construction and the art of restoration, all of which is presented in a highly readable manner so that you will never feel overwhelmed by technical jargon.

This book is the work of multi-award-winning writer Jill Worrall.

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