organ that accompanies the carousel is a 66 key "Orchestrophone"
manufactured by the famous French Limonaire Freres company
in 1909. It is one of only five 66 key Limonaire organs known
in the world, the others reside in collections in Chicago
and Wisconsin (USA), Japan and France. The organ's facade
is unique and is shown below as illustrated in the company
catalogue c1909 advertised as a style 250, 67 key (see below).
itself has not operated for several years. It was housed for
some time in the giggle palace at Luna Park which burnt down
c 1980. The organ survived the fire with only some water damage.
The instrument retains over 100 original cardboard concentina
music books and its impressive pipes (see at left).
has been returned to the carousel and it is hoped that it
will be restored in the near future. It
is possible that the organ has been with the carousel since
its arrival in Sydney, Australia in 1913, however no evidence
exists to support this. A photo of the carousel at Luna Park
taken in 1923, the year it arrived in Melbourne, clearly shows
the organ mounted in the centre of the carousel (see below)