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Wilkie-Kilner Piano on display at Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Philip Island near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

This was made and sold in the days when families made their own entertainment with music and song, particularly those in rural homesteads.

Joseph Kilner first arrived in Australia in 1850 and, after making his fortune in gold and returning to England to collect his family, he returned to Victoria. In 1854 he began making pianos from parts imported from BROADWOOD’S in London, where he had served his apprenticeship. In 1862 Joseph Wilkie, also from Broadwood’s, joined him, the firm becoming Wilkie, Kilner and Company. Between 1863 and 1866 they sold 305 pianos.

Around 1870 this factory reverted to a family business and made wooden-frame pianos under the name of Joseph Kilner.

The artisans used Australian timber such as blackwood and red gum for the construction of the tuning-plank (PINBLOCK), but when these proved unsuitable they went back to beech. Under the new name of Frederick Kilner and Sons, a large factory was built at Auburn in 1915, where iron-frame pianos were made using the latest German techniques. All parts were made in Australia until it proved cheaper to import the actions. The firm continued business until 1969 when it was taken over by Brash’s music business.

The pianos were of good quality and they won several prizes: 1866–1867, Melbourne Intercolonial Exhibition; 1872, Intercolonial Exhibition of Victoria; 1876, Great Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.

_(Source: "Australian Piano Industry by Keith Johns in “Piano: An Encyclopaedia” – second ed.)

Late 19th century pianos of varying quality and size, played an important symbolic role in the outstanding Australian film “My Brilliant Career”.

Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot.

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Featured in Everything Old A New Treasure http://www.redbubble.com/groups/everything-old-is-new-again Group on 06/13/12

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