Rats: ma­jor dam­age to cathe­dral or­gan

Dev­il­ish ro­dents blamed for caus­ing $100,000 dam­age

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page -

RATS have caused more than $100,000 dam­age to one of Wan­garatta’s most trea­sured pos­ses­sions.

About two months ago, Fa­ther Ken Goodger said the Wan­garatta Cathe­dral’s direc­tor of mu­sic no­ticed the or­gan in the Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral wasn’t play­ing as well as it usu­ally did.

The cathe­dral’s reg­u­lar or­gan builder was called ear­lier than usual to in­ves­ti­gate what might be wrong with the in­stru­ment.

Fr Goodger said the or­gan is “widely con­sid­ered one of the best in Aus­tralia”, and it would be a shame if it couldn’t be re­paired as soon as pos­si­ble.

“He dis­cov­ered that rats had got into the or­gan and done a lot of dam­age, es­pe­cially to the bel­lows which they’d eaten through,” he said.

“It’s a very ex­pen­sive in­stru­ment and re­pairs are fairly spe­cialised – the rats have done more than $100,000 of dam­age.

“The or­gan is very im­por­tant to the mu­sic in the cathe­dral.

“We were hop­ing to get things fixed be­fore Christ­mas but it looks as though it’ll be into next year be­fore it can be used to ac­com­pany ser­vices and recitals.”

Peo­ple who want to make do­na­tions can do so by con­tact­ing the cathe­dral offie on 5721 3719 or via email at wan­garat­ta­cathe­dralof­fice@big­pond.com.au.


AW, RATS: Fa­ther Ken Goodger is hope­ful enough money can be raised to re­store the cathe­dral’s or­gan to per­fect work­ing con­di­tion, af­ter rats caused $100,000 dam­age to it. IN­SET: Some of the dam­age and mess the ro­dents caused.

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