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Welcome home for our Terlecki timber piano front

April 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Please join us to celebrate the restoration and reframing of our glorious carved Terlecki timber piano front.

This piano front was donated to us by Keith Kilner representing his wider family and the recent restoration was paid for with a donation from the Boak family. We are enormously grateful to both families for their generosity.

We’ll be celebrating in style with a sparkling morning tea at the RHSV premises, 239 A’Beckett St and we’ll be hosting members of both the Kilner and Boak families.

A tiny bit of background …

In 1862 Joseph Kilner (piano maker) and Joseph Wilkie (piano tuner), opened a music and piano saloon at 15 Collins Street in Melbourne Australia and in 1863 established a factory at 174 Queen Street to construct pianos. Driven by Kilner, the firm soon began experimenting with using Australian blackwood and red gum but also managed to incorporate other local timbers including kauri, myrtle, sassafras, Queensland pine and huon pine in their instruments.

Wilkie, Kilner and Company pianos won major prizes at home and abroad including a silver medal for best entry in its class at the Centennial International Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876 for an upright wooden-framed instrument that had a front panel intricately carved with Australian plants and animals, plus the words ‘Advance Australia’ beneath a rising sun, – reminiscent of the Rising Sun badge proudly worn by soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Australian Imperial Force in both World Wars (this is ‘our’ piano front).

The elaborate front was carved by Polish immigrant, Felix Terlecki, who also produced some of the finest ornamental wood-carvings found in Melbourne’s colonial churches, banks etc


  • The Gallery Downstairs where this event will be held is fully accessible.
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April 4
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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RHSV Gallery Downstairs
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9326 9288