Rare Australian Hamblin Brothers Piano

Joseph Hamblin began his career building furniture for the early colonial government in Western Australia in the 1840s, before arriving in Kyneton a decade later to establish his business selling pianos to miners, church halls and local community groups.

“Joseph’s early pianos date back to the 1860s, but very few are in a playable condition after 150 years,” Mr Hamblin said.

He trained two of his sons, known as The Hamblin Brothers, who took over the business and ran it until the early part of the 20th century.

Mr Hamblin’s piano is a working example of early colonial craftsmanship, with internal and external components made exclusively from local timber and finished in book-matched native walnut veneer.

“The use of Australian timbers, particularly the soundboard, contribute to its unique tone,” Melbourne piano restorer Sam Dwyer said.

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