Sunbury School of Music

Our Pianos

We have two Australian made pianos, one is a Beale, and the other is a Wertheim. The brief history of our pianos starts with Octavius Beale and Hugo Wertheim who were initially involved in a piano and sewing machine business in Melbourne.

In 1884 Beale established his business in Sydney, firstly importing German pianos and then in 1893 establishing Australia's first piano factory. Beale pianos were made of local timbers and have an iron tuning system (The Beale-Vader tuning system) which was patented in 1902.

Our Beale piano was manufactured in about 1909 and purchased by Mr Jones as a wedding gift for his wife. Their daughter, Miss Nell Jones subsequently taught piano lessons to the children of Deniliquin, NSW on the piano for many years. The piano has been fully restored and found its way into our hands when Nell Jones retired from teaching.

Our Werthiem "Passionata" piano was made in the piano factory in Richmond, Victoria in about 1928. Wertheim pianos are renowned for their ability to stay in tune and were a favourite of Dame Nellie Melba for her performances!

Our classes are on weekdays, during the daytime or evening, and on Saturday mornings. So if you are looking for a teacher, please make an online enrolment enquiry or call 0497 273 948 for further information..