The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 226

Builder Identification

Hartford, Connecticut, 1935–1990

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991) —

    Born 8 September, 1903 in Irchester, England; son of Harry W. Austin, father of Donald B. Austin; immigrated to U. S. in 1920; died 4 May 1990 in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

    Co-founder Austin Organs Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut, President 1937–1972, Chairman of the Board 1972–1990.

  • From the OHS PC Database Builders Listing editor, updated March 8, 2016 —

    Frederic Basil Austin was born September 8, 1903 in Irchester, England; he was the son of Harry W. Austin, and father of Donald B. Austin. He immigrated to the U. S. in 1920. He was with the family firm of Austin Organ Co. When the firm experienced financial problems during the depression of the 1930s, he and his cousin Basil f. Austin purchased most of the assets of the firm and reorganized as Austin Organs Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut. This was the successor firm of Austin Organ Co. established by his uncles John T. Austin and Basil G. Austin in 1899. He was president of the new firm from its inception in 1937 until 1972, when he stepped down and was replaced by his son, Donald B. Austin. He remained Chairman of the Board until his death, May 4, 1990.

    Source: Compiled from notes in the OHS PC Database.

  • For further information on the Austin Company, see:

    Austin Organ Company 1899-1937 and Austin Organs, Inc. from 1937

    For further information on the Austin family, see: Austin Family Overview.

Database Entries

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