Hartford, Connecticut, 1911–1936.
Born 1874 in Bedfordshire, England; brother of John T. and Harry W. Austin, father of Basil F. Austin; emigrated to the United States in 1893; vice-president Austin Organ Co. 1911–1936; died 1958.
Patents held by Basil G. Austin: Patent #1,097,506; 19 May 1914; wind control in pipe Patent #1,162,279; 30 Nov. 1915; stop action Patent #1,197,251; 5 Sep. 1916; pipe organ Patent #1,167,144; 4 Jan. 1916; harp device for organ Patent #1,277,529; 3 Sep. 1918; organ action Patent #1,323,436; 2 Dec. 1919; reed pipe Patent #1,335,417; 30 Mar. 1920; organ action Patent #1,427,997; 5 Sep. 1922; organ action Patent #1,678,547; 24 Jul. 1928; organ action Patent #1,770,260; 8 Jul. 1930; swell shutter Patent #1,899,381; 28 Feb. 1933; stop operating mechanism Patent #1,916,820; 4 Jul. 1933; action
*Text in brackets is an editorial insertion. This is the usual phrase found in "A Guide to North American Organbuilders" whenever there are patents listed, but it is not there in this instance. —Ed.
Basil George Austin was born in 1874 in Bedfordshire, England. He was the brother of John T. and Harry W. Austin, and father of Basil F. Austin. He followed his brother John T. and emigrated to the United States in 1893.1
Coming to the United States, Basil G. joined his brother John T. Austin with the pipe organ division of Clough & Warren of Detroit, Michigan in 1890. He later left to pursue mining interests, but returned in 1899 to aid his brother John T. Austin in establishing Austin Organ Co. of Hartford, Connecticut. He served as vice-president of the firm from 1911–1936 when the firm was liquidated; his son Basil F. Austin and nephew Frederic B. Austin formed the successor firm of Austin Organs, Inc.2 Basil G. Austin died in 1958 at age 84.3
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