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Albany Free Reformed

Name of institution Free Reformed Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address North Road
City Albany
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building Free Reformed Church
Name of room Church sanctuary
Dates of the building
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Other contact information
Date of previous organs None
Detail of previous organs
Dates when key work has been undertaken
Dates of any moves that have taken place
Variations from original design of organ
Information on previous organs
Information about comparable instruments to previous organs
Present organ
Type of installation Open casework
Case description
Placement in room Side gallery
Builder's name Leon Verschueren Orgelbouw, Heythuysen, Holland
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1961
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Tracker to manual. electro magnetic to Pedal
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers II/I, I/P, II/P
Tremulants Swell
Console type Drawstop
Stop label material
Placement Integral
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    I, II, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Prestant 8'
Bourdon 8'
Octaaf 4'
Fluit 4'
Octaaf 2'
Mixtuur II / III
Trompet 8'
Fluit 4'
2 2/3'
Fluit 2'
Terts 1 3/5'
Principaal 1'
Dulciaan 8' Mid C
Subbass 16'
Octaaf 8'
Gedecktbas 8'
Octaaf 4'
Total number of stops 19
Total number of ranks 21
Total number of pipes 1,065
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Original organ had one manual and permanently coupled pedal.
Second manual added 1980 John Plug. 
Enlarged 1990 John Plug (Pedal Subbass 16 and Principal 8; Pos. Regaal).  Subbass 16 pipes were originally in the Norman and Beard organ in St Peters Eastern Hill Victoria. 
Pedal rebuild 1993 with electro-magnetic action F.J. Larner & Co.
New bellows provided 2002 by P J Elms & Co.
Pedal organ placed on new chest and revoiced 2004 by P.J. Elms & Co. 
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Organ was built 1961 for the Free Reformed Church in Rotterdam, Holland.  The church there had been sold and the organ was packed for shipping to whoever they decided to give it.  A visit by Rev. J D Wielenga, minister of the Albany church, caused them to give the organ to Albany.  The only cost to Albany was for the shipping from Holland and modification to suit the harsher climate of Australia.  The organ was imported and installed in present location 1974 by John Plug and F.J. Larner & Co. 
Information on current organ
Comparable instruments to current organ Nearest and somewhat similar instrument by Verscheuren is in the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of Evert van Der Veen at the console of the Free Reformed Church organ from Andrew Kroeze
Technical documents 
General documents
Supporting information Verscheuren Orgelbouw web site
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999, 2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 23 November 2008.
Additional information from Bob Elms 01 December 2010.
Updated specification from Patrick Elms 04 January 2011.
Additional information from In The Pipeline April/May 2003.

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