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St John Albany

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Albany St John

Albany St John

Albany St John

Albany St John

St John Albany
Photo:  Douglas Sellick

Name of institution St John the Evangelist Anglican Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address York Street
City Albany
State Western Australia
Postcode
Country Australia
Name of building St John the Evangelist Church
Name of room Church sanctuary
Dates of the building 1839, consecrated 1848
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings Stained glass windows dating from 1874.
Other location information The Anglican Church of St John the Evangelist is the oldest church to be consecrated in Western Australia. The ceremony was conducted by Bishop Short from Adelaide on October 25th, 1848. At consecration, the church could accommodate the total population of the town - 170 people. Construction began in 1841 and went through many stages.

The Rectory was commenced in 1850. Walls were of 'cob' - a traditional mixture of clay, marl, chalk, gravel and straw, 45 cm thick. The brick upper floor was added in 1875. A second rectory was built behind the original in the 1980s.
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Telephone
Email
Other contact information
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Date of previous organs 1850
Detail of previous organs Barrel organ built by G.M. Holdich, London
Replaced by harmonium 1860.
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
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Present organ
Type of installation Chamber
Case description
Placement in room Right side transept
Builder's name Hill & Son, London
Opus number 2072
Date of completion/installation 1891
Construction materials
Number of manuals One (1)
Key compasses
Number of keys 56
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Tracker
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers
Tremulants
Accessories   
Console type
Stop label material
Placement Integral with casework
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Great (Manual)
Wind pressures
Stop list
MANUAL
Open Diapason 8'
Gedect 8'
Dulciana 8'
Principal
4'
Suabe Flute 4'
Fifteenth
2'

PEDAL
Pulldowns
Total number of stops Six (6)
Total number of ranks
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Originally hand pumped but electric powered blower installed by Fredrick Hufner c. 1941.
Restored 1976 Paul F. Hufner, Inglewood.
Bellows releathered and returned to double rise operation by Patrick Elms & Co 1998
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ Bob Elms writes:
St John has a huge list of names of pumpers written in pencil on the panels at the side an rear of the organ with dates going back to the 1890s. Unfortunately they have been covered with masonite which I guess preserves them from somebody deciding they are graffiti and cleaning them off!! It happens.
I approached the vestry years ago in an attempt to have some preservation of the names done but no action was taken.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Historical photograph of church from National Library of Australia
Photographs of church and windows from the church web site.
Photograph of church outside long view by Bruce Duncan
Photograph of organ by Douglas Sellick
Technical documents 
General documents
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Supporting information
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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 photograph added 15 January 2009.
Correction and addition to detail by Bob Elms 01 December 2010.
Updated specification from Patrick Elms 04 January 2011.
Photograph of organ added 30 January 2012.




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