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St Denis Joondanna

St Denis Joondanna


Name of institution St. Denis Catholic Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address corner Roberts and Osborne Streets.
City Joondanna
State Western Australia
Postcode 6060
Country Australia
Name of building St. Denis Catholic Church
Name of room Church
Dates of the building
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information
Name of contact
Mailing Address Post Office Box 2094, Yokine, Western Australia 6060
Telephone 9242 2812
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
Case description
Placement in room
Builder's name J. E. Dodd & Sons Gunstar Organ Works, Adelaide
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1957
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys 61
Key material Celluloid covers and Ebony sharps
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type Concave radiating pedalboard
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-pneumatic
Type of stop action Electro-pneumatic
Couplers Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Console type
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids
Wind pressures
Stop list
Great Open Diapason 8
Clarabel 8 A
Dulciana 8 B
Principal 4 C
Flute 4 A
Fifteenth 2 C
Swell to Great
Bourdon 16 D
Violin Diapason 8 E
Lieblich Gedackt 8 D
Dulciana 8 B
Octave Diapason 4 E
Stopped Flute 4 D
Dulcet 4 B
Nazard 2 2/3 D
Flautina 2 D
Oboe 8
Octave Unison Off
Sub Octave
Subbass 16 A
Bourdon 16 D
Bass Flute 8 D
DolceBass 8 B
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Total number of stops
Total number of ranks Seven ranks, five extended
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Relocated 1988 and installed at St Denis by Bellsham Pipe Organs, using the optic fibre cable for the transmission (very new technology then).
Rebuilt 1994 with new coupler extension system by Pipe Organ Builders and Services.
The organ was damaged on March 22nd, 2010 by a severe storm.  The Pedal and Great chests were water damaged and caused many of the pallets to glue themselves closed.   These chests were refurbished with new pallets and restored to original condition, reinstated and all electrical problems sorted out.  Some damaged pipes were repaired with new leather to stoppers and timber to mouth parts. Repairs by Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd 2010-2011.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Built in 1957 for St John of God Chapel, Subiaco.
Removed in 1988 when the Chapel was demolished and installed at St Denis by Bellsham Pipe Organs, using the optic fibre cable for the transmission.
Information on current organ
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photographs of congregation from the St Denis web site
Photograph of console from Graham Devenish
Photographs of the organ by Mitch Ames
Technical documents 
General documents
Supporting information
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 22 January 2009.
Organ maintenance records updated by Pipe Organs WA 28 January 2011.
Stoplist provided by Graham Devenish 17 February 2018.
Photographs of the organ provided by Mitch Ames 03 October 2018.
Update to detail on the move of the organ from St John of God Chapel by Patrick Elms 12 May 2019.