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John XXIII College

John XXIII College

John XXIII CollegeJohn XXIII College

Name of institution John XXIII College
Type of institution College
Street Address
City Mount Claremont
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building Chapel
Name of room
Dates of the building 1986
Architect’s and builder’s names Architect: Brand Deykin & Hay
Builder: Clough Engineering
Special architectural features The chapel is basically square in plan with the roof trusses spanning diagonally across the space in pairs, forming a cruciform overhead. Each of the corners is faceted. Three corners are entrances while the fourth houses the altar of the chapel. To improve lines of sight the floor follows the diagonal geometry of the roof structure and steps down to the altar. For flexibility in use, none of the seating inside the chapel is fixed. The supporting functions of the chapel such as the sacristy, storage, change rooms and a smaller chapel are placed around the outside of the chapel, in between the entrances.
Religious buildings have a tradition of expressing their structure in a dramatic way, dating back to Gothic times. In Australian religious buildings, this was most often in the form of finely crafted timber roof structures. John XXIII Chapel, part of a primary and secondary college campus in the Perth suburb of Claremont, continues this tradition with a beautifully detailed exposed roof structure of glue laminated Jarrah trusses spanning almost 20 metres across the chapel.
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
Case description
Placement in room
Builder's name J.W. Walker & Sons, Ruislip, Middlesex.
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1969 
Construction materials
Number of manuals
Key compasses
Number of keys
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-magnetic
Type of stop action Electro-magnetic
Console type
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids
Wind pressures
Stop list

Total number of stops
Total number of ranks Three (3) ranks plus mixture extended
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Built in 1969 for St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Nedlands.
Removed and installed at John XXIII College in 1996 by Pipe Organ Builders and Services.
Information on current organ
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of chapel exterior from Brand Deykin & Hay
Technical documents  Technical drawing from University of Tasmania
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 31 January 2009.


This page last updated 31 January 2009

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