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Perth St Johns

Perth St Johns

Perth St Johns

Perth St John's Church

Name of institution St. John's Lutheran Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address 16 Aberdeen Street
City Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6000
Country Australia
Name of building Church
Name of room Sanctuary
Dates of the building 1936
Architect’s and builder’s names R Spanney
Special architectural features St. John’s Lutheran Church is a random coursed Darlington laterite and stucco wall construction and Marseilles tile pattern roofed church designed in the Inter-War Gothic style on the lines of an English parish church.  The exterior stone came from the Fischer property at Darlington in the Perth Hills.
Special fittings The altar comes from the earlier church in Fitzgerald Street, Perth.
The pulpit comes from the Fremantle church (now demolished)
Other location information The Lutheran Church in Western Australia began in the 1880s when several Lutheran families migrated from the Barossa Valley near Adelaide. After worshipping in church halls and their own school, they built the tiny but striking St. John's in 1936. Situated across the road from Perth Central TAFE, in the busy Northbridge area of Perth, St John's is equally busy on Saturdays and Sundays. Apart from worship services the church also offers numerous social activities.
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Telephone 08 9227 8072
Email stjohns.perth.wa@lca.org.au
Other contact information Web site 
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Date of previous organs 1953 by Paul F.Hufner
Detail of previous organs Up to 1953 music for services was provided by a two manual reed organ fitted with a bellows handle that was pumped by the young men of the church.  At first it was situated in an organ chamber at the front of the church, later moved to the rear of the building.
The Hufner organ was built from parts of a Cremona Fotoplayer from Majestic Theatre, Perth. 
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 One manual, no pedals and six speaking stops (8.8.4.4.2-2/3.2), using electro-pneumatic action.
Information about comparable instruments to previous organs
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Present organ
Type of installation Gallery
Case description Hauptwerk, Swell and Pedal occupy a large case against the rear wall of the church.  Open design of pipework.
Ruckpositive is suspended from the gallery rail and protrudes into the church space.
Placement in room Rear balcony
Builder's name Paul F. Hufner
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1986 - 1991
Construction materials
Number of manuals Three (3)
Key compasses
Number of keys 61
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 32
Pedalboard type Concave, radiating
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-magnetic
Type of stop action Electro-magnetic
Couplers Swell Octave, Swell to Hauptwerk, Swell to Hauptwerk Octave, Positiv to Hauptwerk, Swell to Positiv, Swell to Posotov Octave, Hauptwerk to Positiv, Swell to Pedal, Hauptwerk to Pedal, Positiv to Pedal
Tremulants Swell, Positiv
Accessories    Keying of pedal division to Hauptwerk as an autobass.
Console type Reversed stopkey console made of Western Australian Jarrah
Stop label material
Placement Centrally placed between main organ case and Ruckpositive.
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Hauptwerk, Swell, Positiv, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
HAUPTWERK
Subbass 16'
Bourdon 16'
Geigend Diapason 8'
Holzflote 8'
Lieblich Gedackt 8'
Dolce 8'
Geigend Principal 4'
Wald Flote 4'
Twelfth 2-2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixtur III
Trumpet 8'
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SWELL
Weit Principal 8'
Lieblich Gedackt 8'
Gamba 8'
Celeste 8'
Octav 4'
Lieblich Flote 4'
Nazard 2-2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Piccolo 2'
Gamba 2'
Larigot 1-1/3'
Octavin 1'
Twenty Ninth 1/2'
Bassoon 16'
Oboe 8'
Clarion 4'
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POSTIV
Gemshorn
8'
Koppel Flute 8'
Dolce 8'
Gemshorn 4'
Koppel Flute 4'
Dolce 4'
Nazard 2-2/3'
Sifflote 2'
Flote 2'
Dolce 2'
Terz 1-3/5'
Larigot 1-1/3'
Octav Lein 1'
Zimbel III
Krummhorn 8'
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PEDAL
Subbass
16'
Bourdon 16'
Geigend Diapason 8'
Bass Flote 8'
Dolce 8'
Principal 4'
Koppel Flute 4'
Twelfth 2-2/3'
Flote 2'
Trombone 16'
Bassoon 8'
Trumpet 8'
Oboe 8'
Krummhorn 8'
Krummhorn 4'
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Total number of stops 58
Total number of ranks 14 plus two short compass mixtures
Total number of pipes 1,183
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ The organ includes some pipework from the original instrument and uses some extension.
The 1862 Wm Hill Trumpet rank in the Great organ came from Davey Street Congregational Church Hobart.  The Trumpet was first installed at Forrest Park Methodist Church in 1961 and proved to be the basis of that church buying a new Trumpet.  The rank was then refurbished and used in this organ.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status In good condition and regular use
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photographs of the organ by Bruce Duncan
Technical documents  Stop list provided by Bruce Duncan from site inspection 08 February 2009.
General documents Detail of the building from the Register of Heritage Places
Historical information from the church web site
Local information from Real Travel
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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 29 December 2008.
Photographs of organ and stoplist by Bruce Duncan 08 February 2009.
Photograph of entire organ by Bruce Duncan 15 March 2009.
Additional information on Trumpet from Bob Elms 21 July 2010.
Updated specification from Patrick Elms 04 January 2011.
 



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