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South Perth Wesley College

South Perth Wesley College

South Perth Wesley College

South Perth Wesley
Some of the Great pipework showing soldering of extensions to enable scroll and cone tuning
October 2011

South Perth Wesley College
Polished Trompetes en Chamade

South Perth Wesley College
New memory and sequencer system, October 2011

South Perth Wesley College
Wesley College organ main case October 2011
with new Swell enclosure and new Positive case


Name of institution Wesley College
Type of institution School
Street Address Coode Street
City South Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6151
Country Australia
Name of building Old Boys Memorial Chapel
Name of room Sanctuary
Dates of the building 1960/61
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features Circular design, first tilt-up wall construction (24 panels) in South Perth.  Heritage listed.
Special fittings
Other location information
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Telephone
Email
Other contact information
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Date of previous organs 1964
Detail of previous organs Built by Paul F. Hufner.  Two manual 6 rank extended organ.
Enlarged in 1968 by F.J. Larner & Co. (pedal Subbass)
Removed in 1983.  Some pipework used in new organ.
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 Built into gallery with internal paneling to weather wall.
Case description Modern design. 2 flats of Pedal 8 tin pipes, 3 flat panels of 4’ Gt in front of Swell, separate Ruckpositive with lattice front in 3 panels
Placement in room Left side gallery
Builder's name Bellsham Pipe Organs (Australia)
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1979/80

Original specification:
GREAT
Bourdon 16' Metal. Ex Hufner org
Principal 8' 12 Display pipes 4 bass zinc pipes
Rohrflute 8' Bass 12 wood pipes, 46 plain metal
Octave 4' 34 display, 24 spotted metal
Spitz Flute 4' Plain metal
Quint 2-2/3' Plain metal
Fifteenth 2' Plain metal
Mixture  IV Plain metal
Trumpet 8' Plain metal resonators
 
SWELL
Singend Gedackt 8' Wood/Metal
Viola-da-Gamba 8' Metal pipes
Vox Celeste 8' Metal pipes
Koppel Flute 4' Plain metal
Nazard 2-2/3' Plain metal
Wald Flute 2' Plain metal
Tierce 1-3/5' Plain metal
Mixture IV Plain metal
Fagotto 16' Plain metal resonators
Oboe 8' Zinc bass, spotted metal resonators
Trumpet 8' Plain metal resonators
Clarion 4' Plain metal resonators
 
RUCKPOSITIV
Gedackt 8' Wood and metal pipes
Prestant 4' Spotted metal pipies
Rohrflute 4' Spotted metal/plain met
Octave 2'
Plain metal
Quintlein 1-1/3'
Plain metal
Terz-None II Plain metal
Cymbal II Plain metal
Krummhorn 8' Copper resonators
Trompette en Chamade 8' 46 Horizontal copper resonators
Cymbelstern
 
PEDAL
Sub Bourdon 32’ Metal, quinted
Bourdon 16'
Sub Bass 16' Wood piipes
Principal 8' 12 display, metal
Gedackt 8' Wood pipes
Nachthorn 4' Metal pipes
Mixture III Metal pipes
Bombarde 16' Wooden tapered resonators
Trumpet 8' Plain metal resonators
Clarion 4' Plain metal resonators
 
Construction materials Metal frame with Phillipine Oak
Number of manuals Three (3)
Key compasses CC - aaa
Number of keys 58
Key material White naturals, ebony sharps
Pedal compass CCC - f
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type Concave, radiating
Pedalboard material Oak naturals, Ebony sharps
Type of chests Slider
Type of key action Mechanical, Swell reeds and Chamade electro-magnetic
Type of stop action Electric solenoids
Couplers Swell to Great, Positiv to Great, Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal, Positiv to Pedal
Tremulants Swell,  Positive
Accessories    10 level memory, 6 reversible coupler thumb pistons. 5 Divisionals to each div. 3 Generals
Console type Integrated, drawstop
Stop label material
Placement Integrated
General design All access panels are lockable.  There is access for tuning the Fagott 16’and doors to Swell and Great division.
Positiv is accessible from 3 doors behind players bench.
Playing aids Balanced swell pedal
Divisions    Great, Swell, Positiv, Pedal
Wind pressures w/g 65. 75, 85 mm
Stop list
GREAT (1 windchest)
Bourdon 16' Metal. Ex Hufner organ.  First octave mechanically borrowed from Subbass. Second octave from Rohrflute.
Principal 8' 12 Display pipes 4 bass zinc pipes 33 on case
Rohrflute 8' Bass 12 wood pipes, 46 plain metal
Octave 4' 34 display, 24 spotted metal
Koppel Flute 4' Plain metal ex Swell
Twelfth 2-2/3' Plain metal
Fifteenth 2' Plain metal
Mixture  IV Plain metal
Trumpet 8' Full length
 
SWELL (2 windchests)
Harmonic Flute  8' Wood and metal pipes
Singend Gedackt 8' Wood/Metal
Viola-da-Gamba 8' Metal pipes
Celeste 8' Metal pipes TC
Principal  4' Metal pipes
Traverse Flute 4' Plain metal
Nazard 2-2/3' Plain metal
Waldflute 2' Plain metal
Tierce 1-3/5' Plain metal
Mixture III Plain metal
Fagotto 16' Plain metal resonators
Oboe 8' Zinc bass, spotted metal resonators
Harmonic Trumpet 8' Plain metal resonators
  
POSITIV (1 windchest)
Gedackt 8' Wood and metal pipes
Prestant 4' Spotted metal pipies 18 on case
Rohrflute 4' Spotted metal/plain met
Octave 2'
Plain metal
Quintlein 1-1/3'
Plain metal
Sesquialtera II Plain metal
Scharf III Plain metal
Krummhorn 8' Metal resonators
Trompette en Chamade 8' 44 Horizontal brass resonators
Cymbelstern
 
PEDAL (2 windchests)
Sub Bass 16' Wood piipes
Principal 8' 12 display, metal 7 on case
Stopped Flute 8' Wood pipes
Octave 4' Metal pipes
Mixture III Metal pipes
Bombarde 16' Wooden tapered resonators
 
Total number of stops 38
Total number of ranks 47 independent ranks
Total number of pipes 2,340 pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Rebuild of the organ by Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd in 2010/2011 involving significant re-voicing and re-disposition of pipework to match the venue.  All of the electrical extension work has been removed and significantly a new Harmonic Trumpet 8' is installed in the Swell.  Also, the new Harmonic Flute 8' will provide a more substantial foundation to this division.  Other divisions have been re-organised and the layout completely redesigned to allow full access to all pipes and mechanical components.
This is a comprehensive project involving significant re-voicing and re-disposition of pipework to match the venue.  All of the electrical extension work has been removed and significantly a new Harmonic Trumpet 8' will be installed in the Swell.  Also, a new Harmonic Flute 8' will provide a more substantial foundation to this division.  Other divisions have been re-organised and the layout completely redesigned to allow full access to all pipes and mechanical components.
The contract to rebuild the Bellsham (1979) Organ was completed and handed over to Wesley Collegeon 24th September 2011.
It is fully functional, all mechanical with a comprehensive memory system, over 50,000 levels of memory and registration sequencer.
This organ is the third largest mechanical instrument in Western Australia and the largest of any school or college in the state.
The tonal disposition has been improved, building on the fine pipework already in service, but providing a stronger foundation tone and independent reeds to the Swell.  There is also a more useful Sesquialtera to the Positiv division.
There are minor alterations to the casework with a new 4’ display to the Positif and taller Swell enclosure.  A new capture action system has been installed with additional player’s registration aids.  The pitch was raised to A = 440 at 21°C.  The chapel has climate control and has recently been refurbished.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ A = 435Hz, Equal temperament
Raised to A = 440Hz in the 2011 rebuild.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of the chapel from the College web site.
Photographs of the organ by Graham Devenish.
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 01 February 2009.
Additional photographs by Graham Devenish 10 February 2009.
Additional information on the organ by Graham Devenish 28 January 2011.
Additional information from Graham Devenish 24 October 2011.
Additional information from Graham Devenish 10 February 2012.




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