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Maylands - Mount Lawley Uniting Church, Maylands


Maylands Uniting

Maylands Uniting Church

Maylands Uniting Church

Maylands Uniting Church

Maylands Uniting Church

Name of institution Maylands-Mount Lawley Uniting Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address 165 Railway Parade
City Maylands
State Western Australia
Postcode
Country Australia
Name of building Maylands-Mount Lawley Uniting Church
Name of room
Dates of the building 16 August 1981
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Telephone 08 9272 3523
Email
Other contact information
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Previous organ(s)
Date of previous organ None
Detail of previous 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 organ
Information about comparable instruments to previous organ
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Present organ
Type of installation Elevated chamber
Case description Modern design of open pipe ranks
Placement in room Rear wall of sanctuary
Builder's name Gunstar Organ Works, Adelaide
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1940
Contract signed 10th July 1939
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys 61
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-pneumatic
Type of stop action Electro-pneumatic
Couplers Great Sub, Great Super, Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal, Swell to Great, Swell to Great Sub, Swell to Great, Swell to Great Super, Swell to Pedal, Swell Sub, Swell Super.
Tremulants Swell
Accessories    6 pistons to Swell, 6 pistons to Great, Swell to Great piston (reversible), Swell to Pedal Piston (reversible), Great to Pedal Piston (reversible), 8 General Pistons, Tutti, Set, General Cancel.
Toe Pistons, 6 pistons to Pedal, Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal, Swell to Great, Tutti
Console type Detached stopkey
Stop label material
Placement Choir gallery remote from organ
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Swell, Great, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
GREAT
Open Diapason 8' 61 pipes A
Claribel 8' 61 pipes C
Lieblich Gedeckt 8' Swell E
Salicional 8' 61 pipes B
Octave Diapason 4' 12 pipes A
Rohrflute 4' Swell F
Salicet 4' 12 pipes B
Twelfth  2-2/3' Swell D
Fifteenth 2' 12 pipes A
Salicetina 2' 12 pipes B
Larigot 1-1/3' B
Octavin 1' B
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SWELL
Bourdon 16' Bottom 12 pipes from Sub Bass, remainder from Gedeckt C, E
Geigend 8' 61 pipes D
Lieblich Gedeckt 8' 61 pipes E
Principal 4' 12 pipes D
Rohrflute 4' 61 pipes F
Lieblich Flute 4' No additional pipes E
Nazard 2-2/3' No additional pipes E
Fifteenth 2' 12 pipes D
Flute 2' 12 pipes F
Larigot
(Stop label is incorrect. This stop is really a Tierce as the pitch is 1 3/5’)
1-1/3'
Trumpet 8' 61 pipes
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PEDAL
Sub Bass
16' 12 pipes C
Octave 8' A
Geigend 8' D
Bass Flute 8' C
Salicional 8' B
Choral Bass 4' A
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Total number of speaking stops 29
Total number of ranks Seven (7) extended ranks
Total number of pipes 523
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Renovated in 1998 by Pipe Organ Builders & Services, solid state coupling installed.
Blower motor relocated from pipe chamber to lower room, air leaks sealed, winding improved, concussion bellows installed in 2003 by Pipe Organs WA.
New electro-pneumatic valves to bottom octave of Diapason, revoicing of all ranks. Klann Capture Action for pistons installed – 30 levels of memory. 2004 by Pipe Organs WA.
Swell shutter pneumatic system replaced with Petersen 8 stage electric shutter control in 2006 by Pipe Organs WA.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Built in 1940 for Forrest Park Methodist Church as a 5 rank extended organ.
Removed, rebuilt, enlarged to six ranks and installed at Maylands Uniting Church in 1985 by Paul F. Hufner.
Information on current organ This was the only organ built in Western Australia by Gunstar Organ Works, Adelaide. Gunstars were formed in 1935 and their first new organ was the Christadelphian Church in Adelaide, the contract states it was to be completed by 16th March 1936. It appears Dodd amalgamated with Gunstar Organ Works in June 1944 and the company then became J.E. Dodd & Sons Gunstar Organ Works, Adelaide.

Paul Hufner signed a maintenance agreement with Gunstar in February 1940 and maintained the organ until the 1990's, over 50 years.

In Forrest Park Methodist Church there was both a Bourdon and a Sub Bass on the pedal - two 16' stops. However the Bourdon was in the swell box and was almost inaudible. It was taken out to allow the bottom twelve 8" Trumpet pipes to be installed. The Trumpet replaced the wishy washy Labial Oboe 8 which only went to tenor C. The swell bourdon 16 was borrowed to the pedal as a second 16' but it was so soft it was almost useless. The pipes were donated to Morley Methodist Church for their Larner organ so that it had pedal pipes, missing before. (Bourdon was placed in the organ at private residence Kingsley Jones, Kardinya.)
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photographs by Bruce Duncan
Technical documents  Mount Lawley Maylands Uniting Church Organ Specification 2005 from Don Cook.
General documents
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Supporting information Bob Elms has written a very informative history of the organ as it was in the Forest Park Methodist Church and this narrative can be found on the page for that church.
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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 26 January 2009.
Specification and historical detail of the organ maintenance from Don Cook, 02 February 2009.
Photographs added 15 March 2009.
Additional information from George Stephens, Bob Elms and Patrick Elms 20 July 2010.
Additional information from Bob Elms 19 October 2011.
Additional photographs by Bruce Duncan 18 August 2018


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