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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Perth

Perth St Mary

Perth St Mary
Site works on the Cathedral as at November 2008

Perth St Mary
Model of the new Cathedral

Perth St Mary
The Grand Organ in the West gallery

Perth St Mary
The Grand Organ at left and the Chancel Organ at right

Perth St Mary
Console of the Grand Organ

In the organ loft
Photo: David Nicholson

Name of institution The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Type of institution Church
Street Address Victoria Square
City Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6000
Country Australia
Name of building St. Mary's Cathedral
Name of room Church
Dates of the building 1863-1865 and 2005-2010
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features Details of the original St Mary's Cathedral are on a separate page.
Construction works to extend the cathedral started in 2005.
Special fittings
Other location information
Name of contact
Mailing Address Cathedral Presbytery: 17 Victoria Square, Perth WA 6000
Telephone 08 9223 1350
Other contact information
Previous organ(s)
Date of previous organ 1910
Detail of previous organ J E Dodd organ detailed on the original St. Mary's Cathedral page.
Dates when key work has been undertaken
Dates of any moves that have taken place Organ removed for rebuilding 2006 and subsumed into new organ
Variations from original design of organ
Information on previous organ
Information about comparable instruments to previous organ
Present organ
Type of installation
Case description
Placement in room West Gallery Grand Organ
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Chancel Organ
Builder's name Grand: J E Dodd / South Island Organ Company
Chancel: A Hobday / South Island Organ Company
Opus number
Date of completion/installation Grand: J E Dodd 1910 and 1935
Chancel:A Hobday 1905
South Island Organ Company 2009
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
Type of stop action
Couplers Grand Swell to Great, Grand Choir to Great, Chancel to Grand Great, Grand Swell Super Octave, Grand Swell Sub Octave, Grand Swell Unison Off, Chancel to Grand Swell, Grand Choir Super Octave, Grand Choir Sub Octave, Grand Choir Unison Off, 
Grand Swell to Grand Choir, Chancel to Grand Choir, Grand Great to Pedal, Grand Swell to Pedal, Grand Choir to Pedal, Chancel to Grand Pedal, Chancel Swell to Great, Chancel Swell Super Octave, Chancel Swell Sub Octave, Chancel Swell Unison Off, Chancel Swell to Pedal, Chancel Great to Pedal.
Tremulants Grand Swell, Grand Choir, Chancel Swell
Console type New Three manual jarrah console in West Gallery
New Two manual jarrah console in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Both Grand and Chancel organs playable either singularly or together from either console.
Chancel organ stop keys duplicated on West organ console
West organ playable via Grand Organ General Pistons on Chancel console
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids
Wind pressures
Stop list
Bourdon   16' Dodd 1910
Contra Gamba 16' Gunstar 1963 A
Open Diapason  8'  Dodd 1910
Melodic Diapason  8' Dodd 1910
Claribel Flute      8' Dodd 1910
Gedact  8' Dodd 1910
Gamba 8' Gunstar 1963 A
Dulciana  8' Gunstar 1963
Principal 4' Dodd 1910
Orchestral Flute
4' Dodd 1910
Gamba              4' Gunstar 1963 A
Twelfth 2-2/3' SIOC 2009
Super Octave 2' Dodd 1910
Tierce 1-3/5'  Gunstar 1963 A
Mixture   15.19.22 III Dodd 1910
16' Dodd 1910 B
Tromba 8' Dodd 1910
SIOC 2009
Clarion 4' Dodd 1910
SIOC 2009
Zimbelstern SIOC 2009
Bourdon 16' Dodd 1910
SIOC 2009
Geigen Diapason 8' Dodd 1910
Hohl Flute 8' Dodd 1910
Lieblich Gedact 8' Gunstar 1963 C
Viole d'Orchestre 8'  Dodd 1910
Vox Celestes   II  8' Dodd 1910
Octave 4'  Dodd 1910
Flauto Traverso 4'  Dodd 1910
Lieblich Flute 4' Gunstar 1963 C
Fifteenth     2'  Gunstar 1963
Mixture   17.19.22 III   Dodd 1910
Double Trumpet 16'  SIOC 2009 D
Horn 8' Dodd 1910
Trumpet  8' SIOC 2009 D
Oboe     8'   Dodd 1910
Vox Humana 8'  SIOC 2009
Clarion 4' SIOC 2009 D
Violin Diapason 8' Gunstar 1963 H
Harmonic Flute 8' SIOC 2009 I
Stopped Diapason        8' Gunstar 1963 J
Salicional 8' Dodd 1910 K
Vox Angelica 8' SIOC 2009
Octave 4' Gunstar 1963 H
Salicet 4'  Gunstar 1963 K
Nason Flute 4'  Gunstar 1963 J
Nazard 2-2/3'  SIOC 2009 L
Harmonic Piccolo 2'   SIOC 2009 I
Tierce     1-3/5'  Gunstar 1963
Larigot 1-1/3' SIOC 2009 L
Sifflute 1' SIOC 2009 I
Clarinet 8' Dodd 1910
English Horn 8' Gunstar 1963
Trompette 8' Gunstar 1963
Tuba 8' SIOC 2009 G
Major Bass     16' Dodd 1910 E
Open Diapason 16' Gunstar 1963
Subbass 16' Dodd 1910 F (Gt)
Contra Gamba  16' Gunstar 1963 (Gt)
Echo Bourdon 16' Dodd 1910 (Sw)
Quint 10-2/3' Gunstar 1963 F
Octave 8'   SIOC 2009 E
Principal 8'   Gunstar 1963 (Gt)
Bass Flute 8'   Dodd 1910 F
Fifteenth 4' SIOC 2009
Octave Flute 4' Gunstar 1963 F
Mixture IV SIOC 2009
Contra Posaune 32' SIOC 2009 G
Ophicleide 16' SIOC 2009 G
Trombone 16' Dodd 1910 (Gt)
Double Trumpet 16' SIOC 2009 (Sw)
Tromba 8'   Dodd 1910 (Gt)
Clarion 4' Dodd 1910 (Gt)
Open Diapason 8' Hobday 1905
Claribel Flute 8' Hobday 1905
Dulciana 8' Hobday 1905
Principal 4' Hobday 1905
Flute 4' Hobday 1905
Fifteenth 2' Hobday 1905
Open Diapason 8' Hobday 1905
Stopped Diapason 8' Hobday 1905
Gamba 8' SIOC 2009>
Voix Celeste 8' SIOC 2009
Octave 4' Hobday 1905
Mixture II Hobday 1905
8' Hobday 1905
Horn 8' SIOC 2009
Subbass 16' Hobday 1905 A
Bass Flute 8' Hobday 1905 A
Flute 4' Hobday 1905 A
Total number of speaking stops Gallery: 71
Chancel: 17
Total:  88
Total number of ranks Gallery: 49 ranks
Chancel: 16 ranks
Total: 69 ranks
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Built in 1910 by J. E. Dodd, Adelaide.
Rebuilt and enlarged in 1963 by J.E. Dodd & Sons Gunstar Organ Works.
Dismantled and removed in 2006 by South Island Organ Company, New Zealand.
Rebuilt and extended with the addition of a complete 2 manual electro-pneumatic 1905 Hobday organ (ex Newtown Trinity Methodist Church, Wellington, New Zealand) by South Island Organ Company, New Zealand, in 2009.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Current works and proposed cathedral from the church web site
Photographs of the organ from Colin van der Lecq
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 31 December 2008.
Addition of new specifications from Patrick Elms 21 January 2009.
Updated specification from Patrick Elms 03 January 2011.
Additional photographs from Colin van der Lecq 26 January 2011.
Additional photograph by David Nicholson 28 March 2016.