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Lockyer Uniting Church, Albany

Albany Lockyer Uniting Church

Albany Lockyer Uniting Church

Name of institution Lockyer Uniting Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address Townsend Road
City Lockyer (Albany)
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building Lockyer Uniting Church
Name of room Church sanctuary
Dates of the building
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Other contact information
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
Present organ
Type of installation
Case description
Placement in room
Builder's name Alfred Kirkland, London.
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1890
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Tracker
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers Swell to great, Great to pedal
Console type
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids Hand blown
Wind pressures  
Stop list
Open diapason 8'
Stop diapason 8' Metal
Gamba 8'
Principal 4'
Bourdon 16'
Total number of stops Five (5)
Total number of ranks
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Bellows repaired May 1894 before installation at Wesley Church.
Bellows altered 1918 by John Watts.
Enlarged 1941 F. Hufner.
Restored 1993-1995 by Patrick Elms & Co.  New Pedal tracker action manufactured by Patrick Elms & Co. to replace arson damaged parts at the Paul Hufner factory in Bayswater.
Organ pitch restored to A=452 2010 by Patrick Elms & Co.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Installed Wesley Uniting Church, Albany, 1894 by Mr Davis, Nicholsons', Sydney.
Installed in present location in 1995 by Patrick Elms & Co. 
Information on current organ Bob Elms writes:
There was a problem keeping the Stop Diapason in tune but then I realized that the organ's original pitch of A=452 had never been changed until it was restored for Lockyer Church when it ws tuned to A440 and so the pipes were too short. Patrick retuned it slightly higher in pitch which This solved the problem. He also did some readjustment of the pedal tracker action which was of his manufacture incidentally. The original was burnt in Paul's arson attack. The Kirkland also had the bellows repaired in May 1894 before it was installed in Wesley Church. This was discovered when Patrick releathered the bellows before installing it in Lockyer Church. Inside the bellows was  something written in a Scandinavian script and the date Mai (sic) 1894. Unfortunately we could not find anyone who could read this and translate it for us and it is again sealed inside the regulator. I was told by one of our pioneer members that there was a Swedish man here who did some work on the organ and that may have been his work. I was told that there was damage to the organ on the sea trip from Sydney. Must have had some really rough weather. This man may have been given the job of fixing the damage to the bellows but that is conjecture on our part. The pedal organ was obviously added later and the name Collins is written on one of the pipes. A similar organ by the same builder in Carcoa (St Brigid's) has no pedal organ as such. It has similar pipework but all stops on one manual.

The casework of this organ has the names of the pumpers scratched on it with some well known names of church members of those days there for all to see.

Pedal Bourdon and Great to Pedal coupler were added to the organ after it was built, possibly in Sydney.  Draw stop is not on the stop jambs but is under the keybed above the pedal clavier.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of the church by Bruce Duncan
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 23 November 2008.
Updated with photo of church building 28 April 2009.
Additional information from RJ (Bob) Elms 01 December 2010.