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Wesley Uniting Church, Albany


Albany Wesley Church

Albany Wesley Church

Albany Wesley Church

Albany Wesley Church

Albany Wesley Church

Albany Wesley Church

Albany Wesley Church

Name of institution Wesley Uniting Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address Duke Street
City Albany
State Western Australia
Postcode
Country Australia
Name of building Wesley Uniting Church
Name of room Church sanctuary
Dates of the building 1890
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features The church and manse buildings are fine examples of the later Victorian Gothic style. Of similar style were the Wesley Churches at Greenough and Fremantle.
Special fittings The church has walls of local granite and elaborate brick window surrounds.
Other location information Built in 1903, the manse features elegant ornamentation and turned verandah posts. It was a gift to the church by prominent merchant John Robinson and his wife.
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Telephone
Email
Other contact information
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Previous organ(s)
Date of previous organ 1890
Installed Wesley Methodist Church, Albany, 1894
Detail of previous organ Built by Alfred Kirkland, London.
2 manual 5 stops

GREAT
Open diapason 8'
Stop diapason 8' Metal
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SWELL
Gamba 8'
Principal 4'
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PEDAL
Bourdon 16'
Dates when key work has been undertaken
Dates of any moves that have taken place Original installation in rear gallery with the choir.
Organ and choir moved front of church in 1941.

Removed from Wesley Church 1966 to storage.
Installed in Lockyer Uniting Church 1995 by P.J. Elms.
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 Freestanding
Case description Open arrangement, no case
Placement in room Front left side of sancturary. Choir stalls also moved to this location at the time of installation of the new organ.
Builder's name Paul F. Hufner, Perth.
Opus number XXVI
Date of completion/installation 1966
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses CC-ccc
Number of keys 61
Key material
Pedal compass CC-f
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type Concave, radiating
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-pneumatic and electro-magnetic
Type of stop action Electro-magnetic
Couplers Swell Sub Octave
Swell Octave
Swell - Great Sub.
Swell - Great
Swell - Great Octave
Swell - Pedal
Great - Pedal
Tremulants Swell
Accessories 6 general pistons, 8 Pedal pistons.
Toe studs for Swell to Great, and one for Great to Pedal. Both are reversible.
Four memory levels
Console type Detached stoptab
Stop label material
Placement Nave end of choir stalls, facing congregation
General design
Playing aids Balance Swell pedal
Divisions Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
GREAT
Bourdon 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Claribel 8'
Lieblich Gedeckt 8'
Dulciana 8'
Octave Diapason 4'
Spitz Flote 4'
Dulcet 4'
Twelfth 2-2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture 19:22 II
Gemshorn 2'
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SWELL
Lieblich Gedeckt 8'
Gamba 8'
Lieblich Flute 4'
Gamba 4'
Nazard Flute 2-2/3'
Piccolo 2'
Gamba 2'
Larigot 1-1/3'
Octavin 1'
Horn 8'
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PEDAL
Subbass 16' Electronic
Bourdon 16'
Principal 8'
Bass Flute 8'
Quint 10-2/3'
Dolce 8'
Choral Bass 4'
Double Dulciana 16' Electronic
Trombone 16' Electronic
Fagotto 16' Electronic
Trumpet 8' Electronic
Cremona 4' Electronic
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Total number of speaking stops 34
Total number of ranks Six (6) ranks extended.
Additional electronic/digital pedal stops.
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Enlarged 1990 (Devtronics electronic pedal stops and Dulciana extension) J.R. Elms.
Solid state action installed 1995 J.R. Elms & T.W. Reed.
Combination action 1998 J.R. Elms & T.W. Reed.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ None
Information on current organ The mixture on the Great at 19.22 is derived from the Dulciana. With the 2' Gamba drawn separately that gives a three rank mixture with two unison ranks. It is very effective.
Comparable instruments to current organ Paul Hufner organs of 6 ranks built in the 1960s:
    St Nicholas, Floreat Park (1962)
    Wesley College, South Perth (1964)
    Wesley Church, Albany (1966)
The organ at Aquinas College, Manning, was built in 1966 as a 4 rank organ and was completed as an 8 rank organ in 2018.
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder There are many examples of the work of Paul Hufner in Western Australia. Please refer to the Builder index.
Photographs Photograph of church from Albany Gateway
Photograph of church exterior detail by Bruce Duncan
Photograph of organ from J R Elms
Photographs of church interior and organ detail by Bruce Duncan
Technical documents
General documents
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Supporting information Historical information from Register of Heritage Places
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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 23 Nov 2008.
Additional information and photographs collected during visit to the organ by Bruce Duncan 13 Jan 2009.
Correction and addition of detail by Bob Elms 01 Dec 2010.
Additional information from Bob Elms 20 Mar 2012.


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