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St Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Claremont

St Thomas Claremont
Photo from Gordon Stewart

St Thomas Claremont

St Thomas Claremont

St Thomas Claremont

Name of institution St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address College Road
City Claremont
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Name of room Church
Dates of the building 1936 and 1964
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features Nave built in neo-gothic style, modern sanctuary added to cater for expansion of the congregation in 1964.
Special fittings Stained glass window panels installed in the church in 2006 from the Epworth Uniting Church, Parkside, SA.
Other location information The St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church congregation commenced in 1904. The present church building was opened in 1936, with renovations and extensions in the 1960s being blessed by Bishop McKenna on 8th December 1963.
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 Free standing
Case description
Placement in room Front right chancel
Builder's name J E Dodd
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 27 November 1912
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two
Key compasses
Number of keys 58
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical to pneumatic touchboxes
Type of stop action Tubular-pneumatic, mechanical coupling in console
Couplers Swell Super Octave
Swell to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Tremulants Swell
Console type Detached drawstop
Stop label material
Placement Front of casework
General design Angled jambs
Playing aids Four toe levers:
    Full Swell
    Full Great
    Full Organ

Balanced Swell pedal.
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Bourdon 16' 58 pipes A
Open Diapason 8' 58 pipes B
Claribel 8' 58 pipes
Lieblich Gedact 8' 58 pipes
Salicional 8' 58 pipes C
Principal 4' 58 pipes
Flute d'Orchestre 4' 58 pipes
Mixture III 174 pipes
Trumpet 8' 58 pipes
Lieblich Bourdon 16' 58 pipes D
Open Diapason 8' 58 pipes
Hohl Flute 8' 8' 58 pipes
Viole d'Orchestre 8' 58 pipes
Voix Celeste II 8' 46 pipes
Octave 4' 58 pipes
Flauto Traverso 4' 58 pipes
Cornopean 8' 58 pipes
Oboe 8' 58 pipes
Violone 16' B
Sub Bass 
16' A
Echo Bourdon 16'
Dolce 8' C
Total number of stops 22
Total number of ranks 21
Total number of pipes 1,148
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Primary pneumatic action restored 2003 and new polyethelyne tubing installed to replace original lead tubing which had been damage during dismantling in Adelaide.
Console restored 2008 Patrick Elms & Co.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Installed 1912 Epworth Methodist (later Uniting)Church, Young Street, Parkside, South Australia.
Removed and installed present location 2003 Patrick Elms & Co.
Information on current organ Key action is mechanical at console coupling to pneumatic touchboxes inside the case.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status The organ is in good condition.
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photographs of the organ by Bruce Duncan
Some also from OHTA Archives
Technical documents 
General documents Information from OHTA Conference Booklet 2004
Supporting information Gazetteer of South Australian Pipe Organs, 1974, Bruce Naylor and Society of Organists (Victoria) Incorporated.
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999, 2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 13 December 2008.
Updated specification from Patrick Elms 04 January 2011.
Additional detail from In The Pipeline June/July 2004.