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Residence of Walter Johnston and Herbert J. Eales, Crawley


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Name of institution Residence of Walter Johnston and Herbert J. Eales
Type of institution Private residence
Street Address Mounts Bay Road
City Crawley
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building Residence of Walter Johnston and Herbert J. Eales
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Other location information Charles Walter JOHNSTON (1873-1952) was born in York, Western Australia and married Bridget Catherine (Clune) Johnston on 17 Apr 1901 in New Norcia.

Joseph Herbert EALES (1864-1957) was a Perth architect, partner in the firm Eales, Cohen & Bennett. He had moved to Australia from England in 1887, having entering into articles at Exeter as a surveyor and architect. Eales first joined the Civil Service in Melbourne as a draughtsman, afterwards resigning to accept a post as chief draughtsman in a private practice. With the onset of the great economic down-turn in Melbourne during the early 1890s, he moved to establish himself at Ballarat. But with ongoing economic malaise in the State of Victoria, Eales was attracted by the gold boom economic conditions of Western Australia. In 1897 he voyaged to Fremantle, and with Charles Lancelot Oldham subsequently won a competition for the design of Fremantle Markets. Eales practiced with success at the port for nine years, before moving to Perth. While Eales was responsible for numerous urban hotels and commercial buildings, in the early Twentieth Century he also produced designs for many homesteads, farm buildings and shearing-sheds in pastoral areas of the State. At Fremantle, the Esplanade Hotel was renovated and redesigned by Eales in 1903.

Anglican church designs by Eales individually include St Paul's Beaconsfield in 1905, St George's Carnarvon in 1907, All Saints Collie in 1915, and St George's Bluff Point, Geraldton in 1935. At Vancouver Street, Albany, Garryowen is a substantial residence built in 1908 for merchant Herbert Robinson. Claimed to be the 'best allround shearing shed in the North-West', Eales design at Towera Station in the Ashburton was erected for Henry Twitchin in 1908, and is another illustration of his versatility. His country hotels include the Katanning in 1905, and both the Esplanade and Freemasons in Albany around 1910. In 1913 Eales formed a successful partnership with Eustace Cohen in Perth, expanded in 1930 to Eales Cohen & Bennett, and from 1937 as Eales Cohen & Fitzhardinge.

A Protestant and Freemason, none-the-less Eales enjoyed correspondence with Catholic priest-architect John Hawes, and as a gifted amateur musician Eales was at times organist at St Patrick's Basilica, Fremantle, and at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Perth.
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Previous organ(s)
Date of previous organ None
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Present organ
Type of installation For the later history and many more details of this organ, refer to St Laurence's Anglican Church, Dalkeith.
Case description
Placement in room
Builder's name F. Hufner
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Date of completion/installation 1929
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys
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Pedal compass
Number of pedals
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Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-pneumatic
Type of stop action Electro-pneumatic
Couplers 9
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General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diapason 8' Metal 73 pipes A
Dulcina 8' Metal 61 pipes
Stopt Diapason 8' Wood  61 pipes
Gamba 8' Metal 61 pipes
Harmonic Flute 4' Metal 61 pipes
Octave Diapason 4' A
Clarinet 8' Metal 61 pipes
Lieblich Bourdon 16' Wood  61 pipes B
Melodic Diapason 8' Metal 61 pipes
Hohl Flute 8' Wood  61 pipes
Aeoline 8' Metal 61 pipes
Vox Celeste 8' Metal 49 pipes
Flauto Traverso 4' Metal 61 pipes
Dulcet 4' Metal 61 pipes
Gedact 2' Metal 61 pipes
Oboe 8' Metal 61 pipes
Vox Humana 8' Metal 61 pipes
Acoustic Bass 32' B
Bourdon 16' B
Sub bass 16' Wood  30 pipes
Cello 8' Metal 30 pipes
Total number of speaking stops 21
Total number of ranks 18
Total number of pipes 1,036
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Built as a 2 manual organ with Beale player mechanism (console & chests by Arcus Ltd, Perth).  Original stoplist unknown.
Rebuilt and enlarged in 1933 by J.E. Dodd, Adelaide.  New chests were installed and the player mechanism removed.  The rebuilt stoplist is as shown above.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Removed and located in St Laurence's Anglican Church, Dalkeith, in 1963 by E. Dodd. 
Removed c1978 by David Brown.  
Information on current organ For the later history and many more details of this organ, refer to St Laurence's Anglican Church, Dalkeith,
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Technical documents Biography of Joseph Herbert Eales from
Also referenced is 'J. Herbert Eales' in Battye, J.S. (Ed), Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Vol.1, 1912, p.637.
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 19 January 2009.
Stoplist provided by Graham Devenish 09 March 2009.
Photographs of pneumatic engines provided by David Brown 25 May 2020
Biography of Joseph Herbert Eales sourced by Bruce Duncan 05 Feb 2021