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Scots Church, Fremantle

Fremantle Scots

Fremantle Scots

Fremantle Scots
Scots Church Fremantle, interior, June 1937.

Name of institution Scots Presbyterian Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address Corner South Terrace and Parry Street
City Fremantle
State WA
Name of building Scots Presbyterian Church
Name of room Sanctuary
Dates of the building 1890
Architect’s and builder’s names Sir J.J. Talbot–Hobbs
Special architectural features Built by Petrie and Co. in Fremantle limestone with contrasted quoining on the buttress faces and window edges.  The main facade incorporates a tower, with octagonal spire, porch and triple lancet windows. 
Special fittings
Other location information The building was designed by  in an unusual rustic Gothic style and Heritage Commission grants have assisted the restoration of the building and stained glass windows.
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 Fuller, of Kew, Victoria
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1897
The date of installation in the church, and how it arrived in Western Australia, is uncertain.
Construction materials
Number of manuals
Key compasses
Number of keys 56
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers Swell Octave, Swell to Great, Swell to Pedal, Great to Pedal
Console type Attached drawstop
Stop label material
Placement Integral
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diapason 8'
Claribel 8'
Dulciana 8'
Principal 4'
Piccolo 2'
Lieblich Gedact 8'
Viola da Ganba 8'
Lieblich Flute 4'
Cornopean 8'
Bourdon 16'

Total number of stops 10
Total number of ranks 10
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Restored in 1990 by F.J. Larner and Co. and more recently the decoration of the overpainted facade pipes has been restored by Pipe Organs WA.    
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ The original hand blowing still survives.  The instrument is typical of Fuller's smaller instruments where the longest pipes are placed in towers at floor level on either side of the console, together with the absence of an internal passage board between the two manual chests. This is one of the final instruments Albert Fuller constructed before the closure of his business in 1900. 
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of the organ by Bruce Duncan
Photograph of 1937 church interior from State Library of WA
Technical documents  Information from OHTA Conference Book 2004.
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 03 January 2009.
Photograph of 1937 church interior from State Library of WA made available via Andrew Gardner 07 December 2010.