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Residence of Mr Geoffrey Revell, Kalamunda

Kalamunda Revell Residence
The organ as it is stands in the crypt of
St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Sydney, New South Wales

Kalamunda Revell Residence

Kalamunda Revell Residence
St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Sydney, New South Wales

Name of institution Residence of Mr Geoffrey Revell
Type of institution Private residence
Street Address Canning Road
City Kalamunda
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building Residence of Geoffrey Revell
Name of room
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 Bellsham Pipe Organs (Australia)
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1987
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
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 (hitch-down) Manual II to Manual I, Manual I to Pedal, Manual II to Pedal
Console type Integral lever stops
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids
Wind pressures
Stop list
Gedackt 8'
Spitzflöte 4'
Principal 2'
Larigot 1 1/3'
Spare slide for 8' reed
Sordun 16'
Total number of stops 6 (stops duplexed by way of three-way levers)
Total number of ranks 6
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Built for residence of Geoffrey Revell (principal of Bellsham Pipe Organs), Kalamunda.
Removed to storage on sale of property.
Installed at the residence of Steve and Louise Blatchford in Pymble, Sydney.
Believed to have been purchased by St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Sydney, in 1993.  The organ was installed in the crypt of the Cathedral and remains there to the current time.
In August 1994 Geoffrey Revel purchased an Allen three-manual theatre organ with four external speakers which he installed next to his harpsichord.  He built two tone cabinets with real pipe facades to house two speakers either side of the console.  Later when he returned to England he took the Allen with him.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ This organ is the last of the four instruments that Geoffrey Revell built in this style, with three way stop selectors.  By all accounts it was the most successful of his instruments in this style.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photographs of organ and St. Mary's Cathedral by Pastor de Lasala from Organ Historical Trust of Australia web site
Technical documents  Information about the organ from Pipe Organs WA and OHTA
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 25 January 2009.
Additional information provided by Graham Devenish 10 February 2009.
Additional information from Ron Raymond 11 November 2010.