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Chapel of St Thomas, Aquinas College

Aquinas College
Aquinas College Chapel on the left of the main buildings

Aquinas College

Aquinas College
Entrance to the Chapel

Aquinas College

Aquinas College
The Swell Trumpet

Aquinas College
The Great Organ

Aquinas College

Aquinas College

Name of institution Aquinas College
Type of institution School
Street Address Mount Henry Road
City Manning
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building Chapel of St Thomas
Name of room Chapel
Dates of the building 1966
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features The Chapel was officially opened on August 12 1966 and was described in the college annual as the greatest day in the long history of the college.
In 1961 an appeal was launched to raise funds for extensions to the college. Br. Hall's request to the Christian Brorhers for support of the project included costings for a chapel at ₤25,000. When Br. Woodruff totalled up the payments to take the chapel to furnished completion, figures came out at ₤83,370.
The chapel was heritage listed by the Heritage Council of Western Australia on May 1 1989.
Special fittings At the top of the spire at the main entrance to the chapel there is believed to be a time-capsule from the time that the chapel was constructed.
Other location information The Aquinas College Chapel, formally known as the Chapel of St Thomas Aquinas is a heritage listed building located on the Aquinas College property in Salter Point, Western Australia. The building is owned by the Christian Brothers as part of the Aquinas College property.
Since 1938, Aquinas College has been sited on an elevated 62-hectare property, with over two kilometres of water frontage on the Canning River. Aquinas College is one of the most beautiful school environments in the world.
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Telephone 08 9450 0600
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 Open case
Placement in room Rear gallery
Builder's name Paul F. Hufner
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1966
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-magnetic
Type of stop action Electro-magnetic
Tremulants Swell
Console type
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Bourdon 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Claribel 8'
Dulciana 8'
Lieblich Gedeckt 8'
Octave 4'
Spitzflute 4'
Dulcet 4'
Twelfth 2 2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Sifflute 2'
Trumpet 8'
Sw/Gt Sub
Sw/Gt Oct
Lieblich Gedeckt 8'
Gamba 8'
Celeste 8'
Lieblich Flute 4'
Gamba 4'
Nazard 2 2/3'
Piccolo 2'
Gamba 2'
Larigot 1 1/3'
Tierce 1 3/5'
Octavin 1'
Double Trumpet 16'
Trumpet 8'
Clarion 4'
Sw Sub
Sw Oct

Subbass 16'
Bourdon 16'
Quint 10 2/3'
Principal 8'
Bass Flute 8'
Dolce 8'
Fifteenth 4'
Choral Bass 4'
Trombone 16'
Trumpet 8'
Clarion 4'
Total number of stops
Total number of ranks Originally four ranks extended, now eight ranks extended
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Originally one manual with autobass.
Enlarged in 1999 by Paul F. Hufner with the addition of Swell organ and Makin electronic reeds with Mr Keith Poole.
Externsive additions to pipework in 2019 by Patrick Elms & Co. Unit Trumpet, Celeste rank, Claribel and bottom pipes for Diapason. Peterson EMP control unit and transmissions supplied and console moved to gallery.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Technical documents 
General documents Information about the chapel from Wickipedia
Supporting information Article on the 2019 rebuild of the organ
Document control

Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 26 January 2009.
Information on rebuild and stoplist Patrick Elms 04 May 2019
New photos from Patrick Elms 11 May 2019