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St Luke's Anglican Church, Mosman Park

St Luke's Mosman Park

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St Luke's Mosman Park

Name of institution St Luke's Anglican Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address Stirling Highway
City Mosman Park
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building St Luke's Anglican Church
Name of room
Dates of the building 1897
Architect’s and builder’s names James William Wright, Architect
Special architectural features Wright was born in England in 1854 and after serving his articles there, arrived in Perth in 1881 following four years in Adelaide.  He was also responsible for several buildings at the Ascot Racecourse at Belmont.
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 Front right transcept
Builder's name Hill & Son, London
Opus number Opus 2115
Date of completion/installation 1892
Construction materials Main organ frame in yellow pine
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys 56 notes
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 30 notes
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers SW - GT
Tremulants Swell
Console type Attached drawknob
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids Two composition pedals for the Great
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diapason 8'
Gedact 8'
Principal 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Hohl Flute 8'
Salicional 8'
Wald Flute 4'
Oboe 8'
Bourdon 16'
Total number of stops 9
Total number of ranks 9
Total number of pipes 478
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Built for residence of George Hillman, Perth.
Installed in St Luke's in 1905 by Robert Cecil Clifton who probably built the case and tremulant.
Rework in 1924 by J.E. Dodd.
Tonal alteration in 1985 by F.J. Larner & Co. (Dulciana transposed to form Fifteenth)  The tenor octave pipework has been stored and this change is reversible.
Full restoration, including refurbishment of display diapering, in 2000 by F.J. Larner & Co. and Pipe Organs WA.  Bellows leather replaced, wind leaks sealed, keyboard action improved, timber work and display pipes in the front case overhauled six new display pipe made in metal to replace paper maché pipes, new West side to the organ built in keeping with the original design, tremulant mechanism repaired. Toe board replced due to warpage.  Impost rail raised 250mm.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Built for residence of George Hillman, Perth.
Installed in St Luke's in 1905 by Robert Cecil Clifton.
Information on current organ The instrument is of compact dimensions and thus the Great Gedeckt (with metal trebles) provides the bass octave for most of the Swell.   The organ was fully restored in 2000 by F.J. Larner and Co and Pipe Organs WA as a joint project which has included a restoration of the facade decoration and the casework, with new side panelling.  The project consultant was Anne Page, a well known Perth Organist who has been based in Cambridge, England since 1978.  
Comparable instruments to current organ A similar arrangement may be found in the 1879 Hill & Son organ now at Wesley College, Glen Waverley, Victoria. 
Current status
Assessment of organ The instrument retains its characteristic Hill sound and console details, including scrolled key cheeks.
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of organ pipes from Pipe Organs WA
Photograph of console by Mark Quarmby
Technical documents  Information about the organ and the church from the OHTA Conference booklet, 2004.
General documents
Supporting information Information about the rebuild of the organ from Pipe Organs WA
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 28 November 2008.
Additional information D B Duncan 27 December 2008.
Additional detail from In The Pipeline February/March 2001.