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Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Richard Gill Auditorium
Mount Lawley

Ėdith Cowan organ
The organ console

Name of institution Edith Cowan University
Type of institution University
Street Address Bradford Street
City Mount Lawley
State Western Australia
Name of building
Name of room Richard Gill Auditorium
Dates of the building
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University was established in 1980 to provide performing arts tuition comparable to the highest calibre of national and international training benchmarks to be able to meet industry needs around the globe.
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 Free standing, moveable.
Case description Casework in Philippine Mahogany Mounted on steel dolly.
Placement in room
Builder's name F.J. Larner & Co.
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1978
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses CC-g
Number of keys 56
Key material
Pedal compass CCC to f
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers Three (3) intermanual and pedal couplers via hitchdown pedals
Console type Attached Draw stop console
Stop label material
General design It is a self contained organ with draw stops at 90 degrees to the keys. It has a mechanical action with the pedal sub bass and flute direct electric.
It was built for the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Basil Kirke Studio in Adelaide Terrace, Perth, in 1978. The Edith Cowan University Academy of Performing Arts purchased it in 1982.
Playing aids
Wind pressures  
Stop list
Gedeckt 8'
Principal 4'
Octave 2'
Mixture II
Gedeckt 8'
Spitzflute 4'
Quint 1 1/3'
Tierce 1 3/5'
Regal 8'
Sub Bass 16'
Flute Bass 8'
Principal 4'
Sordun 16'
Total number of stops 14
Total number of ranks
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Relocated to current location 1982.
Great Principal 4 ft and Sub Bass 16 ft were added in 1982 by F J Larner & Co..
In 2003, Pipe Organs WA repaired the mixture by adding 24 new pipes to the bass end moving all the pipes upwards. A pressure tremulant was added along with a five bell cymbalstern.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Removed from the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Basil Kirke Studio in Adelaide Terrace, Perth, and relocated to Edith Cowan University 1982.
Information on current organ Complete organ is mounted on a steel dolly to allow flexibility of movement within the Academy.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Technical documents 
General documents
Supporting information Detail of organ history and maintenance from Pipe Organs WA
See also Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 27 November 2008.