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Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the
Holy Apostles SS. Peter & Paul, Mullewa

Mullewa Mt Carmel

Mullewa Mt Carmel

Mullewa Mt Carmel

Mullewa Mt Carmel

Mullewa Mt Carmel

Mullewa Mt Carmel


Name of institution Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Holy Apostles SS. Peter & Paul
Name of institution
Type of institution Church
Street Address Cnr Bowes & Doney Sts
City Mullewa
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building Our Lady of Mount Carmel & Holy Apostles SS. Peter & Paul
Name of room Church
Dates of the building 1915-1927
Architect's and builder's names J C Hawes
Special architectural features The Inter-War Spanish Mission Church demonstrates technical sophistication in the construction of the domes over the sanctuary and baptistery. They were constructed with an innovative revolving template designed to enable successive courses of brickwork to be laid and is highly valued by the community of Mullewa and surrounding districts as a place in which to celebrate religious observance and as an unusual and eclectic piece of architecture.
Special fittings
Other location information Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul and the Priest house has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
    • The place has a close association with prominent ecclesiastical architect Monsignor John Hawes.
    • The place is an outstanding example of Hawes' eclectic architectural style and is recognised as being one of Hawes' major works in Western Australia.
    • The place has special significance because Hawes was both the architect and the parish priest of Mullewa at the time of construction and Priesthouse was his residence;
    • The place has a strong spiritual significance for the Roman Catholic community in the town of Mullewa and in the Mid-West;
    • The place is an unusual and sophisticated building of interesting design which is a landmark in Mullewa; and,
    • The place is highly valued as a significant tourist attraction associated with Hawes life and work, as well as a working church, and it contributes to the Mullewa community's sense of place
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 Freestanding
Case description Plain display
Placement in room Rear gallery
Builder's name Positive Organ Co.(1922) Ltd, London.
Opus number 1052
Date of completion/installation


There is a Positive Organ #1056 in a Dunedin, New Zealand, church that is listed as being installed in 1928. Three instruments #1021- 1023 installed in various churches in the South Island in 1927. This would indicate that the Mullewa instrument can be probably dated to late 1927-1928.
Note from Christopher Templeton, Feb 2015.

Construction materials
Number of manuals One (1)
Key compasses
Number of keys
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical and tubular-pneumatic
Type of stop action
Couplers Manual octave
Tremulants Manual
Console type Integral
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Manual
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diapason 8'
Stopped Flute 8'
Viole d'Orchestre 8'
Melodic Flute 16' (Autobass)
Melodic Viole 8' (Auto-solo)
Octave Coupler
Total number of stops Three speaking stops and two melodic stops
Total number of ranks Probably 4
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ The pipework of the organ is damaged (both the visible squashed display pipes and a number of other pipes laying on the floor behind the organ) and the blower system is both non-functional and antiquated. The main trunking from the blower to the organ is through terracotta pipes some 25 metres away from the building, and many of the pipes are broken.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status The organ is unplayable
Assessment of organ This is the most northerly located pipe organ in Western Australia
Other organs by this builder There are five Positive Organ Company organs in Australia:
  • Opus 172 formerly at Catholic Apostolic Church, South Brisbane, and then at St. Joseph's RC Church, Kangaroo Point, now in Queensland in private ownership.

  • Opus 852 formerly at St Barnabas', Anglican Church, Mill Hill Road, Waverley, Sydney. Restored by John Parker in 2006 and installed at Macarthur Anglican School, Cobbity, NSW.

  • Opus 168 installed in 1917 at St James's Anglican Church, Thornbury; installed 1969 to The Organ Centre, Caulfield; installed 1975 at the residence of John Maidment, Canterbury; installed in the present location in 1982 at St Luke's Anglican Church, Yea. This organ may well have been originally installed in Princess Theatre, Spring Street, Melbourne c1903.

  • Opus 289 formerly at Levuka, Fiji. Installed 1963 at St Andrew's Anglican Church, Aberfeldie Victoria.

  • Opus 1021-1023 installed in Oamaru, Geraldine, and Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand

  • Opus 1052 at this church in Mullewa.

  • Opus 1056 in Presbyterian Church, Musselburgh, St Kilda's, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Photographs Photograph of the church exterior from the internet.
Photographs of the organ and church interior by Bruce Duncan
Technical documents 
General documents Restoration of the Positive Organ Company organ at Mullewa
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 08 January 2009.
Update from Christopher Templeton 02 March 2015.
Neswpaper clipping sourced by Lynn Langford 12 July 2018.