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Benedictine Community Oratory Chapel, New Norcia

New Norcia Monastery

New Norcia Oratory

New Norcia Monastery

New Norcia Monastery

New Norcia Monastery
The Chapel is on the top floor of the central building with the round window

Name of institution Benedictine Community
Type of institution Monastery Chapel
Street Address Great Northern Highway
City New Norcia
State Western Australia
Postcode 6509
Country Australia
Name of building Monastery
Name of room Oratory Chapel
Dates of the building
Architect's and builder's names
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information The Benedictine Monastery at New Norcia was established by the Spanish missionary Dom Salvado in 1846.
New Norcia is Australia's only monastic town and has a unique heritage. Founded by Spanish Benedictine Monks, the town has had many purposes; a mission, a monastery, a provider of education and now as a place of spiritual retreat.
Salvado spent 54 years of his life making New Norcia one of the most progressive and successful missions in Australian history. He led a monastic community which, at its height, numbered seventy men, most of whom were Spaniards and lay brothers.
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Telephone 08 96548015
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 on floor
Case description Classic case with three towers, two flats.
Elaborately carved scroll work at the pipe tops
Placement in room Central on the rear wall at floor level
Builder's name Bellsham Pipe Organs (Australia)
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1983
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 Slider
Type of key action Mechanical
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers Hauptwerk to Positive
Hauptwerk to Pedal
Positive to Pedal
Tremulants Whole organ
Accessories None
Console type Reversed drawstop
Stop label material
Placement In front of organ casework, facing the nave
General design Reversed drawstop
Playing aids None
Divisions Hauptwerk, Positive, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Rohr Flute 8'
Principal 4'
Block Flute 2'
Mixture III
Gedact 8'
Spitz Flute 4'
Flachflute 2'
Sesquialtera II
Krummhorn 8'
Subbass 16' A
Gedactbass 8' A
Total number of stops 11
Total number of ranks 13
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
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status In good condition and regular use
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of organ by Bruce Duncan
Technical documents
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 28 December 2008.
Updated specification from Patrick Elms 04 January 2011.