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Congregational Church, North Perth

Highgate St Alban
The organ as it appeared in St Alban's Church, Highgate

Name of institution Congregational Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address William Street
City North Perth
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building Congregational Church
Name of room Sanctuary
Dates of the building
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
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 Freestanding
Case description The casework of this organ, designed by Clifton in the Gothic style, resembling the work of A.G. Hill in Britain, is of considerable distinction, with carved pipeshades, cresting and projecting V tower.  The spotted metal pipework was manufactured by George Fincham & Son.
Placement in room
Builder's name Robert Cecil Clifton
Opus number 5
Date of completion/installation 1895–1908
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys 56
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical (tape and bobbin), tubular-pneumatic pedal action
Type of stop action Tubular-pneumatic
Couplers Swell - Great (Great side), Swell - Great (Swell Side), Great - Pedal
Tremulants None
Accessories    None
Console type Integrated, drawstop
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids 3 thumb pistons to Great
3 thumb pistons to Swell
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diapason 8'
Lieblich Gedeckt 8'
Oktave 4'
Spitzflöte 4'
Fifteenth 2'

Lieblich Gedeckt 8'
Gamba 8'
Viol d'Amour 4'
Flautina 2'
Oboe 8'
Gedeckt 16'
Salicional 8'

Total number of stops 12
Total number of ranks
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Built for the music room of R C Clifton's home at 231 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Removed to the North Perth Congregational Church by J.E. Dodd;  the instrument was opened on 22 December 1946 by Dr C. Edgar Ford.
Removed by F.J. Larner and Co. in 1976 and relocated with several alterations to St Alban's Church
Information on current organ The organ was the last to be built by Robert Cecil Clifton
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of organ by Bruce Duncan
Technical documents  Details of the organ from OHTA Conference Book 2004.
General documents
Supporting information Additional information about Robert Cecil Clifton can be found in the Leon D. Cohen book, Gathered Fragments the Biography of Robert Cecil Clifton, I.S.O. 1854-1931.
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 17 January 2009.