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Perth Baptist Church, Perth

Perth Baptist


Name of institution Perth Baptist Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address Corner James and Stirling Street
City Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6000
Country Australia
Name of building Perth Baptist Church
Name of room Church
Dates of the building 1973
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings
Other location information This is Western Australia's first established Baptist Church with the Foundation Service being held in the Perth Town Hall on the 23 June 1895.
May 1899 saw the opening and dedication of Central Baptist Church in Museum Street. This was not only the worship and outreach centre of Perth Church but also was used for many years by the WA Baptist Union for meetings and assemblies.
A forced land resumption by the State to make way for a Cultural Centre led to relocation of the church to its present site on the corner of James and Stirling Streets with the new church Dedication and Opening being held on the 23 June, 1973.
When passing the Alexander Library on the way to the church, stop by the entrance to the Library and there on a pillar is to be found a brass plate which marks the site of the first Baptist Church in WA. The Foundation Stone from the Museum Street site is embedded beside the Stone of the present building.
There are now 108 established Baptist churches and fellowships in suburban and country WA with this Perth church being the only Baptist Church within city precincts.
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 Chamber
Case description Two pedal towers of copper pipes with central flat of plain diapasons. Positive division on impost.
Placement in room Front left of sanctuary
Builder's name F. J. Larner and Co.
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1974
Construction materials Jarrah casework
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical to manuals, direct electric to Pedal
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers (Kick down pedals)
Great to Pedal
Positif to Pedal
Positif to Great
Tremulants Positif
Console type Integral drawstop
Stop label material Turned ebony
Placement Left and right flat jambs
General design
Playing aids
Divisions Great, Positive, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Rohr Flute 8'
Principal 4'
Block Flute 2'
Sesquialtera II
Mixture (22,26,29) IV
Trumpet (Blank stop) 8'
Gedackt 8'
Flöte 4'
Principal 2'
Quint 1-1/3'
Mixture III
Dulzian 8'


Principal 8'
Fagot 16'
Total number of speaking stops 14
Total number of ranks 20
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Windchest rebuilt including new pallets and tapered tone chanels. New regulators to manual divisionsand improvement to Great slider action. Pipe Orgns WA Pty Ltd 2009.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ Opening recital played by Michael Dudman, organist of St. George's Cathedral, Perth, on Sunday 27th April 1975.
The organ cost $15,000 and was cited to be an example of the modern classical organ of the reform movement.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status 2018: in very good condition
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of the church from the Perth Baptist Church web site
Photograps of the organ by Bruce Duncan
Technical documents
General documents Church history from their web site.
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 09 January 2009.
Additional material from June/July 1999 In The Pipeline.
Additional material In The Pipeline June 2009
Additional photographs Bruce Duncan 14 August 2018