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Masonic Temple, Perth

Perth Masonic Temple

Perth Masonic Lodge

Perth Masonic Lodge

Perth Masonic Lodge

Name of institution Masonic Temple
Type of institution Lodge
Street Address St. George's Terrace
City Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6000
Country Australia
Name of building Masonic Temple
Name of room
Dates of the building 1867
Architect’s and builder’s names Richard Roach Jewell
Special architectural features The building known as the Old Masonic Lodge was a two storeyed brick and sandstone structure. It was an example of the Gothic revival architectural style and featured details such as arches and towers.
Around 1895, a new western wing was added.
The building was demolished in 1971.
Special fittings Various Masonic symbols decorated the front façade including the five-pointed star and a square and compass united.
The Latin inscription above the entrance is:
AUDI VIDE TACE (Hear, See, Be Silent)

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 This case must be the most intricately carved organ case in Australia. Its entire surface is literally covered and bears very close inspection. Its genereal appearance is quite Italianate with a simple central thirteen-pipe flat peaking towards the middle and flanked by four three-pipe flats, two either side. Green painted wooden pipes form the side of the case from impost level. A transom rail with finials surrounds all three sides.
Placement in room
Builder's name T Atterton Organ Builder, Leighton Buzzard, UK.
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1893
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses
Number of keys 56
Key material
Pedal compass 30
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Mechanical 
Type of stop action Mechanical
Couplers Great to Swell, Swell Octave, Pedal to Great, Pedal to Swell
Console type Integral, drawstop
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diap. 8'
Stopt Diap.TC 8'
Stopt Diap. Bass 8'
Dulciana TC 8'
Flute 4'
Lieb Gedeckt 8'
Gamba 8'
Voix Celeste 8'
Gemshorn 4'
Principal TC 2'
Bourdon 16'
Total number of stops 11
Total number of ranks 10
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Laurie Pipe Organs fitted a new blower and did some repairs from 1985 to 1990.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Installed in Perth Masonic Temple in 1893.
Renovated 1906 by J E Dodd.
Installed in the residence of C. H. Gribble, Wembley, 1967.
Dismantled it and removed by Paul Smith to Melbourne in 1985.
Albert Park Baptist Church, Melbourne, was to have the organ, but then declined.  The organ never went into that church.
The organ’s complete set of pieces was trucked to Laurie Pipe Organs workshop.
Arcadia Benedictine Monastery bought it in August 1995.
Information on current organ The stop label for the Principal 2' is slightly different in appearance from the other labels implying it may have been changed. As it is only tenor C, it may have been a 4' rank transposed.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of the Old Masonic Temple from State Library of Western Australia, Battye Library.
Photograph of organ from Sydney Organ Music Society
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 16 January 2009.
Photograph of Perth masonic Temple upgraded 17 February 2009.