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St. Andrew's Uniting Church, Perth

Perth St Andrews

The church as it appeared in 1930

Perth St Andrew's Church

Perth St Andrew's Church

Name of institution St. Andrew's Uniting Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address St. George's Terrace
City Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6000
Country Australia
Name of building St. Andrew's Uniting Church
Name of room Sanctuary
Dates of the building 1906-1907
Architect’s and builder’s names James Hine, architect
Special architectural features Federation Gothic style of architecture, and use of red brickwork and sandstone detailing.
Broad transepts.
Tower capped by a metal spire.
Special fittings Notable carved furnishings
Other location information The site upon which St. Andrew's Church stands is of some historical significance as it was previously occupied by the cottage of Dr. Collie, theColonial Surgeon in 1832, which was demolished to construct the church.

St. Andrew's Church is historically important as one of the principal places of worship of the Presbyterians in Perth. It was the focus of Presbyterian activity in Perth for much of the twentieth century.

The church building was closed in 2008 due to structural problems with the roof.  It has remained closed until the matter can be resolved.  The congregation is currently meeting in the church hall.

In October 2015 the organ was removed from the church building to safe storage. It is currently in a warehouse in East Perth.
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Other contact information
Previous organ(s)
Date of previous organ 1885
Detail of previous organ Built in 1885 by Robert Cecil Clifton for an exhibition of local work in Perth.
Installed 1886 St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Perth.
Dates when key work has been undertaken
Dates of any moves that have taken place Relocated 1924 to St John's Anglican Church, Kalgoorlie, by J.E. Dodd & Sons, Adelaide.
Variations from original design of organ
Information on previous organ
Information about comparable instruments to previous organ
Present organ
Type of installation Partly recessed and projecting into Church high and adjacent to sanctuary in the East transept.
Case description Casework in Nyatoh.
Front pipes in burnished zinc and 80% tin.
Current case has three projecting V-towers and six flates, two of which are double storey formation.
Placement in room East transept
Builder's name W L Roberts
Opus number 73
Date of completion/installation 1924
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two
Key compasses
Number of keys 61
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Direct electric with Roosevelt style pneumatics to basses below 4'.
Type of stop action Electro-pneumatic
Couplers Swell octave
Swell suboctave
Sell to Great
Swell octave to Great
Swell suboctave to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Great and Pedal combinations coupled
Tremulants Swell
Accessories    Adjustable thumb and toe pistons
Console type Detached, drawstop
Stop label material
General design
Playing aids Instant capture action fitted with micro-processor
Four chanels allowing 88 separate pre-set stop combinations.
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Bourdon 16' A
Open Diapason 8'
Stopped Diapason 8'
Dulciana 8'
Octave 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Twelfth 2 2/3' added 1986
Fifteenth 2'
Fourniture IV added 1986
Double Trumpet 16' added 1986 B
Trumpet 8' B
Clarionet 8' C
Clarion 4' added 1986 B
Violin Diapason 8'
Clarabella 8'
Gamba 8'
Celeste TG 8'
Gemshorn 4'
Chimney Flute 4' added 1986 D
Nazard 2 2/3' added 1986 E
Flageolet 2' added 1986 D
Tierce 1 3/5' added 1986
Quint 1 1/3' added 1986 E
Mixture 15.19.22 III
Double Clarionet TC 16' added 1986 C
Horn 8'
Oboe 8'
Resultant Bass 32’ Var
Contra Bass 16' F
Subbass 16' G
Bourdon 16' A
Octave 8' F
Bass Flute 8' G
Fifteenth 4' F
Trombone 16' B
Trumpet 8'
Clarion 4' B
Total number of stops 36
Total number of ranks 29
Total number of pipes 1741
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Built 1924 W L Roberts Ltd, Adelaide, with tubular-pneumatic action, 20 speaking stops, 19 ranks and 1100 pipes.  The organ was centrally located and the choir sat in choir stalls behind the communion rail and immediately in front of the organ case and facing the congregation.  
Full set of the usual couplers for this period.  Original stoplist:

Open Diapason 8'
Stopped Diapason 8'
Dulciana 8'
Octave 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Clarionet 8'
Violin Diapason 8'
Clarabella 8'
Gamba 8'
Celeste TG 8'
Gemshorn 4'
Mixture  III
Horn 8'
Oboe 8'
Contra Bass 16'
Subbass 16'
Bourdon 16'
Octave 8'
Bass Flute 8'
Action converted to Electro-pneumatic and organ rebuilt, 1953/54, J.E. Dodd and Sons Gunstar Organ Works, Adelaide.  Specification at this stage :  2m., 20, 7c.,  Gt: Sw: Ped:
An elaborate plywood screen was erected in front of the organ case and the console was moved to the east transept 1957, J.E. Dodd and Sons Gunstar Organ Works.
Rebuilt, enlarged and the entire organ moved to the east (right) transept 1986 F.J. Larner & Co.  The rebuild included a new console, lower and side casework, building frame, electro-pneumatic key action, solid state note switching and combination action and enlargement to 36 speaking stops and 1,664 pipes.  Action, soundboards, drawstop action and bellows were retained.  Organ re-dedication service 8th June 1986.
New winding arrangements including 3 Schwimmer regulators and association trunks were installed by Pipe Organs W.A. in 2006. The work carried out also included installation of a new Dulciana 8' rank to the Great division, installation of full length resonators to the bass end of the Trombone 16, and 12 new Bourdon 16 pipes to the tenor compass of the rank.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Moved from central location to right transept 1986 by F J Larner & Co.  Original console located to the left of the Choir then moved to the East transept unaltered. 
Information on current organ Original cost £1,551
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status In very good condition in storage
Assessment of organ A magnificent example of Roberts work.
Other organs by this builder Perth College Chapel
Christ Church Claremont
Photographs Photographs of organ by Bruce Duncan
Technical documents  Detail of the building from Register of Heritage Places
Details of the organ from Pipe Organs WA Pty Ltd.
General documents Information drawn from Organ Historical Trust of Australia Annual Conference Book 2004.
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 15 December 2008.
Updated information on orginal location of organ console from Bob Elms. Detail on building condition from Bruce Duncan 22 November 2010.
Photograph of 1924 location of organ from State Library of WA made available by Andrew Gardner 08 December 2010.
Original stoplist provided by Bob Elms 02 February 2011.
Additional detail from In The Pipeline August/September 2003.
Removal of the organ information by Bruce Duncan 18 October 2015.
Photograph of the church in 1930 sources by Andrew Gardner 19 April 2020.