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Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Wilagee

Guildford Grammar
Original cases designed by Sir Walter Tapper, Architect, Guildford Grammar School
containing the Norman & Beard organ of 1913 in the Saints Mary and George Chapel

Willagee Queen of Peace
Drawing of proposed organ at Willagee

Completed casework 2013

Name of institution Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address Clause Street
City Willagee
State Western Australia
Country Australia
Name of building Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church
Name of room Church
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 Divided cases
Case description Two new cases in the original spirit of design or the original cases
42 Facade pipes, all speaking
Placement in room Rear gallery on platform
Builder's name Norman and Beard, London and Norwich
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1913
Construction materials
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses CC-c
Number of keys 61
Key material Ivory key tops
Pedal compass CCC-C
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material Beech and Ebony
Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-pneumatic
Type of stop action Electro-pneumatic
Couplers Swell Octave, Swell to Great, Swell to Pedal, Great to Pedal
Console type Detached drawstop
Stop label material Ivory stop heads
General design Pitch A440 @ 21C
Playing aids Balance mechanical Swell pedal
Divisions    Great, Swell, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diapason 8' Metal
Clarabel Flute 8' Wood
Saube Flute 4' Metal
Viola d'Gamba 8' Metal
Rohr Flute 8' Metal
Gemshorn (Principal) 4' Metal


16' Wood
Total number of stops


Total number of ranks 7
Total number of pipes 426
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Restored in 2008 for installation in the Church of our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Willagee, in 2009.  There are no changes to the stop list but the installation will include new cases in the original spirit of design and new actions. These were unfortunately destroyed many years ago.  The original divided cases were designed by Sir Walter Tapper.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ Installed at Guildford Grammar School Chapel 1913.
Overhauled and releathered 1950's by Paul F Hufner.
Installed in the David Law-Davies Assembly Hall in 1978 by students and teachers of the College.  Direct electric pull-downs for the chest were fitted at this stage.  The cases and pneumatic actions were place into storage, but unfortunatedly dissapeared soon after.
Dismantled in 1996 and moved to the F.J. Larner organ factory at Bayswater for storage.  
Later moved to the Larner residence at Yarloop.
Information on current organ It was planned to have the organ in place by the end of September 2009, the blessing and inaugural recital to be held around this time. This would have marked 50 years of John Larner's involvement in the organ building industry!

Unfortunately John's health deteriorated and he was unable to maintain this schedule. Then, in January 2016 a terrible bushfire destroyed the Yarloop Workshops where critical parts of the organ were being stored.

John Larner died on 1st November 2017 and the organ remains incomplete.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder Trinity Uniting Church, Perth
St. Patricks Anglican Church, Mout Lawley
Photographs Historical photograph of Guildford Grammar chapel interior from the OHTA web site.
Photograph of new casework from John Larner
Technical documents  Information from F J Larner 01 December 2008.
Drawing of organ layout from F J Larner & Co.
General documents
Supporting information
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
Additional information from F J Larner 01 Dec 2008.
This entry D B Duncan 06 Jan 2009.
Additional information from John Larner 23 Jan 2009
Additional information from John Larner 26 Jan 2009.
Correction of date of old organ installation in David  Lawe -Davies Centre by Andrew Gardner 09 Feb 2010.
Additional photographs from John Larner 01 Aug 2013
Information about the destruction of parts of the organ and the death of John Larner from Bruce Duncan 14 Feb 2021