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Yarloop Workshops Inc., Yarloop

Yarloop Steamshed

Yarloop Steamshed
John Larner at the Yarloop Steamhouse console
(Photo: Harvey Mail)

Yarloop Steamhouse
The New Casework for the organ

Name of institution Yarloop Workshops Inc.
Type of institution Museum
Street Address Johnston Road
City Yarloop
State Western Australia
Postcode 6218
Country Australia
Name of building Steamshed
Name of room Steamshed
Dates of the building Began operations in 1901 and closed in 1978, now a Museum
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings Many of the buildings were constructed just after 1900, mainly of timber with corrugated iron roofs. Although designed as industrial buildings, they are unusual in their attention to window and door details and machinery housings. Wherever possible these have been restored.
Other location information The workshops maintained the steam locomotives of the extensive and complex Millars railway system developed to transport the felled timber, and to service the other 26 South West mills. In addition the workshops manufactured some rolling stock and mill equipment and serviced stationary steam engines that drove the mills. The workshops were particularly noted for the construction of replacement parts (necessary to avoid the delays in acquiring these from the United Kingdom) and still house an extensive collection of wooden patterns. The task of cleaning, identifying and cataloguing all the machine tools, pattern books and other artefacts began in 1987.

In 1930 more than 100 people worked at the workshop and Millars employed an additional 500 for their operations in the Yarloop area.

Locomotive maintenance was of prime importance - overhaul work was carried out in the loco-running shed, which now exists as a northern extension to the main workshop building. At night, apprentices would clean and fire the locomotives ready for work in the morning when the locomotives would leave at 3.00 a.m. travelling to mills at Waterous, Nanga Brook and Hoffmans.

The Yarloop Workshops demonstrate early manufacturing and production techniques used in the South West and were still operating in 1978, when Cyclone Alby caused severe damage to the workshop buildings. Millars then moved to their top yard on the South Western Highway. In 1983 they were taken over by Bunnings.
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
Case description
Placement in room
Builder's name F J Larner & Co
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 2008
Construction materials
Number of manuals One (1)
Key compasses
Number of keys
Key material
Pedal compass
Number of pedals
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material Radiating concave
Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-pneumatic
Type of stop action Electro-pneumatic
Couplers None
Tremulants None
Accessories    None
Console type Currently basic, unfinished keydesk, stoptabs
Stop label material
Placement Console rail
General design
Playing aids None
Divisions    Great, Swell (being prepared), Pedal (being prepared)
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diapason
ex Hill organ, St George's Cathedral
8' Metal
ex Roberts Organ, Perth College
8' Metal
Ex Contra Salicional Central Baptist Church
8' Metal
ex Hill organ, St George's Cathedral
4' Metal
Direct coupler to manual
Total number of stops 4
Total number of ranks Three ranks
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Ongoing (2009)
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ There were preparations for installation of a Swell organ and relocation of entire organ to above the southern door of the new Steamshed.
Information on current organ The chest, keys and 3 stops are from the broken up organ of the residence of Mr Jake Maring, Byford.
Comparable instruments to current organ
Assessment of organ The organ was completely destroyed
by a bushfire that devastated Yarloop
in January 2016
This was a simple but very effective instrument in a large room
Other organs by this builder Please refer to the Organ Builders index.
Photographs Photograph of the Steamshed from Yarloop Workshops Inc.
Photograph of John Larner at the console from Harvey Trader and Harvey Mail newspapers.
Photograph of new casework by John Larner.
Technical documents 
General documents General information from Yarloop Workshops Inc.
Supporting information
Document control Information about the organ from F J Larner 01 December 2008
This entry D B Duncan 15 January 2009.
Additional photograph 30 January 2009.
Additional information about the origins of the pipe ranks noted by Bruce Duncan in conversation with John Larner, 9 May 2009.
Photograph of new casework from John Larner 06 August 2009.
Update on destruction of the organ February 2016.