Scots Presbyterian Church
Fremantle

Alfred Fuller, Kew, Victoria 1897 for unknown location
Restored 1990 F.J. Larner and Co., Perth
2 manuals, 10 speaking stops, 4 couplers, mechanical action 

 



Scots Presbyterian Church, Fremantle
[Photograph by Trevor Bunning (March 2009)]

 

Historical and Technical Documentation by John Maidment
© OHTA 2004, 2009 (last updated March 2009)


The building was designed by Sir J.J. Talbot–Hobbs in an unusual rustic Gothic style and built in 1890 by Petrie and Co. in Fremantle limestone with contrasted quoining on the buttress faces and window edges.  The main facade incorporates a tower, with octagonal spire, porch and triple lancet windows.  Heritage Commission grants have assisted the restoration of the building and stained glass windows.

 

[Photographs by Trevor Bunning (March 2009)]

The organ was built by Alfred Fuller, of Kew, Victoria, in 1897 and is one of the final instruments he constructed before the closure of his business in 1900.  The date of installation in the church, and how it arrived in Western Australia, is uncertain.  It was restored in 1990 by F.J. Larner and Co. and more recently the decoration of the overpainted facade pipes has been restored by Pipe Organs WA.    The original hand blowing still survives.  The instrument is typical of Fuller's smaller instruments where the longest pipes are placed in towers at floor level on either side of the console, together with the absence of an internal passage board between the two manual chests.

 



[Photographs by Trevor Bunning (March 2009)]

GREAT
Open Diapason
Claribel
Dulciana
Principal
Piccolo

SWELL
Lieblich Gedact
Viola da Gamba 
Lieblich Flute
Cornopean

PEDAL
Bourdon

8
8
8
4
2


8
8
4
8


16



gvd bass





gvd bass






Compass: 56/30

4 couplers (incl Swell Octave)

Attached drawstop console with roll top                

Mechanical key and stop action                            

2 composition pedals to Great

2 composition pedals to Swell

Trigger swell lever




 
SOURCES  

            The Heritage of Western Australia:  the illustrated register of the National Estate.  South Melbourne:  Macmillan, 1989, p.20.

            J.R. Elms, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs.  Melbourne:  Society of Organists (Victoria) Inc., 1972.

            Pipe Organs WA website.