Maughan Uniting Church

cnr Franklin & Pitt Streets, Adelaide

Built 1928 J.E. Dodd for previous church building
2 manuals, 30 speaking stops, 7 couplers, tubular-pneumatic action
Rebuilt 1965 J.E. Dodd & Sons Gunstar Organ Works for current building
3 manuals, 69 speaking stops, 18 couplers, electro-pneumatic action

Historical and Technical Documentation by John Maidment
© OHTA, 2016



Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: exterior
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]

The present church was built in 1964-65 to the designs of architects Gordon C. Brown and Donald L. Davies, with consultant architect Eric von Schramek. It comprises a large and lofty semi-circular auditorium and a square tower at the apex of the two streets.



Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: the Dodd organ opened in 1929
[photograph from Trove (1929)]

The organ at Maughan Uniting Church was built in 1928 by J.E. Dodd for the previous church building and was sited at the front of the church behind a three-tower case:

The following account appeared in The Advertiser, 11 April 1929, p.8

The new organ at the Maughan Central Mission (Maughan Church), Franklin-street, a two-manual and pedal instrument with thirty speaking stops, and tubular-pneumatic action throughout, was built by Mr. J.E. Dodd of Adelaide, to the specifications of Mr. Montague Finlay, organist and choirmaster of the church. The dedication ceremony will take place on April 18.

This instrument, the latest example of the excellence of local organ-building, is handsomely cased and replete with modern control devices, including double-touch pneumatic pistons. A wind range of couplers is provided, and the organ responds readily to every demand of the player. Diapasons are well-voiced, flutes of limpid tone, and reeds of delightful timbre. A notable feature of the pedal organ of eight stops, giving this important department a variety of tone seldom obtainable in South Australia.

GREAT
Bourdon
Diapason Phonon
Open Diapason
Claribel
Dulciana
Principal
Harmonic Flute
Harmonic Piccolo
Contra Tromba
Tromba
Clarion
Swell to Great Sub
Swell to Great
Swell to Great Super


16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2
16
8
4




     
SWELL
Lieblich Bourdon
Open Diapason
Hohl Flute
Aeoline
Angelica
Octave
Flauto Traverso
Mixture
Cornopean
Oboe
Vox Humana
Swell Sub
Swell Super
Tremulant (by pedal)


16
8
8
8
8
4
4
II
8
8
8




     
PEDAL
Major Bass
Sub Bass
Echo Bourdon
Dulciana
Principal
Bass Flute
Ophicleide
Tromba
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal1

16
16
16
16
8
8
16
8
8
1
     

 



Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide:
interior of present church showing organ screen and console to the left
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]

The organ was rebuilt and greatly enlarged for the new church in 1965 by J.E. Dodd & Sons, Gunstar Organ Works. This included the addition of considerable upperwork, extension units and reeds. Other notable Dodd/Gunstar rebuilds carried out at around this time included Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Adelaide, Tynte Street, Baptist Church, North Adelaide and St Mary's Cathedral, Perth.



Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: 1965 console
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]

GREAT
Dulciana
Open Diapason no 1
Open Diapason no 2
Claribel
Gedact
Dulciana
Principal
Harmonic Flute
Twelfth
Fifteenth
Mixture 19.22.26
Contra Tromba
Tromba
Octave Tromba
Tuba
Octave Tuba
Swell to Great 16
Swell to Great 8
Swell to Great 4
Choir to Great 16
Choir to Great 8
Choir to Great 4


16
8
8
8
8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2
III
16
8
4
8
4








A

B

C
A





D
D
D
G
G







 
SWELL
Lieblich Bourdon
Open Diapason
Hohl Flute
Viol d'Orchestre
Aeoline
Octave Diapason
Flauto Traverso
Fifteenth
Mixture 22.26.29
Sesquialtera 12.17
Oboe
Double Trumpet
Trumpet
Clarion
Tremulant
Swell Sub
Swell Super


16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2
III
II
8
16
8
4





E










F
F
F




 
CHOIR
Dulciana
Gedact
Flute
Viol d'Gamba
Dulciana
Angelica
Flute
Dulcet
Twelfth
Nazard
Piccolo
Tierce
Larigot
Dulciana Mixture 26.29
Clarinet
Contra Tromba
Tromba
Octave Tromba
Tuba
Octave Tuba
Tremulant
Swell to Choir 16
Swell to Choir 8
Swell to Choir 4
Great to Choir 8


16
8
8
8
8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2-2/3
2
1-3/5
1-1/3
II
8
16
8
4
G
G






(partly enclosed – 7 non-unified ranks on a slider windchest)
A
C

[Bell Gamba]
A
TC
C
A
A
C


A


D
D
D
G
G






 
PEDAL
Major Bass
Sub Bass
Echo Bourdon
Dulciana
Quint
Principal
Open Flute
Stopped Flute
Dulciana
Octave Quint
Fifteenth
Octave Flute
Mixture
Trombone
Tromba
Octave Tromba
Double Trumpet
Trumpet
Clarion
Great to Pedal 8
Great to Pedal 4
Swell to Pedal 8
Swell to Pedal 4
Choir to Pedal 8
Choir to Pedal 4
Great & Pedal Pistons Coupled

Chimes

16
16
16
8
10-2/3
8
8
8
8
5-1/3
4
4
IV
16
8
4
16
8
4










H
I
E
A
I
B
H
I
A
I
B
I

D
D
D
F
F
F









 

Compass: 61/30
Electro-pneumatic action2

The church is now scheduled for demolition and replacement with a high-rise building. The organ is built into the structure of the building and covered by screens. While some of the pipework has been retrieved and the console, it is unlikely that it can be preserved as a whole.



Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: 1965 console – left hand stop jamb
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]




Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: 1965 console – right hand stop jamb
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]




Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: Great fluework
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]




Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: Choir fluework
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]




Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: Swell Trumpet unit
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]




Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: Dulciana and Major Bass pipework
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]




Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: Tromba pipework
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]




Maughan Uniting Church, Adelaide: Pedal Mixture
[photograph by John Maidment (10 June 2016)]

 


1 Specification from M.J.A. Whiting collection of specifications, cited in Bruce Allan Naylor, Gazetteer of Organs in South Australia, University of Adelaide 1969, pp.55-56

2 Specification cited in Naylor, op,cit., pp.56-60 and verified on visit to church and organ by John Maidment June 2016