Christ Church Brunswick
Christ Church Anglican Church
Brunswick

1971 Roger H Pogson, 2 manuals, 15 speaking stops, 3 couplers, mechanical action









The nave of Christ Church was designed by Purchas & Swyer in 1857 and was stuccoed at a later date. The church is quite exceptional for its Picturesque Italianate character, though it is unclear whether this was intended at the onset. The transepts, chancel and vestry were designed by Smith & Watts in 1873-4, and the transept elevation has something of the character of the designs in N.H. Parker's book Villa Rustica of 1835. This is consistent with the use of Parker's motifs by Thomas Watts at the homestead Bontharambo near Wangaratta . The campanile of 1870-1, also by Smith & Watts, continues the Italianate character, and the apse was completed by another architect, Frederick Wyatt, in 1875. [1]

The interior contains many outstanding fittings including the carved Gothic font, stained glass by Ferguson & Urie and Napier Waller, and the carved rood figures over the chancel.

The first organ at Christ Church was built by Alfred Fuller and opened on 24 November 1889. It was initially sited on the right wall of the chancel where space was extremely constricted and it was moved to the right transept in 1898. The façade pipes (including the wooden pedal pipes at the end of the case) were elaborately stencilled.


Alfred Fuller organ taken between 1889 and 1898 (JRM)


It was rebuilt in 1934 by Hill, Norman & Beard (Australia) Pty Ltd (order number V25) who converted the original mechanical action to tubular-pneumatic with an attached stopkey console. At this time the façade pipes were covered in gold paint. It was removed in 1972 and the parts dispersed.


GREAT
Open Diapason
Lieblich Gedeckt
Claribel
Dulciana
Harmonic Flute
Swell Sub Octave to Great
Swell to Great
Swell Octave to Great

SWELL
Violin Diapason
Salicional
Celeste
Principal
Piccolo
Sub Octave
Unison Off
Octave
Tremulant

PEDAL
Bourdon
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

8
8
8
8
4





8
8
8
4
2






16















TC












Compass: 56/30



Its replacement was designed to provide adequate support to the liturgy and the congregation, and to provide a clarity and variety of tone appropriate to the performance of the classical organ repertoire. Built by the Sydney organbuilder, Roger H. Pogson, it has a solid cedar case of classical design, incorporating burnished tin pipework, and fully mechanical key & stop action. Widely used for recitals and teaching, this instrument has exerted a wide influence upon the music of Melbourne. It was the first two-manual modern mechanical action organ, designed along classical principles, to be installed in a Melbourne church. [2]

The specification of the organ was drawn up by the organist at the time, Edward King with the advice of Sergio de Pieri. The organ was built largely through the generosity of Mrs. Isobel Finchett, in memory of her late husband Albert Leslie Finchett, and by gifts, large and small from the congregation and the public. The Cymbel pipes are the gift of John Larter, in memory of his late wife Eileen Larter. The reed stops were the gift of the organist, Edward King. The consultant to the Committee was Sergio de Pieri. The project commenced in April 1967, and came to fruition in April 1972. [3]

The specification of the current organ is as follows:



Manual I (Great)
Gedackt
Principal
Sifflute
Mixture
Dulzian
II-I (by catch pedal)

Manual II (Positive)
Gemshorn
Rohrflute
Principal
Quint
Cymbel
Sesquialtera
Tremulant

Pedal
Sub-bass
Principal
Choral-bass
Fagott
I – Ped (by catch pedal)
II-Ped (by catch pedal)

8
4
2
III
8



8
4
2
1-1/3
III
II



16
8
4
16



Action: Mechanical

Pressures: Great 60 mm, Positive 50 mm.

Builder: Roger H. Pogson Pty. Ltd., Sydney. Date of Opus: 1971.


[1] Victorian churches : their origins, their story & their architecture, edited by Miles Lewis. East Melbourne: National Trust of Australia (Victoria), 1991, p61
[2] http://www.nattrust.com.au/trust_register/search_the_register/christ_anglican_church_organ
[3] Christ Church Brunswick website


 
 

Photos above JRM (Nov  2009)