St Luke's Anglican Church
Newdegate Street, Deakin

B. 1864 Kirtland & Jardine (Manchester)
Inst. 1865 St John's Anglican Church, Canberra
Inst. 1933 St Paul's Anglican Church, Manuka, Canberra
Inst. present location 1959. 1m., 5 sp. st., no pedals, tr.

This church has closed and is being sold (March 2017)
The organ has been removed and is in storage at Abercrombie House, Bathurst
and will be installed in the gallery of the ballroom.






From 2001 OHTA Conference Handbook:

The organ in this church has the distinction of being the first organ built for the Canberra district. Built in 1864 by Kirtland & Jardine of Manchester for St John's Reid, the instrument was the gift of "the Campbell family of Duntroon, whose progenitor, Robert Campbell, built the church in 1841-44 when the district along the Molonglo River was known as the Canberry Plains". [1] It was opened in 1865 and served until 1933 when it was displaced by the Hill, Norman & Beard organ now at Lyons. It was loaned to St Paul's Anglican Church, Manuka where it served until 1959. The organ was then moved to its present location in time for the opening and dedication of the church on 18 October 1959. It is still on loan from St John's Reid.

The instrument is the only known example in Australia of Kirtland & Jardine. The firm can trace its origins to 1780 when the brothers James and David Davis commenced building organs in Preston, Lancashire. On the retirement of James Davis, the business was taken over by former apprentice, Samuel Renn, who moved operations to Manchester. Upon the death of Renn in 1845 the business was passed over to James Kirtland (1813-95), a nephew and former apprentice of Renn. In 1846 Frederick W. Jardine (1822-1907) joined as a partner and the firm was known as 'Kirtland & Jardine' until Kirtland left the business in 1865. [2] Frederick Jardine had served an apprenticeship with J.C. Bishop and was the son of Joseph Jardine (1791-1867), whose brother George Jardine (b.1801) established the organbuilding company of Jardine & Company of New York in 1834. [3]

The Manchester ftrm of Jardine Organs is still in existence today, at premises that have been in use since 1900 at Elsinore Road, Old Trafford. Operated by a variety of managers and owners over the years, the firm has made a specialty of relocating redundant organs in recent times. In 1996 the firm installed an old Forster & Andrews organ in a wedding chapel in Hokkaido, Japan, while redundant organs by Alex Young & Son and Jardine & Co. have been sent to Sierra Leone in West Africa. Currently the firm is installing a three manual Hill, Norman & Beard organ of 1934 in St George's Cathedral, Freetown, Sierra Leone. [4] The Deakin instrument survives largely in original condition, although a documentation carried out by John Stiller on 22 June 1983 showed the following as alterations:

a) the fitting of tuning slides to open metal pipework and the fitting of beards to several of the larger wooden pipes;

b) the removal of the original bellows and its replacement by a bellows of diaphragm construction, together with the removal of the hand-blowing apparatus;

c) an increase in the wind pressure;

d) recovering of the natural keys and the replacement of the stop labels with grained celluloid;

e) alteration of the music desk assembly.

In spite of these changes, the instrument still retains its original pipework, mechanical actions, soundboard, console layout (including stopheads and swell shutter control), swell box and case. [5]


Photos: Trevor Bunning 2006


The specification is:

MANUAL (enclosed)
Open Diapason
Stopped Diapason
Principal
Flute
Fifteenth

8
8
4
4
2

(38 pipes: C-d#' from Stopt Diapason)
(54 pipes, stopped wood)
(54 pipes)
(54 pipes, open wood)
(54 pipes)


Mechanical action

No pedals

Lever swell pedal

Pitch a = 434 Hz at 15 degrees C [6]



[1] Graeme Rushworth, Historic Organs of New South Wales (Sydney: Hale & Iremonger,1988), 303.
[2] Ibid. Also: Harold Davies, "Jardine Church Organs: a history". Pamphlet published by the firm and supplied by M.R. Denny, May 2001.
[3] Rushworth, ibid.
[4] Correspondence from M.R. Denny, Jardine Organs, to Kelvin Hastie, May 2001.
[5] John Stiller, Detailed documentation - St Luke's Anglican Church Deakin Organ (Organ Historical Trust of Australia, 22 June 1983),4-6.
[6] Ibid., 6.