City Uniting Church
Northbourne Avenue, Canberra

1925 Geo. Fincham & Sons for St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Goulburn
Inst. present location 1988 by David Hudd
Rebuilt 2011 Australian Pipe Organs
2 manuals, 18 speaking stops, 9 couplers, electro-pneumatic action



From SOJ October/November 1987:

The 1925 George Fincham & Sons organ fromSt Andrew's Uniting Church in Goulburn was donated to the new City Uniting Church in Canberra and installed in the new building in 1988 by David Hudd. It was restored using the existing tubular-pneumatic action.

From 2001 OHTA Conference handbook:

The organ was built in 1925 by George Fincham & Son for St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Goulburn, being the second pipe organ owned by the church [it was installed in the new Clifford Street Church, following the demolition of the earlier St Andrew’s in Sloane Street, near the railway - PdL 2006]. Located in a spacious side apse, it sounded to great effect in that resonant building. Not long after the formation of the Uniting Church, the Fincham was given to Canberra City Church and a renovation completed in 1988 by David Hudd, a former director of J.W. Walker & Sons (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. At this time a number of tonal alterations were undertaken by swapping the position of ranks within the Swell and removing the previously duplexed Swell Bourdon so that it was playable only on the Pedal.

For a short period, a small single-manual chamber organ belonging to Rev. Michael Johnson was erected at the southern end of the worship space. Almost certainly the work of Flight & Robson of London, c.1830, this instrument was taken to Tasmania and later sold to the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney where it was visited during the OHTA conference of 1995.



The specification was:

Great
Open Diapason
Claribel
Dulciana
Principal
Flute
Fifteenth

Swell
Open Diapason
Gedackt
Viol d'Orchestre
Voix Celeste
Octave
Mixture
Horn

Pedal
Subbass
Bourdon
Bass Flute
Flute
Horn

Couplers
Swell to Great
Swell Super Octave
Swell Sub Octave
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal

8
8
8
4
4
2


8
8
8
8
4
III
8


16
16
8
4
8





















+






*
^








Tubular-pneumatic action
Attached stopkey console

+ in place of the former duplexed Bourdon
* new extension from Bourdon
^ duplexed from Swell

 

The organ was rebuilt in 2011 by Australian Pipe Organs, the work involving the electrification of the key and stop actions. The current specification, supplied by Robert Heatley from APO, is:

Great
Open Diapason
Claribel Flute
Dulciana
Principal
Flute
Fifteenth

Swell
Open Diapason
Gedeckt
Viol d'Orchestre
Voix Celeste
Principal
Mixture 15.19.22.
Horn
Tremulant

Pedal
Sub Bass
Bourdon
Quint
Bass Flute
Octave Flute

Couplers
Swell to Great
Swell Sub Octave to Great
Swell Octave to Great
Swell Octave
Swell Sub Octave
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell Octave to Pedal
Great & Pedal Pistons Coupled

8
8
8
4
4
2


8
8
8
8
4
III
8



16
16
10-2/3
8
4
























TC


(remade)



A
(enclosed in Swell)
A
A
A












 

Accessories                                                                                                              

4 adjustable thumb pistons to Great 
4 adjustable thumb pistons to Swell
4 adjustable thumb pistons to Pedal
Great to Pedal reversible thumb piston
Swell to Great reversible thumb piston                              
General Cancel thumb piston
Balanced mechanical swell expression

Action

Electro-pneumatic action
Solid state switching & coupling system

Console

Built in / stop key

 






Photos supplied by Trevor Bunning, June 2006