St Peter's Lutheran College

Harts Road, Indooroopilly

Whitehouse Bros, Brisbane, 1980
Completed 1983 H.W. Jarrott, Brisbane
2 manuals (3-manual console), 23 speaking stops, electric action




The Chapel at St Peter's Lutheran College, Indooroopilly
[Photograph by David Vann (August 2012)]

 

Historical and Technical Documentation by Geoffrey Cox
© OHTA 2012 (last updated August 2012)


St Peter's Lutheran College was established at Indooroopilly in 1945, and is now the largest Lutheran school in Australia.1 The chapel was built in 1966 to the design of the noted avant-garde Brisbane architect, Karl Langer (1903-69). It was opened and dedicated in 1967. Viennese-born, Langer had settled in Australia immediately prior to the Second World War, and became actively engaged in many public and professional bodies. He lectured for a time in town planning at the University of Queensland. His other Queensland buildings include St John's Lutheran Church, Bundaberg, and the Mount Thompson Crematorium in Brisbane. The chapel at St Peter's Lutheran College, Indooroopilly, is said to have been his favourite building.2



The interior of the Chapel at St Peter's Lutheran College, Indooroopilly
[Photograph by David Vann (August 2012)]




The 1980 Whitehouse Bros organ, completed in 1983 by H.W. Jarrott
[Photograph by David Vann (August 2012)]

 

The G. Dohler Memorial Pipe Organ was built in 1976-80 by Whitehouse Bros of Brisbane, shortly before the firm ceased operation in 1982, and was completed by H.W. Jarrott in 1983.3 The specification reflected endeavours at this time by the Whitehouse firm to update their tonal design, influenced to some extent by perceived progressive features in the rebuilt organ at St John's Cathedral in Brisbane in the early 1970s. The specification at Indooroopilly includes stop nomenclature not found elsewhere in the work of Whitehouse Bros, but the design is essentially conservative. A three-manual console was provided, with a view to adding a Choir division. There are four stopped holes for Choir draw-stops at the console.



Console of the 1980 Whitehouse Bros organ
[Photograph by David Vann (August 2012)]

The pipework originally included the Swell (& Pedal) Bourdon 16ft stop from the 1903 Charles Richardson organ at the Ann Street Presbyterian Church, which had been partially stripped down around this time. With the return of this stop to Ann Street in 2003-04, negotiated by W.J. Simon Pierce, it was replaced at Indooroopilly with the original Swell Lieblich Bourdon 16ft stop removed in the early 1980s from the 1889 George Benson organ at the Uniting Church, Albert Street, Brisbane.4

GREAT
Bourdon
Open Diapason
Koppel Flute
Viola da Gamba
Principal
Spillflute
Salicet
Twelfth
Fifteenth

SWELL
Geigend Diapason
Chimney Flute
Gemshorn
Bach Flute
Piccolo
Quint
Mixture
Trompette

CHOIR
[prepared at console only]

PEDAL
Sub Bass
Echo Bass
Rohr Pommer
Cello
Principal
Trompette

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


8
8
4
4
2
1-1/3
III
8





16
16
8
8
4
8

A


B
C

B

C









D






A

B

D

[originally Richardson 1903; now Benson 1889]
























[originally Richardson 1903; now Benson 1889]




COUPLERS
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell to Great
Swell to Great Super
Swell to Choir
Swell Sub
Swell Super

Swell tremulant
Direct electric action
Detached draw-stop console
Pedalboard: radiating & concave
Balanced swell pedal
Compass: 61/30
3 thumb pistons to Great Organ
3 thumb pistons to Swell Organ
3 thumb pistons to Choir Organ
1 toe piston for full-organ.5

 

 







Console details of the Whitehouse Bros organ
[Photographs by David Vann (August 2012)]

 

Repairs to the bellows and Swell upperboards were undertaken in 1997 by W.J. Simon Pierce.6

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1 St Peters Lutheran College website, http://www.stpeters.qld.edu.au - accessed 8 May 2012.

2 Ian Sinnamon, 'Langer, Karl (1903 - 1969),' Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 15, (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2000), pp. 55-56.

3 Dates supplied by David Vann, c.1976-83.

4 Personal communication to G. Cox from Simon Pierce, January 2004.

5 Specification supplied by Graeme Morton, June 2003.

6 The Organ Voice, vol. 23, no. 4 (December 1997), p. 28.