St Peter's Anglican Church
Queen Street, Mornington
B 1954 Hill, Norman & Beard (o/n V289);
enl 1972 Laurie Pipe Organs; 1997-98 S.J. Laurie. 2m, 21spst, 8c, elpn.
Gt: 18.104.22.168.2-2/3.2.II. Sw: 22.214.171.124.2.8.4. Ped: 126.96.36.199.16.8.4.
St Peter’s Anglican Organ, Mornington, Victoria HNB 1954/Laurie 1997 -
Stop List and Commentary
(from the book - Steve Laurie, Organ Builder: His Life and Works by Bob Jefferson)
Open Diapason *
Flute á Cheminee
Octave Trompette *
Bass Trompette +
Oct Trompette (Sw)*
Originally built by Hill, Norman and Beard in 1954, additions of three upperwork ranks to the Great made by Laurie in 1972. Additions were carried out in 1997. indicated by * and in 1998 indicated by +. (Bass Trompette octave, made by Australian Pipe Organs, voiced by Laurie).
The instrument in St Peter’s Anglican Church, Mornington always impressed organ builder Steve Laurie as an excellent example of an English-style organ from the first time he saw it in 1964. It was essentially a romantic English organ with a fairly big, solid, heavy Open chorus with a good pedal and good flutes. Steve has always regarded it as a very nice organ, however it was lacking in a number of areas and he got a lot of pleasure of adding things to it to achieve a more comprehensive instrument. He thinks the sixteen foot reed he installed in 1998 is the most important addition that was made, even more than the upper work he added in the 1970’s, although not everyone will agree with this sentiment.
Cover from Steve Laurie, Organ Builder: His Life and Works by Bob Jefferson
Photos: Trevor Bunning (April 2009)