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Perth Trinity Church

Perth Trinity Church

Perth Trinity Church

Perth Trinity 1927
Historical photograph from the State Library website and dated 1927
This shows the first organ in the church.

Name of institution Trinity Uniting Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address 72 St. George's Terrace
City Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6000
Country Australia
Name of building Trinity Uniting Church
Name of room Sanctuary
Dates of the building 1893
Architect’s and builder’s names Henry S. Trigg ARVIA
Special architectural features Trinity Church has probably the most distinctive style of architecture among the churches of the City of Perth, which are predominantly in the Gothic idiom.  Trinity is of American Romanesque style and was built in  in the heady days of the goldrush when architects emigrated to the West to find work.  Trigg was the first locally trained architect to practise in the West. 

The main facade of the church incorporates twin flanking towers capped by octagonal spires roofed in slate, a rose window and large entrance portal.  
Special fittings The interior is of note for its galleries and their cast iron balustrading and stained glass by Ashwin of Sydney.
Other location information The Church is the third to be built on this site.  The second still stands behind the present church, serving as a hall.  It is classified by the National Trust and was built at around the same time as the Barracks Arch and the Town Hall, of similar brickwork. 
Name of contact
Mailing Address
Other contact information
Date of previous organs 1892, installed 1894
Detail of previous organs Norman & Beard
Dates when key work has been undertaken Renovated 1913 by J E Dodd.
Dates of any moves that have taken place Removed and  installed 1929 Johnston Memorial Church, Fremantle.
Removed, rebuilt and installed 1969 at St Patrick's Church, Mt Lawley by Paul F. Hufner.
Variations from original design of organ
Information on previous organs

2m., 18, 7c., el.mag. 
Gt: *
Sw: 8.8.4.II.8.8. 

Details of the organ can be found at Johnston Memorial Church

* The Great had 2-2/3 and 2, not III. The Mixture was created by J E Dodd in 1903 out of the existing Great Twelfth and Swell Mixture II to make space for a new Viole d’Orchestre on the Swell.

Information about comparable instruments to previous organs

Present organ
Type of installation Front elevated chamber
Case description The casework, of three broad flats with finely carved pipeshades, is of fine quality and likely to have been designed by Philip Selfe, of the organbuilding firm.
Placement in room Front central behind pulpit
Builder's name William Hill & Son and Norman & Beard Ltd of London
Opus number 3
Date of completion/installation 1929
Construction materials
Number of manuals Three (3)
Key compasses
Number of keys 61
Key material Ivory
Pedal compass
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type
Pedalboard material
Type of chests
Type of key action Electro-pneumatic
Type of stop action Electro-pneumatic
Console type Detached drawknob
Stop label material Ivory
Placement Left choir stalls
General design
Playing aids
Divisions    Great, Swell, Choir, Pedal
Wind pressures
Stop list
Open Diapason 8'
Stopped Diapason   8'
Dulciana 8' A
Principal 4'
Orchestral Flute 4'
Twelfth 2 2/3' 1993 addn
Fifteenth 2'
Fourniture IV 1993 addn
Trumpet 8' B
Bourdon 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Lieblich Gedackt 8'
Salicional 8'
Unda Maris 8' TC
Gemshorn 4'
Mixture III
Horn 8'
Oboe 8'
Claribel Flute 8'
Viole d'Ochestre 8'
Flauto Traverso 4’
Cornet III 1993 addn
Clarinet 8'
Trumpet 8' B
Open Diapason 16'
Bourdon 16' C
Bass Flute 8' C
Dulciana 8' 1993 addn A
Trombone 16' 1993 addn B
Trumpet 8' 1993 addn B
Total number of speaking stops 30
Total number of ranks 32
Total number of pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Restored without alteration c1965 Paul F. Hufner. 
Further mechanical refurbishment, with tonal additions, took place in 1993 by F.J. Larner and Co.  A Pedal Dulcet 4' was planned but did not eventuate.  The original "Christie style" coupler and combination mechanisms are stored within the church.  The Choir Dulciana was removed in favour of a Cornet.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ
Comparable instruments to current organ The instrument is comparable in size with the contemporary and intact Hill, Norman & Beard instrument at St Peter's Anglican Church, Ballarat, Victoria. 
Current status In good condition and regular use
Assessment of organ The overall Hill, Norman & Beard sound, of great boldness, and delightful softer colours and reeds, has been preserved.
Other organs by this builder
Photographs Photograph of church exterior from Australian Explorer
Photograph of church front by Mark Quarmby
Photograph of organ by Bruce Duncan
Photographs of church interior from the Uniting Church In The City web site.
Historical photograph from the WA State Library
Technical documents  Details of the church and organ from OHTA Conference Book 2004
General documents
Supporting information
Document control Original entries J R Elms, OAM, Gazetteer of Western Australian Pipe Organs, 1971, 1999,2003 and 2004.
This entry D B Duncan 27 December 2008.
Additional information from Alan True 05 February 2009.
Additional information on the 1993 renovation from Dr Kelvin Hastie, OHTA, 20 April 2009.
Additional photographs 08 November 2010.
Historical photograph sourced by Andrew Gardiner 13 October 2014.
Correction to stop list of 1892 organ by John Beaverstock, 31 July 2017.


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