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West Perth Ross Memrorial Church

West Perth Ross Memorial

West Perth Ross Memorial

West Perth Ross Memorial


Name of institution Ross Memorial Uniting Church
Type of institution Church
Street Address Cnr Hay and Colin Streets
City West Perth
State Western Australia
Postcode 6005
Country Australia
Name of building Ross Memorial Uniting Church
Name of room Church sanctuary
Dates of the building
Architect’s and builder’s names
Special architectural features
Special fittings

Other location information

Name of contact Uniting Church in the City
Mailing Address PO Box X2222, Perth   6847
Other contact information


Date of previous organs None
Detail of previous organs
Dates when key work has been undertaken
Dates of any moves that have taken place
Variations from original design of organ
Information on previous organs
Information about comparable instruments to previous organs
Present organ
Type of installation Organ chamber with case and display pipes arranged in 3 towers, with flats between.
Case description Cedar timber panels, stained dark reddish brown
Placement in room Front centre
Builder's name J.E. Dodd, Adelaide.
Opus number
Date of completion/installation 1917
Construction materials Timber
Number of manuals Two (2)
Key compasses CC-aaa
Number of keys 58
Key material White naturals, ebony sharps
Pedal compass CCC-F
Number of pedals 30
Pedalboard type Concave radiating
Pedalboard material
Type of chests Slider chests
Type of key action Electric, open contacts
Type of stop action Electric
Couplers Swell Octave, Swell to Great, Swell to Pedal, Great to Pedal
Tremulants None
Accessories    6 Composition pedals
Console type Free standing
Stop label material Wood with synthetic, engraved insert discs
Placement Centre of choir stalls at front of church
General design Square, plain casework
Playing aids
Divisions    Swell, Great, Pedal
Wind pressures Approx. 100mm wg
Stop list
Open Diapason 8' Metal 58 pipes
Dulciana 8' Metal 58 pipes
Clarabel 8' Wood 58 pipes
Open Flute 4' Wood 58 pipes
Principal 4' Metal 58 pipes
Fifteenth 2' Metal 58 pipes
Lieblich Bourdon 16' Wood 58 pipes A
Open Diapason 8' Metal 58 pipes
Hohl Flute 8' Wood 58 pipes
Viol d’Orchestre 8' Metal 58 pipes
Vox Celeste 8' Metal 46 pipes
Principal 4' Metal 58 pipes
Cornopean 8' Metal 58 pipes
Bourdon 16' A
Sub bass 16' Wood 30 pipes
Total number of speaking stops 15 stops
Total number of ranks 14 ranks
Total number of pipes 772 pipes
Dates when key work has been undertaken on current organ Rebuilt in 1989 by F J Larner & Co.  Action changed from Tubular-pneumatic to electro-pneumatic.  Fifteenth added to spare slide on the Great organ.
Pipe decoration restored 2000, Pipe Organs W.A.
Dates of any moves that have taken place to current organ
Information on current organ
Comparable instruments to current organ
Current status Good condition.
Assessment of organ
Other organs by this builder

Photograph of church exterior by Bruce Duncan
Photographs of  the organ by Graham Devenish
Photograph of church interior from Uniting Church in the City
Photograph of new pipe display by Angela Currie

Technical documents 
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 01 January 2009.
Photograph of church exterior added 30 January 2009.
Information and photographs from Graham Devenish 09 March 2009.
Photograph of church interior 08 November 2010.
Photograph of new pipe display 14 September 2018