St John's Anglican Church

This is a similarly small organ of three ranks built by an anonymous English organbuilder circa 1870 and marketed as a standard drawing room organ by the English firm of musical retailers Chappell & Company. The instrument has an attractive case with carved cresting, filigree fretwork panels and two three-pipe towers.

Its original location is unknown, presumably a private residence somewhere in Melbourne. It was installed in St Roch's RC Church, Burke Road, Glen Iris in the 1930s and remained there until 1978 when it was removed to the residence of Ann Blore, first at Ascot Vale and then at Surrey Hills. At this time the facade pipes, previously painted silver, were elegantly diapered in sage green and gold by Marc Nobel, this being his first exercise in this art.

The instrument has recently (1990) received a thorough restoration by S. J. Laurie involving extensive work on the action, wind system and pipework, together with the insertion of a tenor C metal Piccolo 2ft on a slide originally used for a Dulciana, but later a Viole and more recently a 2-2/3 made from the former string stop.

The organ was installed in Alexandra late in 1990.

Open Diapason
Stopd Diapason
stopped bass; open treble
TC metal

mechanical action
compass: manuals 56 notes; pedal pulldowns 25 notes