St Mary's Anglican Church

B. 1861 J.W. Walker, London (job no. 683).
1 manual, 7 speaking stops, 1 coupler, mechanical action

Photo: Trevor Bunning (2011)

This attractive church in the Gothic style was designed by the noted London architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter in association with Tasmanian architect Henry Hunter. The foundation stone was laid in 1861 and the church opened the following year. Constructed in bluestone, it consists of a nave with south aisle, chancel, tower and spire, the latter built in 1932 to the design of Launceston architect Hubert East [1].

The organ was built by J.W. Walker, London (job no 683) and is almost identical to the builder's earlier organ at St Mark's, Deloraine, nearby. The Walker ledgers record the following:

August 30 1861. A small Church organ (for St Rd. Dry) contents same as above [Deloraine].

In neat stained & varnished Case with plain spotted metal speaking pipes in front, 10ft 10in high (organ in highest part 11ft 8 in), 6 ft wide and 3ft 3in deep, as agreed for the nett sum of £80.0.0. Packing the instt., Four strong packing Cases with glued joints, 2 Cases lined with Tin, Cartage to Docks acct. to Atkins & Co., St. Helens Place [2].

The instrument remains unaltered from the original apart from the addition of electric blowing and diapering of the façade pipes. The pipework of the two-rank Mixture has been restored recently by Richard Duncan of Laurie Pipe Organs as the result of a generous gift to the church [3].

Double Diapason
Open Diapason
Stopd Diapason
Twelfth & Fifteenth

Subbass Pedal

2-2/3 & 2


tone A

tone (metal trebles with chimneys)


tone A

Compass: manual FF-g 51 notes, pedal FF-d 23 notes [4]


[1] E.G. Scott, St Mary's Church, Hagley, 1862-1965 (Hagley: St Mary's Church, 1965); Dorothea I. Henslowe, Our Heritage of Anglican Churches in Tasmania (Moonah, Tasmania: Mercury Walch, c. 1979), pp.29

[2] J.W. Walker Ledger Book AA

[3] Pers. comm. Marc Nobel to John Maidment, 2000

[4] Specification noted 1967 John Maidment





Organ Scholar, Alexander Kendall (Launceston Grammar School and St John's)

Photos: Peter Dowde (Nov. 2007)

Two photos above: Trevor Bunning (2011)