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The Organ


The organ at St John's Church was built in 1925 by J. E. Dodd, Adelaide.

J.E. Dodd & Son, Adelaide, built a beautifully designed gothic case in polished mahogany for the organ they made for St John's Anglican Church, Northam, in 1925.

The two-manual and pedal organ has mechanical action to keys and stops.

It was originally built as a ten stop organ Gt: Sw: Ped: 16. (tubular pneumatic action for the Pedal division)

The organ required restoration in 1982 by Bellsham Pipe Organs (Australia). At this time the Pedal was converted to tracker action, and a Fifteenth added to Great in a cheek.

The 1982 rebuild was deficient in a number of ways, including the use of inferior materials. As a result, the organ was removed from the church for rebuilding and enlargement in June 2015. Tonal design of the organ was explored by the organist and organ builder, leading to a design which enhanced the instrument with the addition of reeds and upperwork. Reworking of the transmission was necessary to remove heavy action and to provide full length wooden trackers to all divisions. The Swell box was rebuilt with new timber lining and a new windchest built to accommodate the enlarged specification which included a new Oboe (not the original labial oboe of Dodd construction), Celeste and flute. The Great windchest was replaced to provide for a Harmonic Flute, Trumpet and four-rank Mixture.

The organ was returned to the church in December 2015 and was partially available for the service on Sunday 13 December. Regulation and voicing was completed in the following week and the organ used in its full capacity for the first time to accompany the Christms services.

Used for Sunday services and occasional concerts and recitals, the organ, in addition to it's role in Christian worship, has become the major civic organ for the Town of Northam.

8'  Open Diapason
8'  Stopped Diapason
4' Harmonic Flute
4'  Principal
2'  Fifteenth
Mixture IV
8' Trumpet

8'  Clarabel
8'  Viole d'Orchestre
8'  Celeste
4'  Flute
2' Piccolo
8'  Oboe

Swell to Great

16'  Bourdon

Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

You can find more detail of the organ at the Organ Society of Western Australia web site