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St. Aidan's Uniting, North Balwyn, Melbourne


In June 1996 the redundant 1897 Jenkins organ originally built for Dunedin's Moray Place Congregational Church, left New Zealand for its new home at St. Aidan's Uniting Church, North Balwyn, Melbourne.
The west gallery of this fine modern Church was enlarged and altered to accommodate the 36 strong, mixed choir, and rebuilt organ with its new detached drawstop console.
The organ is almost a twin of the Jenkins in Knox Presbyterian Church, Christchurch, and like it, was enlarged to three manuals in the rebuild.
In its final years in Dunedin the fine Canadian Redwood case and diapered front pipes were covered over with plywood and silver paint, and the action poorly converted from tracker to electropneumatic.
For its new home the original appearance of the organ has been recreated, the pipe decoration being done by master decorator Marc Nobel of Melbourne. Pipework for the new third manual came from a contemporary redundant Melbourne organ by George Fincham.

The new organ has been enthusiastically received, and has been used for a number of public events including recitals by Thomas Heywood and Dame Gillian Weir.
Open Diapason 8'
Rohr Flute 8'
Dulciana 8'
Principal 4'
Wald Flute 4'
Twelfth 2'
Fifteenth 2'
Great Octave
Swell to Great
Choir to Great

Violin Diapason 8'
Gamba 8'
Voix Célestes 8'
Lieblich Gedackt 8'
Gemshorn 4'
Lieblich Flute 4'
Piccolo 2'
Oboe 8'
Horn 8'
Swell Octave
Swell Suboctave

Claribel 8'
Salicional 8'
Vox Angelica 8'
Flute 4'
Salicet 4'
Clarionet 8'
Choir Octave
Choir Suboctave
Swell to Choir

Open Diapason (wood) 16'
Bourdon 16'
Principal 8'
Bass Flute 8'
Octave 4'
Flute 4'
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell Octave to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
Choir Octave to Pedal
Great and Pedal Pistons Coupled
General to Swell Toe Studs

Five pistons to each division
Five general pistons duplicated in treble and bass keyslips
Five toe studs each to Pedal and Swell
Six reversible thumb pistons to the intermanual couplers
Two reversible toe studs: Swell to Great and Great to Pedal
64 channel CMTS micro-processor capture system with digital display and channel lock
Two balanced swell pedals with mechanical linkages
32-note radiating concave pedal board
3 x 61-note manuals (Gt and Sw 56 notes, remainder provided for)
Ventus high speed blower
Adjustable bench

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