St Aidan’s Uniting Church – North Balwyn

Duggan St, Balwyn North VIC 3104, Australia

SIOC rebuild 1996-1997

GREAT  
Dulciana8'
 Rohr Flute8'
Open Diapason8'
Wald Flute4'
Principal4'
Twelfth2 2/3'
Fifteenth2'
Trumpet                  8' (a)
SWELL
Violin Diapason8'
Lieblich Gedacht8'
Voix Céleste8'
Gamba8'
Hohl Flute4'
Gemshorn4'
Piccolo2'
Oboe8'
Horn8'
Tremulant
CHOIR 
Claribel8'
Salicional8'
Vox Angelica8'
Flute4'
Salicet4'
Trumpet                  8' (a)
Clarionet8'
Tremulant
PEDAL 
Open Diapason16'
Bourdon16'
Principal8'
Bass Flute8'
Octave4'
Flute4'
Trombone              16' (a)
Trumpet                  8' (a)
COUPLERS
Swell Octave
Swell Suboctave
Choir Octave
Choir Suboctave
Swell to Choir
Great Octave
Swell to Great
Choir to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell Octave to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
Choir Octave to Pedal

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 electro-pneumatic.

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.