St Canice's Catholic Church
cnr Roslyn Street and Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay

Builder unknown, prob. W.E. Richardson, c.1926 (2/8 electro-pneumatic)








From SOJ Autumn 1999:

St Canice's church was built about 1887 and has been run by the Jesuits since 1940. The organ was supplied in 1926 but has been difficult to identify owing to the absence of church records and a builder's nameplate. It may have been built by Charles Richardson or erected by him, having been supplied by his father's company in the UK, W.E. Richardson & Sons. The appearance of the case and console is remarkably like a "standard" organ introduced by W.E. Richardson & Sons in 1921. The action to the manuals was mechanical with tubular-pneumatic action to the pedals. The organ was rebuilt in 1978 by Pitchford & Garside with the action being converted to electro-pneumatic and the Great Flute 4' being extended from the Stopped Diapason 8'.

Organbuilder, Ian Brown, writes (by email 23/2/16):

'I remember going to St Canice's with Sid Noad in the early 1960s. He told me that it was a Charles Richardson organ and that he had seen it being built. It was not mechanical action when I saw it first. It was pneumatic action and had cone valve windchests so could only have ever been pneumatic but the pneumatic puffers were in desperate need of replacement then.'


The original specification (noted by Norbert Kelvin 18 June, 1960) was:

Great
Open Diapason
Stop[ped] Diapason
Dulciana

Swell
Violin Diapason
Lieblich [Gedact]
Gemshorn

Pedal
Bourdon

Couplers
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell to Great
Great Octave
Swell Super Octave to Great
Tremulant


8
8
8


8
8
4


16














TC














Balanced Swell pedal

Three thumb pistons to Great (blind)

Great Combination Cancel Piston

Action: Tubular Pneumatic

Drawstop Console




It is located in a rear gallery and speaks across the gallery from the right to the left as one looks at the gallery.





The current specifcation is:

Great
Open Diapason
Stopped Diapason
Dulciana
Flute
Great Octave

Swell
Violin Diapason
Lieblich Gedact
Gemshorn
Fifteenth
Swell Octave

Pedal
Bourdon

Couplers
Swell to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

8
8
8
4



8
8
4
2



16













TC


Replaced an Oboe stop in 1978 rebuild?*










Compass 61/30
Electro-pneumatic action



*
The Oboe, Norbert Kelvin recalls, may have probably been a later addition or was prepared for. In any case, the Swell has a 15th as the fourth stop and the Great 4' is simply the Stopped Diapason extended. The Swell Box has flaps at the front as if to give access to a reed.


© PdL 2006