St Mark's Anglican Church,
Figtree Road, Figtree (Hunters Hill)

The Kinloch Organ (circa 1845)

(The St. Paul’s, Rose Bay Organ)
Kinloch organ when in St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney
In 1992, upon the closure of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Rose Bay, the parish decided to donate their organ to St. Andrew’s Cathedral School, who decided to place the organ in the Cathedral. An organ loft was built above the Sound Booth, adjacent to the main organ console, and the organ was opened with a recital being given by the Headmaster, Mr Allan Beavis on 26th March, 1992. The organ was used extensively for boys only Evensongs and for any choral works needing only light accompaniment. It was also used for early English repertoire in recitals. It served the cathedral well right up until the building was closed for restoration in 1999 when it was given to the parish of St Mark's, Figtree (Hunters Hill).

John Kinloch, with partner William Johnson built the first organs to be constructed in the colonies. This organ is the only remaining organ to be known to have been built by Kinloch on his own.

The organ was originally built c.1845 for St. Andrew’s Scots Church which was located behind St. Andrew’s Cathedral where the present day St. Andrew’s House now stands. The organ was removed in 1885 when a larger organ was erected and was rebuilt in Roseby Memorial Congregational Church at Marrickville. It remained in this church until about 1970 when it was bought by the Sydney organ builders Pitchford and Garside, restored and then placed in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Rose Bay.

The original manual compass was GG but this has been altered to C. Some changes have been made to the pipework with the Bourdon stop and two octave, flat and parallel pedal-board probably being added when the compass was reduced. It has a Gothic case with a crenallated top and gilt, dummy display pipes arranged in towers and flats.

Kinloch organ in St Mark's, Figtree (PdL)


(circa 1845)

MANUAL (enclosed in a swell box)

1. Open Diapason
(47 pipes)
2. Stopped Diapason
(54 pipes)
3. Principal
(54 pipes)
4. Wald Flute
(42 pipes)
5. Lieblich Flute
(42 pipes)
6. Flute Bass
(12 pipes)
7. Nazard
2 2/3
(54 pipes)
8. Fifteenth
(54 pipes)
9. Bourdon
(25 pipes)


Great to Pedal

Total number of pipes: 384

Compass: 54/25

Action: Mechanical

Combination Pedals:
(i) 2 & 4
(ii) 1, 2, 3 & 4
(iii) Tutti
Trigger Swell pedal

Pitch: a1 = 445 Hz at 26 C

See also Sydney Organ Journal Winter 1999 pp 21-22

© PdL 2006