St Edmund's Anglican Church
cnr Wild and Holden Streets, Pagewood
Pitchford & Garside 1975 using parts of an 1882 Hill & Son and a Walcker (2/17 mechanical and electric)
From SOJ May 1975, August/September 1987:
The instrument in this church was built in 1975 by Pitchford and Garside using the shell of an organ built by Hill & Son of London in 1882, some pipework from a redundant 1885 E. F. Walcker & Cie, organ and a quantity of new pipework. The Hill organ was originally installed in the Newtown Congregational Church and possessed 2 manuals, 15 speaking stops and mechanical action throughout. It is remembered as an exceptionally fine organ in a superb acoustical environment; it is a matter for the most profound regret that it was severely vandalised in the years up to 1974, Mr Ted Pitchford tells how that many children in Newtown were known to have souvenired most of the pipework. Fortunately, it was possible to retrieve virtually all remaining parts including console, case, soundboards and key action.
The Walcker organ had been located in St Thomas's Anglican church in Auburn but was broken up some time before 1974. It was a small mechanical action organ of 8 speaking stops, including two free reed ranks. Messrs Pitchford & Garside reconstructed the organ according to the basic Hill & Son tonal plan, re-using mechanical action for the manuals but electric action for the pedals. John Stiller, who documented the organ for OHTA in 1984 stated that although most of the original Hill & Son pipework is no longer extant in this organ the sounds produced by the instrument are a surprisingly good attempt in reproducing Hill tonal qualities.
In spite of the fact that the organ is located in a high chancel chamber with part of the casework obscured the organ sounds particularly fine in the good acoustical environment of the Pagewood building. The casework (with pipes now painted in gold) is very similar to other Hill organs of the same vintage at St Andrew's Scots Church, Rose Bay and St Luke's Concord.
The specification is:
Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal