Brisbane Temple, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

This organ was built by Charles Dirksen of Brisbane in 1958. It was an extension organ of 4 speaking ranks with 2 manuals and pedals.

It is now installed in the new Meeting House which was opened in 2003. The console is located opposite the organ with the organist facing the organ across the seating area for the choir and speakers.

A new computer-controlled relay system has replaced the original console relays and has been mounted in the organ chamber. This system is designed by Lynton Gough who also designed the Pedal to Great Bottom-note coupler for the Chermside Uniting Church.

Two new ranks, the Principal and the Rohrflute, have been added to the existing pipework which has been voiced and blended to match the new room. A new blower supplies the releathered bellows. A new Victorian Ash showfront with the existing pipes complements the rest of the fittings in the room.

Small extension organs can be quite acceptable if they are well-voiced and are required to provide variety rather than loudness. With the addition of the two new ranks, we are now able to borrow the stops at 2 octave intervals rather than single octaves. This allows the voicer to blend the sounds of the organ with extra latitude; but giving them a more individual quality than if they were borrowed an octave apart. The main advantages of the extension organ are its economy and compactness, yet it still uses pipes to produce a natural sound.


Richard wiring-up the soundboard magnets.

The Console is well situated to survey the whole room.

Specification:

GREAT

  • Bourdon 16
  • Open Diapason 8
  • Stopped Flute 8
  • Salicional 8
  • Principal 4
  • Flute 4
  • Twelfth 2 2/3
  • Fifteenth 2
  • Quint 1 1/3
  • Piccolo 1
  • Trumpet 8
  • Clarion 4

SWELL

  • Bourdon 16
  • Open Diapason 8
  • Stopped Flute 8
  • Salicional 8
  • Principal 4
  • Salicional 4
  • Nazard 2 2/3
  • Salicional 2
  • Tierce 1 3/5
  • Trumpet (Ten C) 16
  • Trumpet 8
  • Clarion 4

PEDAL

  • Bourdon 16
  • Open Diapason 16
  • Stopped Flute 8
  • Salicional 8
  • Quint 5 1/3
  • Principal 4
  • Flute 4
  • Trumpet 8
  • Clarion 4

Disposition of the Ranks:

Flute: Great: Bourdon 16, Stopped Flute 8,

Swell: Bourdon 16, Stopped Flute 8, Nazard 2 2/3

Pedal: Bourdon 16, Stopped Flute 8, Quint 5 1/3

Open Diapason: Great: Open Diapason 8, Fifteenth 2

Swell: Open Diapason 8

Pedal: Open Diapason 8

Salicional: Great: Salicional 8

Swell: Salicional 8. Salicional 4, Salicional 2,

Pedal: Salicional 8

Trumpet: Great: Trumpet 8, Clarion 4

Swell: Trumpet 16 (ten C), Trumpet 8, Clarion 4

Pedal: Trumpet 8, Clarion 4

Principal (new): Great: Principal 4, Twelfth 2 2/3, Quint 1 1/3

Swell: Principal

Pedal: Principal 4

Rohrflute (new): Great: Flute 4, Piccolo 1

Swell: Flute 4, Tierce 1 3/5,

Pedal: Flute 4