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A Brief History of the Organ

Wurlitzer Opus 792 was built as style D, two manual six rank Special, leaving the factory on 28 February 1924.  Initially stored in San Francisco.

27 March 1924 shipped to Los Angeles, CA Wurlitzer Store.

1926  Installed in the 800 seat Olympic Theatre, Seattle.

1939  The Seattle organ firm of Balcom and Vaughan enlarged the console to 3 manuals, added 2 ranks, and installed the organ in radio station KHQ in the Eastern Washington city of Spokane.

1963-64  Ernest Manly removed the organ from the KHQ and began the installation in his home in Kirkland, Washington.

1989-90  Sold to Ian McLean in Australia.  The organ was crated along with a replacement 3 manual console, which was purchased from Larry Weid of Sacramento.  Everything was trucked to Seattle for the container shipment to Australia.

Delivered to its new owner in Aranda, Canberra, ACT (with additional organ components).  Initially stored and later moved to Queanbeyan, NSW.

1993  The organ was sold to Ray and Carolyn Thornley, Wonthaggi, Gippsland, Victoria.  With Ray's sudden passing, the organ was to be moved once more.

2003  With the prospects of a permanent home in the restored heritage Wesley of Warragul,  the organ was bought by Julien Arnold, John McLennan and Stan Wilson.  Stan donated his part share to the Warragul Theatre Organ Society (WTOS).

Many volunteers and members of the Society have helped in the rebuilding and installation of the organ.  Special thanks to the 'Fab Four' - Julien, John, Neville and Neil.

22 March 2008  Grand Opening.  This  3/10 WurliTzer pipe organ, in its purpose built chamber at Wesley of Warragul, Gippsland, Australia, fully restored to concert performance standard.

 

 

WurliTzer 3/10  (3 manuals / 10 ranks of pipes)

The organ chamber, under the roof space, houses the pipes and percussion instruments, etc. In a sound proofed room behind the chamber is an electric blower unit to supply air for the organ.

 

 

Console (music stand removed)

Six ranks of the pipes housed in the organ chamber (from left) Vox Humana, Concert Flute, Strings, Tibia Clausa, Diapason and Trumpet.

Tucked in behind the pipes - Xylophone (top row) and
Glockenspiel (bottom row).

Pipes - 'close-up'.  Diaphones at front, Trumpets rear

 

Warragul Wurlitzer Theatre Organ
3 manuals, 10 ranks installed in single chamber
Style D Trumpet, Tuba Horn, Open Diapason, Tibia Clausa, Clarinet,
Orchestral Oboe, Strings (2 ranks), Concert Flute, Vox Humana.

PEDAL

GREAT

SOLO
16' OPHICLEIDE 16' TRUMPET (ten C) 16'  TRUMPET (ten C)
16' DIAPHONE 16' TUBA HORN 16'  TIBIA CLAUSA (ten C)
16' BOURDON 16' OPEN DIAPASON 16'  VOX HUMANA
8' TRUMPET 16' TIBIA CLAUSA (ten C) 8'  TRUMPET
8' TUBA HORN 16' CLARINET (ten C) 8'  TUBA HORN
8' OCTAVE 16' STRINGS II (ten C) 8'  OPEN DIAPASON
8' TIBIA CLAUSA 16' BOURDON 8'  TIBIA CLAUSA
8' STRINGS II 16' VOX HUMANA (ten C) 8'  CLARINET
8' FLUTE 8' TRUMPET 8'  KINURA
BASS DRUM 8' TUBA HORN 8'  STRINGS II
KETTLE DRUM 8' OPEN DIAPASON 8'  CONCERT FLUTE
SIDE DRUM 8' TIBIA CLAUSA 8'  VOX HUMANA
CRASH CYMBAL 8' CLARINET 4'  PICCOLO (TIBIA)
TAP CYMBAL 8' KINURA 2' 2/3 TIBIA TWELFTH
Accomp. to Pedal 8' STRINGS II 2'  PICCOLO (TIBIA)
Great to Pedal 8' CONCERT FLUTE 1' 3/5 TIBIA TIERCE

ACCOMPANIMENT

8' VOX HUMANA XYLOPHONE
5' 1/3 TIBIA QUINT GLOCKENSPIEL
8' TRUMPET 4' OCTAVE CHRYSOGLOTT
8' TUBA HORN 4' PICCOLO CHIMES
8' OPEN DIAPASON 4' STRINGS II Solo Sub Octave
8' TIBIA CLAUSA 4' CONCERT FLUTE Solo Unison Off
8' CLARINET 2' 2/3 TIBIA TWELFTH Solo Octave
8' KINURA 2' 2/3 FLUTE TWELFTH

ACCOMPANIMENT SECOND TOUCH

8' STRINGS II 2' PICCOLO (TIBIA)
8' CONCERT FLUTE 2' FIFTEENTH (Salicional) 8'  TRUMPET
8' VOX HUMANA 2' PICCOLO (FLUTE) 8'  TUBA HORN
4' OCTAVE 1' 3/5 TIERCE (FLUTE) 8'  TIBIA CLAUSA
4' PICCOLO (TIBIA) 1' FIFE (FLUTE) 8'  OPEN DIAPASON
4' STRINGS II XYLOPHONE 8'  CLARINET
4' CONCERT FLUTE GLOCKENSPIEL 4'  PICCOLO
2' 2/3 FLUTE TWELFTH CHRYSOGLOTT GLOCKENSPIEL
2' PICCOLO (FLUTE) Great Sub Octave CHIMES
CHRYSOGLOTT Great Unison Off TRIANGLE
SNARE DRUM ROLL Great Octave Solo to Accomp.
CYMBAL BRUSH Solo Sub to Great Great Octave to Accomp.
TOM TOM Solo to Great Accomp. Traps to 2nd Touch
WOOD BLOCK

GENERAL CONTROLS

TREMULANTS

TAMBOURINE
CASTANETS Glockenspiel Re-it TIBIA / VOX HUMANA
SAND BLOCK Xylophone Re-it STRINGS / FLUTE
Accomp. Octave Accomp. Celestes Off CLARINET / ORCH. OBOE
    TUBA / DIAPASON
    TRUMPET
Cheek buttons (8)  Toe studs (3)  Triangle, Crash Cymbal, Roll Cymbal, Birds, Bell, Train, Boat, Horses, Fire Alarm, Jingles, Grand Crash

The TABS layout below shows Orchestral Oboe; currently this is a Kinura rank of pipes (marked in red)

 

Thank You to Julien Arnold for permission to publish
'Warragul Installation' montage.

 Warragul WURLITZER 3/10

RANKS

PIPES
TUBA HORN 73
TIBIA CLAUSA 85
OPEN DIAPASON 85
KINURA 61
CLARINET 61
TRUMPET STYLE D 61
STRINGS 85
STRINGS CELESTE 73
CONCERT FLUTE 97
VOX HUMANA 61
TOTAL PIPES  742
XYLOPHONE 37
GLOCKENSPIEL 37
CHRYSOGLOTT 49
CHIMES 25
TOY COUNTER  

Electronic Relay and Stop Capture System by Tonal Resources, Sydney, NSW

Wurlitzer arrives in Canberra, circa 1990

Thank You to the following Photographers, for many of the photos displayed on these pages:-
John Thiele, Jo-ann Stenton, Norma Wilson (and others unknown).

 

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