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Melbourne Mar Thoma Syrian Church , Parkville Uniting Church
149 Royal Parade, PARKVILLE, MELBOURNE CITY
Church Statement of Significance: A church of great interest for its crown tower, inspired by mediaeval Scottish precedents and thought to be unique in Australia. It was designed by the Scottish born architect R A Lawson and built in 1898 of red brick with Oamaur limestone dressings. The interior includes numerous stained glass windows and an intact pipe organ built in 1903 by Fincham & Son.
File Note: March 2008: Church sold to Melbourne Mar Thoma Syrian Church
Organ Statement of Significance: A two-manual organ of 16 stops built in 1903 by George Fincham & Son, (shortly after Fincham took his son into partnership), and remaining in essentially original state apart from being moved from the central apse to a side porch c.1940 when minor physical adaptations took place. The instrument, which retains its original tubular-pneumatic action employing large-bore tubing and cone tuning, exhibits all of the hallmarks of excellence of the firm's late 19th century instruments with only subtle differences in the design of the console components.