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BELL, W., & CO.
ROS Reg No. 6739

Regal case, Style 402 action. c.1888 date from the Victorian Collections website. Gifted to Victorian Seamen's Mission in 1890. 1886-1892 based on the style of decal and pedal frames for that era of Bell organ.

From the Victorian Collections website:

Historical information
This organ was gifted by the Bethel Community in 1890 to the then Victorian Seamen's Mission, originally founded by the Bethel Union in 1857. The gift was intended to assist with worship. [...] The organ can be seen in the chapel of both Port Melbourne Missions (see item 0548, and link on postcard from State Library Victoria).

(See also acquisition details re 21st C finalisation of acquisition) This organ is a tangible reminder of the longevity of the Mission to Seafarers, a link with the original Bethel Union which was instrumental in 1856 calling a public meeting and inviting subscriptions by various non-conformist churches to found a mission to Seamen. Rev Kerr-Johnson delivered the first service in 1857 aboard the Emily. The Mission to Seafarers has been in operation ever since and continues to operate to the same purpose today.

Physical description
Large reed organ that looks like a pipe organ with fifteen elaborately painted pipes bearing a floral motif. The body of the organ is elaborately decorated in carved wood. It has 17 knobs above the keyboard both which can be concealed when the keyboard cover is lowered. There are two foot pedals at the bottom of the organ with "Mouse Proof Pedals" cast into the framing iron.

Inscriptions & markings
Maker's mark in gold lettering above keyboard:
W. Bell & Co
Brass plaque on front board:
Presented to/The Victorian Seamen's Mission/by/Congregation worshipping in Bethel/& friends./1st September 1890

ROS Reg No.6739
Date Registered1/17/2022
Manufactured Date1888+/-
Case StyleParlor (with or without top)
Maker LocationGuelph, Ontario, Canada
ModelRegal case, Style 402 action
Knee swells?
Pump methodPumped by Foot + Handle
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