What is significant?
The pipe organ was built by the English firm, FW Nicholson and was originally installed in the Independent Congregational Church, Malvern Road Prahran, in 1861. Following the sale of the church to the former City of Prahran in the 1980s, the organ was donated to St Patrick's Mentone where it was recommissioned in 1999.
How is it significant?
The St Patrick's pipe organ is of historical, scientific (technological) and aesthetic significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The pipe organ at St Patrick's Mentone is historically important as the only example of an FW Nicholson imported into organ in Victoria, and the largest such instrument remaining in the world. The organ is historically important because of the survival of its original pipework, the largest and oldest corpus of pipework extant in Victoria.
The aesthetic importance of the organ is demonstrated in the richness and diversity of the ornate stencilled decoration on the organ?s facade display pipes which was applied in 1862, one of the earliest examples of this type of work in Victoria. The design and scaling of the organ is important and illustrates the strong influence on Nicholson's work of the renowned German organ building firm Shulze.