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The Howson family

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


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To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "The Howson family", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia): http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/howson-family.php; accessed 29 April 2017


Summary

Introducing his printed Lectures on the theory and practice of music in 1846, Isaac Nathan noted Sydney's recent good fortune to have added to its musical ranks such fine voices of "quality, intonation, and flexibility" as those "of Messrs. F. and J. Howson (the talented brothers of Madame Albertazzi)". Frank and John Howson can safely be credited with playing an important foundational role in professional opera and music theatre performances in Hobart and Sydney in the 1840s, more widely during the 1850s, and carried on by Frank's several singer children in Australia, and later also in the United States.

Frank, his wife Emma, and child Frank Alfred (later the famous American songwriter-composer Frank A. Howson), and his brother John, arrived from London at Hobart on the ship Sydney on 28 January 1842, along with another brother, Henry, as assisted emigrants. Notwithstanding their listed trades (pianoforte makers, printer), they had in fact been recruited in London for the Hobart theatre by the fellow passenger Anne Clarke. Also on the ship as assisted emigrants were fellow theatre workers, Theodosia Macintosh (Stirling/Guerin/Stewart), Jerome Carandini, and Emma Young (later Mrs. G. H. Rogers).

The first Howsons left behind their celebrated sister, the contralto singer, Emma Albertazzi, and at least one other singer sister, Sarah, in England. But they were shortly afterward joined in Hobart in 1843 by two more brothers, William Edwin, and Alfred; and in 1844 by their father Francis, an unidentified sister or perhaps aunt Miss Howson (or Miss C. Howson), and Francis's two youngest sons, Frederick and Walter.

Francis's wife Sarah had died in London in 1839 before the family migration began. She had earlier attracted public attention by writing to the British press from the family home in Chelsea to ascertain the fate of her husband, Francis, and two sons, Frank and John, then serving as bandsmen in the British Auxiliary Legion in the Carlist wars in Spain.

Along with Frank Alfred, three more children born to Frank and Emma Howson in Hobart - John junior, Emma, and Clelia - went on to have significant careers in Australia in the early 1860s, and from 1866 in the United States. A fifth child, Charles Edwin, born in Sydney, later worked as an administrator for the actor Henry Irving's company in London. Henry's daughter Ida was also a musician.

The 3 family arrivals


1 Hobart, TAS, 28 January 1842


John Howson, Henry Howson, Frank Howson, Emma Howson, Frank Alfred Howson

Arrived Hobart, 28 January 1842 (assisted immigrants, per Sydney, from the Downs, 3 October 1841)


Tasmanian State Archives; register of bounty arrivals, 5 May 1841 to 3 November 1843; accession: 4737; CB7/9/1/1 P43

https://stors.tas.gov.au/CB7-9-1-1 (page 43) (DIGITISED)

Return of Immigrants per Ship Sydney arrived from London to Hobart Town. 1842, Jany. 28th ...
Emma Young, 26, dress maker, [Bounty payable to applicant, i.e. master of the ship] £ 18 John Howson, 22, Piano forte Maker, [Bounty payable to applicant, i.e. master of the ship] £ 19 ...
Henry Howson, 20, Printer, £ 19 ...
Francis Howson, 24, Piano forte Maker, £ 40 [sic, i.e. with wife Emma, and 1 child under 3] ...
Theo[dosia] McIntosh, 26, Milliner, £ 18 [widow, with 1 child under 3]
Jerome Carandini, 28, Book binder, £ 19 ...

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Courier (28 January 1842), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2954943 

28 - the Sydney, from London, last from the Downs on the 3rd October - passengers, Mr. Stonor, Mr. Winter, Mr. and Mrs. Dickenson, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and child, Mr. Cole, Mr. Garret, Mr. Gledhill, Mr. Colee, Mr. Dartnell, wife, and child, C. Hewer, R. Chick, W. J. Fletcher, J. Carandini, F. Howser, wife, and child, Henry and John Howser, S. Macintosh and child, Emma Young.


"SHIP NEWS", Colonial Times (1 February 1842), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8752388

JAN. 28. - Arrived the ship Sydney, 345 tons, Potter master, from tho Downs 3rd Oct., with Government stores and sundries, Passengers - Mr. and Mrs. Clarke and child, Mr. Cole, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Gladhill, Mr. Colee, J. Perkins, Mr. Dartnell, wife and child, C. Haver, R. Chick, Mr. J. Fletcher, J. Carandine, F. Howson, wife and child, H. and J. Howson, J. M'lntosh and child, Emma Young.

Note that both newspapers listed assisted immigrants without title, Mr., Mrs., or Miss, thus differentiating them from the unassisted passengers.



2 Hobart, TAS, 21 August 1843


William Edwin Howson and Alfred Howson

Arrived Hobart, TAS, 21 August 1843 (unassisted passengers per Eamont, from London, 15 February)

"ARRIVALS", The Courier (25 August 1843), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2952237

21 [August] - Arrived the bark Eamont, 277 tons, Murray, from London 15th February, with a general cargo passengers, Mrs. Powers, Mr. W. Howson, Mr. A. Howson.



3 Hobart, TAS, 2 March 1844


Unassisted emigrants, Francis Howson, Miss Howson (Miss C. Howson), Frederick Howson, Walter Howson

Arrived Sydney, NSW, 11 February 1844 (unassisted passengers per Alfred, from London, 2 November 1843)
Arrived Hobart, TAS, 2 March 1844 (unassisted passengers per Louisa, from Sydney, 17 February)

"ARRIVED", The Australian (13 February 1844), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37125349

Feb. 11. - The barque Alfred, 710 tons, Brett, master, from London, and Plymouth the 2nd November, with merchandise. Passengers, Dr. Dawson (Deputy Inspector-General or Hospitals), Mrs. Dawson, Lieutenant Lethbridge, Mr. Lethbridge, Captain M'Kellar, Miss Richardson, Mr. Hardy, Mr. Coleman, Mr. Smith, Mr. Hirst, Miss Balmain, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Clemont, Mr. and Mrs. M'Donald, son, and daughter, Miss C. Howson, Miss E. Stewart, Miss H. Seacombe, Mr. Robert Owen, Mr. Howson and two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis, Mr. Luscombe, Mr. J. Pullock, Mr. J. Wilson, Messrs. W. and K. M'Dougall, Mr. J. Christie, Mr. C. Burge, and Mr. C. Jacobs. - Flower, Salting. and Co., agents.


"CLEARED AT CUSTOMS", The Australian (17 February 1844), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37119959

Feb. 16. - The brig Louisa, Tucker, master, for Hobart Town. Passengers, Right Rev. Dr. Nixon (Bishop of Tasmania), Miss Lovecroft, Miss Scott, Mr. J. Eichbaume (Commissarint Officer), Mrs. and three Masters Oakes, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis, Mr. Howson, Miss Howson, Masters F. and W. Howson, Samuel and Rose Dill, Mr. Davis, fifty prisoners of the Crown, one Lieutenant, and fifteen rank and file of the 80th Regiment.


"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", Colonial Times (5 March 1844), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8754640

MAR. 2 - Arrived the brig Louisa, Tucker master, from Sydney, Feb. 17; cargo, sundries. Passengers - the Bishop of Tasmania, Mrs. Ellis, Miss Sowercraft, Miss Howson, Mrs. Oaks and three children, Mr. Eidsbourne, Mr. Ellis, Mr. and Master Howson, Mr. Davis, Mr. Richards, 50 male convicts, Ensign Young, 80th Regt., and 15 rank and file.


"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Courier (8 March 1844), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2951350 

March 2 - Arrived the brig Louisa, 182 tons, Tucker, from Sydney 17th February, with sundries passengers, Bishop of Tasmania, Mrs. Ellis, Miss Lovecraft, Miss Howson, Mrs. Oaks and three children, Mr. Eidsbanner, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Howson, Mr. Davis, Mr. Richards, Ensign Young and 15 rank and file of the 80th regiment, and 50 male convicts.


Intercolonial voyages

"DEPARTURES", Launceston Examiner (7 June 1845), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36240180

June 5.-Brig Swan, 149 tons, Bell, master, for Port Phillip; J. Raven, agent. Passengers ... Mr. and Mrs. Coppin and the following theatrical company: Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Thompson, Miss Jane Thompson, Miss E. Thompson, Mr. Young, Mr. and Mrs. Opie, Mr. Megson, Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mr. and Mrs. Hambleton, Mr. Howson, Mr. H. Howson, Mr. Wilks, Mr. and Mrs. Douglass, Mr. Ray.

Henry and Alfred were members of the orchestra for Coppin's Melbourne season, under leader Joseph Megson.



Francis Howson

HOWSON, Francis (senior)

Professor of music, violinist, organist, composer

Born Surrey, England, 1794
Married Sarah Sophia Tanner (1796-1839), St. John's, Smith Square, London, 29 June 1814
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 11 February 1844 (per Alfred, from London, 2 November 1843)
Arrived Hobart, TAS, 2 March 1844 (per Louisa, from Sydney, 17 February)
Died Parramatta, NSW 13 April 1863, aged 68

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Francis+Howson+1794-1863 (TROVE public tag)


Summary:

On 12 January 1828 "Francis Howson, Croydon ... professor of music" came to an agreement with "[Michael] Andrew Costa, professor of music" that "Emma Howson, his daughter, aged twelve years and nine months" should become an articled pupil of Costa, who had first heard her sing a year and a half earlier (in August 1826). In 1838, this agreement became the subject of a legal dispute between Costa and Emma Albertrazi, by then a famous stage contralto. A later Australian report of the death of Emma Albertazzi mentions that she was the "daughter of Mr. Howson, of Launceston". Francis's wife Sarah, who died in 1839 before the first of the Howson family came to Australia, had earlier attracted public attention by writing to the British press from the family home in Chelsea to ascertain the fate of her husband and two eldest sons, Frank and John, then serving as bandsmen in the British Auxiliary Legion in the Carlist wars in Spain.

Howson senior arrived in Hobart early in 1844, and in March at the Victoria Theatre it was reported that Anne Clarke had "secured the services of Mr. Francis Howson, Senior, who will preside at the Grand Pianoforte as Director of the Music, &c." Francis was possibly an occasional composer, certainly an arranger. On 15 March 1844, last night of the Hobart season, Jerome Carandini took his benefit, and respectfully informed the public that: "The Evening's Entertainments will commence with (for the first time in this Colony) the very beautiful Opera, with New Scenery, Dresses, and Decorations, entitled KATE KEARNEY; Or, THE FAIRY OF THE LAKES OF KILLARNEY, The whole of the Music arranged by Mr. Francis Howson, Senior."

Presuably Francis, along with all other available Howsons, was in the orchestra when Frank and company presented "Weber's Grand Opera of DER FREISCHUTZ, with the whole of the original Music" at Launceston theatre in June 1844. Francis had settled in Launceston by early in 1845, and appears to have remained in the city until at least the early 1850s. In May 1845 he was reportedly training the choir for the forthcoming opening of Launceston Synagogue. Francis is usually the "Mr. Howson" referred to in the Launceston press, for instance leading the orchestra at the Olympic Theatre in 1846 and early 1847, until in either later 1847 or 1848 his son Alfred took over the position of leader at the theatre, whereafter Francis is usually advertised again as "Mr Howson Senior". In May 1848, for the amateur composer F. H. Henslowe, Francis directed the music for the Campbell Town Ball, for which: " ... the arrangements were superintended by Mr. Henslowe, the police magistrate ... The band was under the directorship of Mr. Howson, senior, and was of a first rate character; we are glad to find that Mr. Howson's services are appreciated in the interior, as well as in the town, and he had best wishes from numerous friends." That month too he played violin with the composer on piano in a Hobart performance of Charles Packer's Duo concertante, and in September was leader of the orchestra at Radford's Amphitheatre.

In 1849, Howson advertised that he was "leaving the colony", but then "relinquished the intention", only to end up in the insolvency court later in the year. He apparently followed his three eldest sons to Sydney by early 1852. He was teaching at Parramatta and Windsor in 1859. Howson died at Parramatta NSW, in 1863, "death had been caused by exposure, while under the depressing influence of liquor".




Select documentation:


"SUPERIOR COURTS", The Legal Observer (21 April 1838), 474

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=IgQvAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA474


[Advertisement], Colonial Times (12 March 1844), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8754667

Royal Victoria THEATRE, CAMPBELL STREET. LAST NIGHT OF THE SEASON. SIGNOR CARANDINI'S BENEFIT, ON FRIDAY, THE 15th OF MARCH. SIGNOR CARANDINI begs most respectfully to inform his Friends and the Public generally, that HIS BENEFIT takes place on the above Evening, when their kind patronage is respectfully solicited. The Evening's Entertainments will commence with (for the first time in this colony,) the very beautiful Opera, with New Scenery, Dresses, and Decorations, entitled KATE KEARNEY; Or, THE FAIRY OF THE LAKES OF KILLARNEY. The whole of the Music arranged by Mr. Francis Howson, Senior ...

Kate Kearney was based on the script of William Collier's Kate Kearney, or, The fairy of the lakes, a musical romance in two acts First produced at the Queen's Theatre, 3 October 1836), with Alexander Lee's original music; Gyger (199, 42) calls it "a bit of a puzzle", but presumably Francis Howson's treatment was considered to be an advance on Anne Clarke's production a year earlier, for the musical contents of which see [Advertisement], Colonial Times (13 May 1845), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8756757


[Advertisement], The Courier (22 March 1844), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2951291

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE, Campbell Street. PROMENADE VOCAL & INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT. MONDAY, MARCH 25, 1844. Mrs. CLARKE begs most respectfully to inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Hobart Town and its vicinity, that she intends giving TWO VOCAL and INSTRUMENTAL PROMENADE CONCERTS, the first of which will take place on MONDAY EVENING NEXT, when an entirely new selection of Vocal and Instrumental Music will be presented to the admirers and patrons of music. The Pit of the Theatre has been covered over, to form, with the stage, one LARGE SALOON, where the visitors can promenade; at the same time the Boxes will he thrown open for those who may prefer to occupy them. The Orchestra has been considerably increased, and Mrs. Clarke has secured the services of Mr. Francis Howson, Senior, who will preside at the Grand Pianoforte as Director of the Music, &c. ... Musical Director ... Mr. FRANCIS HOWSON, Sen.; Leader of the Band ... Mr. LEFFLER ...


[Advertisement], The Courier (12 April 1844), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2951205

Mr. JOHN HOWSON begs most respectfully to inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Hobarton and its vicinity that he intends giving a GRAND CONCERT upon a scale of magnitude never before attempted in this colony ... The Orchestra will be complete in every department. The greater part of the music is entirely new, and just imported by Mr. F. Howson, sen., amongst which will be found a selection from Rossini's celebrated "Stabat Mater", which has created a great sensation throughout Europe; as also several pieces from Bellini's beautiful Opera of "Norma", now playing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, with the greatest possible success.


[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (27 April 1844), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66016909

To the Gentry of Launceston. MR. FRANCIS HOWSON, Sen., begs leave most respectfully to inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Launceston that he had just arrived from London to Hobart Town, and having accepted an engagement with Mrs. Clark as Director of the Music Department at the Theatre in this town, is desirous to devote a portion of his time in giving instruction in Music and Singing, in which he has been engaged in London for the last twenty-five years, during which time he has been eminently successful in his method of tuition; he trusts he may be allowed to mention one striking instance, which is that of his daughter Mad. Albertazzi, who has attained the highest run in her profession - her talents as a Musician and Singer, are universally acknowledged, not only in London, but on the continent, she having met with the most decided success at Milan, where she made her debut as Prima Donna, and also at Paris, Madrid, and the Italian Theatre in London. Mad. Albertazzi's education as a Musician and Singer was given by Mr. Howson, (her father), and he feels that her splendid success must in a great measure be attributed to his superior method of instruction. Address Mr. F. Howson, sen., at Mr. Flowers', Charles-street, Launceston. April 27.


"JEWISH SYNAGOGUE", The Cornwall Chronicle (14 May 1845), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66268054


"To the Editor", The Cornwall Chronicle (19 July 1845), 9

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66269885


"MADAME GAUTROT'S CONCERT", The Cornwall Chronicle (18 February 1846), 132

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66268551

... Mr. Howson, senior, performed several pieces on the violin, accompanied by Mr. Rolfe on the piano-forte. Of these performances we cannot speak too highly ... Mr. Howson's exertions were highly applauded. Those who have had the opportunity of witnessing Paganini's extraordinary feats on one string, must have been reminded of them while listening to this performance.


[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (14 February 1846), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36243746


"OLYMPIC THEATRE", The Cornwall Chronicle (27 May 1846), 400

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65943357


"THE THEATRE", The Cornwall Chronicle (8 July 1846), 520

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65944096

... Mr. Howson takes a benefit for himself and [his] little boys [Walter and Frederick] on Friday ... Among the novelties for this occasion only, Mr. Howson will perform on the violin on one string a la Paganini.


[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (8 July 1846), 522

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65944085


"ENGLISH NEWS", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 January 1848), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12897576


"EUROPEAN INTELLIGENCE", The Cornwall Chronicle (2 February 1848), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65980886 

MADAME ALBERTAZZI - This favorite vocalist, whose maiden name was Howson, was born in 1814, and was placed by her father, a teacher of music, under Signor A. Costa, where she met with M. Albertazzi, to whom she was married at the early age of fifteen. After residing abroad for several years, she made her debut at Her Majesty's Theatre, the 19th April, 1837. in Rossini's Cenerentola, and was highly successful. She sung frequently at the Ancient and Philharmonic Con certs, and in 1840 she was engaged at Drury Lane. She last year sung at the Princess' Theatre, uui in consequence ot indisposition, her voice frequently failed her, and at length, she was obliged to relinquish all her dramatic engagements. Madame Alberlazzi's voice was a mezzo-soprano inclining to the contralto, of a very extensive compass; and her style of singing, when in her zenith, was of the florid school. The manner of her execution of Non piu mesta, on her appearance at the Italian Opera, created a perfect sensation - audiences were in raptures, and the Press was loud in her praise. Madame Albertazzi died on the 25th September, at her residence in St. John's Wood, aged thirty-three, after a lingering illness, which ended in rapid consumption. She leaves a husband and family to lament her loss. - Illustrated London News, Oct. 2.

[We have since ascertained from authority, on which we can confidently rely, that this lamented and accomplished lady was not, as represented in the above paragraph, indebted for her musical education to Siguor Costa, but that on the contrary, she owed much - if not the whole - of her justly celebrated excellence, to the able tuition of her falber, Mr. F Howson. She was, indeed, placed at an early age under the superintendence of the Signor, but was removed from thence in consequence of an impression on the mind of her parent, that the course of instruction pursued by that gentleman, was not of a description calculated to elicit, in their fullest perfection, her talents for which she was latterly distinguished. The whole of her theoretical and practical knowledge of music was subsequently derived from her FATHER under whose able tuition, she remained up to the time of her appearance at Milan in the distinguished position of a "Prima Donna." It is superfluous to add, that Mr. Howson'a talents as a musician have been long known and appreciated by the inhabitants of this Colony.]


"THE CONCERTS", Colonial Times (2 May 1848), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8762761


"CAMPBELL TOWN BALL [from Cornwall Chronicle, May 20]", Colonial Times (23 May 1848), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8762868


"TRINITY CHURCH SCHOOL", Launceston Examiner (17 June 1848), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36254939

On Friday morning, the bishop of Tasmania and his lady visited Trinity Church school, when the children, who are instructed by Mr. Howson, underwent an examination in the theory of music. The progress made by the pupils excited the astonishmelt and delight of the visitors ... Mr. Howson adopts a system by which the theory is so simplified, that it is readily comprehended even by children; ; and his pupils often arrive at practical proficiency really surprising in persons of their age.


"MUSICAL", Launceston Examiner (6 January 1849), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36256424


[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (29 September 1849), 898

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65974962


"INSOLVENCY COURT", Launceston Examiner (24 October 1849), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36258745


[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (2 January 1850), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65977112


"MUSIC", Launceston Examiner (26 January 1850), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36265062


"SINGING", Launceston Examiner (2 April 1851), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36259948

SINGING. - An evetning class, under the direction of Mr. Howson, had been opened at the Grammar School, for the purpose of giving instructions in singing: applications must be made to the Headmasster. As the termns are moderate, and the teacher competent, an excellent opportunity is afforded to persons desirous of acquiring an accomplishment which the advance of taste has rendered nearly an indispensible branch of modern education.


"THE BACHELOR'S BALL", The Cornwall Chronicle (19 July 1851), 452

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65575646


[Advertisement], The Argus (3 February 1852), 1s

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4783009


"Olympic", The Cornwall Chronicle (14 July 1852), 443

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65579617

Olympic. On Monday evening, this little theatre vvus full to overflowing. Mrs. Moore seems an especial favorite. The song of, "The Port Phillip Widows", was loudly encored and a goodly shower of money, rained upon the stage, as a present to the songstress, Mrs. Moore. The music of the song here spoken of is by F. Howson, senr.


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 November 1859), 1

hthttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13033777

TO THE GENTRY of PARRAMATTA, WINDSOR, and their vicinity. - Mr. F. HOWSON, sen., father and teacher of the late Madame Albertazzi, Prima Donna at the Grand Scala, Milan, also at Madrid, Paris, and her Majesty's Royal Italian Opera House, Haymarket, London; for many years teacher of music and singing to families of the greatest respectability and distinction, commues to give LESSONS, upon such terms as at an interview may be agreed upon. To schools for gentlemen, the violin, violoncello, flute, and clarionet taaght; also Congregational Psalmody. Address, Post Office, Baulkham Hills. N.B. - Schools attended.


"PARRAMATTA", The Sydney Morning Herald (14 April 1863), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13077003

TELEGRAPHIC DESPATCHES. [FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTS.] PARRAMATTA. Monday, 5 p.m. An inquest was held this afternoon, at the hospital, on the body of a man named Francis Howson, aged sixty-eight, who died early this morning. Deceased was found, yesterday, in an exhausted state near St John's Church, and was removed to the police station. Dr. Pringle ordered his removal to the hospital, where every remedy applied was without effect. Dr. Pringle was of the opinion that death was caused by exposure, and a verdict was given accordingly. The body awaits removal by the friends, relations, if any, of deceased.


"INQUEST", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 April 1863), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13077074

PARRAMATTA [FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT] INQUEST - An inquest waa held by the coroner, at the Hospital, on Monday afternoon, upon the body of Francis Howson, there lying dead. Dr. Pringle deposed that he was sent for yesterday morning, to the Police Office, to see deceased, who had been picked up on the road. He recognised deceased as a former patient of his in the hospital. He was almost in a dying state, very cold, covered with dew, and had evidently been lying out all night. Witness ordered his removal to the hospital, where he was put into a warm bed, and the usual remedies administered. He was of opinion that death had been caused by exposure at night, while under the depressing influence of liquor. Deceased was sixty-eight years of age. - Constable Eagar deposed that on Sunday monring he saw deceased fall down on the grass opposite to St. John's Church. He removed deceased to the watch-house, placed him near the fire to get warmth, and went for Dr. Pringle, Deceased died between three and four o'clock in the morning. He had only been discharged from the watch-house two or three days before, where he had been confined for drunkenness. The jury returned a verdict of death from exposure.


"REMINISCENCES", Launceston Examiner (12 November 1892), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39477627

... Old Mr. Howson used at one time to play and train the choir, which mainly consisted of sweet-voiced little boys. One of them, Bobby Sage (now dead), became a timber merchant, predeceesor to Mr. John Ellis. During the time of Mr. Howson's leaderlship at Trinity I was taking music lessons from him, and one evening, passing the chilrch, I entered and stood in the porch listening to the choir practice. Next time I waited on Mr Howson to receive my lesson I remarked that I was very much pleased with the singing of his choir boys. He replied, "Yes, the little toads can do very well if they like, but they are sosmetimes car[e]less." Poor old gentleman! He was a sound musician, but like many other men of talent was too much given to convivialities.



Bibliography & resources:

Edward M. Brett, The British Auxiliary Legion in the first Carlist war in Spain, 1835-1838 (Dublin: Four Courts, 2005), 190




Frank and Emma Howson


HOWSON, Emma (RICHARDSON; Mrs. Frank HOWSON)
Dancer, actor
Married Frank Howson, St. Andrew's, Holborn, London, 9 October 1838
Arrived Hobart, 28 January 1842 (assisted immigrant, per Sydney, from the Downs, 3 October 1841)
Departed Newcastle, 10 April 1866 (per Japan, for San Francisco)
Died New York, 7 December 1869


Summary:

Emma Richardson married Frank Howson in London on 9 October 1839 and the couple, together with their first child Frank, arrived in Hobart in January 1842 in Anne Clarke's retinue of new talent for the theatre there. Despite meanwhile giving birth in quick succession to three children in Tasmania, she appeared frequently as a dancer (with Gerome Carandini and Emma Young) and actor, and appeared on the Sydney stage as late as June 1847.

1842: The Pas de Trois, composed by Signor Carandini, and danced by him with Mrs. Howson and Miss Young, is a composition rather intended for grace of posture than any aim at character, and certainly in the former full justice was done to the intention, and reflected great credit on the performers.

1843: The appearnnce of Mrs. Howson and Miss Young, in the Sylphide, was quite enchanting, and their dancing admirable.

1845 (Sydney, November): On Monday evening, Mrs. F. Howson debuted as a danseuse, and we must not omit to award to her exertions the praise they deserve. Her dancing is characterised by ease and elegance. It is to be hoped she will be engaged for the ensuing season.

1847: Grand pas de trois, from Rossini's opera of Guillaume Tell, Mrs. F. Howson (her first and only appuarance this season), Madame Torning, and Signor Carandini.

Obituary: Mrs. Emma Howson, the widow of Frank Howson, and mother of Miss Emma Howson who lately made her debut in this city [New York] with the Richings' Troupe, died in this city on the 7th December last, and was buried on the 9th. Misfortune has indeed come to this family. Full of joy and hope for the future, the family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs Frank Howson, their two daughters and two sons, left California, whither they had arrived from Australia, to try their fortunes in this city. On arriving at Omaha the father was taken sick, and the family were detained there until 10th September last, when, after a lingering illness, he died. The widow and her children arrived in this city, and on 15th November, Clelia and John appeared at Wood's Museum, and were gutting along very aceptably. On 20th November, Miss Emma made a successful debut as Maritana with the Hichings Barnard Troupe, and in the midst of life, when everything was giving promise of a brilliant future, death again entered thc family circle, and added another name to the list of his victims as above stated.


Documentation:

; [Advertisement], The Courier (18 February 1842), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2954817; "THE ALBERT THEATRE", The Courier (18 March 1842), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2954678; [Advertisement], The Courier (20 January 1843), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2953269; "THE THEATRE", Colonial Times (7 February 1843), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8753313; "THE THEATRE", The Courier (1 September 1843), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2952217; "THE THEATRE", Colonial Times (24 September 1844), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8755318; "THEATRICALS", The Australian (15 November 1845), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37155538; "ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (5 June 1847), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12896753; "DEATH OF MRS. EMMA HOWSON", Empire (11 April 1870), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60894117




HOWSON, Frank (Francis)
Baritone vocalist, conductor, arranger
Born London, 22 September 1817 (??? baptism record says 20 September 1818) 
Arrived Hobart, 28 January 1842 (per Sydney, from the Downs, 3 October 1841)
Departed Newcastle, 10 April 1866 (per Japan, for San Francisco)
Died Omaha, USA, 16 September 1869, aged 52

Image: From Nellie Stewart, My life's story (1923)

THIS ENTRY IS A STUB

Brisbane, 1865: Mr. Frank Howson had been settled in New South Wales about fourteen years, and may be regarded as the pioneer of the opera in Australasia. He and his brother John, we believe, served as volunteers in the Carlist war in Spain, after which they devoted themselves and their undoubted musical accomplishments to the public. His name is associated in the minds of old colonists with everything that is pleasureablo in the history of the theatre in these colonies.

Obituary: An American paper informs us of the death, on the 16th September, of Mr. Frank Howson, father of the Muses Emma and Clelia Howson, who, with their brothers, are well known in connection with the Australian stage, and won much admiration and respect in Adelaide. Mr. Howson was but 52 years of age, and was a native of London, his father having been an eminent professor of music. The deceased was one of the British Legion which fought in the Carlist war, and in that struggle he won distinction in a regiment of Lancers. In 1842 he first came to Australia, and was well known some years later as manager during the visits of Madam Anna Bishop, Catherine Hayes, and other musical and histrionic celebrities. Since then a family of sons and daughters have grown up around him, and won a position in their profession. About three years ago Mr. Howson, with most of his children, went to California, and was particularly successful in the San Francisco Theatres, but unfortunately his health broke down, and the family decided to travel overland, following their profession at leading towns, till they reached New York, where they would be able to secure the best medical skill of the country, in the hope of saving the life of the loved husband and parent. At Omaha, however, Mr. Howson became worse, and succumbed to his complaint. He leaves, besides his two sons and two daughters in America, two sons in Australia. A very large concourse of people attended his funeral, including a long procession of Freemasons, the deceased having been an influential and useful member of the Order, both in America and Australia.

(Nécrologie): A Omaha (Californie), en décembre 1869, à l'âge de 52 ans, M. Frank Howson, chanteur anglais et frère de feu Mme Albertazzi. Il s'établit en Australie, en 1842, et associéavec Mlle. Catherine Hayes, Mmes. Anne Bishop et Don, il exploita les  colonies avec un truple d'opéra qui portait son non et don't faissient partie ses enfants Mlle Emma et Clelia, MM. A. Frank et J. Jerome Howson. Depuis trois ans ils s'était fixéave sa famille à San Francisco.

(1880): Mr. Frank Howson was a baritone vocalist of no inconsiderable local reputation, who left England in 1842 for the Australian colonies, where he engaged in theatrical pursuits. He was the first to present complete English and Italian operas to an Australian public. He acted as stage manager to Madame Anna Bishop and the gifted Catherine Hayes, and other celebrities who visited Australia many years ago. He died at Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A., September 16, 1869. 


Documentation:

"SHIP NEWS", Colonial Times (1 February 1842), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8752388; [Advertisement], The Courier (4 March 1842), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2954728; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (11 July 1843), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8753736; Isaac Nathan, Lectures (Sydney, 1846) [unpaginated]: http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview?pi=nla.mus-an6426940-s6-v; "THE DRAMA", The Brisbane Courier (28 March 1865), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1270152; "BRISBANE", The Musical Times (1 January 1866), 214: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=p1pDAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA214; [News], South Australian Chronicle (25 December 1869), 11: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92279841; "DEATH OF MR. F. HOWSON", The Brisbane Courier (1 January 1870), 6: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1305720; "WAIFS", The Musical World (5 March 1870), 170: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=VJMPAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA170; "NÉ CROLOGIE", Le guide musical (14 April 1870), n.p.: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=atI8AAAAMAAJ&pg=RA2-PA20; "Mr. Frank Howson", in Charles Eyre Pasco, Our actors and actresses. The dramatic list (London: David Bogue, 1880), 188 footnote to main entry on his daughter Emma: http://archive.org/details/ouractorsandact00pascgoog

Bibliography: "Howson, Frank", in Frederic Boase, Modern English biography (London: Netherton and Worth, For the author, 1921); Edward M. Brett, The British Auxiliary Legion in the First Carlist in Spain War, 1835-1838 (London, 2005), 190




John Howson


HOWSON, John (? William John; John William)

Professor of music, musician, actor, tenor vocalist, pianist, trombonist, arranger, composer

Born London, England, 9 October 1819; baptised St. John's, Smith Square, Westminster, 31 March 1822
Arrived Hobart, 28 January 1842 (per Sydney, from the Downs, 3 October 1841)
Died Melbourne, 4 September 1871

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=John+Howson+1819-1871 (TROVE public tag)


THIS ENTRY IS A STUB (concentrating so far largely on his compositions)


Summary:

When Anne Clarke returned to Hobart in 1842 from her talent scouting trip to England, she brought with her a formidable batch of young talent, fresh from the Drury Lane Theatre in London-in addition to the Howson brothers, the singer/dancers Gerome Carandini and Emma Young, and the soprano Theodosia Stirling (by later marriages Guerin and Stewart, and mother of Nellie Stewart). The Howsons showed themselves in short order to be artists of the most flexible kind, singing in Italian opera, concert, oratorio, ballads, ballet, theatre, acting, and dancing (Frank's wife Emma also acted, and danced with Carandini), playing the piano, as well as teaching, among much else, "thorough Bass", the precursor of composition. John also regularly varied theatre and concert programs with trombone solos, some probably his own compositions, or semi-extemporised variations on well-known airs, as for example on Balfe's ballad The Light of Other Days, performed at the family's Hobart debut, in February 1842, at Anne Clarke's concert. At Mrs. Clarke's "Theatrical Olio and Musical Melange" at the Theatre on 1 March 1842, John sang one of his own compositions, the song When I was in that happy place. On 29 August 1842, between the plays Carandini danced A New Pas Seul "(the Music composed by Mr. J. Howson)", and in December A New Characteristic Venetian Furlana, "The Music composed by Mr. J. Howson". The first of John's surviving publications, the Tasmanian Waltzes-a set of five plus introduction and coda-appeared in mid July, "printed for the author" by James Alexander Thomson, who was evidently a musical friend, and a fellow Catholic. This was followed, in mid-November, by the Tasmanian Waltzes, Second Series, again a set of five, with introduction and a substantial-almost orchestral-coda. They were dedicated to Lieutenant George Bagot, at the time the governor's acting aide-de-camp, and they were possibly first played (arranged for band) at a governor's levee Bagot organised in late August. At the Theatre in February 1845, during "(for the first time in this Colony) a very celebrated Domestic Drama, of the most intense interest, entitled Blanche of Jersey", John Howson, as Desvaux, sang another of his own compositions, the song In one of Jersey's peaceful vales. But, on 4 March, after three years in Hobart, the Courier noted that John and Frank had advertised " ... a Farewell Concert ... Messrs. Howsons, with one or two others, are about to visit Launceston and Sydney, being at leisure, now that their engagement with the lessee of the Theatre has finally terminated." Dating from two years into their time at Sydney theatre, John Howson's next surviving composition is the ballad The Bride's Farewell to Her Mother. It was billed to be sung by Maria Carandini, at the Royal Victoria in October and December 1847. "At the request of a number of ladies", it was published by James Grocott, on New Year's Day 1848. John was also responsible for the music of at least two full-length colonial operas, one a pastichio, the other entirely original. The pastichio was based on a libretto by Charles Selby, adapted in turn from Auber's opera Lac de Fées, which had opened in London in 1839. In Hobart in 1843, Howson turned Selby's shell into a "New Grand Romantic Opera, in Three Acts", The Fairy Lake, or the Magic Veil, by adapting music not only by Auber, but also Hérold, Boildieu, Marschner, and Rossini. Apparently, little or none of Auber's original Lac de Fées music was then readily available in Hobart, for Howson's score opened with Auber's Masaniello overture, "Gautrot's violin, and the bass horns of the bandsmen, adding much to the attraction of the music". The Fairy Lake was revived several times, both in Hobart, and later in Sydney in May and June (twice) 1845, and again in 1846. The first performance, on 17 July 1843, was for John's benefit,  and a supportive preview in the Courier left no doubt that the propular and deserving Howson's labours on the adaptation were almost on a par with original composition: "With good judgment and a considerable share of painstaking, this young man has succeeded, by the completion of original scores to the melodies attainable in this place ... The trouble thus bestowed, away from the public gaze, may not meet with general appreciation; and it is with that impression that we urge for consideration merits, at all events of intention, which might, otherwise, escape notice. For Monday evening next Mr. J. Howson has 'got up' the interesting Opera entitled The Fairy Lake, on the musical partitions of which he has laboured for several months past. Amid other scenery will appear a moonlight view of the Romantic Pass in the Hartz Mountains, painted expressly for the occasion. Those who are acquainted with the names of Rossini, Auber, Herold, Boildieu, and Marschner, may justly imagine the music to be of no mean order, and, in itself, an attraction hardly to be withstood ...." The score is lost, though it is not entirely implausible that some of the ballet music from Howson's Fairy Lake survived in his Tasmanian Waltzes, the first set of which was first advertised on the morning after the premiere. His entirely original full-length opera (though also lacking its own overture; that to Herold's Zampa reportedly sufficed) was performed at least twice, first in Sydney on 4 December 1848, and again in January 1849. The Corsair (or Conrad and Medora), "the whole of the music composed by Mr. J. Howson", was on the same libretto as-but on a larger scale than-G. F. Duly's 1846 Corsair in Hobart. As with Duly's opera, it was probably also occasioned by the original music by Frank Romer not arriving in Sydney on time. John Howson himself was Conrad, Theodosia Guerin sang Medora, Frank Howson was the Pacha Seyd, and Maria Carandini played Gulnare. No list of numbers appears to survive, although something approximating it can probably be surmised from the original book and Duly's numbers list from Hobart. Additionally, during "the course of the opera, a new grand Turkish Pas de Trois" was danced by the Misses Griffiths and Signor Carandini, possibly also to Howson's music. On a humbler scale, John composed a ballad, Angry Words for Sara Flower, sung by her in June 1850. His last printed composition was advertised by Woolcott and Clarke at Christmas 1852; The Christmas Present Polka, though incomplete at the end in the NLA copy, is rather more than the run-of-the-mill dance music, taking off from the third page into a surprisingly flashy and idiomatic piano piece. John toured widely with Frank and family's opera troupe in the early 1860s, but when they moved on to the United States in 1866, John alone remained behind. He had married Margaret Galvin in Sydney in January 1849, and they had a daughter and two sons. A third child born to Margaret in 1866 was subject of a paternity dispute as late as 1889. As was reported then: "Howson and his wife for some time before he left for Melbourne lived very unhappily. They were both addicted to habits of intemperance, and they used when under the influence of drink to quarrel with one another. John Howson, towards the end of the year 1863 or beginning of 1864, went down to Melbourne ... And in the month of June, 1864, he got permanent employment in the establishment of Kilner and Co., piano manufacturers, as tuner, and he occupied that position permanently from that time until the time of his death in the year 1870 or 1871 ... The evidence relative to John Howson going down to Melbourne was that he was leaving his wife ...". He emerged from relative obscurity and "kindly volunteered his services" to sing Pollio to Anna Bishop's Norma in a concert version in Melbourne in September 1868. He was killed in a road accident in September 1871.

Obituary: Our readers will remember the brothers Frank and John Howson, who, in the early days of opera in this colony, sustained the baritone and tenor characters ... we now learn from the Melbourne journals that John Howson was knocked down by a spring-cart, in Queensberry-street, Melbourne, on the 4th instant, on received such injuries that he died shortly after.

Obituary: Death, with his unerring scythe, has been mowing the ranks of artistes known in Sydney ... In days long past the voice of no singer awakened sweeter echoes or roused greater enthusiasm than that of Mr. John Howson, the most gifted of the clever family of that name, and the one who had been allied in song with almost every artiste who visited this country. But the demon of intemperance hovered over his career, ruined his prospects, and was finally the cause of his death, apart from all his friends, by means of a lamentable accident, whilst still in the prime of life.


Documentation:

"SHIP NEWS", Colonial Times (1 February 1842), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8752388; [Advertisement], The Courier (4 March 1842), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2954728; "THE CONCERT", Colonial Times (15 February 1842), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8752423; "MRS. CLARKE'S CONCERT", The Courier (18 February 1842), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2954836; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (1 March 1842), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8752471; [Advertisement], The Courier (26 August 1842), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2953843; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (15 November 1842), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8753098; [Advertisement], The Courier (16 December 1842), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2953432; "ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE ... MR. J. HOWSON'S BENEFIT", The Courier (14 July 1843), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2952444; "MR. JOHN HOWSON'S BENEFIT", The Courier (14 July 1843), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2952448;  [Advertisement], Colonial Times (18 July 1843), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8753754; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (6 February 1844), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8754507; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (15 February 1845), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8756163; "CONCERT", The Courier (4 March 1845), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2949409; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (15 October 1847), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12901590; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 December 1847), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12889363; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 December 1847), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12889363; "ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 December 1848), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12908287; "ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 January 1849), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12903334; "MARRIED", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 January 1849), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28647644; "BIRTHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (8 November 1849), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12906915; "DIED", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 February 1850), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12915364; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (25 June 1850), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12919016; "BIRTH", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 May 1851), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12927403; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (22 December 1852), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12942456; "BIRTH", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 January 1853), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12943228; "THEATRE ROYAL", The Mercury (19 August 1863), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8820056; [News], The Argus (20 June 1864), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5749830; [Advertisement], The Argus (4 September 1868), 8: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5826223; [Advertisement], The Argus (31 December 1870), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5840301; [Advertisement], The Argus (7 January 1871), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5840691; "MR. JOHN HOWSON", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 September 1871), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13245089; "INQUESTS", The Argus (7 September 1871), 7: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5854645; "Musical and Dramatic Review", Australian Town and Country Journal (30 September 1871), 20: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70469336; "LAW REPORT ... HOWSON V. ROBINSON", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 March 1889), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13716455  

"MUMMER MEMOIRS", Sydney Sportsman (15 January 1908), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166753478 

[letter from Mr. H. P. Lyons] ... I am enclosing you an account of his [John Howson's] death, which I have kept all these years ... The first opera I ever heard was "La Somnambula." Mrs. Guerin (Mrs. Stewart), Frank and John Howson and G. H. Rogers were in the cast. I can remember back in the late forties, Mrs. Sterling (Mrs. Guerin-Stewart) playing Mrs. Haller in "The Stranger." I was a small boy then, and my mother was fond of seeing Mrs. Sterling play ...




Henry Howson (and daughter Ida Howson)


HOWSON, Henry

Violinist, conductor, arranger

Born London, England, 6 March 1822; baptised St. John's, Smith Square, Westminster, 31 March 1822
Arrived Hobart, 28 January 1842 (per Sydney, from the Downs, 3 October 1841)
Died Glenferrie (Hawthorn), VIC, 18 April 1893, aged 71, buried Castlemaine

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Henry+Howson+1822-1893 (TROVE public tag)



Summary:

Henry Howson, son of Francis Howson senior, and a violinist, joined the Hobart Theatre on arrival with his brothers Frank Howson (1817-1869) and John Howson in January 1842 in the party of London singers and musicians recruited by Anne Clarke. He was one of the leaders of the orchestra there, a billing he shared with A. P. Duly (leader of the winds), and later with fellow violinists Gautrot and Leffler. He is probably also the but once-mentioned "W. H. Howson", who played double bass for the Hobart Choral Society in 1844. At the Victoria Theatre Hobart on 3 February 1845, for his brother Frank's benefit, it was advertised that: "The Evening's Entertainments will commence with (for the first time in these Colonies) the very celebrated Opera, in three Acts, by Auber's MASANIELLO ... The whole of the Music arranged by Mr. Henry Howson." Henry was also later in Sydney, working with his brothers at the Royal Victoria. Notably, at a benefit for John Howson in June 1850: "Production of the Operetta of the Two Figaros [Planché, London, November 1836], the Music selected from the Operas of The Barber of Seville, and The Marriage of Figaro, arranged for the Orchestra by Mr. Henry Howson." He had settled in central Victoria by 1854, and was leader of the Sandhurst Philharmonic Society by 1866 and as late as 1877.  

(Hobart, December 1843): The musical department was entrusted to the Messrs. Howson and Duly who acquitted themselves in their usual good style. Henry Howson is an improving violinist, and shines in a ball-room ... Verily, Howson's fiddlestick was as Merlins wand, it changed all the characters in an instant.

(Hobart, November 1845): A CARD. MR HENRY HOWSON, Teacher of the Violin and Guitar. Quadrille parties attended. For terms, enquire at Mr. Tegg's, or at the residence of Mr. H., corner of Argyle and Brisbane Streets.

(Obituary): Death has removed another of the early pioneers of Castlemaine in the person of Mr. H. Howson, whose remains were interred today. After working on the Forest Creek Gold Fields in their prosperous days deceased started a music repository here, and for many years was conductor of an orchestra, Mr. Howson having been an efficient violinist.

(Obituary): News came to hand today announcing that Mr. H. Howson, for many years the leading musician in Castlemaine, had died at the advanced age of 71 years. Howson's band was for many years acknowledged to be the best musicial combination in the district. Mr. Howson came to Castlemaine when musicians were very scarce in the colony; and by his energy and instruction succeeded in forming the first orchestra the town possessed. The fame of the Howson family, it is needless to say, was known through out the length and breadth of the colonies. A few years ago the fine old musician, while attending the service at Christ Church, was stricken down in his pew with paralysis. He recovered partially, but never was restored to his usual health and strength again. He retired from business, and peacefully passed away iu the midst of his talented sons and daughters. The deceased gentleman's remains will be brought to Campbell's Creek, for interment.  


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Courier (17 February 1843), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2953141; "THE GOVERNMENT BALL", Launceston Examiner (7 December 1843), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84767882; "THE THEATRE", Colonial Times (12 March 1844), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8754676; "HOBART TOWN CHORAL SOCIETY", The Courier (22 October 1844), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2950383; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (1 February 1845), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8756069; "ARRIVALS", Launceston Examiner (7 June 1845), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36240180; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (18 November 1845), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8757705; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (9 December 1845), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8757810; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 May 1850), 1s: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12917655; "ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 June 1850), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12918392; [Advertisement], Bathurst Free Press (17 September 1851), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article62519353; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (2 December 1851), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12932527; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (8 December 1851), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12932693; "VICTORIA THEATRE", Colonial Times (22 February 1853), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8773042; "MARRIED", The Argus (9 January 1854 ), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4801676; [Advertisement], Bendigo Advertiser (13 August 1866), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87962934; "AMUSEMENTS", Bendigo Advertiser (4 November 1874), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88235779; [Advertisement], Bendigo Advertiser (21 December 1877), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88209561

"ITEMS OF NEWS", Mount Alexander Mail (19 April 1893), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198245594

Intelligence was received yesterday that Mr. Henry Howson died on Monday at his residence in Glenferrie. He never recovered from the paralytic stroke that came on him in Christ Church about four years ago. He long lingered after this attack in a precarious state, that caused great anxiety to his wife and members of his family. After a time, however, he so far rallied that he was able to come for a short time to his music warehouse in Market Square, but he had almost lost his voice and could but articulate feebly a few words. Acting upon the advice of his medical attendants, he removed in the hope that the change of air might have a beneficial effect upon him, but it had no requisite influence upon his recovery, though it may have acted in prolonging his life. In the early days, when Moonlight Flat swarmed with miners, Mr. Howson rejoiced the hearts and spirits of many in listening to his tuneful performances on the violin. He was always passionately fond of music, and became in the early days a prominent figure in the Philharmonic Society's concerts. Afterwards he became the leader of a string band, which took part in many public performances, and frequently formed the orchestra at theatrical entertainments. Always of a gentle, kindly nature, he had many friends, but no enemies, during his long residence in Castlemaine. His remains will be brought from Melbourne by this morning's train, and will be interred in the Campbell's Creek Cemetery.

"DEATH OF AN OLD MUSICIAN", Bendigo Advertiser (19 April 1893), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88966776

"FUNERAL OF AN OLD RESIDENT", Bendigo Advertiser (20 April 1893), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88966818

"CASTLEMAINE", The Argus (20 April 1893), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8540233

"Mr. W. A. Laver", Table Talk (6 October 1894), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article145859910 

Mr. W. A. Laver was born in August, 1866, in that town which returned the late Premier to Victoria. The "Cabinet organ" of the late Ministry was not able to keep it in power, but the Castlemaine boy now under notice relies for his popularity upon an instrument which will never play him false and will always respond to the aspirations of his own soul. Young Laver received his general education at the local schools of Castlemaine. At six years of age he began to learn music, his instructor being Mr. Henry Howson (a name, by-the-bye, well-known in the annals of opera in Australia), who died of paralysis a couple of years ago. Master Laver remained under Mr. Howson's tuition for eight years, making occasional appearances in the district as an instrumentalist, and then left Victoria for Germany to pursue his musical studies under the widest advantages. With his mother and two brothers, he went to Frankfort-on-the-Main in 1880, and became a student at Dr. Hoch's Conservatorium, of which the celebrated Raff was then the Director ...


HOWSON, Ida Slee (Mrs. Frederick Ewen BULL)

Teacher of the Pianoforte and Harmonium

Born Sandy Bay, Hobart, TAS, 5 May 1847 (daughter of Henry HOWSON and Harriet SLEE)
Died Bankstown, NSW, 24 December 1920

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Ida+Howson+1847-1920 (TROVE public tag)


Documentation:

Tasmanian names index; RGD33/1/2/ no 2365; NAME_INDEXES:951855

https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD33-1-2-p033j2k 




Children of Frank and Emma Howson

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HOWSON, Frank Alfred Girolamo (Frank junior) (F. A. HOWSON)
Tenor vocalist, violinist, cellist, pianist, arranger, conductor, composer
Born London, 28 March 1841
Arrived Hobart, 28 January 1842 (per Sydney, from the Downs, 3 October 1841)
Departed Newcastle, 10 April 1866 (per Japan, for San Francisco)
Died USA, 28 June 1926, aged 85


Summary:

It was perhaps young Frank who appeared on stage in Launceston in June 1846 billed as "MASTER ALFRED HOWSON". His mature career was underway in Sydney by July 1859 when he was cellist in Lewis Lavenu's orchestra for the Sydney University Musical Festival. In June 1861, at the theatre, "a selection from Wallace's very popular opera The Amber Witch, very skilfully arranged by Mr. F. A. Howson, was performed by the orchestra". As a conductor he made his debut at Sydney's Lyceum on 14 November 1861, with the Bianchis, Sara Flower, and John Gregg, in Verdi's Il Trovatore. He appears to have done less well in the United States, where Dwight's Journal (1877), 74 described him as "a self-made man of very limited ability", though he was a regularly published song composer.

(Sydney, November 1861): The orchestra is strong and well balanced, the introduction of a bassoon being a great improvement (an instrument which the late Mr. Lavenu used very freely in the instrumentation of "Trovatore"). One of the most pleasing circumstances connected with the performances of last night was the debut, as conductor, of Mr. Frank A. Howson, junior, who, on taking his seat met with a warm reception from all parts of the house, and though very young for so important a position, the manner in which he fulfilled the duties drew forth the highest commendations. He kept his orchestra well together, and displayed more firmness than is usually found in those who wield the baton for the first time. With experience and study he must shortly, as a conductor, become a very valuable addition to the musical world of the Southern hemisphere.

(January 1864): "La Sonnambula" was repeated for the second time at the Haymarket Theatre last evening, and the large audience testified by their applause as well as by the presence the interest now taken in this opera troupe-mainly absorbed, of course, by the new prima donna, Miss Emma Howson. ... It would be an injustice if we were not to mention in terms of high praise the exertions of Mr. F. A. Howson, the conductor. His orchestra is thin, but in tune and good condition, while the way in which he has made a tolerable chorus out of materials which include only five or six persons fit to sing in any capacity is a marvel.

(Brisbane, September 1865): The announcement that the Rev. Mr. Graham is about to deliver a lecture on Friday next, in Mason's Concert Hall, on the life of the late President Lincoln, has been so well received, that we are informed that nearly all the tickets for the reserved seats have been purchased ... we may mention that the members of the Howson family have, in the most handsome manner consented to sing the National Anthem, previous to the commencement of the lecture, and at the termination of it the American national hymn of "Hail Columbia". Both pieces have boon arranged by Mr. F. A. Howson specially for the occasion-the latter will be for a solo and quartetto for the first verse, and a duett and a quintetto for the second. In the absence of any properly organised musical society in Brisbane at the present time, it is a matter of congratulation that the Howson's should come forward and voluntarily give their services.

(Adelaide, 1872): Miss Rosina [Carandini] sang a song written by a local composer (Mr. F. A. Howson) It is entitled "Nora is Pretty" [1870], and it is a pleasing and graceful ballad, which is likely to become popular. The compour could not have had a more accomplished interpreter of his music than he found in Miss Rosina ... Nora is pretty was composed by Mr. Frank A. Howson, now in America, and produced for the first time in Australia last evening. It is a good song, but of a kind more to be appreciated for its technical beauties than for its popular qualities. It could not, however, fail to be pleasing when sung by Rosina Carandini.

(Obituary) Mr. Frank Alfred Howson, the Australian composer and musical director, died at 85 today. He had been a resident in the United States for sixty years. He first came here with the Howson Opera Company. Last year he composed new musical settings for Rudyard Kipling's "Rolling Down to Rio".  


Documentation:

"SHIP NEWS", Colonial Times (1 February 1842), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8752388; ? [Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (20 June 1846), 472: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65944270; [Advertisement], Empire (2 July 1859), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60403136

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (26 November 1859), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13033741 

THEATRICAL UNION. To the Public - We, the undersigned members of the theatrical Profession ... E. Holloway, R. H. Cox, Alfred Usher, A. C. Chate, W. J. Rice, F. Sharpe, E. Gallagher, M. Dwyer, H. Maynard, W. Burbury, W. J. Brown, M. Josephson, Henry Prince, F. B. Cooper, G. R. Morton, Frank Howson, sen., F. Howson, jun., Robert Vaughan, Edward Wright, C. Fredericks, R. Murray, J. Davis, J. Hall, R. W. Kohler, C. Eigenschenck, S. Howard, W. Walter, and eighteen others. R STEWART, Treasurer. FRANK VARLEY, Secretary. November 24th 1859.

"COPY OF PROTEST", Empire (12 June 1860), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60411624

"THE DRAMA", Empire (21 June 1861), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60495449; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (13 November 1861), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13057478; "THE OPERA", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 November 1861), 8: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13064611; "The New Adelphi Theatre", The Star (25 December 1862), 1s: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66329796 [News], The Argus (21 January 1864), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5742849; [Advertisement], The Argus (16 June 1864), 8: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5749729; [News], The Brisbane Courier (14 September 1865), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1278541; "THE HOWSON OPERA COMPANY", The Maitland Mercury (20 March 1866), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18703949; "AMUSEMENTS", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 April 1866), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13128865; "NEWCASTLE. DEPARTURES", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 April 1866), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13129379; [News], The South Australian Advertiser (6 July 1872), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28686861; "ROSINA CARANDINI'S BENEFIT", South Australian Register (6 July 1872), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39259875; "THE HOWSONS", South Australian Register (21 October 1873), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39297905; "AN AUSTRALIAN COMPOSER", Launceston Examiner (1 July 1926), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51349405

Bibliography: http://www.maplegrove.biz/MGCHistoryArchive/FrankAHowson.htm




HOWSON, John Jerome (John junior)

Vocalist, violinist, cellist, composer

Born Hobart, TAS, 17 November 1842
Departed ...
Died Troy, NY, 16 December 1887


Documentation:

Tasmanian State Archives; RGD33/1/1/ no 1436; NAME_INDEXES:1067892

https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD33-1-1-p419j2k (DIGITISED)

Image: From Nellie Stewart, My life's story (1923)


HOWSON, Emma
Soprano (mezzo) vocalist
Born Hobart, 28 March 1844
Died New York, 28 May 1928


Documentation:

Tasmanian State Archives; RGD32/1/3/ no 2626; NAME_INDEXES:1089467

https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD32-1-3-p590j2k (DIGITISED)


HOWSON, Clelia (Sarah Clelia)

Soprano vocalist

Born Hobart, 8 June 1845 (registered Sydney, 1845)
Died Brooklyn, NY, 14 April 1908

Documentation:

Tasmanian State Archives; RGD33/1/2/ no 1088; NAME_INDEXES:1069347

https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD33-1-2-p567j2k (DIGITISED)


FAMILY
Departed Newcastle, 10 April 1866 (per Japan, for San Francisco)

Images: John Jerome (above); Emma: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/gid/slv-pic-aab33700; Clelia: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/miscpics/gid/slv-pic-aab24785; http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/gid/slv-pic-aab69524


Summary:

John Jerome's second name is presumably that of (? his godfather) Jerome Carandini. Curiously, Sarah Clelia's birth was registered in NSW in 1845 [V1845785 35/1845], after "Mrs Howson and three children and servant" arrived in Sydney, on 5 August, to join Frank, who had been at Sydney theatre since May. As "Miss Sarah Clelia Howson", she made her debut in a program of selections from Mendelssohn's Elijah in September 1857, in "Go up, child, and look towards the sea" with her father Frank. Emma and Clelia made their stage debuts at their father's benefit at the Royal Victoria in Sydney on 23 December 1858, in the third act of the opera The Night Dancers.

(Hobart, 1863): We leam with pleasure that there is every prospect of the [Theatre Royal] being opened for a brief season within a few weeks from tho present time by a company of professional artists, already long and favorably known throughout the Australian colonies, and some of them at least personally familiar to the residents of Tasmania. We refer to Messrs. Frank and John Howson, sen., Frank and John Howson, jun., and Misses Emma and Cecilia [sic] Howson, sisters of the last named gentlemen. The elder Messrs. Howson are, we need scarcely say, those to whom we have referred as personally known in this island, the junior members of the corps, although most, if not all of them natives of the colony, having left it at too early an age to admit of their having established professional reputation prior to their departure. These ladies and gentlemen have met with marked success wherever they hare appeared on the boards of the neighboring colonies. Miss Emma Howson (a native of Hobart Town) especially having created quite a furore as an operatic prima donna ...

(Brisbane, 1865): Miss Emma, the eldest, has a mezzo-soprano voice of wonderful sweetness that has been carefully cultivated, and Miss Clelia's voice is a soprano, of exquisite purity, equally charming.

(1880): HOWSON, EMMA, was born in Hobart Town, Tasmania. She is a daughter of the late Frank Howson, and niece of Madame Albertazzi (Emma Howson), who some forty years ago was a favourite mezzo-soprano singer at Her Majesty's Theatre; sister also of the under-mentioned John Howson. As a child, Miss Howson was possessed of considerable musical ability, which developed under her father's instruction. At an early age she sang in concerts in Australia in conjunction with him and her brothers. She made her first appearance in English opera, June 1866, at Maguire's Academy of Music, San Francisco, as Amina in "La Sonnambula". After playing several successful engagements in California and other cities on the Central Pacific Railway route to the Eastern States {see Howson, John), Miss Howson made her debut in New York in 1869 in the opera of "Maritana" at Fiske's Opera House.  A twelve months' season followed with the Riching's "English Opera Combination". Subsequently Miss Howson entered into a contract with Mr. C. D. Hess to play in English opera, and visited all the principal cities of the United States and Canada, playing the prima donna roles in Maritana, Fra Diavolo, Bohemian Girl, Martha, Oberon, The Marriage of Figaro, Der Freyschutz, and Trovatore. At Niblo's Theatre, New York, she acted the character of Eily O'Connor in The Colleen Bawn. At the end of 1873 Miss Howson left the United States for Europe, and went to Milan to study the Italian repertory and language under Signor Lamperti. In March 1875 she made her debut in Italian opera at the Teatro Manoel, Malta, in the part of Amina (La Sonnambula). Afterwards Miss Howson appeared at the same theatre in Martha, and during the season sang in these two operas. In the autumn of the same year she went to Leghorn, and sang there in Meyerbeer's Dinorah with considerable success. In the beginning of 1876 she accepted an engagement for a provincial tour in England in Italian opera, during which she performed the prima donna roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Maritana, Der Freyschutz, Les Huguenots. Her various performances were very favourably noticed in the local press. Miss Howson made her debut on the London stage at the Opera Comique, on Saturday, May 25, 1878, as Josephine , first performance of H.M.S. Pinafore, comic opera, by MM. W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, her "clear and pure soprano voice, and refined and unaffected style, rendering full effect to the music of her part" (Daily News, May 27, 1878). In this opera Miss Emma Howson appeared from the date of its first performance down to April 1879. She subsequently went to New York to appear in the same role.

1880: HOWSON, JOHN, was bom in Hobart Town, Tasmania, November 17, 1844 [recte 1842], and is second son of the late Frank Howson and brother of the above-named Emma Howson. He first appeared on the stage as a lad at the Royal Victoria Theatre, Sydney, N.S.W., under his father's auspices. During the period of the gold fever in Australia, and the engagement of Catherine Hayes, he sang in the chorus in La Sonnambula at the same theatre. After various fortune incidental to colonial life, "serving for a time in a lawyer's office, then a ship chandler's, afterwards, for two years, as assistant to a fashionable dancing master, devoting spare hours to education, the study of music, and practice of the violin", John Howson formed, in conjunction with other members of his family, a concert company to visit "the Diggings", Ballarat, Victoria, &c. Of this organization he was the principal violinist and "general utility" man. In 1865, at Brisbane, Queensland, "tasting the sweets of applause in a burlesque character, that of Phineas in Perseus and Andromeda, he decided on adopting the stage as a profession. In March 1866 he left Australia with his family for San Francisco. Touching at Tahiti, Society Islands, the Howsons gave two concerts under the patronage of Queen Pomare and other notabilities. Mr. Howson was for three years resident in San Francisco, appearing at the theatre in the "usual round of comedy and character business". In May 1869, en route to the Eastern States, he played the part of General Boom in La Grande Duchesse at the theatre Great Salt Lake City-"a piece which the Prophet and President, Brigham Young, witnessed on three consecutive nights." Mr. John Howson made his first appearance on the New York stage in November 1869, at Wood's Museum, as Upton Spout in the old Adelphi farce The Pretty Horsebreaker, and as the Widow Twankay in H. J. Byron's burlesque of Aladdin. He was for a time a member of the company of Booth's Theatre, and in the orchestra of the Grand Opera House as violinist. ... He first appeared on the English stage at Brighton, September 3, 1877 ...


Documentation:

"BIRTH", The Cornwall Chronicle (14 June 1845), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66268789; [Advertisement], Empire (3 September 1857), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64982951; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (23 December 1858), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13016456; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 September 1859), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13030183; [Advertisement], Empire (21 January 1862), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60510248; "COMPLIMENTARY CONCERT TO MR. CORDNER", The Sydney Morning Herald (31 January 1862), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13224006; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 September 1862), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13233867; "THE THEATRE", The Brisbane Courier (23 September 1865), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1279081; "THE HOWSON OPERA COMPANY", The Maitland Mercury (20 March 1866), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18703949; "AMUSEMENTS", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 April 1866), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13128865; "THEATRE ROYAL", The Mercury (19 August 1863), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8820056 "THE DRAMA", The Brisbane Courier (28 March 1865), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1270152; "NEWCASTLE. DEPARTURES", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 April 1866), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13129379; "THE HOWSONS", South Australian Register (21 October 1873), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39297905; "HOWSON, EMMA", "HOWSON, JOHN", in Charles Eyre Pasco, Our actors and actresses. The dramatic list (London: David Bogue, 1880), 188-89: http://archive.org/details/ouractorsandact00pascgoog; "JOHN HOWSON. To the Editor", The Brisbane Courier (27 April 1923), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article20617035 

Bibliography: Emma Howson, Wikipedia; Nicole Anae, "The new prima donnas": "homegrown" Tasmanian "stars" of the 1860s Emma and Clelia Howson, Journal of Australian Studies 28/84 (2005), 173-181: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/1302



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HOWSON, Charles Edwin
Vocalist, violoncellist, theatrical administrator
Born Sydney, 15 January 1848 (son of Frank and Emma HOWSON)
Departed Adelaide, 1873 (for USA)
Died London, 4 November 1907

(Sydney, 1862): Charles E Howson, about 13 years of age, pleaded guilty to a charge of having discharged fireworks in Palmer-street and was fined 10s.

(Sydney, 1864): Master Charles Howson also made a successful debut by playing a violincello obligato to Mrs. Cordner's song [True Love], in a manner that gives reason to hope that he will soon become a proficient on the instrument he bas chosen for his study.

(Adelaide, 1869): Solo Comique (By particular desire) - Japanese Fiddle - Mr. Charles Howson.

(January 1873): This evening Mr. C. E. Howson, who for so long has held a prominent position in the orchestra of the Royal, will receive a complimentary farewell benefit at the Theatre, the best available dramatic talent having been secured for the occasion. Mr. Howson, we understand, is about to leave this country for America ...

(October 1873): Miss [Emma] Howson left [London] for Milan on September 4, accompanied by her brother, Mr. Charles E. Howson, who will also study under the best masters in Italy.

(Chicago Exhibition, 1893): In connection with Mr Irving's company (writes my Chicago correspondent) many readers of this journal may feel interested to hear something about the members of a family whose name has played so importan a part in the history of the opera and drama, not only in Australia but also in America and England. I allude to the sons and daughters of the evergreen and favourably known Frank Howson, one of the pioneers in Australia of opera. The other day I had the pleasure of meeting one of his sons in the person of Mr. Charles E. Howson, the genial and popular treasurer of Mr Henry Irving's London Lyceum Company. At the end of the present year he will have been associated with Mr. Irving for 15 years, having joined him on December 30, 1878, on the occasion of his assuming the managerial reins of the justly celebrated Lyceum Theatre. During the time Mr. Howson has been associated with Mr. Irving he has played many parts, not on the stage, but in various departments connected with the theatre-musical, press agent, interpreter (he being a fluent Italian scholar), treasurer, and acted in many other capacities of a fiduciary nature.


Documentation:

"CENTRAL POLICE COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 May 1861), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13058640; "SYDNEY PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", Empire (10 March 1864), 4: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60583023; "SYDNEY PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", Empire (21 March 1864), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60583367; [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 December 1866), 8: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13151514; [Advertisement], The South Australian Register (10 July 1869), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41390841; "DEATHS", South Australian Register (21 December 1869), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41399996; "MR. FRANK HOWSON", South Australian Register (21 December 1869), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41399988; [Advertisement], South Australain Register (28 January 1873), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39307670; [News], The South Australian Advertiser (28 January 1873), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28692127; "THE HOWSONS", South Australian Register (21 October 1873), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39297905; "MUSIC & THE DRAMA", Launceston Examiner (20 December 1893), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39495311; "MUSIC AND MUSICIANS. REMINISCENCES OF 1893", The Register (18 January 1919), 5: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60543195

NOTE: It was perhaps his son, Charles Edwin Howson, reportedly "a member of the prominent theatrical family and himself an actor of repute", who was killed at Eaucourt L'Abbey, France, on 1 October 1916; see The New York Dramatic Mirror (4 November 1916), 9




Younger children of Francis and Sarah Howson



HOWSON, Alfred
Violinist, orchestra leader
Arrived Hobart, 21 August 1843 (per Eamont, from London, 15 February)


Summary:

A "Mr. A. Howson" appears in the incoming passenger lists at Hobart in August 1843, in company with Mr. W. Howson (Walter?). W. and A. Howson duly appeared with John, Frank, and Henry (? their brothers) among the "gentlemen" assisting at the Gautrots' concert in Hobart in November 1844. It was perhaps, then, slightly more likely that young Frank Alfred appeared on stage as a "child" in Launceston in June 1846 billed as "MASTER ALFRED HOWSON". Nevertheless, Alfred is also next heard of in Launceston in 1846, performing with his father Francis. At the Royal Olympic Theatre by June 1848 "A. Howson" was "Leader of the Orchestra". Since 1846 this role had been attributed merely to "Mr. Howson", circumstantially perhaps more likely to be Francis Howson senior, though this is by no means certain. In February 1849 "Alfred Howson" was "Leader of the Band"; and in August he made his debut in character "on the boards". In Hobart in April 1849, for Maria Carandini's concert, "A. Howson" played second violin to (? his brother) Henry. In April 1852 he was leader and violinist of Jacobs's "Louisianna Harmonists" in concert in Geelong. He is last positively documented at Geelong in September that year, though (? his brother) Walter Howson played in Geelong in November

(Launceston, 1846): We cannot forbear noticing the orchestral arrangements, which, under the direction of Mr. Rolfe, comprised all the musical talent of Launceston, and amply compensated by their judicious exertions for their paucity of numbers. Led by Mr. A. Howson, and ably sustained by Messrs. Howson, senior, and Rolfe, and the intermediate instruments, we were truly astonished at the pretty effect produced by the united exertions of the above gentlemen, on considering the disadvantages, under which they laboured through their platform being at least three feet too high, and being surrounded by evergreens. The general satisfaction evinced, shows the propriety of engaging a private band, instead of the military - not only in justice to them as professional men - but from their more perfect knowledge of the proper effect to be produced in a ball-room by their respective instruments, of which the military necessarily cannot be so cognizant.


Documentation:

"ARRIVALS", The Courier (25 August 1843), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2952237; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (16 November 1844), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8755645; [Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (20 June 1846), 472: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65944270; "ST. ANDREW'S BALL", The Cornwall Chronicle (5 December 1846), 941: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65941607; [Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (28 June 1848), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65980947; [Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (7 February 1849), 358: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65979708; [Advertisement], Colonial Times (13 April 1849), 1: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8764778; "Amusements", The Cornwall Chronicle (11 August 1849), 784: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65976836; [Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (2 November 1850), 763: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65976359; [Advertisement], Geelong Advertiser (27 April 1852), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91927252; [Advertisement], The Argus (27 August 1852), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4786938; [Advertisement], Geelong Advertiser (28 August 1852), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91928206; [Advertisement], Geelong Advertiser (1 September 1852), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91930670




HOWSON, William Edwin (W. HOWSON)

? Clarinettist, clarionet player

Born Wandsworth, Surrey, England, about 1826
Arrived Hobart, TAS, 21 August 1843 (per Eamont, from London, 15 February)
Departed, Melbourne, VIC, 7 May 1847 (steerage passenger, per Abberton, for London)
? Died West Kensington, London, England, 15 November 1898


HOWSON, Miss or Miss C. (Miss C. HOWSON)

[No known musical billing]

? Born England, about 1829
Arrived Sydney, 11 February 1844 (per Alfred, from London, 2 November 1843)
Arrived Hobart, 2 March 1844 (per Louisa, from Sydney, 17 February)

Probably Francis Howson's youngest daughter, arrived with her father and two young brothers, Walter and Frederick.


HOWSON, Walter

Clarinettist, vocalist, banjo player, blackface minstrel, actor, comedian, impersonator

Born ? London, England, before 1835
Arrived Sydney, NSW 11 February 1844 (per Alfred, from London, 2 November 1843)
Arrived Hobart, TAS, 2 March 1844 (per Louisa, from Sydney, 17 February)
Departed Perth, WA, by 1878 (for London)
Died Cape Town, South Africa, 13 January 1898


HOWSON, Frederick

Actor

Born London, England, ? before 1835 / ? c. 1831
Arrived Sydney, 11 February 1844 (per Alfred, from London, 2 November 1843)
Arrived Hobart, 2 March 1844 (per Louisa, from Sydney, 17 February)
Died Soquel, Santa Cruz, California, USA, 29 July 1873

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Frederick+Howson+d1873 (TROVE public tag)



Documentation:


"ARRIVALS", The Courier (25 August 1843), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2952237

21 [August] - Arrived the bark Eamont, 277 tons, Murray, from London 15th February, with a general cargo passengers, Mrs. Powers, Mr. W. Howson, Mr. A. Howson.

Arrival of William Edwin Howson and Alfred Howson.


"ARRIVED", The Australian (17 February 1844), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37119959

Feb. 16. - The brig Louisa, Tucker, master, for Hobart Town. Passengers . . . Mr. Howson, Miss Howson, Masters F. and W. Howson . . .

Francis Howson senior, his ? daughter Miss Howson, and his two youngest children Frederick Howson and Walter Howson.


[Advertisement], The Courier (16 August 1844) 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2950695

SELECTION from LA SOMNAMBULA. Solo Clarinetto - "Corrie per me sereno" - MR. W. Howson.

Recte Come per me sereno


"THE THEATRE. MASONIC BESPEAK", Colonial Times (17 September 1844), 3-4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8755295

... Of the musical selection from La Somnambula we have formerly spoken. Mr. W. Howson improves, we think, on the clarionette . . .


[Advertisement], Colonial Times (16 November 1844), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8755645

GRAND CONCERT . . . MONSIEUR AND MADAME GAUTROT . . . The following Ladies and Gentlemen have kindly tendered their valuable assistance: Mrs. Stirling, Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Curtis, Mr. Reichenberg, Mr. J. Howson, Mr. F. Howson, Mr. H. Howson, W. Howson, A. Howson . . .

John, Frank, Henry, William Edwin, and Alfred Howson


[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (17 June 1846), 461

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65943669

... GRAND TABLEAU. Comic Song, "The Werry Indentical Flute," by Mr. Osborne, with drum and whistle accompaniment, by Masters F. and W. Howson, pupils of Mr. Osborne.

Frederick Howson and Walter Howson.


"THE THEATRE", The Cornwall Chronicle (8 July 1846), 520

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65944096

Mr. Howson takes a benefit for himself and little boys on Friday, when by permission of the Colonel be is to have the services of the Military Band. Among the novelties for this occasion only, Mr. Howson will perform on the violin on one string a la Paganini. Should the weather prove favorable, the programme will in all probability attract a large audience.

Francis Howson, Frederick Howson, and Walter Howson.


[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (8 July 1846), 522

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65944085

THEATRE ROYAL OLYMPIC, MR. HOWSON AND SONS' BENEFIT. FRIDAY, JULY 10, 1846 ... VENETIAN STATUES, By Masters W. & F. Howson, pupils of Mr. Osborne.


"MELBOURNE", Geelong Advertiser and Squatters' Advocate (7 May 1847), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article94444976

The Abberton will clear out at the Customs for London this day, and will sail positively on Sunday morning. Passengers ... steerage, - Mr. W. E. Howson.

? William Edwin Howson.


[Advertisement], The Australian (19 June 1847), 2

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ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE. MR. JOHN HOWSON'S BENEFIT. The Grand Opera of "Gustavus the Third; or, the Masked Ball." The whole of the Music arranged for this Orchestra by Mr. J. Howson. FIRST APPEARANCE OF MASTERS F. & W. HOWSON, In the classical delineation of Grecian and Roman Sculpture . . .

Frederick Howson and Walter Howson.


[Advertisement], Bell's Life in Sydney (16 December 1848), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59767362


"THE DRAMA", Bell's Life in Sydney (23 December 1848), 2

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. . . After the opera [John Howson's The corsair], Master Walter Howson exhibited considerable comic talent in his Nigger Melodies; particularly in the duet of Lucy Long, in which he had the able assistance of Mr. Hydes.


[Advertisement], Bell's Life in Sydney (11 August 1849), 3

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Royal Victoria Theatre ... FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR. J. HOWSON ... Song, "SOLOMON LOB," with Drum accompaniments, Master W. HOWSON ...

Walter Howson.


"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", Empire (10 August 1852), 2

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ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE. THIS EVENING, August 10, 1852, will be produced the celebrated Opera of NORMA. Oroveso, Mr. F. Howson; Pollio, Mr. J. Howson; Norma, Madame Sara Flower; Adalgisa, Mrs. Gibbs. Milanese Hornpipe, Miss Louisa Collins, pupil of Madame Torning; Ethiopian Molody Master W. Howson. To conclude with the laughable Farce of BOX AND COX.

Frank, John, and Walter Howson.


[Advertisement], Bathurst Free Press (17 September 1851), 3

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... MR. F. HOWSON ... Violoncello & Pianoforte; MR. J. HOWSON ... Tenor Trombone, Pianoforte, and Tambo; MR. H. HOWSON ... LEADER: Violin; MR. W. HOWSON ... Banjo, &c, MR. HYDES ... Flute, Cornet-a-Piston, and Bones. MR. GUERIN ... Violin; &c.

Frank, John, Henry, and Walter Howson.


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (2 December 1851), 1

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MESSRS. HOWSON'S AND HYDES' ENTERTAINMENT. Royal Hotel, Monday, December 8. MESSRS. F. Howson, J. Howson, H. Howson, W. Howson, and Hydes, beg to inform their friends, and the public generally, that during their limited stay in Sydney, they purpose giving a series of Musical Entertainments at the Royal Hotel, the first of which will take place on MONDAY next. Full particular will be duly announced.


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 August 1852), 1

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HOWARD'S SERENADERS . . . The Company consists of five performers, each and all unrivalled, vis., Charles V. Howard, tambourine; J. W. Sandford, Guitar; E. W. Pierce, Flute; Walter Howson, Banjo ...


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 September 1852), 1

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HOWARD'S SERENADERS. - Immense success of the Ethiopian Concerts. Last night but one of the present series. 193rd Grand Evening Musical Soirée. For the Benefit of Mr. WALTER HOWSON, Banjo Player, THIS EVENING, Friday, September 24, in the Saloon of the Royal Hotel ...


[Advertisement], The Argus (2 November 1852), 6

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[Advertisement], The Courier (28 May 1853), 2

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Mr. and Mrs. Upson and Mr. Frederick Howson, from the Sydney Theatres, having arrived, they will have the honour of making their first appearance in the course of the week.


"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Courier (2 June 1853), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2245142

"Sudden Thoughts" brought forward Mr. Frederick Howson as Jack Cabbage, his cabbage-stalks preposterously decorated with drapery of pickled cabbage hue, and who proved himself but a raw vegetable in representing the unfledged goose of the metropolitan shop-board. The sudden thought, or mpulse, which has induced him to believe he can vegetate upon the stage has deceived him grossly . . . and it was with a deep sensation of regret we heard a patriarchal old gentleman, sitting near us, possibly, the nearest paternal relation of the stage struck hero, in hopeless despair, ejaculate, "How-Son! How-Son! How hast thou acted, Son!"


[Advertisement], The Courier (13 October 1853), 2

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... THEATRE ROYAL ... MRS. A'BECKETT EVANS' BENEFIT ... UNCLE TOM'S CABIN ... Andy, Mr. Frederick Howson ...


[Advertisement], The Star (12 April 1864), 3

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... THEATRE ROYAL ... FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INIMITABLE BARLOW ... In conjunction with MR WALTER HOWSON, The great Banjo Soloist and Primo Buffo; also, MR RICHARD HERZ,The celebrated Pianist and Composer.


"MR. WALTER HOWSON", The Brisbane Courier (17 March 1866), 4

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MR. WALTER HOWSON bade farewell to the Brisbane public last evening, at a performance given for his benefit by the Amateur Brisbane Minstrels. His brief sojourn in this part of Queensland has come to a close, and he is about to settle down in New South Wales. When he came here, over eighteen months ago, as one of the Campbell Minstrels, he was esteemed a general favorite; and on his return in September last, with the Howson family, as a light comedian, he was welcomed back as an old friend. Since September he has appeared regularly, until the last week or two, at the Victoria Theatre, and the public have had every means of judging of his ability. He has proved himself a painstaking and clever actor, whose keen sense of the comic and ridiculous enabled him to give a thorough representation to such of the characters belonging to his role, as he has had an opportunity of appearing in. It must have been a dull, unappreciative house that his drollery could not provoke to merriment. Without pretending to stand in the first rank, he has a description of talent, and a knowledge of his profession, which carry him through his task with unmistakeable credit, and enable him to satisfy all except the most hypocritical of audiences. Mr. Howson will be missed from the Victoria Theatre; and his place will not be easily filled. We hope, however, that the more certain pursuits to which he intends to turn his attention will be as profitable to him as his previous career has been successful. Notwithstanding the fact that the partial closing of the theatre since the Dramatic Company left for their northern tour, has almost made people forget their way to the place, there was a very good house last night. The programme consisted of vocal and instrumental music, jigs, breakdowns, and numorous comicalities, which were all well applauded. The Amateur Minstrels, in this, their second appearance, showed a considerable improvement, and the audience thought a great deal of their performances, as was proved by the many encores which were demanded.


"MR. HOWSON'S BENEFIT", The Inquirer (30 November 1870), 3

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A grand complimentary benefit was given to Mr. Walter Howson by the Fremantle Colored Opera Troupe at the Town Hall on Monday evening. The room was well filled, and the audience highly appreciated the very excellent performances arranged for the evening's amusement. His Excellency the Governor kindly extended his patronage and was present, accompanied by Mrs. Weld and suite.


"OBITUARY", Chicago Daily Tribune (17 August 1873), 15

Frederic Howson, an old pioneer, and a resident of San Francisco until about three months ago, committed suicide at Soquel, in California, on July 19. He was a vocalist and actor of considerable local celebrity, and was an expert and enthusiastic cricket-player, being the best of the celebrated Union Club. He was a brother of John and Frank Howson, and an uncle of Emma and Clelia Howson, of the Howson Opera Troupe. While boating in the Bay of Monterey, about three months ago, his boat capsized. Two of his companions were drowned, and he barely escaped, remaining insensible for several hours after reaching the shore. It is stated that he never recovered from the shock to his system resulting from this accident. He was about 42 years age. The manner of his suicide is not stated.


"TOWN TALK", Geelong Advertiser (11 December 1873), 2

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[News], The Tasmanian Tribune (16 December 1873), 2

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The Howson family has lost another of its members by death. A private letter from San Francisco has the following on the subject: - "Frederick Howson, vocalist and actor of repute, who had resided in San Francisco until some three months since, committed suicide at Loguel [Soquel] some few days back. He was [? ? ] and a dear relative of Emma, Clelia, John and Frank Howson, who greatly lament his sad fate. Some months ago, while boating in the Bay of Monteray, the boat capsized, two of his companions were drowned, and he barely escaped with life, remaining insensible many hours after reaching the shore. He never recovered from the shock, his system received on that occasion. Melancholy took possession of him, causing him to end his career by his own band." - Herald.


"MUMMER MEMOIRS", Sydney Sportsman (15 January 1908), 3

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[letter from H. P. Lyons] ... I am enclosing you an account of [John Howson's] death, which I have kept all these years. Mr. Walter Howson was a member of my own company in 1869, and accompanied me to Perth, Western Australia, and afterwards became my agent, when with Tom Weiland we sailed for Java, Burmah, and India - We sold our circus in Calcutta, as I was about to join Chevalier Blondin. Able Klair Pollack and Howson bought and re-organised it, and sailed for the Cape of Good Hope, where Walter Howson died . . .

Henry Percival Lyons (d.1913), circus owner, agent




The London Albertazzi-Howsons


HOWSON, Emma (Madame ALBERTAZZI)
Contralto, mezzo soprano vocalist

Born London, 1 May 1814 (eldest child of Francis and Sarah HOWSON)
Married Francesco Albertazzi, November 1829
Died St. John's Wood, London, 25 September 1847]

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Emma+Albertazzi+1814-1847 (TROVE public tag)


HOWSON, Sarah ("Sara HOWSON"; Mddle. Sara; "Mademoiselle ALBERTAZZI")

? Soprano vocalist, mezzo-soprano

Born Croydon, Surrey, England, about 1824
Died Croydon, Surrey, England, 1895


ALBERTAZZI, Victorine (Emma Victorine Sarah Violet ALBERTAZZI)

Vocalist

Born Marylebone, London, England, July 1845



Documentation:


D. Mondo, "EMMA ALBERTAZZI", Le monde dramatique 7 (1838), 385-87

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=3pZAAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA385 


"MUSICAL WORLD-TREBLES AND TROUBLES", The Idler, and Breakfast-Table Companion (6 January 1838), 8

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=8D8FAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA8


"SUPERIOR COURTS", The Legal Observer (21 April 1838), 474

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=IgQvAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA474


[Concert reviews], La France musicale (21 March 1841), 94

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=pVBfAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA94

On a cependant, après la fantaisie en la, écouté avec intérêt le joli duo de la lettre, (des Noces de Figaro), chanté par Mme. Albertazzi et par sa jeune soeur miss Sara Howson. Cette enfant, plus jolie qu'une vignette de Lauwrens, tremblait comme la feuille, et son émotion ajoutait je ne sais quelle grâce touchante à cette mélodie si suave et si fraîche.


"THE PRINCESS'S THEATRE", The Illustrated London News (13 May 1843), 326

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=358xAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA326 

Donizetti's lively opera bufa "L'Elisir d'Amore" has been produced at this elegant house for the début of Mdlle. Albertazzi in her native language, as the fair representative of the coquettish Arline; a part which, although not exactly suited to her charming voice and style (that incline somewhat to the il penseroso), she sustained in a most delightful manner. Her voice is a mezzo soprano, more remarkable for sweet quality and wonderful fluency than for extraordinary compass or power. Some of the music of Adina is a little too high for it, which occasions the semblance of exertion, but, on rules nothing could have been more graceful or finished than its general delivery ...


"THE DRAMA", Journal of Belles Lettres (7 October 1843), 654

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Drury Lane opened on Saturday on the plan most prominently put forward by the management for the ensuing season, namely, ballet and opera. This, at least, is the present order of the promise; but operatic novelties are in preparation, and old favourites are to appear; and then perhaps the former will yield place to the latter. Of the Siege of Rochelle we need merely say, that it gave us Miss Rainforth in delightful voice: a young debutante, Mademoiselle Albertazzi, with a sweet but weak and uneducated voice and feeble manner (who had a shower in the foolish fashion of bouquets); Messrs. Leffler, Stretton, Giubilei (who sang exceedingly well), and Templeton, whose delicate organ, we regret to say, seemed past its prime.


"DRURY-LANE THEATRE", The Illustrated London News (7 October 1843), 235

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=ObNLAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA235

A Miss Howson (we will not have her foreign assumption of Mdlle. Albertazzi) performed Marcelle [in Balfe's Siege of Rochelle] in a very creditable manner, considering it was a first apperance, and was deservedly encored in one of her songs.


"Miscellaneous", The Spectator (30 October 1847), 1040

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The Queen has sent to Miss Howson a donation of 10l. for the benefit of the children of her late sister, Madame Albertazzi.


"LATER ENGLISH NEWS", The Courier (12 January 1848), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2970063 

Madame Albertazzi died on the 25th [September], at St. John's Wood, aged 35. Her health had been some time declining, and she died of a rapid consumption. Albertazzi made a most successful debut at Her Majesty's Theatre in Cenerentola, April 19, 1837. After that she sung at the Philharmonic Concerts, and in 1840 she appeared at Drury Lane in the opera of La Gazza Ladra, and was eminently successful. She was also engaged at the Princess's Theatre, but her voice was then failing fast. Her maiden name was Howson, and her father was a music master. She was married to Albertazzi at 16 years of age. She was sister to the Messrs. Howson, of Sydney and Hobart Town, and daughter of Mr. Howson, of Launceston.


"THE DRAMA", Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (29 January 1848), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59763799 

On Wednesday evening an interesting nautical drama, entitled THE CHARMING POLLY, was admirably played; but the recent bereavement of Mr. FRANK HOWSON (in the lamented death of his accomplished sister, MADAME ALBERTAZZI) forbade his appearance.


"OBITUARY. MADAME ALBERTAZZI", The Gentleman's Magazine (March 1848), 320

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=QvwRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA320

Madame Albertazzi. Sept. 25. At her residence in St. John's Wood, aged 34, of a rapid consumption, Madame Albertazzi. Albertazzi was a native of London, and her maiden name was Emma Howson, the daughter of Mr. Francis Howson, a teacher of music. Having manifested a disposition for singing, her father put her, in 1827, with Signor A. Costa as his articled pupil. She improved rapidly, and in 1827 M. Costa took her to live in his house, that he might superintend and perfect ber instruction. In May 1828 she made her first appearance in public at the concert of Mme. Cittadini, at the Argyle Rooms, and then gave every promise of future excellence. In June 1829 she again sang at the King's Theatre, at the concert of Signor Grazziani, and with increased success. In the same year she became acquainted with Signor Albertazzi, a teacher of the Italian language, who was also a pupil of Signor Costa; and in Nov. 1829 she left Signor Costa's house to be married to Signor Albertazzi; she was then only sixteen years and a half old. In August 1810 she and Signor Albertazzi went to Brighton, where she was well received in concerts, and gave one herself. In 1831 she returned to London, and gave a concert on the 8th of June, at Mr. Rolandi's, in Berners-street. She and Signor Albertazzi left London immediately after, aud in 1832 she appeared at Milan; from thence she went to Madrid; and her fame still increasing, she had an engagement for Paris. She there pleased highly in the Cenerentola. From thence she went to Turin, where she performed with success. In 1836 she again returned to Paris, and increased her reputation. Albertazzi made a very successful debut at Her Majesty's Theatre in Cenerentola, April 19, 1837. After that she sang at the Ancient and Philharmonic Concerts, and in 1840 she appeared at Drury Lane in the opera of La Gazza Ladra, and was eminently successful. She was also engaged at the Princess's Theatre, but her voice was then failing fast. Her voice comprised the three distinct limits usually found in the contr'alto, mezzo-soprano, and soprano. The least agreeable was the middle part. The pearly notes in the upper part of her voice were of exquisite quality, and the facility with which she pounced on them at the extremity of her compass was delightfully gratifying. Her temperament was not indicative of that sensibility more common to the inhabitants of la bella Italia! nevertheless, the justness of her intonation, the quality and flexibility of her extensive voice, added to her good taste, were more than an acceptable substitute for the rant and exaggeration of many singers who possess more anima and less voice.


"HERR GOLDBERG'S MATINEE MUSICALE", The Musical World (1 July 1848), 429

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... The salons of Kent House were completely thronged by an elegant and aristocratic audience, who were highly gratified with the musical programme provided for them by Herr Goldberg. The following are the names of the vocal artistes who assisted: Miss Howson, (a sister of poor Albertazzi) who possesses a charming voice, and sings with taste and expression ...


"MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC GOSSIP", The Athenaeum (14 October 1848), 1035

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=FZdTAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA1035 

[The Italian opera of Paris] ... The season has been opened with 'Nabucco;' in which appeared a Madame Bosio, a Mddle. Sara (we believe the Miss Howson who has sung in London as Mdlle. Albertazzi) ...


"THE DRAMA", Bell's Life in Sydney (20 January 1849), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59768377

... In connection with operatics, we are glad to observe that Miss Howson, the sister of the late Madame Albertazzi, and Messrs. Howson, has taken a prominent stand at the Italian Opera in Paris, she having replaced the talented Madame Corbari, who has obtained an engagement at St. Petersburgh ...


"METROPOLITAN", The Dramatic and Musical Review (1 April 1849), 108

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=tRcOAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA108

Mdlle. Parodi will make her debut in Norma, her illustrious preceptor's chef d'oeuvre, supported by Giuliani, Adalgisa; Bordas, Pollio; and Belletti, Oroveso; Miss Howson, a sister of Madame Albertazzi, is a member of the company.


"MADAME V. ALBERTAZZI", Bell's Life in Sydney (4 December 1858), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59869746 

The daughter of the celebrated Madame Albertazzi, who was so great a favourite at the opera some ten years ago, gave a concert at the Hannover-square Rooms, on Monday, and in the pieces which she sang manifested talent of a high order of excellence. She is very young, and the capabilities of her voice are scarcely yet developed; but the impression which she made was extremely favourable. Her lower notes in particular are very good, and there is every probability of her becoming a popular vocalist. She sang the well-known " Robert, toi," and an air from Mozart's Clemenza di Tito, with a clarionet obligato by Mr. Williams, with much feeling and expression, and was very warmly applauded. The second air was encored. Tho other vocalists were Madame Borchardt, Miss Cole (a talented singer), and Mr Allan Irving. M. Paque gave his admirable version of The Traviata on the violoncello; and Mr. Gravenstern, Mr. Williams, and Mr. Wells contributed other admirable instrumental performances to the concert, which was numerously and favourably attended. - News of the World, August 15. [This young lady, who it will be seen from the above notice, gives promise of attaining an equal celebrity with her late gifted and lamented mother, is the niece of the Messrs Frank and John Howson of this city.- ED. B. L. S.]



Bibliography & resources:


Ellen Mary Clerke, "Albertazzi, Emma", Dictionary of National Biography 1885-1900 1

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Albertazzi,_Emma_(DNB00)  


"Emma Albertazzi", Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Albertazzi








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