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Maria Logan

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "Maria Logan", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 22 March 2018

LOGAN, Maria (Maria ELLARD; Mary ELLARD; Mrs. C. D. LOGAN; Maria LOGAN)

Pianist, professor of music, organist, composer

Born Dublin, 1808 (daughter of Ann and Andrew ELLARD)
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 15 February 1835 (per Sarah)
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 1842
Died Darlinghurst, NSW, 25 December 1886, aged 78 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

See also Ellard family mainpage:

LOGAN, Charles David (Mr. C. D. LOGAN)

? Transcriber of Indigenous song

Born ? Dublin, Ireland, c.1803/4
Died Pimlico, England, 8 February 1864 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Maria Logan was a daughter of Dublin music-seller Andrew Ellard and his first wife Ann, a sister of Francis Ellard of Sydney, and a first cousin of William Vincent Wallace and Eliza Wallace Bushelle.

Charles Logan (who had witnessed Andrew Ellards second marriage), organised two shiploads of female emigrants from Dublin, and the Logans accompanied one of these, on the Sarah, to Hobart Town, arriving there on 15 February 1835.

Charles founded a "Hobart Town Public Library", while Maria, as "Mrs. C. D. Logan", established herself as an occasional concert performer and teacher of "Pianoforte and Singing, combining the principles of Thorough Bass and Composition".

According to her later pupil, the singer Lucy Chambers, Logan had herself been a pupil in Dublin of John Bernard Logier.

On Logier and the Wallaces and Ellards, see: 

Late in 1835, Logan collaborated with her cousin Vincent Wallace in his Hobart appearances, and by the time she gave her own last Hobart concert in June 1842, the reviewer of The Courier had concluded that:

. . . in addition to the possession of talent in herself, she has also the happy method of imparting it to so many of her pupils, we have no hesitation in pronouncing her intended departure from these shores as a loss to the rising generation on this side of the island.

Logan had reportedly served, meanwhile, as organist of St. David's Church, Hobart, and had also "presided at the seraphine" at the consecration of St. George's Church, Battery Point, in 1838, the instrument built by her father in Dublin, as is recorded not only in fact, but in fiction (in the title story to English novelist Penelope Fitzgerald's book of short stories, The means of escape).

One very important musical record of the Logan's activities in Hobart survives, in two manuscript copies of a Song of the Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land (arranged by Mrs. Logan) (see details below). George Augustus Robinson's journal for Sunday 22 October 1836 records:

Spent the evening at Logan's in Macquarie Street. Mr. Logan set to music a song of the aborigines, POPELLER etc., the first ever attempted. Spoke of Dr R; censured Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Lempriere.

Referencing Alice Moyle, in the notes to his edition of the journal Brian Plomley registered Maria's professional musical activities and her published song (see below), and with the ascription on the manuscripts in mind, speculated that she "may also have been the one who transcribed the aboriginal song, Popeller, and not her husband." Equally possible, however, is that Charles did indeed transcribe the melody, and his wife made the arrangements.

A second musical work, but now lost, was a song, The vow that's breathed in solitude, published in Hobart in 1839, "the music arranged by Mrs. Logan" to words by Robert Stewart, author previously of the words to a Vincent Wallace song dedicated to the self-same Mrs. Logan. The Hobart Town Courier greeted it as the "first Van Diemen's Land melody" (if certainly not the first colonial composition, it was the first in print):

A song, entitled The vow that's breathed in solitude, the words by Mr. Stewart, the music arranged by Mrs. Logan" has been forwarded to us, and, according to our judgment, affords a very creditable specimen of 'immortal music married unto verse'. This is the first Van Diemen's Land melody it has been our fortune to encounter, and is well worthy of being hailed by all the lovers of song and of Tasmania, with all the gladness and rejoicing of a new birth.

Meanwhile, The Hobart Town Advertiser advised:

We must not pass lightly by the music of Mrs. Logan, a lady who has the merit of being the first musical compositor in the colony.

Charles having recently been bankrupted, the Logans moved to Sydney (with five children, and a servant), and Maria was organist of St. Andrew's Church and teaching music in a private lady's academy by the end of 1842.

Her later pupils included Thomas Livingstone Mitchell's daughter Blanche Mitchell (1843-1869), whose diaries included many references to her (see documentatio below)

Another young pianist, Sarah Cross Little (1832-1909), made a manuscript copy (dated "Sydney, 29 January 1853") of the popular song Those evening bells arranged by Mrs. Logan, which is probably hers (see musical works below).

Like his cousin Thomas Leggatt junior, one of Maria's sons spent time in Fiji in the early 1870s (? c. 1873), and having imported a piano, reportedly played it at social gatherings.

My thanks to family historian, Steve Ford, for kindly sharing the results of his extensive reasearches into the Laggatt and Logan families.


1797, 5 February, Limerick, marriage of Maria's parents, Andrew Ellard and Anne McKENNA

"Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898," database, FamilySearch (12 December 2014); FHL microfilm 874,438

Andrew ELLARD, and Anne McKENNA (KENNA), marriage, Saint John (CoI), Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, 5 February 1797

1821, 6 and 10 February, and 18 August 1821, Dublin, Ellard's Music Warehouse

[Advertisement], Freeman's Journal (6 February 1821), 1

[Advertisement], Freeman's Journal (10 February 1821), 1

NEW MUSIC AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. A. ELLARD, 27, LOWER SACKYILLE-STREET, MOST respectfully informs the Nobility and Gentry, that in consequence of a late arrangement with his predecessor, Mr. J. B. LOGIER, he has delivered to that Gentleman the entire of the Stock which be originally received with the Establishment; and has now newly assorted his Ware-rooms with a variety of NEW MUSIC and MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, of the best description, from the most celebrated Houses in London, which have been selected by a Professor of celebrity, and whose signature the Piano Fortes in particular bear.

NEW MUSIC, Just Published by Phillips and Co. Bond street, London, and at ELLARD'S, Dublin. QUADRILLES. "Les Hussars," Nos. 1 and 2, by Joseph Hart, price each, 3 0; "Les Serees Irlandaise," Nos. 1 and 2, by Monsieur Simon, each 4 0; NEW VOCAL MUSIC. "The Day-beam is over the Sea," Glee, by Sir J. Stevenson, 3 0; "Sing to Love a Roundelay," Song, J. A. Wade, Esq., 1 6; "The Maid with the Love beaming Eye," J. Emdin, Esq., 1 6; "Dear Harp of Sweet Erin," Mr. Leoni Lee, 1 6; "And canst thou bid my heart forget," J. Klose, 1 6; "Dunoise, the Young and Brave" (French Romance) 1 6; With many other beautiful and popular Ballads. ELLARD has this day received a FRESH SUPPLY of PIANO FORTES and MUSIC, per the Thomas and New Harmony, which he will sell at the most reduced London Prices.

PEOPLE: John Bernard Logier (business associate of Andrew Ellard, and oen of Maria's music teachers)

"PUBLIC ENTRY OF HIS MAJESTY", Saunders's News-Letter (18 August 1821), 2

. . . Mr. Ellard's Music Warehouse, Sackville-street - Splendidly lighted; in the centre there was grand transparency, surmounted by a wreath, hearing the Rose, Thistle, and Shamrock, over which is tastefully placed the appropriate motto of Cead Mille Failtagh, Roth Riagn na Erin - Translation, a hundred thousand welcomes to the King of Ireland! Between both, underneath a Crown, with G. IV. R. surmounted with laurel. This specimen of Irish genious does infinite credit to the artist, who, we understand is the son of Mr. Ellard. Upon the roof of Mr. Ellard's house, during the procession, we also observed a full military band, who played several appropriate tunes all of which added much the splendor of the scene . . .

1822, 30 September, Dublin, baptism of Jane Heyns

Baptisms solemnized at St. Mary's pro-cathedral (RC), Dublin 

30 Sept / Jane / of David & Eliza Heyns / [sponsors] Charles Logan / Maria Logan

1825, 6 October, Dublin, death and burial of Maria's mother

Anne ELLARD, burial, 6 October 1825, age 43 years

DUBLIN (COI), ST. MARY, burial register, DU-CI-BU-173789 [d-277-4-1-057] 

1828, 28 November, Dublin, remarriage of Maria's father; Charles Logan is witness

Marriages solemnized in the Parish of St. Mark [CoI] in the city of Dublin, in the year 1828; page 12, entry 35, DU-CI-MA-29263 [d-30-3-1-012] 

No. 35 / Andrew Ellard of Sackville Street, Dublin, of the Parish of St. Mary / and Elizabeth Corker, of the Parish of St. Mark, Spinster . . . this 28th day of November [1828] / [witness] Chas. D. Logan . . .

1834, 7 August, Dublin, Charles Logan, advertisement

[Advertisement], Dublin Morning Register [Ireland] (7 August 1834), 1

EMIGRATION TO NEW SOUTH WALES. HIS MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT having resolved to send a Vessel to the above Colony from Ireland, fully provisioned and appointed, for the CONVEYANCE OF SINGLE FEMALES of good character, from 15 to 30 years of age, whose Emigration shall be conducted under the superintendence of the DUBLIN EMIGRATION COMMITTEE, such Young Women as desire to take advantage of the opportunity are herebv informed that the splendid New Ship, DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND, 550 Tons Register, has been engaged for this purpose, and will embark with Emigrants at DUBLIN, on the 10th SEPTEMBER NEXT, beyond which day she can on no account be detained. Each Female will required pay FIVE POUNDS here; or if unable to raise that sum, her Note will be taken for the Amount, to be paid out of her first Earnings in the Colony. Every Female must be provided with an Outfit of Clothes, suitable to a Four Months' voyage, particularly Body Linen, and have a convenient Box to contain the same. Bed and Bedding will found the Committee. None but Females, of Good Character need apply -. Certificates in proof which must be produced, and authenticated the Clergymen of their respective persuasions. THOMAS WRIGHT, Honorary Secretary the Committee.

Subscriptions to aid this project, and for assisting such as are wholly destitute (in Collecting which the Committee depend the benevolent zeal of the Parochial Clergy of every denomination) will be received at the Bank of Messrs. J. D. and Co., Castle-street . . . [list] . . . or by Surgeon Wright, 26, Great Ship-street. Communications for the present to be addressed Surgeon Wright, 20, Great Ship street, (under cover to the Under Secretary of State, Dublin Castle.) to whom personal application may be made at Six o'Clock each week-day Morning, after which hour all further information will afforded by Mr. C. D. Logan, 9, Great Brunswick street.

As this Vessel is capable accommodating a larger number of persons than government have directed the Committee to provide for, they are allowed to receive on Board a few Families, of known respectability of character, good conduct, and industrious habits. No single man will be allowed to proceed this way, it being strickly confined to Fathers of Families, any of whose male children must not exceed Twelve Years. The charge for a Man and Wife will by Thirty-seven Pounds, in aid of which Government will assist married Agriculturists with the Loan of Twenty Pounds, and Bedding will be provided for all the Females. It is conceived that to Parents who have a number of Daughters this opportunity presents a great advantage, as the former can go out on the same terms as the individual Emigrants. All applications on this subject be addressed to., CHARLES D. LOGAN, Australian Agency Office, 9, Great Brunswick-street, Dublin.


And: "EMIGRANT GIRLS", The Sydney Herald (2 March 1835), 3 

1834, 14 October, London and Gravesend, embarkation of the Sarah

"DEPARTURE OF EMIGRANTS FOR VAN DIEMEN'S LAND", Mayo Constitution [Ireland] (27 October 1834), 1

On Thursday morning, the Venus steam vessel sailed from the St Katharine's Steam Packet Company's Wharf, engaged by the Emigration Committee to convey passengers to Gravesend, off which lay the ship Sarah, ready, to sail for Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land.

The scene was one of activity and bustle, and not unmixed with painful interest. There were many who, notwithstanding the act of separation was voluntary, and done in the full conviction of anticipated bettering of condition, yet their feelings lingered towards home and kindred left behind, that roused sympathies, which perhaps had been dulled during the excitement of the multifarious preparations necessary for so long a travel and burst out with double force at last when they came to pronounce the last adieu.

When the steamer had got fairly under weigh the whole of the passengers were invited to an excellent breakfast consisting of tea and coffee, cold beef and ham, &c. This was an extra provision for the day, as on account of the confusion occasioned by the transmission of the persons from the steam vessel with their luggage on board of the ship, it would be impossible to provide them with their usual warm dinner. Their dinner for that day was limited to bread and cheese and an allowance of ale.

After the passengers had breakfasted, the committee and few visiters [sic] sat down to breakfast, and partook of the beef and pork that had been provided for the common consumption of the voyage; and, judging from the sample, the provisions must be acknowledged to be of the most unexceptionable quality.

Edward Forster, Esq., chairman of the committee, presided. He took eccasion to remark, that there were in all 230 passengers; among which were several families, who did not avail themselves the emigration allowance, but went as cabin passengers. There were 180 females, from two thirds of the counties of England; Ireland furnished 25, and Scotland 20 of the number. The greatest proportion of the emigrants were agriculturists among whom were a family of shepherds. There was not a single workhouse case in the whole. Every emigrant from a distance had as part of the regulation, been recommended by a certification of character from the clergyman of the parish of his or her residence, as might be; and the applications in London had been looked into by the personal visiting of the the committee to the references; as a matter of course there were many applications rejected.

We copy the following from the attested copy of the statement of supplies - 150 tons of water and 20 tons in addition for the crew, 12 tons of bread, 35 bushels of oatmeal, 90 barrels of flour, 2 1/2 cwt. of Scotch barley, 20 cwt. of rice, 150 bushels of pease, 75 casks of beef and pork, 36 cwt. of sugar, 7 chests of tea, 7 cwt. of cocoa, 300 gallons of vinegar, 15 cwt. of suet, 15 tons of potatoes, 14 cwt. of currants, 5 hampers containing preserved provisions and milk, 6 dozen of Port wine, 130 gallons of lemon juice, 3 cwt of soap, a quantity of salt fish, 6 quarters of fresh beef, 200 loaves of bred, 12 bottles chloride of lime, a medicine chest fully stocked, under the direction of Mr. Dobbie, the surgeon, a slipper bath, &c.

About one o'clock we were alongside of the ship Sarah, off Gravesend. The vessel had, we believe, been under the command of the same Captain Whiteside, in jhe China trade. We found the vessel fitted up with every attention to accommodation and proper ventilation, and in every respect commodiously complete as could be possibly expected; the private cabins were excellently adapted. Mr. Logan, a gentleman from Dublin, who had for some time been engaged as agent for the Emigration Committee in Ireland, sailed to settle at Van Diemen's Land, and on the voyage outward is appointed superintendent, his wife, who accompanies him, an intelligent and accomplished young lady, is appointed female superintendent. They have taken with them two infant children and servants from Ireland.

The Archdeacon of Australia, the very Rev. Mr. Blackburn, was on board to receive the emigrants and when they were properly settled he went below, to the between-decks, and gave them a most pathetic address. They were not to suffer themselves to indulge in the hopes that the mere transmission from the one country to the other would better their condition without exertion. The same means were requisite in Van Diemen's Land to be used by the labouring classes as were necessary in this country; but with more certainty of remunerating return for labour, and a good servant would always be sure of good employment and liberal wages; but honesty and virtuous principles and industrious habits, were indispensable recommendations to either. The Rev. Gentleman made a deep impression upon the minds of his audience, by his sincerity of manner and well chosen language and concluded with a short prayer and benediction.

The gentlemen of the committee and the visiters [sic] having then taken their leave of Mr. and Mrs. Logan and the emigrants, returned onboard the steamer to town. An excellent dinner was served during the evening. - True Sun.

1835, 15 February, Hobart Town, arrival of the Sarah

"TRADE AND SHIPPING", The Hobart Town Courier (20 February 1835), 3

The Sarah, 488 tons, Capt. Whitsides, arrived on Sunday [15 February], from London, October 14, the Lizard point, 26th ditto, with a general cargo, and 196 emigrants, viz.: - 104 single females, 36 married ditto, 2 single men, 49 children; besides Mr. and Mrs. Logan, superintendents, and 3 female cabin passengers.

Letter, Charles D. Logan, Hobart, 24 February 1835, to George Arthur; original London, PRO Reel 262 COZBOI55 pages 467-469 & GO 33/19 page 278

[To] His Excellency, Lieutenant Governor Arthur

Belle Vue
Hobart Town
24 February 1835

Sir, The duties entrusted to Mrs. Logan and myself as SuperinLendants of the Sarah having now terminated and the male and female Emigrants who were the objects of our charge being placed under the protection of your Excellency and the Ladies Committee I have the honor to enclose for your Excellencys informatlon a Statement of the system we thought it expedient to adopt for the preservation of order and advancement of morals during our Voyage from London to Hobart Town.

The number of Male Emigramts on board the Sarah were I beleive much greater than in any other Ship sent to this Colony by Lhe Emigration Committee, but although this circumstance tended in some measure to multiply the duties of Superintendance in other respects it proved highly beneficial as by rendering the services of our married men available on all occasions of ships duty where they could supercede the intercoarse which must otherwise have existed between the Seamen and the Single females the later were preserved from improper society and I trust finally secured from Contamination. I should therefore consider it most important to the Moral safety of such Single females as may be again sent to this Colony or New South Wales that each Ship should have at least twenty married men on board not only from the advantage to be derived from their services in such situations as I have adverted to in reference to the Sarah but also from the salutary influence they will be found to exercise amongst the unmarried class and the natural interest they must feel in the maintenance of decency and order wherever their wives and families are embarked.

There are many other observations which my experience on board the Sarah could dictate, but which for fear of being diffuse and of too great an encroachment on your Excellencys attention oblige me to suppress. Any suggestions I could submit will be found practically exhibited in the statement, herewith tramsmitLed and to which I beg respecLfully to refer your Excellency the arrangement therin detailed were conceived in an ardent desire for the Moral and temporal good of those placed under my care. Should they appear to your Excellency in any degree to have effected their object, I shall ever regard my labours with satisfaction and pride.

I have the honor to be sir
Your Excellencys faithful and obedient humble servant
Charles D. Logan.

Belle Vue, in upper Macquarie Street, was variously used by the government as an orphan asylum and reception centre for immigrants.

[News], The Hobart Town Courier (27 March 1835), 2

The Duchess of Northumberland had arrived at Sydney with female emigrants from Dublin. It is but justice to state that both them and those by the Sarah, which have given so much satisfaction were kindly and gratuitously selected by Mr. Logan now here.

1835, 12 June, Hobart Town

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Courier (12 June 1835), 3

MRS. LOGAN HAVING now established her residence at No. 28, Davey-street, is ready to afford instruction on the Pianoforte and Singing, combining the principles of "Thorough Bass" and Composition. Terms may be known on personal application.

1835, 4 and 11 December, Hobart Town, concert appearances with Maria's cousins William Vincent Wallace and Marian Chester

[Advertisement], The Tasmanian (4 December 1835), 1 

MR. WALLACE having been requested to give a CONCERT before his departure for Sydney, begs leave to announce that a Performance of VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ARGYLE ROOMS, THIS EVENING, DECEMBER 4, 1835; On which occasion he will be aided by the talents of Mrs. Chester and Mrs. Logan, and also of some Gentlemen Amateurs.
PART I . . . Song - "The Misletoe Bough," Mrs. Logan . . . PART II . . . Duet - Piano-forte (Hertz) - Mrs. Logan & Mr. Wallace . . .

[Advertisement], The Tasmanian (11 December 1835), 1

MRS. CHESTER, BEGS to announce to her friends and the public generally, that her CONCERT OF VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC WILL BE GIVEN ON FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 11, 1835; on which occasion MR. WALLACE ... will afford his valuable assistance . . . [and] MRS. LOGAN . . . PART I . . . Song - "Arise Zariffa," - Mrs. Logan . . . PART II . . . Duet - Piano Forte, by desire (Hertz) [sic] - Mrs. Logan and Mr. Wallace . . .

PEOPLE: William Vincent Wallace (violinist, pianist); Marian Maria Chester (vocalist)

1836, 22 October, Hobart Town

George Augustus Robinson, journal, Sunday 22 October 1836; as transcribed in Plomley 1987, 391

Spent the evening at Logan's in Macquarie Street. Mr. [? Mrs.] Logan set to music a song of the aborigines, POPELLER etc., the first ever attempted.

See below Song of the Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land

PEOPLE: George Augustus Robinson (indigenous culture recorder)

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Courier (4 August 1837), 1

Hobart Town Public Library. IN consequence of the intended removal of the Books into the room recently erected, the Members are informed that the Library will be closed on Thursday the 10th and Saturday the 12th inst. CHARLES LOGAN. Aug. 3.

[News], The Hobart Town Courier (25 May 1838), 2

St. George's Church, at the Battery Point, will be consecrated by the Bishop of Australia to-morrow morning. The service will commence at eleven o'clock, after which a sermon will be preached by his Lordship, and a collection made in aid of the funds. Upon this occasion, the powers of a new Seraphine, by Ellard, will be tried by Mrs. Logan, who, we understand, has most kindly offered her services gratuitously, until arrangements can be made for the permanent appointment of another organist . . .

"Domestic Intelligence", Colonial Times (29 May 1838), 7

On Saturday, St. George's Church, at the Battery Point, was solemnly consecrated with the usual form by the, Bishop of Australia, amidst a large concourse of persons. The Rev. Mr. Bedford read the morning service, and the Bishop and Archdeacon officiated at the Communion Table; his Lordship then preached a very impressive sermon on the necessity of a pure and proper propogation of the Holy Scriptures. A very interesting novelty was introduced in the Seraphine, upon which was beautifully performed by Mrs. Logan; the 26th and 100th psalms. This instrument, which has all the sostentato power of the organ, is nearly as portable as a piano, and is admirably adapted to Churches of the ordinary size. The instrument at St. George's is larger than that at Newtown, and comprises 5 octaves, with some notes of extraordinary power and sweetness. Owing to the prolonged duration of the service, the full scope of the instrument could not be exhibited, as Mrs. Logan was precluded from performing a voluntary. The Seraphine is an instrument, invented, we believe, by Mr. Ellard, Mrs. Logan's father, who manufactures very many for the small Rural Churches in the Mother Country, for which, being infinitely less expensive and cumbersome, than an organ, it is admirably suited.

On Andrew Ellard's model seraphine:

"NOVEL MUSIC INSTRUMENT", Wexford Conservative (4 January 1834), 4

NOVEL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. Amongst the modern inventions and improvements in automaton mechanism, there are few more interesting than the Self acting Piano forte, an instrument less curious from the beauty and peculiarity its construction than convenient, as supplying the place of a performer, presenting to the uninitated a substitute for instrumental skill, and to family parties a rare desideratum enabling them to unite all their members in the dance, instead of one being confined to the Piano-forte, and hearing, as is often the case, a quadrille incomplete. We have seen an instrument of this description at Ellard's Music Saloon, Sackville street, which, besides a number of delightful airs, the productions of Rossini and others, executes a full set of quadrille tunes; and exclusive of the qualities above enumerated, also presents the facility of being played upon as an ordinary Piano-forte, either distinctly from, or in unison with, the self acting power. Its effect, in either case, is so truly fine, that such of our readers as are led from this account to hear its performance, will we are sure, experience delightful treat.

And see also: [Advertisement], Dublin University Magazine Advertiser (September 1836), 32-33

[News], The Hobart Town Courier (1 June 1838), 3

On Saturday last, the Right Reverend, the Bishop of Australia, consecrated the new Church, called St. George's, at the Battery point . . . The seraphine was played by Mrs. Logan with her usual skill, and, accompanied by the voices of several ladies, produced a very pleasing and gratifying effect. Some of the congregation seemed to think that the tone of the instrument was not sufficient to contend against the voices. For our part we like to hear the congregation join (as they ought to do) heart and soul in the psalmody. Nothing can be worse during the singing of a psalm, than to hear the organ, without being capable of distinguishing the voices; it betrays a lukewarmness of devotional feeling which is not to be defended, and is totally inconsistent with the true principles of piety and Christianity.

Letter, Charles D. Logan, Hobart, 14 July 1838, to Colonial Secretary's Office; Tasmanian State Archives, CSO5/1/287/3293 

Colonial Secretarys Office
14 July 1838

Sir, I hope I shall not be considered obtrusive in asking you to submit to the Lieutenant Governor my request to be allowed remuneration for my services respecting the Immigrants per "Bussorah Merchant."

As his Excellency is already, to a certain extent aware of the arduous duties of the services performed as they were under the circumstances of peculiar difficulty and demanding no ordinary degree of exertion I feel relieved from the necessity of adverting to them specifically. The duties to which I attended commenced on 12 December and ended on 12 May last, a period of five months during which I conducted all the arrangements connected with the supplies for the Immgirants in Quarantine as well as the general superintendance and disposal of them at Belle Vue which the Immigrants were at the latter Asylum. My time was usually occupied from 5 to past 8 in the morning and from 5 p.m. to nearly 12 at night and the difficulties I had to encounter in obtaining employment for them will be appreciated when the prejudices prevailing against them in the public mind, from the persistence of disease and other causes are taken into consideration.

On the ground of economical management I trust my [? desires] may receive some attention and I hope I shall not be guilty of invidious comparison in exhibiting by facts my claims under this head? On reference to the official authorities I find the expenses for supplies furnished to Immigrants who arrived by previous vessels at Hobart Town and Launceston were as follows -

The Sarah at Hobart Town with about 150 Immigrants - 178 pounds. [15 February 1835]

Charles Kerr at Launceston with 155 Women, 12 Men - 177. 14. 2 1/2 [20 November 1835]

Boadicia at Hobart Town 210 Immigrants - 194. 17. 10 1/2 [3 February 1836] This sum refers mainly to a period of two months and does not include the cost of maintenance for [ illegible ] females kept in the Asylum for nearly a year.

Amelia Thompson at Launceston with about 180 adults - 211. 7. 3 1/2 [20 August 1836]

William Metcalf at Hobart Town with 190 adults - 201. 7. 4 1/2 [24 January 1837]

Bussorah Merchant at Hobart Town with 76 male and 90 female adults (166) and 60 children 181. 16. 11 1/4 [12 December 1837] This latter sum includes House rent and is the actual expense incurred at Belle Vue during a period of three months.

I have the honor to be Sir
Your Most Obedient Servant
Charles D. Logan

P.S. I beg to add that I have disbursed from my own pocket about 2 pounds 10 shillings for the contingent expenses on account of the Immigrants and I trust His Excellency will be pleased to grant an authority for its repayment to me. C.D.L.

CSO approved an advance of 2 pounds 10 shillings be repaid to him, August 1838

On the ships named: 

[Advertisement], The Courier (5 November 1841), 3 

IN the matter of the Insolvency of Charles David Logan, of Macquarie-street, Hobart Town, Gentleman. Notice is hereby given, that the above-named Charles David Logon did, on the 30th day of October instant, present a petition to William Sorell, Esq., Commissioner of Insolvent Estates for Hobart Town, praying that the petitioner might be declared insolvent, that a provisional assignee of his estate and effects might be appointed, and that the same might be distributed generally among his creditors, pursuant to the provisions of the Act of Council ...

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (4 January 1842), 1 

MRS. LOGAN begs to announce, that her Vacation having terminated, she will resume Tuition in Music on Monday, the 3rd January, 1842, at her residence, 20, Macquarie-street. Dec. 31, 1841.

"Van Diemen's Land", Australasian Chronicle (22 January 1842), 2 

... When St. George's church opened, the Rev. Mr. Ewing, the first "incumbent" (if that word can be applied to the ecclesiastical tenure of any colonial chiaplain), was introducing that service, and Mrs. Logan was forming a very attractive choir; the jubilate and some of the responses were chaunted, and it was understood that regular cathedral service was in the course of introduction. Circumstances impeded this for the time ... - Murray's Review.

[Advertisement], The Courier (3 June 1842), 1

CONCERT. - Mrs. LOGAN Begs to announce that she will give a CONCERT of VOCAL and INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC on THURSDAY EVENING, the 9th instant, at the HALL of the MECHANICS' INSTITUTE, the use of which has been kindly allowed by the Committee for this occasion. A programme of the performances will appear immediately. June 2.

"INTENDED CONCERT", The Courier (3 June 1842), 2 

We understand that it is Mrs. Logan's intention to give a farewell concert, under the patronage of Lady Pedder, on Thursday evening next, in the Mechanics' Institute, which the Committee have kindly placed at her disposai for that purpose. The entertainment augurs well, since in addition to this lady's acknowledged musical talent, the assistance of the numerous singers belonging to the Albert Rooms has been procured: though we doubt not but the numerous friends which Mrs. Logan has conciliated during her sojourn in this town will feel pleasure in affording a last testimonial of good-will, independently of what they may reasonably hope of the intrinsic merits of the performances.

"MRS. LOGAN'S CONCERT", The Courier (10 June 1842), 2

Last evening, Mrs. Logan, assisted by Mrs. Clarke and the elite of her company, afforded a musical entertainment, which every person present seems disposed to pronounce one of the best of which Hobart Town has ever boasted. The room, being large and sonorous, showed to advantage the vocal powers of the different singers, on whose part we have never before witnessed such evident exertions to do their utmost. The orchestra told well, and performed their overtures with, as it appeared to us, more than ordinary effect; indeed, for the antipodes, nothing remained to be wished for. Of Mrs. Logan's proficiency on the pianoforte we had heard much, and, in due ratio, expected much; but our anticipations certainly fell short of the pleasing reality which broke upon us in her solo upon that instrument. Her precision of fingering is not more remarkable than the taste which she so happily bestows on each and every part of the musical theme, and without which the execution of a Hertz may surprise, but cannot gratify. But it was more especially in the act of accompanying that this lady bestowed in contestible proofs of intuitive talent; we say " intuitive," because excellence on this point, depending on a l'on ne sait quoi which the experienced singer, without being able to define, immediately appreciates in the person by whom he is well accompanied, cannot be acquired by practice, but is innate with its possessor. Without appearing to drag far behind, Mrs. Logan can allow full scope to the taste of the vocalist; and catching, as it were, the outline of his musical feeling, with him she can pass through the various gradations from the pianissimo to the fortissime. In Hertz's duo à quatre mains, for the pianoforte, Mrs. Logan performed the treble part, and one of her pupils, a young lady not exceeding ten or eleven years of age, the bass. The manner in which the latter went through her task, was as highly creditable to herself as it spoke unequivocally to the system of tuition followed by her teacher. It was evident, from the truth of time, the freedom of touch, and, above all, the exemption from that mechanical musical-snuff-box style so ordinary with young performers, that Mrs. Logan begins her tuition at the beginning, and by paying attention to the groundwork of the accomplishment, lays a solid foundation for future excellence. Without possessing a strong voice, this lady knows well how to modulate her tone so as to make the most of it. Indeed, by exquisite taste and judgment, her melliflowing sounds are such as, with attention, to ensure the highest gratification. Her duet with Signor Carandini, "Che veggio" was deservedly encored: the two voices blended well together, and Signor C's certainly never before sounded to such advantage as it did on that occasion. "Kathleen Mavourneen" also received the entire quantum of expression of which this favourite song is so susceptible. On the subject of the other performers, space will not allow of our noticing the individual exertions of each,and to singularise may appear invidious: we will, therefore, confine ourselves to expressing our opinion of the credit due to Mrs. Clarke for the gratuitous assistance which she contributed, by herself and company, to the attractions of the evening, and to each member of that company for the unceasing exertions of which they gave proof, to enhance the general effect. Mrs. Stirling, whose classic style has always pleased us in her vocal performances, exhibited an additional talent, for which we had uot till then given her credit, in the piano accompaniment, which she disposed of with apparent ease, though containing operatic passages requiring a certain degree of fingering.

Now that we have had an opportunity of judging for ourselves that Mrs. Logan's reputation amongst us has not exceeded her merits, and that, in addition to the possession of talent in herself, she has also the happy method of imparting it to so many of her pupils, we have no hesitution in pronouncing her intended departure from these shores as a loss to the rising generation on this side of the island. However, since such is to be, we regret that, for her farewell entertainment, the weather should not have been more propitious, as, had it not been for the rain, we doubt not but that the attendance (about two hundred and fifty) would have been far more numerous.

The above, reprinted as "MRS LOGAN'S CONCERT", The Sydney Herald (23 June 1842), 3 

"MRS. LOGAN'S CONCERT", Colonial Times (14 June 1842), 3 

On Thursday evening last, Mrs. Logan held her farewell concert in the Lecture-room of the Mechanics' Institute, which was kindly lent her for the occasion. She was assisted by Mrs. Clarke and her company. We were unable to attend from indisposition; but from all that we can learn, it is generally allowed to have been one of the best ever given here. The manner in which Mrs. Logan's talents is appreciated was clearly evinced from the fact, that notwith[standing ... ] one who could hot obtain a vehicle from arriving at the Concert Room without being thoroughly drenched, there were upwards of 250 persons present.

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE: ARRIVALS", The Sydney Herald (26 July 1842), 2

FROM Hobart Town yesterday, having left the 21st instant, the barque Eden, 523 tons, Captain Jones, with Government stores, &c. Passengers - Mr. and Mrs. Logan, five children, and servant . . .

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (29 July 1842), 3 

MUSICAL TUITION. MRS. LOGAN, PROFESSOR of the PIANOFORTE and SINGING, begs to acquaint the public that she intends as early as possible to open an academy, for instruction in music, combining its theory and practice. In the mean time, Mrs. Logan will be happy to receive pupils at the house of her brother, Mr. Ellard, George street. Sydney, July 28.

PEOPLE: Francis Ellard (brother)

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (18 August 1842), 3 

COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL. MISS RENNIE begs to announce that she has engaged Mrs. Logan (sister of Mr. Ellard), who is reputed to be highly accomplished in music, to teach the pianoforte in her establishment. Terms, in advance, £3 3s. a quarter, including music and the higher accomplishments, without extras. Miss Rennie has room for one boarder.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 September 1842), 1 

COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL. MISS RENNIE respectfully announces that her School quarter for Young Ladies commences on the 1st October. Terms paid in advance £3 3s., which includes, along with all the common branches, the higher and fashionable accomplishments of music (two lessons per week), taught in the first style by Mrs. Logan, Organist of St. Andrew's; Singing by Mr. Worgan, Organist of St. Mary's ...

PEOPLE: George William Worgan

"BIRTH", Australasian Chronicle (4 April 1843), 3 

At College-street, Hyde Park, on the 2nd inst., Mrs. Logan, of a son.

"SYDNEY CHORAL SOCIETY", The Australian (22 April 1845), 3 

A preliminary meeting of this society took place at St. Lawrence school-house, on Friday evening last ... The meeting then formed itself into a general committee, when the following gentlemen were elected: president, Rev. Mr. Walsh; secretary, Mr. Hatch; treasurer, Mr. Hirst; conductor, Mr. Johnson; leader, Mr. W. Johnson. An active committee of management was also formed, composed of - Mr. Hatch, Mr. Hirst, Dr. Nathan, Mr. Sincombe, Mr. Logan, Mr. Deane, and Mr. W. M'Donell. A vote of thanks was awarded to Mr. Hatch, as the active originator of the society, and to Mr. Purchase for his strenuous co-operation, and for his efforts in the cause of music ...

PEOPLE & ORGANISATIONS: Sydney Choral Society; James Johnson (conductor); William Jonathan Johnson (leader); Charles Nathan (committee member); John Philip Deane (committee member); Henry John Hatch (committee member)

"DEPARTURES", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 March 1848), 2 

. . . March 18. - Walmer Castle, ship, 656 tons, Captain Thorne, for London. Passengers - Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson and two children . . . Mr. C. D. Logan . . .

"IRISH EMIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA", The Sydney Morning Herald (5 January 1850), 3 

On Wednesday a meeting was convened in the Court-house, Cavan, for the purpose of hearing an address from Charles Logan, Esq., explanatory of the objects and regulations relating to emigration ... The society with which Mr. Logan is connected affords peculiar facilities for emigration, which Mr. Logan, who had been fourteen years in Australia, would state to the meeting ... To remedy the evils of the want of emigration, the inhabitants of what is called the Middle District of New South Wales raised a fund for the purpose of aiding industrious people of good character, who were starving in Ireland, to go out there, and that is the fund he (Mr. Logan) has at his disposal; therefore all emigrants assisted by this money would be sent to that part of the colony. The money was originally raised for tho relief of Irish distress, and forwarded to the Hon. F. Scott. That gentleman, conceiving it better to appropriate it to emigration, as the surest remedy for distress, applied for leave to that effect, and got it. He (Mr. Logan) had to come to Ireland on private business, when his friend Mr. Scott requested him to seek out for deserving parties whom they could send out or aid to emigrate ...

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 July 1854), 8

On Monday, July 10, at his residence, Pitt-street South, after a weeks' illness, Mr. Francis Ellard, aged 52 years, only surviving son of Andrew Ellard, Esq., of Sandymount, near Dublin.

"AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 July 1854), 5 

A deputation relative to Australian affairs had an interview with the Earl of Aberdeen on Saturday, at his official residence in Downing-street. Tho deputation consisted of Viscount Mandeville, M.P., Lord Nass, M.P., the Honourable Francis Scott, M.P., Mr. J. B. Denison, M.P., Mr. Charles Cowan, M.P., Mr. Edward Divett, M.P. (Chairman of the Souih Australian Bank), Mr. William Brown, M.P., Mr. H. G. Gordon, (Chairman of the Oriental Bank), Mr. James Hutchinson (Chairman of the Committee of the Stock Exchange), Mr. Robert Brooks, Mr. A. Young, Mr. Robert Campbell, Mr. J. Robinson, Mr. H. Sewell, Mr. D. Lanarch, Mr. G. R. Griffiths, Mr. C. D. Logan, Mr. R. Tooth, Mr. John Lamb, Mr. J. N. Smith, Mr. Alexander Denison, Mr. W. Milliken, and Mr. T. Taylor. The Duke of Newcastle and Sir James Graham wero present at tho interview. - Morning Chronicle, May 8th.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (20 July 1854), 2 


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 January 1855), 6 

Excellent Household Furniture. Brilliant-toned Semi-grand Pianoforte by Broadwood; Square Piano by Tomkison. And other effects. MR. EDWARD SALAMON will sell by Auction, at the residence of Mrs. Logan, Bligh-street, on MONDAY, January 8th, at 11 o'clock, All the superior household furniture (principally of Lenehan's manufacture) and effects, comprising:

Telescope dining tabler, sideboard
Hair-seated sofa, morocco-seated chairs
Cheffoniere, cane-seated chairs
China, glass, and plated ware
Rosewood loo table, balloon-back chairs
Ditto whatnot, couch covered in damask and chintz covers
Occasional chairs, ottomans
Splendid toned semi-grand pianoforte by Broadwood
Brussels carpets and rugs, fenders and fireirons
Choice engravings, elegantly framed
Window hangings, cornice poles, bands, &c.
Square pianoforte, by Tomkisson [Tomkison]
Iron bedsteads, hair matresses, and bedding
Washstands and furniture, toilet tables and glasses
Kitchen furniture and utensils, and other effects.
Terms, cash.

"CLEARANCES", Empire (10 January 1855), 4 

January 8. - Vimeria, ship, 1037 tons, Captain Neatby, for London. Passengers - Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Campbell and 4 children, Mr. and Mrs. George Miller, Miss Bailey, Misses Miller (2), Master Miller, Rev. Mr. Sinclair, Misses Sinclair (4), Masters Sinclair (2), Mr. W. T. Cape, Masters Cape (2), Miss Cape, Mr. and Mrs. Webb, Misses Webb (3), Masters Webb (4), Mrs. Logan and 4 children, Mrs. Macquold, Mr. Severne, Mr. Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Robertson, Mr. Fairfax, Captain Ball, Lieutenant-Colonel Singleton, Mrs. Singleton, and 28 in the intermediate and steerage.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 June 1855), 1

EDUCATION. - Miss B. RANDALL'S Establishment for YOUNG Ladies will re-open on MONDAY, 9the July. No. 19, Elizabeth-street North. Miss B. R. has lately received from England the whole of Logier's system of Instruction in music, and from the proficiency most of her pupils have made in that branch of education, she can safely solicit a share of public patronage. Private lessons may be given after 4 pm. Miss B. R. will have the assistance of a young lady for some time a pupil of Mrs. Logan's. One or two young ladies can be accommodated as boarders.


1856, 6 January, Sydney, Maria returns from Britain

"ARRIVALS", The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List (7 January 1856), 2 

January 6. - La Hogue, ship, 1331 tons. Captain Henry Neatby, from London October 10. Passengers - The Honorable E. Deas Thomson, family, governess, and 3 servants; Miss Thomson, Captain Lethbridge and 2 daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Nutt, Mr. and Mrs. McArthur child and nurse, Rev. Mr. Sim, Mrs. Sim, Miss Sim, Miss Farmer, Mr. and Mrs. A. Bushby and servant, Mr. and Mrs. Duffill and child, Master Campbell and nurse, Mrs. Logan, Miss Lamert . . . and 20 second and third cabin passengers . . .

"TESTIMONIAL TO CAPTAIN NEATBY", The Sydney Morning Herald (8 January 1856), 4 

THE following is the copy of the address presented to Captain Neatby, on the 1st Instant, a few days before entering our Heads, by the cabin passengers of La Hogue: -

1st January, 1856,
Sir, - We cannot allow our agreeable in La Hogue, from Plymouth to Sydney, to terminate, without expressing our warm and unanimous thanks for the very liberal and efficient arrangements made for our comfort, convenience, and safety, during the whole period. We gratefully acknowledge the personal courtesy which has been invariably extended to each of us individually; whilst we must express our admiration of the indefatigable zeal and attention which have characterised your management of the remarkably fine ship which you now command. Whether in the continuance of your present arduous life, or in the more tranquil retirement to which so many years of laborious duties justly entitle you, we beg to wish you every happiness and prosperity.

We trust that you will not fail to believe that this tribute to your merits as an able and most careful commander is dictated by motives of unfeigned sincerity, and in testimony of which we beg you to accept the accompanying trifling earnest of our friendship and esteem; hoping that you will expend it in the way that may be made most agreeable to your own wishes, and at the same time best calculated to preserve in year memory a pleasing recollection of the happy days we have spent together on board La Hogue, and of those who have now the pleasure to subscribe themselves.
Sir, your faithful friends,

E Deas Thornton; Charles W. Teage Robt. Lethbridge; Edward Seaton Pullan Alex. Busby; Jas. R. Fairfax R. W. Nutt; R. D. Gibbes R. McArthur; John Glynes Samuel Simm, Clerk; Jesse Gregson George Hibbert Duffell; George Deverill Michael O'Grady; Henry Van Homrigh Arthur Harvey; Maria Logan Chris. Newton; Mary E. Farmer John W. Wilson; J. Lamert John E. Manning; A. Baker. Thos. Thomas

To Captain Henry Neatby, Commander of ship La Hogue.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 May 1857), 1 

WANTED, a General Servant, where there are two in family; character indispensable. Apply to Mrs. LOGAN, No. 3, Elizabeth-terrace, Upper William-street, Woolloomooloo.


1857, 20 August, Sydney Heads, death by drowning of 3 Logan children

"FURTHER PARTICULARS OF THE Shipwreck at the Heads", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 August 1857), 1 supplement 

Herald Office, Saturday Morning.

The hopes we entertained last night that the wreck would not be the Dunbar, have proved fallacious. That unfortunate vessel must have struck between the Gap and the Lighthouse, and have instantly been dashed into a thousand pieces, and not a single soul is saved to tell the sad and melancholy story. We proceeded to the Heads this morning at daylight. The bodies were still being washed to and fro in the ledges of the rocks, and articles from the wreck continued to be brought ashore. Amongst the latter was a pillow case with the name "S. Peek" marked upon it. Other evidence also continues to come up of the fact that all on board must have perished.

The following is a correct list of the passengers: - Mr. and Mrs. Kilner Waller, 6 children, and servant; Mr. and Mrs. A. Myers, 6 children, and servant; Mr. and Mrs. S. Peek; Mrs. Egan, son, and daughter; Mr. Hyacinth Macquoid; Mr. Severn; Misses Hunt (2); Captain Steane, R.N; Mr. James; Mr. Downey, architect; Mr. Isaac Simmons; Mr. Troughton; Miss Logan and 2 Masters Logan; Two Mr. Mylnes and two Miss Mylnes; Mr. Davidson; Mr. Tyndal; Twenty-four second and third cabin passengers. Crew about 60.

Of the above Mr. and Mrs. S. Peek were well-known colonists, Mr. Peek having been for many years a large importer, and formerly a partner with Mr. Robert Porter. Mrs. Egan was the wife of Mr. Daniel Egan, M.L.A., and was accompanied by his son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Cuhnac. Mr. Kilner Waller, was a brother of Mr. J. G. Waller, of this city. Mr. Kilner Waller was the author of several interesting and valuable letters respecting emigration, which have lately appeared in this journal. Mr. A. Myers was a brother of a gentleman at Bathurst of the same name. Mr. Milne was, we believe, a squatter in the Northern district. Mr. Adrian de Young James, was the only son of Mr. H. Kerrison James, the Bishop of Sydney's Secretary. This young gentleman had been to England pursuing his studies preparatory to entering the Church. The Miss Logan and two Masters Logan are the children of Mrs. Logan, of this city . . .

Mr. Pilot Jenkins has found two boards, name "Dunbar" on them; also, the bodies of a female and child.

12 o'clock.

The city continues in a state of the greatest excitement. Thousands of people have gone out to the Heads. A report has just reached us that one man is alive under the cliffs, and mounted policemen were dispatched to Sydney for ropes, &c, with the hope of saving him . . . Coffins are just going down in the Washington steamer . . .

Half-past 12.

It is now reported that three men are alive under the rocks. Mr. North, Water Police Magistrate, Captain McLerie, and Captain Pockley, with the assistance of Messrs. Mitchell and Co., are doing their utmost to try and discover if there are any survivors.

1 o'clock.

No bodies have yet arrived from Middle Harbour, but it seems certain that 12 have gone ashore.

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 August 1857), 1 

Drowned, at midnight, on Thursday, the 20th instant, at the entrance of Port Jackson, by the wreck of the ship Dunbar, Ida Logan, Charles Alfred Logan, and Arthur Phillipson Logan, the beloved children of Mrs. Logan, of Upper William-street, Woolloomooloo.

Drowned, on the night of the 20th instant, by shipwreck of the Dunbar, John Holl, coming out to his brother, Robert Holl, South Creek, near Penrith.

On the night of Thursday, the 20th instant, by the melancholy wreck of the Dunbar, Captain Green, near the entrance to the Sydney harbour, after a previously prosperous voyage from London, G. Troughton, Esq., relative of Charles James Troughton, Esq., banker, of 187, Shoreditch, London.


1858-59, Sydney

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (7 May 1858), 1 

WANTED, a General House Servant. Apply to Mrs. LOGAN, 3, Elizabeth-terrace, Upper William street, Woolloomooloo.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (23 September 1858), 1 

WANTED, a General Servant who can make up fine linen, for two in family. Apply to Mrs. LOGAN, No 3. Elizabeth-terrace. Woolloomooloo, before 9 or after 6 o'clock. Characters indispensable.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (7 May 1859), 10 

WANTED, a GENERAL HOUSE SERVANT; character indispensable. Apply Mrs. LOGAN, 3, Elizabelh-terrace, Darlinghurst.


1859, 12 August, Dublin, death of Maria's father, Andrew Ellard

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 August 1859), 1

On the 26th May last, at his residence, Tritonville, Sandemont, near Dublin, Andrew Ellard, Esq., aged 79 years.


1858-59, diary entries, concerning Maria, by her pupil Blanche Mitchell

Blanche Mitchell, diary entries (selected), 1858-59; State Library of New South Wales, ML MSS 1611

Papers of Blanche Mitchell, a Notebook, 1850, containing poems and cuttings b. Diary, 28 Jan. 1858-7 Nov. 1859, 5 June 1860 - 27 February 1861, mostly written at Craigend Terrace, Woolloomooloo, N.S.W., describing her social life; many mentions of her own and her sister's music lessons with "Mrs. Logan" (28 January to 27 December 1858) (30 December 1858 to 7 November 1859) (5 June 1860-27 February 1861) (TRANSCRIPT)

The following just a sample of 31 entries mentioning Mrs. Logan:

Friday 29th January [1858] Walked home at half past eight. Went to Mrs Logan's, from thence to Mrs Arnold's where we stayed an hour at German . . .

Tuesday 16th February [1858] Went as usual to Mrs Logan's, from thence to Mrs Arnold's, from where we returned at one . . .

Tuesday 16th March [1858] Mrs Logan sent in to say that she was very ill, so could not give us our lessons today . . .

Tuesday 23rd March [1858] Very cold morning. Rose early, and practised music. At nine went to Mrs Logan's. Alice made all sorts of mistakes, quite puzzling to Mrs Logan, who could not account for it . . .

Wednesday 12th May [1858] Miss Suttor came. Alice went with her to Mrs Logan's to buy some music. She is coming to dine here on Friday. Minnie Mann and Mrs Hely came . . .

Tuesday 18th May [1858] Went to Mrs Logan's. She told us to come on Thursdays at the same time, and then we are to learn theory with a class . . .

Saturday 22nd May [1858] . . . Alice went to her singing lesson at Mrs Logan's . . .

Thursday 27th May [1858] . . . From ten to one to theory at Mrs Logan's . . .

Monday 14th June [1858] . . . After breakfast, went to music, and thence to Mrs Logan's, where I was very stupid indeed . . .

Tuesday 27th July [1858] . . . Went to Mrs Logan's, was praised by her, which is a most wonderful act on her part . . .

Thursday 23rd September [1858] Practised my music, then went to Mrs Logan's, where we stayed until one . . .

Monday 18th October [1858] . . . Rec'd a note from Mrs Logan, telling us she had taken a holiday. She is always taking holidays on our days . . .

Thursday 2nd December. Went home this morning, told every body about the Ball. Went to Mrs Logans, where we were scolded very much for losing so many lessons, and at two took our departure again . . .

Monday 17th January [1859] . . . Went to music. Was given by Mrs Logan a very difficult piece of music. Do not think I will have time to practise it . . .


1864, January, change of address

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (9 January 1864), 4

MRS. LOGAN begs to inform ber Pupils that she purposes REMOVING on the 16th instant to the house now occupied by Mr. Garrick, Vivtoria-street North.


1864, 8 February, London, death Charles Logan (resident in Britian since 1848)

"DEATHS", Sydney Mail (23 April 1864), 9 

LOGAN - February 8th, at Warwick-street, Pimlico, Charles D. Logan, Esq., late of Sydney, New South Wales, aged sixty.


1864, 2 and 21 May, Sydney, regarding Maria's former pupil Lucy Chambers

"MISS LUCY CHAMBERS", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 May 1864), 5 

. .. [The above statements have been forwarded to this journal for publication. It may not be generally known that Miss Chambers was for many years a pupil of Mrs. Logan, musical artist, of this city.

"THE SYDNEY MONTHLY OVERLAND MAIL", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 May 1864), 5 

Miss Lucy Chambers - the new Australian contralto, Who has made such a successful debut at Florence - is a native of this colony, the daughter of Mr. C. H. Chambers, solicitor, and was for many years a pupil of Mrs. Logan, musical artist of this city.


1867, December, Sydney

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 December 1867), 3 

MUSICAL TUITION. - Mrs. C. D. LOGAN begs to intimate to her pupils that she will be prepared to receive them again on MONDAY next, the 30th instant. Rialto-terrace, Upper William-street S., Woolloomooloo.


1868, 4 March, Sydney, death of son, Henry Logan

"DEATH", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 March 1868), 1 

On the 4th instant, at 5, Rialto-terrace, Upper William-street South, HENRY, fourth son of Mrs. C. D. LOGAN, aged 26 years.


1872, January, Sydney

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 January 1872), 3 

MUSICAL TUITION. - Mrs. C. D. LOGAN begs to intimate to, her Pupils that she RESUMES business on MONDAY, the 8th January, 1872. Rialto terrace, Woolloomooloo.


1864, 2 and 21 May, Sydney, regarding Maria's former pupil Lucy Chambers

"DEATHS", Evening News (18 July 1873), 2 

DEATHS. On the 16th July, at her residence, Paul-street, Balmain, Susan, relict of the late Thomas Leggatt, of Sydney, aged 75 years.

Death of Maria's sister, Susan Ellard Leggatt


1873-78, Sydney

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (29 November 1873), 1 

MUSIC - Mrs. C. D. LOGAN begs to inform her pupils that she will RESUME her Tuition on MONDAY, 1st December. 6, Rialto-terrace. 27th November, 1873.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 January 1876), 6 

MUSICAL TUITION. - Mrs. C. D. LOGAN begs to inform her Pupils that she resumes her duites on the lOth instant. Rialto-terrace. 5th January, 1876

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (13 July 1878), 2 

MUSICAL TUITION. - Mrs. C. D. LOGAN begs to inform her pupils that she purposes resuming her tuition on the 17th July. 6, Rialto-terrace.


1884, biography of Maria's most famous former pupil, Lucy Chambers

"Madame Lucy Chambers", The Argus (25 November 1884), 7

The familiar name of this well known artist and teacher appears in another column, in connexion with an entertainment to be given in the Town hall next Saturday night, in the presence of His Excellency the Governor and Lady Loch. This will be the first benefit concert given in Melbourne in favour of Madame Chambers. It is the suggestion of a number of her pupils, who will themselves take part in the concert, at which will also appear the following well known artists, namely, Mr. Armes Beaumont, Mr. S. Lamble, Mr. T. H. Guenett, Miss Gertie Frazer, and the Metropolitan Liedertafel, conducted by Mr. Julius Herz. Madame Chambers will accompany the peformance of her pupils.

Madame Chambers, the daughter of Charles Henry Chumbers, is a native of Sydney, where her father was in practice of the law. Early developing a contralto voice of superior quality, she began to cultivate it under the tuition of Mrs. Logan, a pupil of Logier, and cousin of Wallace, the composer of "Maritana." Miss Chamber's first incentive to adopt the Italian operatic stage as a profession came from Catherine Hayes.

This impulse, which was at first resisted, was at last obeyed, and in January, 1862, the subject of this notice went to London, where she studied for a while under Garcia, and from thence took her departure for Italy. At Florence she became the pupil of Vannuchini, and also of Romani, the master who taught Orisi, Mario, Pasta, Ungher, Lucy Escott, and others. After a year's tuition Miss Chambers made her appearance at the Teatro Pagliano, Florence, as Azucena in "Il Trovatore." Her debut was a great success, and the opera ran for a month. After this the way was open for her to appear at the great La Scala, in Milan, where she was engaged as prima donna contralto assoluta for two seasons, singing in "Il Trovatore," "Un Ballo in Maschera," and "Faust." While living in Milan Miss Chambers continued her studies under the eminent teacher Lamperti.

From Milan, Miss Chambers was engaged as first contralto in the principal Italian Opera-houses and then went to Portugal, and performances were given in Lisbon and Oporto; from thence to Germany, where, in Berlin Miss Chambers made her first appearance at the Victoria Theatre. Her European tour ended with her singing at the Theatre de la Monnaie, at Brussels.

In 1870 our Australian prima donna contralto returned with Mr. W. S. Lyster and the company which included Signora Baratti and Signori Neri, Contini, and Dondi. From this time forward the professional career of Madame Chambers as an operatic artist, and, finally, as a successful teacher of singing, is well known to all our readers.

Amongst many pupils who have been taught by her to use their natural gifts in an artistic manner we should mention the names Miss Alice Rees, Miss Blackburn, Miss Marie St. Claire, and Miss Ada Gardiner (Ida Osborne) Madame Chambers also prepared Miss Alice Dunning Lingard for her well-remembered performance as Josephine in "H. M. S. Pinafore." In her experiences as an Italian operatic singer, Madame Chambers has, amongst others, added the following subjects to her repertory, namely, "Lucrezia Borgia," "Gli Ugonotti," "Il Profeta," "Faust," "Il Trovatore," "Un Ballo in Maschera," "Maritana," "La Sonnambula," "Guglielmo Tell," "Semiramide," "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," "Martha," "Rigoleto," "Safo," "La Forza del Destino," "Luisa Miller," "La Donna del Lago," "L'Italiana in Algieri," "Tancredi," "Romeo e Giulietta," "Linda di Chamouni," "Ione," "Dinorah," and "Maria di Rohan."


1885, 8 September, family history by Maria's nephew William Barnes Ellard ("Timothy Fogarty")

"Timothy Fogarty" [William Ellard], "PROUD OF BEING AN IRISHMAN. To the Editor", Evening News (8 September 1885), 6 

PROUD OF BEING AN IRISHMAN. To the Editor. Sir, - In these days of trimmers and shams, it is refreshing to hear a man of such gifted attainments as Mr. Dion Boucicault declaring "that he was an Irishman, and proud of his country." Yes, he is an Irishman, and who but an Irishman could have written the "Shaughran" or the "Colleen Bawn." It is now about twenty-four years since I saw him and his gifted wife in the Theatre Royal, Dublin, acting in the "Colleen Bawn," and remember that lady's clear, sweet voice aa she sung the "Cruiskeen Lawn," and saw Myles Nacaupleen personated by Mr. Boucicault, where he sings his inimitable song "Charlymount is a purty place in the merry month of July." But enough; you must see Mr. Boucicault act to have any idea of his ability. The subject, however, dearest to Mr. Boucicault's a heart is the desire to elevate the character of the Irish people. Others have striven in their own limited way to stand up for their country, when, at times in these colonies, some persons have had the temerity to assail Ireland and its inhabitants. Not very long since a number of gentlemen left Sydney on a tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland. On the return of these excursionists, several letters appeared, stating what some of these gentlemen saw and what they did not see. But one gentleman wrote in such a manner that he put me in mind of the story of "The Travelled Ass." However, no person noticed him, until he commenced writing about Dublin, and stating "that he did not see any pies in the parlors of the residents of Dublin." This was quite sufficient; immediately I replied to this excursionist, and brought him down with the first shot. Like a true sportsman, I kept the right hand barrel of my gun ready, expecting another excursionist to get on the wing; but since that day, until the present time, I never had any chance to fire into that lot. I read with much pleasure Mr. Boucicault's story of "Cautherin Jack," and his drive from the Punchestown races. I have seen two such characters on the Naas-road. No wonder Mr. Boucicault is full of wit and fun, hailing as he does from Dublin: and while I think of it, now that his story has brought it to my mind, I will relate a story which I have no doubt Mr. Boucicault will remember. During the time Mr. Robert Barton, better Known as "Bob Barton," was leader of the orchestra, Theatre Royal, Dublin, a celebrated Italian violinist was engaged to perform at that theatre. At this particular time the steam packet did not come nearer to Dublin than the Pigeon-house. A few musical celebrities determined to meet this violinist on his arrival, and to give him a warm reception as well as a public dinner. Amongst this lot was a leading genius, William Ellard, eldest son of Andrew Ellard, and one of the most accomplished musicians of his day. In fact, he was the moving spirit in his father's large musical instrument manufactory, 47, lower Sackville-street, Dublin. I think Mr. Boucicault knew him; if not, I know his brother in Queensland did. Well, the steampacket arrived; also the violinist. He was received with a hearty Irish welcome. After dinner a fiddler is heard playing outside the hotel. The foreigner's musical ear catches the sweet tones brought from Barton's violin - for Barton was a magnificent performer. He inquires, "What is that?" Ellard told him, one of those travelling fiddlers: at the same time desired the waiter to bring him into the dining-room. Bob was ushered in, and he made a very humble bow; was asked to have something to drink; and, as the "groceries" had been brought in, Bob chose a tumbler of whisky punch. As soon as he swallowed it. Ellard told him to play something. Bob commenced playing some of his best selections, and the Italian showed great uneasiness; he became deadly pale. Ellard asked what was the matter? He said, "I am very sick, and would wish to go back to London." He was asked why? He stated, "When you have musicians like this begging, what chance have I here?" The poor fellow was completely frightened, and with great difficulty they succeeded in convincing him that Barton was one of their best performers, and that the whole affair was got up for a joke.

Possibly there was not any place in Dublin where such eminent men, both of letters and music, were to be found than at A. Ellard's musical establishment in Sackville-street. And, like Mr. Boucicault, I not only feel proud of being an Irishman, but of belonging to the Ellard family, few of whom are now alive to bear the name; and I would be sorry if a brilliant Irishman like Mr. Dion Boucicault left Sydney without the Irishmen of this city marking their appreciation of his talents in such a manner as they know well how to do. - Yours, &c., TIMOTHY FOGARTY. Sydney, September 5, 1885.

PEOPLE: Dion Boucicault (actor, vocalist)


1886, 11 June 1886, Sydney

"The LY-EE-MOON RELIEF COMMITTEE", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 June 1886), 4 

A meeting of the committee which was appointed at the Town Hall on the 7th instant to afford relief to the sufferers through the Ly-ee-Moon disaster was held in the Town Hall yesterday afternoon . . . A number of letters were received from different persons, enclosing cheques towards the fund now being raised, amongst them being one from Mrs. C. D. Logan, of Jessie-terrace, Upper William-street South, who forwarded the sum of two guineas. This lady stated that she felt very deeply for those who bad been bereaved by the recent calamity, as she herself had lost a son and a daughter by the wreck of the ill-fated Dunbar . . .


1886, 25 December, Sydney, Maria's death, burial, and probate

Death registered in New South Wales, Australia

[1886] 2239 / 25 December 1886 Darlinghurst Road / Maria Logan / Female 78 years / Cardiac disease / [father's name] Ellard / [informant] Frank Logan, Grandson / [buried] 27 December 1886, Church of England Cemetery, Balmain / [born] Dublin Ireland, 45 years in N.S. Wales / [Marriage] Dublin [aged] 21 [to] Charles David Logan / [Children of marriage] William, 53, Frederick, 52, Ernest, living, 4 males, 2 females dead

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 December 1886), 1

LOGAN. - On the morning of Christmas Day, at Victoria-terrace, Darlinghurst, Maria, relict of the late C. D. Logan, aged 78.

Probate, Sydney, 31 December 1886; Last will and testament of Maria Logan (no. 14302) (transcript by Steve Ford)

This is the last will and testament of me, Maria Logan of Rialto Terrace, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales.

After payment of all my just debts, & funeral expenses, I give devise, & bequeath the land at the North Shore, to my eldest son William R. Logan, also the land at Fiji (mortgaged to me by my son Ernest) I give and bequeath to the said son Ernest Logan and all the residue & remainder of all my cash & personal property, I give and bequeath to my grandchildren Marcus & Maude Logan to be managed for them made the sole control of my son William Robert Logan & my good cousin, William Ellard Executors of this my will.

And I hereby appoint William Robert Logan & William Ellard Executors of this my will as witness my hand this eleventh October 1878. Signed and acknowledged by the said Maria Logan the testatrix . . .

Codicil. I Maria Logan the testatrix in the will written on the other side further direct that before my chattel property is sold my Executors William Robert Logan & William Ellard reserve such articles therefrom as they may decide to retain & dispose of the same at their discretion. Dated this twelfth day of October [1878] Maria Logan. Signed by the above named Testatrix . . .

"ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION", New South Wales Government Gazette (31 December 1886), 8852 

In the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
In the will and codicil of Maria Logan, late of Rialto Terrace, "Woolloomooloo, Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, widow, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof in the New South Wales Government Gazette, application will be made to this Honor able Court, in its Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, that probate of the last will and testament of the abovenamed deceased, who departed this life at her residence Bialto Terrace, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, on the 25th December, 1886, may be granted to William Robert Logan and William Ellard, the executors in the said will named.—Dated this 29th day of December, a.d. 1886.
J. WILLIAMSON, Proctor for the said Executors, Williamson's Chambers, King-street, Sydney.
8949 6s. 6d.


1888 and 1894, Sydney, regarding a Logan memorial fund

"THE LATE MRS. C. D. LOGAN", The Daily Telegraph (3 July 1888), 3 

It is proposed by some of the numerous pupils and friends of the lute Mrs. C. D. Logan to erect some enduring memorial of the esteem and affection with which the deceased lady was regarded by her pupils. Mrs. Logan arrived in Tasmania in the year 1835, when Colonel Arthur was Lieutenant-Governor, and settling in Hobart Town followed her profession as a teacher of music with great success for some years. She was, it is believed, the first organist of St. David's Cathedral, the oldest church in the colony. Upon leaving Hobart with her family for Sydney in 1842, she received very gratifying testimony of the esteem in which she was held by her numerous pupils and friends. For a considerable time after her arrival in Sydney she was almost the only representative of the musical art engaged in tuition, and although she never took part in public performances, confining herself entirely to teaching, the faithfulness and thoroughness of her work in that branch were widely known and appreciated. The significance of this will be better understood when it is mentioned that there was scarcely a family of influence indentified with the early history of Tasmania or New South Wales which had not at some time the advantage of her instruction during the 51 years she resided in Australia. Some difficulty has been experienced by the promoters in agreeing upon the form the memorial should take, since to establish a scholarship for music would require a large sum of money. It is now proposed that an annual prize bearing Mrs. Logan's name should be founded in connection with St. Andrew's Cathedral Choir School. This appears to be a peculiarly appropriate way of commemorating Mrs. Logan, as she was one of the first organists of St. Andrew's Cathedral when its local habitation was the little wooden church that many Sydney residents remember. It is also thought that the object of the cathedral school - the study of the highest kind of music for the highest Christian influence - would have warmly commended itself to the venerable lady, whose earnest piety was well known.

We are requested to state that Lady Martin, Woollahra-house, and Miss Hogarth Pringle, Aird-street, Parramatta, will be very pleased to receive from pupils and friends of Mrs. Logan any contributions to the above object.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 July 1888), 2 

Both former pupils of Maria Logan, though from very different eras, Isabella Lang Martin (1834-1909) was eldest daughter of William Lang, of "Tusculum", Potts Point, and married James Martin in 1853; and Alice Maud Hogarth Pringle (1866-1952), a daughter of George Hogarth Pringle of Parramatta.

[News], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 July 1888), 9

As a memorial of the esteem and affection, with which the late Mrs. C. D. Logan was regarded, some of the pupils and friends of that lady propose to found an annual prize, bearing Mrs. Logan's name, in connection with St. Andrew'- Cathedral Choir School. The reason this form has been chosen is that Mrs. Logan, who taught music for 51 years in Australia, was one of the first organists of St. Andrew's Cathedral. By reference to our advertising columns it will be seen that subscriptions will be received by Lady Martin and Miss Hogarth Pringle.

"LOGAN MEMORIAL FUND", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 February 1894), 6

Some years ago a meeting was called of the former pupils of the late Mrs. C. D. Logan with the object of perpetuating her memory in some suitable way. Miss Maud Hogarth-Pringle, of Parramatta, organised the movement, with the result that a small fund has just been placed in the hands of the Primate, to be expended in the presentation of two yearly prizes for music to the choristers of St Andrew's Cathedral. Mrs. Logan was for long identified with the musical progress of the colony in its earlier days. Originally this lady arrived at Hobart in the year 1835 by the immigrant ship Sarah, of which her husband was superintendent. Mrs. Logan remained in the Tasmanian capital until 1842, and soon became one of the principal resident teachers of music" on the "Logerian system". She officiated first as organist of St. David's Church (where the Cathedral now stands), and later as honorary organist of St. Georges Church, Battery Point. In February, 1842, Mrs. Logan arrived in Sydney, was appointed organist of St. Andrew's pro-Cathedral, and trained the choir. The Rev. Mr. Watson was then incumbent. Mrs. Logan continued to officiate when well advanced in years, during Canon O'Reilly's time. Altogether Mrs. Logan carried on her valuable work as a teacher dining a period of 46 years, numbering amongst her pupils the daughters of the Hon. Mrs. Keith Stewart (daughter of Governor Fitzroy), of Sir Alfred Stephen, Sir Edward Deas-Thomsom, Sir Thomas Mitchell, the Right Hon. W. B. Dalley, Mr. W. C. Wentworth, Sir James Martin, Archdeacon Cowper, Sir Roger Therry, the Hons. Robert Campbell and Robert Fitzgerald, Mr. Alexander Gordon, Mr. James K. Fairfax, and many other well-known Australian families. Mrs. Logan, who passed away on Christmas Day, 1886, was a first cousin of Vincent Wallace, the eminent composer.

"The Logan Memorial Fund", Evening News (21 February 1894), 7 

To those interested in the music of St. Andrew's Cathedral, it will be pleasing to learn that a Email fund has just been placed in the hands of the Most Reverend the Primate with the object of presenting the choristers of St. Andrew's Cathedral with two yearly prizes for music. This fund is to be called the "Logan Memorial Fund," and has been organised by Miss Maud Hogarth-Pringle, of Parramatta, in memory of her much respected friend and teacher, Mrs. C. D. Logan, who passed away on Christmas Day, 1886. A meeting was called some years ago, and many of Mrs. Logan's old pupils responded to the invitation, and promised to send subscriptions to establish a prize for music in memory of the teacher whom they all honored for her great musical abilities, and for her power of imparting that knowledge of music to her pupils. The difficulty of obtaining the addresses of many of Mrs. Logan's pupils, now resident in distant lands, has prevented the memorial from being so widely known as it should have been, but it is hoped, through the courtesy of the Press, that this little notice will bring the matter before many old pupils who have not already been appealed to, and also before those who promised to contribute when the object of the memorial should be finally decided upon, and that they will send in their promises to the Reverend the Precentor of St. Andrew's Cathedral, and make this trust a fitting memorial to one who did so much for the advancement of music in this country, and thus for the benefit of the cathedral choir. Mrs. Logan was the daughter of Mr. Ellard, of Dublin, and a first cousin of the eminent composer, Vincent Wallace.

Musical works and arrangements


Song of the Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land (arranged by Mrs. Logan; voice and piano) (2 MS sources)

Song of the Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land arranged by Mrs. Logan; MS, copy, ? c.1840s, original Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Archives Office of Tasmania, holographic copies (digitised by State Library of Tasmania) (TROVE PAGE 1) (DIGITISED PAGE 1) (TROVE PAGE 2) (DIGITISED PAGE 2)

This earlier copy dates perhaps from the 1840s, though copying errors suggest that it was not made by Logan herself.

9 Popela (Logan 1836, earlier MS) 1
9 Popela (Logan 1836, earlier MS) 2


Song of the Aborigines arranged by Mrs. Logan; MS, copy, 1890s, at University of Tasmania Library (the catalogue record dates this sketch MS to 1856) (TROVE)

This later copy appears to have been made, c.1890s, by Henry Lloyd, of Prahran, VIC.

See fuller details in the checklist entry on the above pair of manuscript sources: 


The vow that's breathed in solitude (song; voice and piano)

The vow that's breathed in solitude, the words by Mr. [Robert] Stewart, the music arranged by Mrs. Logan

([Hobart Town]: Elliston, [1839])


Words by Robert Stewart


"Colonial Music", The Austral-Asiatic Review, Tasmanian and Australian Advertiser (9 April 1838), 7 

Who shall say that the march of civilization, one of the greatest blessings which man can know, is now rapidly progressing here, when we find a gentleman finishing the poetry, and a lady the music of a beautiful little composition recently published by Mr. Elliston. The melody and the harmony are agreeably creditable to the taste and ability of Mrs. Logan. The impression, we understand, consists but of a limited number, which will of course soon be disposed of.

[News], The Hobart Town Courier (26 April 1839), 2

A song, entitled "The vow that's breathed in solitude" - the words by Mr. Stewart - the music arranged by Mrs. Logan - has been forwarded to us, and, according to our judgment, affords a very creditable specimen of "immortal music married unto verse." This is the first Van Diemen's Land melody it has been our fortune to encounter, and is well worthy of being hailed by all the lovers of song and of Tasmania, with all the gladness and rejoicing of a new birth.

Also: Hobart Town Advertiser (10 May 1839)

We must not pass lightly by the music of Mrs. Logan, a lady who has the merit of being the first musical compositor in the colony.

[Editorial], The Hobart Town Courier (17 April 1840), 4

We are not blessed with hurdy-gurdies or barrel-organs in this hemisphere, but claim some exemption from the tomb of oblivion, in an occasional offering to the muses, which passes through the colony with the swiftness of the Highland fire-brand, visiting the mansion and the cottage, and thereby indicating a taste for the "tender and true". We allude more particularly to The vow that's breathed in solitude


Those evening bells (arranged by Mrs. Logan) (piano solo) (MS)

Those evening bells arranged by Mrs. Logan; MS copy by Sarah Cross Little (1832-1909), dated "Sydney, 29 January 1853"; State Library of New South Wales, MLMSS 7115/2-3, manuscript book (1 of 5), contents c. early 1850s, page 43 

For sources song, see edition by her Maria Logan's brother, and also later reprints by George Hudson and Woolcott and Clarke:

Those evening bells; words by T. Moore; arranged by Sir J. Stevenson (Sydney: F. Ellard, [c.1840s]) 

Bibliography and resources

Alice Moyle, Tasmanian music, an impasse?, edited by W.F. Ellis, in records of the Queen Victoria Museum (Launceston: Museum Committee, Launceston City Council, 1968)

N. J. B. Plomley (ed.), Weep in silence: a history of the Flinders Island Aboriginal settlement with the Flinders Island Journal of George Augustus Robinson, 1835-1839  (Hobart: Blubber Head Press , 1987), 391, 657 note

A. J. Hammerton, "'Without natural protectors': female immigration to Australia, 1832-36," Historical Studies 16/65 (1975), 539-66

Re Charles Logan 549-550, 563

"The means of escape", in Penelope Fitzgerald, The means of escape: stories (Bath: Chivers Press; London: Flamingo, 2000), 

(New York: Houghton, Miffin, Harcourt, 2013), (1-22), 3-4 (PREVIEW)

ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH, Hobart, stands high above Battery Point and the harbour . . . before the organ was installed, the church used to face east, and the music was provided by a seraphine. The seraphine was built, and indeed invented, by a Mr. Ellard, formerly of Dublin, now a resident of Hobart. He intended it to suggest the angelic choir, although the singing voices [4] at his disposal . . . were mostly male. Who was able to play the seraphine? Only, at first, Mr. Ellard's daughter, Mrs. Logan, who seems to have got £20 per year for doing so, the same fee as the clerk and the sexton. When Mrs. Logan began to feel the task was too much for her - the seraphine needs continuous pumping - she instructed Alice Godley, the rector's daughter . . .

See also reviews, e.g. Frank Kermode, "Playing the seraphine", London review of books 23/2 (25 January 2001), 15 

. . . The most ambitious piece is the one from which the collection takes its name. Here the setting is, in true Fitzgerald fashion, mid-19th-century Tasmania . . . this rector's daughter, Miss Godley, plays the seraphine in church. The seraphine, according to the OED, is an "instrument of the reed kind" invented by a Mr John Green in 1833 . . . Indeed Fitzgerald, defying the lexicographers, says the instrument was invented by a Mr. Ellard, formerly of Dublin, now resident in Hobart. "He intended it to suggest the angelic choir." As between Green and Ellard, I would take Fitzgerald to be right, even against the testimony of the Dictionary, since she always is . . .

Graeme R. Rushworth, A supplement to historic organs of New South Wales: the instruments, their makers and players 1791-1940 (Camberwell: Organ Historical Trust, 2006), 16, 19, 20 

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