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Stephen and Henry Marsh and family

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "Stephen and Henry Marsh and family", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 28 June 2017


MARSH, Henry

Composer, pianist, conductor, music teacher, music publisher

Born Sidmouth, Devon, England, 1824
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 12 February 1849
Departed Sydney, NSW, July 1874 (per British India, for San Francisco)
Died ? San Francisco, USA, after April 1890



Though based in Sydney (1849-74), Henry Marsh also visited Melbourne in April 1852 when he presented a concert and "Musical Art Union" with local professional talent, and advertised pianos for sale. An advertisement in September 1853 identifies his wife as late Emily Wheeler.


Marriage of Henry Charles Marsh (son of John Marsh) and Louisa Dawson (daughter of James Dawson), St. Clement's, Truro, Cornwall, 7 July 1845 (FHL Film Number: 1545392)

[Advertisement], The Argus (10 April 1852), 5

[Advertisement], The Argus (21 April 1852), 2


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 September 1854), 1

George Clement Boase and William Prideaux Courteney, Bibliotheca cornubiensis, a catalogue of the writings, both manuscript and printed, of Cornishmen, and of works relating to the county of Cornwall ... volume 1 A-O (London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1874), 336

MARSH, Henry. b. Sidmouth, 1824. Now resident in Sidney, Australia.

The Duke of Cornwall's Waltzes for the piano-forte. Composed and dedicated to Mrs. Pidwell Batten by Henry Marsh. Lond., R. Cocks and Co., [1842,] fol., pp. 6, 3/-.

The Mount's Bay Quadrilles for the piano-forte. Composed and dedicated to Miss Fanny Scobell by Henry Marsh. Lond., Chappell and Co., [184-,] fol., pp. 6, 4/-.

NOTE. - Mr. Marsh married a dau. of Mr. James Dawson, Comedian, of Truro.

[Advertisement], San Francisco Call (2 April 1890), 5

[Advertisement], San Francisco Call (17 January 1891), 5

"Death of Mrs. Gore", San Francisco Call (28 May 1906), 4

ALAMEDA, May 27. - Mrs. Matilda Hale Gore, wife of Dr. Arthur Gore, passed away yesterday at her home, 1702 Paru street. She was a native of Australia, 45 years of age, the daughter of Henry Marsh, the late, composer, and sister of Frank and Frederick Marsh, Mrs. Ellis Read, Mrs. Robert Collins and Miss Eva Marsh. Her funeral is to be held tomorrow afternoon from Christ Episcopal Church.

Musical works:

The Mounts Bay Quadrilles, by Henry Marsh; copy in album at State Library of New South Wales

MARSH, Maria Heathilla = Mrs. John Skinner PROUT

MARSH, Stephen Hale (S. H. MARSH; S. H. A. MARSH; Stephen Hale MARSH; Stephen Hale Alonzo MARSH)

Pianist, harpist, composer

Born Sidmouth, Devon, England, 4 February 1806
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 14 February 1842 (per Edward Paget, from Cork, 16 October 1841)
Departed Melbourne, VIC, via Sydney, November 1872 (for Yokohama, Japan)
Died San Francisco, USA, 21 January 1888 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)

MARSH, Eliza

Pianist, ? harpist


Portrait of S. H. Marsh, [by Walter Mason], The Illustrated Sydney News (4 March 1854), 4

Stephen Hale Marsh, directing a performance with seven harps, ? California, c. late 1870s; copy of photograph courtesy of the Marsh family


Baptisms solemnized in the parish of St. Pancras, in the county of Middlesex, in the year 1840

No. 50; [baptized] 1840, January 11; [name] Stephen; [parents] Stephen Hale Alonzo, Eliza, Marsh; [abode] South Bow; [profession] Professor of Music; [birth] 4 December 1839

"MUSICAL REGISTER. MR. MARSH'S CONCERT", The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature (21 October 1843), 196 

"Misfortunes never come singly," says the adage: we, of Sydney experience, are disposed to say the same of concerts, or rather to substitute concerts for misfortunes. The lowering times were, we feared, inimical to anything like an harmonious meeting; and with our notice of Mrs. Bushelle's recent concert, we thought we had disposed of one of those "few and far-between" visitations which we Sydneyites hardly dare look for. We were calculating, however, without Mr. Marsh, whose affiche for Wednesday last drew to the Royal Hotel a numerous audience - including his Excellency and Lady Gipps, the Mayor and many of the élite of this City. The chief attraction was the mustering of "all hands" to the piano-fortes and harps, to the number of twenty-six, belonging to thirteen individuals, most of them young ladies of very comely and amiable appearance, but whose chief occupation seemed to be to jump their fingers from the dominant to the key-note, as opportunity might offer, during the time that Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Prout and others, were playing from multiplied copies, the overture to "Les Diamans de la Couronne" arranged as a duet for the piano with harp accompaniment. There certainly was some paucity of talent visible in this arrangement, but the performers were irresistable, and were most gallantly encored. Mrs. Bushelle was decidedly not in voice, and sung with more effort than usual. Mrs. Wallace has not improved in style, nor learned to sing with correct emphasis. Mr. Wallace's violin, however, Mr. Marsh's harp, and the amateur's violoncello, delighted us much.

PROUT, Maria Heathilla (Miss MARSH; Mrs. J. S. PROUT)

Musician, harpist, pianist, music teacher

Born Sidmouth, Devon, England, 14 April 1807
Arrived Sydney, 16 December 1840 (per Royal Sovereign, from Plymouth, 1 August)
Departed Hobart, 11 April 1848 (per Derwent, for England)
Died Camden Town, London, England, 2 November 1871 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)



"THE ARTS", The Sydney Herald (18 December 1840), 2

[News], The Australian (6 March 1841), 2

"THE FINE ARTS", Australasian Chronicle (16 March 1841), 3

[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (23 March 1841), 3

"CONCERT", The Sydney Herald (24 March 1841), 2

"MRS. PROUT'S CONCERT", Australasian Chronicle (23 March 1841), 2

"MRS. J. S. PROUT'S CONCERT", The Sydney Monitor (24 March 1841), 2

"Mrs. Prout's Concert", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (12 March 1842), 2

"CONCERTS", The Sydney Herald (4 June 1842), 2

[Advertisement], The Australian (17 October 1843), 2

"PORT OF HOBART TOWN", The Courier (9 February 1844), 2

"SYDNEY ILLUSTRATED", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 March 1844), 2

"MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 March 1845), 2

[Advertisement], The Courier (25 March 1848), 3

"MUSICAL SOIREE", The Courier (5 April 1848), 3

"PORT OF HOBART TOWN", Colonial Times (14 April 1848), 2

"MULTUM IN PARVO", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 April 1848), 3  

Bibliography and resources:

J. S. Prout, Journal of a voyage from Plymouth to Sydney, in Australia on board the emigrant ship Royal Sovereign (with a short description of Sydney. by J. S. Prout, to which is added a brief account of Port Phillip) (London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1844)

Maria Prout, DAAO

V. W. Hodgman, Prout, John Skinner (1805-1876), Australian dictionary of biography 2 (1967)


Sister of Stephen Hale Marsh

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