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A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–B (Ba-Bj)

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


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Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–B (Ba-Bj)", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia): http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-B-1.php; accessed 20 August 2017




Ba - Bj




BACKHAUS, Henry (George Henry; BACKHOUSE)

Priest, singer, choral director

Born Paderborn, Germany 15 February 1811
Arrived Adelaide, 6 November 1846 (per Mazeppa from Batavia), Sydney, 5 December 1846 (per Dorset)
Died Bendigo, VIC, 7 September 1882

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1469400 (NLA persistent identifier)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-639525 (NLA persistent identifier)


Documentation:

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (7 November 1846), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27454190

"MISCELLANEOUS", South Australian Register (11 November 1846), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27454247

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. ARRIVALS", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 December 1846), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12890305

"THE LATE POPE", Sydney Chronicle (19 December 1846), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31749501

The music was exquisite, being exclusively in the solemn and majestic Gregorian tone; the choir was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Backhouse, who excels in his knowledge, and practice of sacred music.

"THE LATE MR. O'CONNELL", Sydney Chronicle (30 September 1847), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31753617

On Tuesday last a Solemn Dirge and High Mass was celebrated at the Metropolitan Church of St. Mary, for the repose of the soul of this great and good man ... The Rev. Dr. Backhouse presided in the Choir, where he was assisted by the Messrs. Howson, and the organ being wholly silent, as is usual on such occasions, the hearers had a full opportunity of Appreciating the power and melody of the choristers, as they poured forth the solemn and majestic notes of the Gregorian Chaunt.

"THE CHURCH", Sydney Chronicle (16 October 1847), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31753858

"DEATH OF DEAN BACKHAUS", The Argus (8 September 1882), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11552274

"THE LATE VERY REVEREND DEAN BACKHAUS", Bendigo Advertiser (12 October 1882), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88576997

... He was wise and prudent and frugal, almost to a fault. He was simple in his habits, but refined in his tastes, deeply devoted to music, with a rich and well cultivated voice.


Bibliography and resources:

A. E. Owens, Backhaus, George Henry (1811-1882), Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)




BAILEY, Amelia (Mrs. R. S. SMYTHE)

Soprano vocalist

Born London, 5 November 1842
Active Melbourne, VIC, 1860s
Died Deepdene, VIC, 29 July 1932, aged 89


Summary:

A pupil of Charles Elsasser, Bailey made her debut in Melbourne in 186. In 1862 she toured as an associate artist with Poussard and Douay, and later that year with the elocutionist Miss Atkins and pianist Marquis Chisholm. With them in Launceston in January 1863 she was billed singing Riflemen Form, perhaps the setting by local composer John Adams. Bailey and Chisholm sailed for China in May 1863 with their agent Robert Smythe (whom she married during 1863). By late 1864 she was in Ceylon and Bombay giving concerts with Poussard. Still in India, early in 1866 the Lahore Chronicle had spoken "very favourably of Miss Bailey's talents, and asserts that no vocalist equal to that lady has visited India since poor Catherine Hayes sang in Calcutta some seven or eight years ago". She finally reappeared in Sydney, from Mauritius, in October 1869, giving concerts with comic vocalist Florence Calzoda accompanied by harpist Edwin Cobley. She was performing in Adelaide in 1876.


Documentation:

[News], The Argus (23 May 1860), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5682937

Mrs. Hancock and Miss Bailey were the lady vocalists, and gave several airs, much to the satisfaction of the audience. Miss Bailey is a young lady, who, it will be remembered, lately made a promising debut at the Philharmonic Society's concert. She sang very well last evening, but it was unnecessary and injudicious on the part of a section of the audience to compel her to accept two encores.

[News], The Argus (4 July 1860), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5685499

[Advertisement], The Argus (22 April 1861), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5699534

[News], The South Australian Advertiser (21 May 1862), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31810724

Poussard and Douay are accompanied by a very talented soprano vocalist, Miss Amelia Bailey, who has been performing for some lime past with great success at the various concert-rooms in Victoria.

"MONDAY EVENING'S CONCERT", South Australian Register (27 May 1862), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50172504

[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (1 January 1863), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41458118

"WEEKLY REGISTER", Empire (30 May 1863), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63132421

[News], The Argus (12 November 1864), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5741793

"MUSICAL", South Australian Register (25 May 1865), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39116507

"DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL", South Australian Register (3 April 1866), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41030441

"MUSICAL AND THEATRICAL", South Australian Register (9 July 1867), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39181221

"ARTISTES AND THEIR WANDERINGS", The Mercury (13 September 1869), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8861225

[Advertisement], Empire (30 October 1869), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60895785

[Advertisement], Empire (1 November 1869), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13194352

"SCHOOL OF ARTS", Empire (9 November 1869), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60897949

"FIRST ST. CLAIR CONCERT", The South Australian Advertiser (10 January 1876), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31964164

[News], The Argus (8 January 1855), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6064659

"A Musical Pioneer. By S.H.J.", The Argus (2 July 1932), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4460742

"OBITUARY", The Argus (1 August 1932), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4465979

The musical history of early Melbourne is recalled by the death on Friday evening at her residence in Deepdene-road, Deepdene of Mrs R. S. Smythe, formerly Miss Amelia Bailey. Mrs Smythe would have reached the age of 90 on November 5 of this year. She was a native of London and arrived in Melbourne with her parents at a very early age. She was attending St James's Sunday school when her singing attracted the notice of Mr. Allan, the founder of the music firm of Allan and Sons. He obtained her admittance to the Philharmonic Society at the age of 13 years and before she was 16 she had been appointed principal soprano. That was in 1858. She was the leading soprano of Victoria for a number of years until she lost her voice owing to a throat affection. One of her early performances was in "The Messiah" in Geelong. Mr. H. Byron Moore was conductor. He used to tell that if the ages of the five principals had been added the total would not have been 100 years. They included Miss Bailey, Mr. Armes Beaumont the noted Melbourne tenor, and himself. Miss Bailey was married in 1863 to Mr. R. S. Smythe, who conducted concert tours and presented celebrities for many years. Under his management, with the celebrated Miss Arabella Goddard, the English pianist, as "star" she toured the East and South Africa. Mr. Smythe died in 1917. Mrs Smythe has three children, two of whom survive her. Mrs Edgar Bell and Miss Adelaide Smythe. Her son Mr. Carlyle Smythe died while on a Continental tour with his wife six or seven years ago. He had earned a high reputation in Melbourne journalism, particularly in musical criticism and his early death was much regretted.




BAILEY, William

Professor of music and dancing

Active Sydney, by 1860
Died Surry Hills, NSW, 19 February 1873, aged 48 


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 January 1860), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13035484

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (20 October 1860), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13047457

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (19 February 1862), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28624274

"FUNERAL", The Sydney Morning Herald (25 July 1866), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13134372

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 February 1873), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13310998




BAINBRIDGE, Robert (BRUMBRIDGE)

Bellman, bellringer

Active Launceston, 1836


Documentation:

"LAUNCESTON: POLICE INTELLIGENCE", The Cornwall Chronicle (2 January 1836), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65953544

[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (17 March 1838), 43

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65952175




BAKER, William Kellett (W. BAKER)

Music engraver, lithographer, printer, publisher

Born ? Dublin, Ireland, ? c1806 / c.1808
Arrived Sydney, NSW, early 1835 (assisted immigrant)
Active musically, 1840s (Hibernian Press)
Died Maitland, NSW, 16 January 1857, aged 49

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-588939 (NLA persistent identifier)

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=William+Baker+d1857 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Documentation:

"SUDDEN DEATH OF A PERSON BELIEVED TO BE MR. WILLIAM BAKER OF SYDNEY", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 January 1857), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12991485

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 January 1857), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12991536


Musical prints:

A book of psalm tunes for Presbyterian congregations ("neatly executed and arranged for three voices") (Sydney: 1844) NO COPY IDENTIFIED

"SACRED MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 February 1844), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12426781 

NATHAN: Sweet smiles and bright eyes (Sydney: W. Baker, Hibernian Press, 1845)

NATHAN: Oh, for the olden time (Sydney: W. Baker, Hibernian Press, 1845)

[ANONYMOUS]: The grand fancy ball ([Sydney: William Baker, 1845]) NO COPY IDENTIFIED

NATHAN: Leichhardt's grave; an elegiac ode (Sydney: William Baker, Hibernian Press, 1845)

NATHAN: Sir Wilfred (Sydney: William Baker, [1845])

NATHAN: The Lord's prayer (Sydney: William Baker, Hibernian Press, 1845)

HINCKESMANN: A dream of the Mayor's fancy dress ball, in Heads of the people (10 July 1847) (Sydney: William Baker), plate facing page 106

WALLACE (arr.): Walze favorite du duc de Reichstadt (Sydney: W. Baker, [184-?]) (compare earlier print by Fernyhough)


Bibliography and resources:

Richard Neville (et al.), "William Kellett Baker", DAAO (orig. 1992)

http://www.daao.org.au/bio/william-kellett-baker

Neidorf 1999, 135-36

http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/2926




BALDWIN, Samri Samuel

The celebrated thought reader, songwriter, composer

Born 1848
Active Australia, by May 1878


Documentation:

[News], Kyabram Union (18 November 1887), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65700821

We have received from S. Baldwin, a copy of a national song for Australia, Australia by the Sea, the words and music by that talented gentleman, are written with a desire for colonial confederation.

[News], North Melbourne Advertiser (19 November 1887), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66157718

[News], The Telegraph (26 November 1887), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107814662


Musical works:

Australia by the sea, words and music by Professor S. S. Baldwin, the celebrated thought reader ([Melbourne: Fergusson & Mitchell., lith., n.d. [1887])

http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/195729536




BALL, Mr.

Bassoonist

Active Sydney, 1835


Summary:

In May 1835, Ball was listed as bassoon player for the ensuing Sydney Theatre Royal season.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (4 May 1835), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12852073

Theatre Royal, SYDNEY ... The Lessees have succeeded in engaging all the first-rate Musical Talent in Sydney to form their Orchestra, which consists of the following gentlemen - Leader of the Band, Mr. Clarke; Violins, Messrs. Spyers, Johnson, Dyer, and Scott; principal Flute, Mr. Stubbs; Violincello and Grand Piano Forte, Mr. Cavendish; Clarionets, Messrs. Turner and Sharp; Bassoons, Messrs. Hoare and Ball; Bugle, Mr. Pappin; Drums, Mr. Vaughan ... The Musical Department will be considerably improved, and under the direction of Mr. Cavendish.




BALY, Edward

Flute player, music teacher, schoolmaster, poet, librettist

Born ? UK, 1819
Arrived Sydney, early 1840s
Died Sydney, 28 April 1897, in his 79th year


Summary:

Formerly tutored by Robert Lowe at Oxford, and a student of the flautist Richardson, Edward Baly arrived in Sydney to teach at Sydney Grammar School on Lowe's recommendation. After having also been second master at St. James's Grammar School, Baly opened his own Academy for boys in 1845, which he continued to run until 1850 when he was declared insolvent. It was then he turned to concert performance. Having postponed his own planned first concert, he appeared for Stephen and Henry Marsh in May 1850, playing a flute solo by Nicholson. He then presented the recently arrived Sara Flower (along with John Deane, George Worgan, and William Stanley) in concert in June, and in turn appeared in her concert. In July he advertised the reopening of his school, at which time he also offered "instruction on the Flute" to gentlemen, describing himself as "a pupil of the Celebrated RICHARDSON". In 1853, he played several times with Winterbottom's Band. He was founding secretary of the Parramatta Harmonic Society in 1861-62.


Documentation:

"NEW INSOLVENT", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 January 1850), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28646067

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (11 May 1850), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12917824

"CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 May 1850), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12918022

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (5 June 1850), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12918442

"MR. BALY'S CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 June 1850), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12918520

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (8 July 1850), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12919278

"MR. MOORE'S MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT", Empire (25 March 1852), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60128875

[Advertisement], Empire (20 May 1853), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61324384

"PARRAMATTA ... HARMONIC SOCIETY", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 November 1861), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13060293

[Advertisement], Empire (5 June 1862), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60476401

"Camilla Urso", Evening News (28 January 1880), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108741704

"A Jubilee Cantata", The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser (5 July 1887), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article101714437

A Jubilee Cantata. The following lines (says Wednesday's Echo) were written by Mr E. Baly at the request of the well-known musician, Mr. William Stanley, who wished to set them to music. This his "Jubilee Cantata" will be sung by the St. Barnabas's Musical Society on Monday evening with orchestral accompaniments:

What means that loud and hearty cheer
Which breaks upon the listening ear?
Why throng the busy streets to-day
The brave, the bold, the fair, the gay?
Each plays a part in this grand scene,
To render homage to their Queen ...

"DIED", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 April 1897), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14092997

"NEWS", Queanbeyan Age (8 May 1897), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31174913


Bibliography and resources:

http://archival-classic.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=442351




BAMBRICK, Robert

Flautist, musician, carpenter, farmer

Arrived Adelaide, SA, 10 October 1849 (per Cheapside, from London)


Documentation:

"ARRIVED", South Australian Register (13 October 1849), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50245193

"CONCERT AT THE BURRA HOTEL", South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal (19 April 1851), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article195942162 

"KOORINGA CONCERTS", South Australian Register (30 April 1851), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38452078

Mr. George Bennett's concert on Friday the 25th instant, at the Burra Hotel, Kooringa, was well attended ... Mr. Bambrick's execution on the flute obtained immense applause, which he well merited ... Mr. Bambrick's second concert took place on Saturday, the 26th instant ...

"KOORINGA", South Australian (2 May 1851), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71686693




BANBURY, Florrie (Florence Maud)

Composer

Active Brisbane, QLD, 1890s
Died Nundah, QLD, 21 March 1933 


Documentation:

"ALL HALLOWS CONVENT. PRIZE DISTRIBUTION", The Brisbane Courier (29 April 1891), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3525422

"NEW MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 January 1897), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14083612

"WOMAN'S COLUMN", Freeman's Journal (16 January 1897), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115471361

"GOSSIP FROM WOMAN'S CLUBLAND", Queensland Figaro (12 January 1905), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84127575

"DEATHS", The Brisbane Courier (30 March 1933), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22145685 


Musical works:

The Ariel waltz (dedicated to Mr. W. H. Wilson, president of the Brisbane Liedertafel) (Brisbane: W. H. Paling, [1897])




BANCROFT, R. (? Richard)

Basso vocalist

Born Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, 1819
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 5 December 1848 (per Hooghly, from London and Portsmouth)
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, December 1851 (per Tory, from Adelaide)
Died Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC, 18 October 1856, aged 36


Summary:

Bancroft was a soloist for Adelaide Choral Society concerts in 1849. He appeared in several other concerts in Adelaide in 1850, giving the likely first performance of Andrew Moore's Falling leaves in September. He gave a farewell benefit in October 1851 and in December he and his wife (Elizabeth Ann Johnson, married Adelaide 19 December 1849) sailed for Melbourne. During 1852 he appeared regularly in Melbourne concerts, his fellow artists including two other recent arrivals from Adelaide, Francesca Allen and violinist W. F. Osborne. He was a soloist for the Philharmonic Society in August 1854, and played Ascanio for Anna Bishop and Lewis Lavenu in their Melbourne Lucrezia Borgia in July 1856. Since he disappears from the musical record thereafter, he may well have been the Richard Bancroft, formerly of Wakefield, Yorkshire, who died in Fitzroy in October 1856.


Documentation:

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (6 December 1848), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48726506

"CHORAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT", South Australian (21 September 1849), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71624719

"CONCERT OF THE CHORAL SOCIETY", South Australian (11 December 1849), 1s

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71625232

"LOCAL INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (23 May 1850), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38442088

[News], South Australian Register (19 September 1850), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38443238

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (14 October 1851), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38450038

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (11 December 1851), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38444004

"THE CONCERT", The Argus (13 March 1852), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4783771

"THURSDAY'S CONCERT", The Argus (7 April 1852), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4784216

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

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4784508

"THURSDAY'S CONCERT", The Argus (29 April 1852), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4784688

"THE SATURDAY CONCERT", The Argus (1 May 1852), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4784745

"THE CONCERT", The Argus (6 May 1852), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4784858

"PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", The Argus (29 August 1855), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4816751

[Advertisement], The Argus (15 July 1856), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7133136

"DIED", The Argus (21 October 1856), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7138683



Bibliography and resources:

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=marycotter&id=I95332865




BANKS, Thomas (senior)

Professor of music, buffo singer, pianist, composer, music retailer

Born [UK] 1820/21
Arrived Sydney, by April 1855
Died Balmain, NSW, 19 March 1890, aged 69 years


Arrived: Banks was first listed in professional concert programs in Sydney in April 1855.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (13 April 1855), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12968006

He was still being reported as a "new vocalist" in November.

"ROYAL POLYTECHNIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (8 November 1855), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28637843

He continued to appear in public with artists of high calibre, including Sara Flower, Frank and John Howson, John Gregg, and the young Alfred Anderson as late as 1863.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 January 1863), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13072023

By early 1859, he was also a piano retailer and tuner with a warehouse in Lower William Street, near the Australian Museum.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (26 February 1859), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13022329

He later relocated his Pianoforte Warerooms to 201 Castlereagh Street. In 1859 he was billed in a concert program as "Musical Director of St. Mary's Cathedral".

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 September 1859), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13031138

According to Errol Lea-Scarlett, Banks hailed from Preston, Lancashire.


Died: "Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 March 1890), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13763703

"Funerals", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 March 1890), 12

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13763866.



Musical Works:

Les graces (The graces) three polkas brilliantes ("composed and dedicated to his esteemed friend, E. B. Gowland, Esq., by T. BANKS") (Sydney: T. Banks, [1861])




BANKS, Thomas Philip (junior)

Organist

Born London, 1848/49 (son of Thomas BANKS (senior))
Arrived Sydney, NSW, with family by April 1855
Died Sydney, NSW, 13 May 1888, aged 39


Documentation:

"Funerals", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 May 1888), 14

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13686399

[News], The Sydney Morning Herald (15 May 1888), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13686441

... Mr. Banks was born in London, and so early gave promise of musical talent that at four years of age he received regular lessons from his mother. Before he was seven he became a pupil of Anthony Lejeune, the organist of Moorfields Chapel. Two years later he left England for Sydney with his parents, and upon his arrival became a pupil of Mr. Charles S. Packer. Thence he passed on to Mr. Cordner, and finally to the tuition of Mr. Charles Edward Horsley. The first appointment held as organist by Mr. Banks was at the Convent of the Sacred Heart; afterwards he was organist at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and since 1877 he filled the same post at St. Mary's Cathedral ... Mr. Banks was greatly respected and esteemed by a large circle of friends and musicians; he was very unassuming, and devoted in an unostentatious manner to his profession. He was 39 years of age.

"In Memoriam", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 May 1888), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28345095




BARKER, Fred C.

Harpist, harp player

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1888-89


BARKER, Walter Thomas

Harpist, harp player

Arrived Melbourne, VIC, by January 1890
Died Melbourne, VIC, 27 September 1933, aged 69


Documentation:

"EVENING POPULAR CONCERT", The Argus (10 September 1888), 9

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6900999

The two novelties at this concert were solos for harp and bassoon. ln the first - solo, harp, "Autumn," J. Thomas - Mr. F. C. Barker (who is still in his teens) proved himself to be possessed of the brilliance, the steadiness, and the accuracy of a fully-matured artist. The performance was so good that after twice coming forward to bow his acknowledgements, Mr. Barker had to submit to an encore with another Welsh melody. As a distinguished harpist, Mr. Barker, has undoubtedly a great future before him.

"DEPARTURE OF MR. COWEN", The Sydney Morning Herald (16 February 1889), 11

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13714414

"DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL NOTES", Launceston Examiner (4 January 1890), 2s

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39541053

The newly engaged well known English harpist for the Victorian Orchestra, Mr. Walter T. Barker, has arrived in Melbourne by the s.s. Orient. Mr. Barker, who studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, of which institution he is an associate, has appeared with the greatest success at all principal London concerts, the press being unanimous as to his ability and proficiency as a harpist. Mr. Barker is a brother of the popular artist, Mr. Fred. C. Barker, who played with the greatest success at the Melbourne Exhibition concerts under Mr. Cowen.

"ALLEN'S POPULAR CONCERTS", Bendigo Advertiser (9 August 1890), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88642852

Mr. Walter S. Barker, A.R.A.M., who is without doubt one of the finest harp players that has ever visited Australia, will delight the audience with some beautiful Welsh airs.

"TOWN NEWS", The Australasian (12 March 1892), 23

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article138624644

Walter Thomas Barker, the well-known harp player, yesterday, in the County Court, sued Mr. Colin M. Longmuir, as vice-president of the Victorian Orchestra, for £50, the amount of a bonus alleged to be due to the plaintiff by the committee of management of the orchestra. The case for the plaintiff was that he was engaged in November, 1890, to perform for the orchestra as harpist at a salary of £6 per week, and that he was to have a bonus of £50 if the orchestra was disbanded in July, 1890. It was disbanded in that month, but the committee declined to pay him the bonus, and he therefore sued for it. The defence was that the £50 was only to be paid for the plaintiffs, passage money in case he went to England about the time the orchestra was disbanded. The action was heard by Judge Walsh, who decided that the plaintiff had no case, and nonsuited him, with £8 8s. costs. Mr. Cook appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. McArthur for the defendant.

"MUSIC. CONCERTS, &c.", The Australasian (6 October 1917), 24

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140195788

"Death Of Mr. Walter T. Barker, Noted Harpist", The Advertiser (29 September 1933), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47004959

Death Of Mr. Walter T. Barker, Noted Harpist. MELBOURNE, September 28. Mr. Walter T. Barker, the harpist, died yesterday at the age of 69 years. He studied the organ, violin, and piano at the Royal Academy of Music London, where he obtained the degree of associate. An accident, in which he strained the sinews of his thumb made it impossible for him to continue to play any instrument requiring constant use of the thumb, and he became a harpist, with such success that he won honors at the Royal Academy, and several times played by command before members of the Royal Family. Mr. Barker toured Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Some years ago he retired because he was afflicted with blindness, and he was presented with a monetary gift by many friends and admirers.

"MR. W. T. BARKER", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 September 1933), 16

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17011101

"PERSONAL", The Advertiser (5 October 1933), 46

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90950654  


Associations:

Melbourne Centennial Exhibition Orchestra; Victorian Orchestra




BARKER, George William

Amateur musician, vocalist, flute player, Methodist

Born London, England, 5 July 1826
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 1837
Active Parramatta, NSW
Died Stanmore, NSW, 22 June 1897


Documentation:

"THE LATE MR. G. W. BARKER", The Methodist (3 July 1897), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155395665 

Gilbert H. Smith, "MEMORIES OF OLD TIMES", The Methodist (17 July 1897), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155396022 

Mr. E. G. Barker has written me to ask if I would send you a short account of the early days of his late father, Mr. George Barker. Well, sir, when I begin to look back at our youthful days of over 50 years ago (for it is period since I first knew Mr. Barker) I find how little remains impressed on my memory of our everyday life at that distant, period. But during the long space of time we have been acquainted, we have always been connected with the Wesleyan church. When a young man, one of my friend George's hobbies was music. He had a fine voice, and could also play the flute. At that time we had no grand organ in Parramatta, but a few of the members used to meet two or three times a week and practice for the Sabbath services with a couple of clarionettes and a flute or two to help. We had far better congregational singing than we have had of late years ... As the shop was situated opposite my house, we used to see each other frequently. I used to hear George's flute at work very often in the day, which gave me the idea that the business was not a very flourishing one ...




BARLOW, Edward David

Music lithographer, printmaker, visual artist

Arrived Sydney, NSW, 30 August 1836 (per Lord Goderich)

BARLOW, Maria Sarah Lyons

Teacher of Music and Pianoforte

Active Newtown, Sydney, NSW, 1844-45


Summary:

Recently arrived, Barlow, "from Brighton, England", took over part of George Gordonovitch's shop in George-street as base for his business "House Painting, Writing, Graining and Gilding in all its varieties". In February 1845 he was engaged in litigation with his estranged wife, the music teacher Maria Lyons Barlow, for maintenance and the recovery of her piano. He then relocated, temporarily. to Maitland where in December among his services he offered "Lithography done accurately and with speed. Music Copied, 6d. per page" and "Profiles, 2s. 6d. each (Illuminated, and warranted Likenesses). Music copied. Lithography executed at an hour's notice".


Documentation:

" [Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (3 October 1836), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12858728

"CLAIM FOR MAINTENANCE BY A WIFE", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 February 1845), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12877362

"CLAIM FOR MAINTENANCE BY A WIFE. To the Editors", The Sydney Morning Herald (13 February 1845), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12877385

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (6 December 1845), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article676916

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (13 December 1845), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article677133


Bibliography and resources:

Edward David Barlow, DAAO




BARLOW, John

Musician

Active ? Melbourne, 1855; Beechworth, VIC, 1857-58


But see also Robert Barlow below


Documentation:

? [Advertisement], The Argus (16 April 1855), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4806795

[Astley's Circus, Melbourne] ... Leader of the Band. Mr. J. Barlow.

[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (16 March 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113014470

[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (3 August 1857), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113016230

"WOOLSHED", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (21 October 1857), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113234961

"POLICE COURT", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (6 January 1858), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113236055

John Barlow claimed £1 for services as a musician from John Brock landlord of the Hibernian hotel. The agreement was that complainant might absent himself on any night except Saturday or Monday, on condition that he found a substitute; he had absented himself one night without complying with the term of the agreement, defendant therefore refused to pay him. [also] Zeplin v. Brock. Griffith v Brock.

[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (17 March 1858), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113237131

THIS DAY. ST. PATRICK'S DAY St. Joseph's Catholic Church, BEECHWORTH. GRAND HIGH MASS, With Orchestral Accompaniments. AT ELEVEN O'CLOCK. ORCHESTRE Mr. G. Griffiths, First Violin; Weichman, Second Violin; J. P. Hurley, Flute; W. Radford, Viola; Mr. Barlow, Cornet; Jenkins, Sax Tuba; Wright, Violincello; Herr Esther, Double Bass.

[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (23 June 1858), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112896546

QUADRILLE - Hibernian, with Solos for Cornet and Flageolet, by Messrs Barlow and Kholer [recte Kohler]-Jullien.

"AMUSEMENTS", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (1 December 1858), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117924755




BARLOW, Robert (Robert BARLOW, William BARLOW: Billy BARLOW)

Ethiopian  singer, Rock Harmonicon player, musician

Born ? England, 1819
Active Melbourne, VIC, by September 1852
Died Gympie, QLD, 17 February 1907


Summary:

The probably English-born Robert Barlow was in Melbourne appearing at Rowe's American Circus by September 1852, billed as:

the justly celebrated Mr. Barlow, whose surpassing delineation of negro character has obtained for him from the London audiences and the Press the appellation of Prince of Ethiopian Comedians, in the original Juba Dance ...

This dance had been popularised in London by the performer known as Master Juba, possibly William Henry Lane, who was in London with the Ethiopian Serenaders, and who disappears from the English record at about the time that Barlow appears in Australia.

In February 1853 at T. P. Brower's benefit Barlow was billed as:

Mr. Barlow, the celebrated Ethiopian singer, by kind permission of Mr. J. A. Rowe, will perform several popular airs on the Rock Harmonicon, formed of common pieces of stone, and played upon with sticks. The above curious invention created a complete furor in England upon its first discovery, and is now being played with great success through-out the world. Mr. Barlow will also sing a popular Ballad, accompanied by the full band of the Ethiopian Serenaders.

"Mr. Barlow, the favorite Vocalist" was billed to sing Negro melodies and ballads at Rowe's American Circus in June 1853. He appeared again playing the Rock Harmonicon for John Winterbottom Promenade Concerts in Melbourne in July 1854. According to the Argus, when Barlow's admirers were about to present him with his portrait in September 1854, "There never has appeared on the colonial stage a more versatile and popular singer than Mr. Barlow." The advertisement for the event read:

Presentation Benefit to Mr. Barlow, The celebrated and world-renowned vocalist, on which occasion he will introduce several new characters, new local songs, new chime band of harmonicons, new musical instrument, the flutonion ... Mr. Barlow begs to Inform his patrons that it is his intention to present each and every visitor on his Benefit night with his last new song Forty Shillings, and Take Him Away ...

the words of which had already appeared in the Victoria Songster in April. A Mr. W. Barlow, "Leader of the Orchestra", took his benefit at Astley's Amphitheatre in June 1855 with a performance of the Dramatic Equestrian Spectacle of Mazeppa. Either the same William Barlow, or a relation, was billed there in July as "The Premiere Equestrian of Australia". In November 1855, at the Salle de Valentino, Barlow starred in the Burletta, The Siege of Sebastopol, with songs written for him by James Mulholland.

In January 1867, the Argus reported: "Mr. William Barlow, a vocalist whose popularity in Melbourne and Victoria dates fully fifteen years back, has returned to this country, via New Zealand, after a protracted visit to the British Isles." Before his Launceston performance in February, the press there welcomed:

the well known comic vocalist ... it is almost unnecessary to say anything about Mr. Barlow's powers, to enliven and charm an audience he is too well known. But it may be mentioned that he has lately been on a tour through the various ports of the Indian and China Seas and there he has collected, from observation, manners and customs he intends to delineate and ridicule. He also intends giving "a narrative in song and verse of his perilous adventures when shipwrecked and attacked by pirates in the Chinese Seas".

An Otago advertisement in November 1866 had described him as: "WILLIAM BARLOW, The inimitable negro delineator, musician, and vocalist." Barlow appeared in Sydney again in 1873 billed as "the original Blue Tailed Fly", perhaps confirming Joy Hildebrand's identification of him with Robert "Billy" Barlow, born in England in 1819, and the likely source for George Coppin's Billy Barlow. She traced his death to Gympie, Queensland, on 12 February 1907.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Argus (8 September 1852), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4787055

[Advertisement], The Argus (20 October 1852), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4787736

[Advertisement], The Argus (7 February 1853), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4789575

[Advertisement], The Argus (30 June 1853), 4

ttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4793933

"PROMENADE CONCERTS", The Argus (1 August 1853), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4795189

Notwithstanding the crowds at this concert, the Salle Valentino was filled to overflowing, and Mr. Barlow, with his monster key, unlocked the lands and gave little farms to all with his usual liberality and humor.

"ASTLEY'S AMPHITHEATRE", The Argus (28 September 1854), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4798223

[Advertisement], The Argus (29 September 1854), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4798260

"MR. WINTERBOTTOM'S PROMENADE CONCERTS", The Argus (25 July 1854), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4795522

[Advertisement], The Argus (26 April 1855), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4807258

[Advertisement], The Argus (22 June 1855), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4809787

[Advertisement], The Argus (3 July 1855), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4810894

[Advertisement], The Argus (19 October 1855), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4821204

MONDAY, 22nd OCTOBER. Richmond, Near the Cremorne Gardens. Sale by Auction, Not of Shakspeare's House, But the Residence of Robert Barlow, Esq., Of Blue-tail'd Fly Notoriety, Who is leaving for the interior.

[Advertisement], The Argus (8 November 1855), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4822792

[Advertisement], Otago Daily Times (26 November 1866), 1

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ODT18661126.2.2.7

[News], The Argus (1 January 1867), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5782499

[News], Launceston Examiner (4 February 1867), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36641694

"THE TWO BARLOWS", The Argus (11 April 1868), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5813279

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 May 1873), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13314769

"The inimitable Barlow", Empire (21 July 1874), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60990254

"MOUNT MORGAN", The Capricornian (24 November 1894), 29

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article67857353

"'BILLY' BARLOW. DEATH AT GYMPIE", The Brisbane Courier (18 February 1907), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article19488833

Mr. Robert Barlow, who was better known by the stage name of 'Billy' Barlow, died here this morning, aged 87 years. The deceased in his time sang before audiences in England, on the Continent, and in China, and his song, "The Blue Tail Fly", was of world-wide reputation. He opened the Apollonian Hotel in Gympie in 1868, and celebrated his diamond wedding last year, his widow being four years his junior. Mr. Barlow was in fair health until a couple of weeks ago. He had been suffering from rheumatism. and the heat of the last few days accelerated his end

"TELEGRAMS", The Northern Miner (4 May 1910), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article80253005


Musical sources:

? Barlow's nigger melodist: a choice collection of all the original songs, as sung in America, and by the Ethiopian serenaders and celebrated banjo players, at the London theatres and concerts (London, 1846)

See listing:

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=B-lFAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA327


Dismbiguation Billy Barlow in Australia:

By no means a first appearance, a song called "Billy Barlow" was included in the Melodist, and mirthful olio (London: H. Arliss, 1828), 155: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=kYkvAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA155

see also an American songsheet, Billy Barlow published in Philadelphia in 1836 and words only in The United States Songster (Cincinnati, 1836), 206: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=TYQvAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA206). Apparently, the character Barlow was originally an Irishman, as was still the case for the Philadelphia songsheet in 1836; however, by the late 1830s, the name had been adopted by an American stage performer, possibly a black-faced minstrel, as noted in The Southern Literary Journal in 1837:

Jim Crow, and Billy Barlow ... Such are the noms du guerre, of two famous, or rather infamous, stage singers ... It is enough to say that they disparage human nature, not to speak of American nature, most terribly. Jim Crow is more notorious than the other monster, and his portrait is in the windows of most picture dealers.

Again far from being an actual first, the first documented Australian performance of the song Billy Barlow was in Launceston in August 1838, by a Mr. Munyard. However, the character and song came to wider popularity when introduced to Sydney audiences by George Coppin in March 1843:

With reference to Mr. and Mrs. Coppin, we have much pleasure in saying that since writing our notice of their arrival ... we have seen several English and Irish papers of recent date, in which their efforts are reviewed in the most flattering terms. The CORK SOUTHERN REPORTER designates Mr. Coppin "the most humorous of the new school of actors," and adverts in extravagant terms to his manner of singing "Billy Barlow," a song which, we learn from THE TUAM HERALD, was sung by him 250 times in Dublin with extraordinary success.

Coppin's arrangement of Billy Barlow was immediately published in Sydney by Thomas Rolfe.

The song that our Barlow became most famous for in Australia was the Blue tailed fly, better known by its chorus Jim crack corn I don't care, first published in the USA c.1846: http://content.lib.ua.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/1866-1899&CISOPTR=1511. It was introduced to Sydney in April 1850 by the so-called OHIO SERENADERS (a vocal and instrumental band headed by Frank Howson at the Royal Victoria Theatre).


Disambiguation references:

"FASHIONS IN DRESS", The Southern Literary Journal (August 1837), 529

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=WZBJAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA529

[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (16 August 1838), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84754911

"THEATRICALS", The Australian (17 March 1843), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37117784

"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE', The Sydney Morning Herald (1 April 1850), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12916811


Bibliography and resources:

http://ozvta.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/18554.pdf

Joy Hildebrand, Hey ho rageddy-o: a study of the Billy Barlow phenomenon, at

http://warrenfahey.com/barlow/bb-ch7-2.html

http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/forum/topics/repertoire-of-the-minstrel?commentId=2477478%3AComment%3A41548




BARNETT, Mr.

Drum player (New Queen's Theatre)

Active Adelaide, SA, 1848


Documentation:

[Advertisement], South Australian (29 February 1848), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71610635

[Advertisement], South Australian (9 July 1850), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71626661





BARNSLEY, Thomas (BARNSBY)

Musician, convict

Arrived Sydney, NSW, 26 June 1790 (convict per Neptune)


Summary:

Barnsley (together with co-accused William Blakeman) was convicted to 7 years transportation at the Berkshire Assizes, Reading, in July 1785, charged with theft. By early 1786 Barnsley had been sent to the Thames hulk Ceres at Woolwich, from where he lodged two petitions seeking a pardon releasing him from his "miserable condition" on the hulk where he was "herded with men whose conversation and ideas, helps to make [my] situation more wretched." He was by "profession an musician" with an "antient mother," a wife and "younger branches" of his family reduced from a comfortable situation to penury ..." He was living at Rose Hill in 1791.


Bibliography and resources:

Flynn 1993, The second fleet, 151




BARON, Miss

Vocalist, teacher of singing

Active Sydney, NSW, 1841

Possibly Margaret BARRON (below)


Summary:

At Isaac Nathan's oratorio on 30 June 1841, the vocal performers included "Miss Baron, Miss Sullivan (pupil to Miss Baron)".


Documentation:

"The Oratorio", The Sydney Monitor (2 July 1841), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32189723




BARRE, Mons. A.

Tenor vocalist

Active Victoria, NSW, 1853-57


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Argus (5 April 1853), 12

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4791320

[Advertisement], The Argus (25 April 1853), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4791961

[Advertisement], The Argus (3 June 1854), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4808757

"THEATRE ROYAL. LUCREZIA BORGIA", The Argus (8 December 1855), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4825191

[Advertisement], The Argus (23 August 1855), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4816131

[Advertisement], The Argus (24 January 1856), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4829022

"THE THEATRES", The Argus (4 February 1856), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4829817

[Advertisement], The Star (23 October 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66044847




BARRON, Margaret (Miss BARRON; ? Miss BARON)

Vocalist (pupil of Sophia Letitia Davis)

Arrived Hobart, TAS, 1832 (per Sophia, from ? Ireland)
Active Hobart, 1833-34; ? Sydney, 1841

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Margaret+Barron (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Summary:

Miss Barron, "only 10 years of age" (elsewhere reportedly 8), gave her first performance in July 1833, "a pupil of Mrs. Davies, who sung two songs, haying acquired in so short a period of instruction so much of the style and manner of her teacher, both gratified and surprised every one". In October 1834, due to the indisposition of her teacher, Sophia Letitia Davis, Margaret appeared as leading female vocalist for George Gordonovitch's Hobart concert. She was the daughter of the Liverpool-street baker, Patrick Barron (c.1790-1865), who, unfortunately, by mid 1837 was insolvent. The family had moved to Sydney by 1839. She is perhaps the Miss Baron who sang in Isaac Nathan's oratorio at St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, in June 1841, with her own pupil, a Miss Sullivan.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Courier (26 July 1833), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4191159

... July the 29th ... Part First ... Song, "Alice Gray," Miss Barron, a pupil of Mrs. Davis's, only 10 years of age - Hodson ... Part Second ... Song, "Waters of Elle," - Miss Barron - arranged by T. T. Magrath ...

[News], Colonial Times (30 July 1833), 2-3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8647129 

... The next piece was the old ballad, "Alice Grey" - sung by Miss Barron, a very interesting little girl, with a very pretty little voice - and, considering her age only ten years, (as the bill states) she sung the song, we believe, very prettily we say we believe, for the young lady's voice was scarcely heard by above one half the audience. She was, of course, encored - not we suppose because there was any thing prodigiously fine or musical in her singing, but because she was a pretty little infant, appearing before the public in order to do her best to give satisfaction. In the course of time, Miss Barron will no doubt become a good singer:- she has, apparently, all the requisites for a first-rate performer - nor, is a pretty face one of the least of these desirables. As to the propriety of allowing a young child to sing two songs in one evening, it is quite another affair, When adult musicians were not attainable in the Colony, it was all very well to bring forward children to supply the necessary force and interest of musical exhibitions - but when we have such a host of real good musicians, it is a pity to thrust upon the public, children, for the, purpose of taking a share in the musical performance. Children should never be brought forward, unless they have some very extraordinary talent. Last evening, the auditors assembled to hear the music, and not for the purpose of being obliged to countenance the wonderful singing of a child. If children must become musicians, and must perform before the public, why not have an infantine concert, where children shall alone perform - and to which concert every child in the town would be sent to witness the performance ... Miss Barron's "Waters of Ella," could have been dispensed with; besides the song was too difficult for a child, and once or twice she lost herself in the cadences. She was, of course, encored ...

[News], The Hobart Town Courier (2 August 1833), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4190895

A grand concert of all our professional musical talent was given in the Court house on Monday evening. The house was crammed throughout and the performance especially the instrumental was of the first order. The juveniles were encored of course, but we disapprove of putting old people's caps on the heads of little children. It is, to say the least of it inconsiderate, and is apt to teach the little ones presumption and to forget themselves. It proved however the great industry and success of the teachers, and the little girl Barron, a pupil of Mrs. Davies, who sung two songs, haying acquired in so short a period of instruction so much of the style and manner of her teacher, both gratified and surprised every one.

"To the Editor", Colonial Times (6 August 1833), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8647140

[News], The Colonist and Van Diemen's Land Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser (20 August 1833), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article201158345 

It may not be generally known, that the parents of that interesting little girl, Miss MARGARET BARRON, who sung, for the first time in public, at the last Concert, are persons in a very unpretending sphere of life, keeping a baker's shop in Liverpool-street, opposite the White Horse. - This lively little creature is only ten years of age, and is now a pupil of Mrs. DAVIS's, who introduced her at the last Concert; after only six months' instruction. The extraordinary progress she has made in so short a period in music and singing, is astonishing in a child of her tender years, and reflects great credit upon Mrs. Davis. They arrived in the Colony, per Sophia, in September last. Mr. Barron is a native of Kilkenny, where he carried on baking and public business, to a considerable extent; but, in consequence of the impoverished state of Ireland, was induced to emigrate hither. We understand that Colonel and Mrs. LOGAN take a lively interest in the welfare of the child and her parents.

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Courier (24 October 1834), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4182870

... PART 1st ... 4 - Song, 'Annot Lyle', Miss Barron ... PART 2nd ... 4 - Song, " Sul Margine d'un rio," Miss Barron, B. G. H. Gibsone ... 8 - Song, "This Blooming Rose," Miss Barron, Phillipps ... Hodson.

"Mr. Gordonovitch's concert ... ", The Hobart Town Courier (31 October 1834), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4182737

[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (3 July 1841), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31732201 

? "CASUALTIES", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 February 1884), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13550836 




BARROW, George

Music-seller, music publisher, composer, artist

Born England 1833
Arrived Swan River Colony, 15 February 1863
Departed 16 September 1870 (for Mauritus)


Summary:

The first, and apparently shortlived Western Australian musical journal, The minstrelsy of the west, was published in Fremantle in 1864 (no copies known to survive). Possibly the earliest music of any sort published in the colony, its first issue (of only three documented) consisted of a song Success to the west!. Though the reviews of the issue omitted to name the composer, it may well be that the song was the work of the young publisher himself, the lithographer and music-seller George Barrow, a convicted forger, transported to the colony. The West Australian Times, however, at least explained why his efforts would fail, for the time being, to win success:

The music and words are both original, and do credit to the author and composer. The little work displays much taste in the style in which it is brought out. We are truly glad on all occasions to hail and applaud those who, under circumstances of difficulty and depression, strive to make their talents contribute to their support by honest and legitimate means. It is difficult for all to win subsistence in times like the present. How much harder for those who, unused to mere manual labour, have to wage an uphill fight with the world, in an unfruitful field-who have character, trust, and position to regain, whilst struggling for the mere necessaries of life! In the condition of our colony, such a spectacle is far from uncommon. Unfortunately the public are not in circumstances to give much substantial encouragement to literary labourers, but we will hope that success may attend the steps of this infant periodical ...

Barrow later published the first 113 issues of Western Australia's first daily newspaper, The Express, before leaving the colony for Mauritius in mid-1870.


Documentation:

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey; "GEORGE HAMMOND, GEORGE BARROW, Deception & forgery, 10th May 1858"

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=def1-546-18580510&div=t18580510-546

"THE MINSTRELSY OF THE WEST", The West Australian Times (7 July 1864), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3366935

see also "GENERAL INTELLIGENCE", The Perth Gazette (22 July 1864), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2935188

Of a second issue, with the song Wake me early by W. J. Robson [presumably imported],

"GENERAL INTELLIGENCE", The Perth Gazette (22 July 1864), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2935237

[News], The West Australian Times (25 August 1864), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3367064

a third, and possibly last, issue may not have contained any music

"GENERAL INTELLIGENCE", The Perth Gazette (16 September 1864), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2935275

The Express, microfilm copy at SL-WA; Permalink

http://henrietta.slwa.wa.gov.au/record=b2815811~S2


Bibliography and resources:

George Barrow, DAAO

http://www.daao.org.au/bio/george-barrow




BARRY, William Hawesworth

Bandmaster, schoolmaster (Kyneton)

Active Kyneton, VIC, before 1858


Documentation:

"LAW REPORT", The Argus (28 April 1858), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7293579

The insolvent was examined. He had been Denominational schoolmaster at Kyneton ... Insolvent explained this debt by stating that the people of Kyneton some time ago took it into their heads to get up a band. Witness had been a band-master of old, and was appointed to the same post in the Kyneton band that was to be. He acted as Chairman of the preliminary meetings, in which capacity he ordered the instruments for which he was now held accountable. The history of the band was, that after a few months existence the members of it dispersed to various localities, the instruments for the most part disappearing along with them, and the bandmaster was left to pay the bill ...




BARSANTI, Octavius (Ottavio, O.S.F.)

Clergyman, musician, choral conductor

Born Pruno, Italy, 20 October 1827
Arrived Sydney, NSW, about 1866 (from New Zealand)
Died Sydney, NSW, 23 May 1884

Image: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/172107442 


1872-07-06: An evening class for sacred music is to be held weekly in St. Mary's Seminary, by Rev. Ottavio Barsanti. The musical taste and abilities of that gentleman are not unknown in Sydney, and no doubt many parents will show their cordial appreciation of the services of the Rev. Mr. Barsanti by sending their sons to this class, which will take place every Tuesday evening from 8 to 9. Grave, andante, and allegro melodies in the threefold ecclesiastical style (Gregorino, fratto, and figuranto), are to be taught in this class.

1872-11-30: The lecture on Music - announced to be delivered on the evening of Friday, the 22nd instant - the feast of St. Cecilia, by the Very Rev. Dr. Barsanti, had, in consequence of the inclemency of the weather, to be postponed until further notice. As, however, at the hour appointed W. A. Duncan, Esq., the president of the society, and all the members of the society with many of their friends were present, the very rev. lecturer addressed those present for over an hour on the subject, pointing out that the reason that day had been chosen for the delivery of the lecture was in honor of St. Cecilia, the Divine Philomela of the church. He, then, proceeded to describe music as the finest of the fine arts, as the daughter of prayer, the handmaid of religion, and as a goddess that had come down to us from heaven, and had a throne among the choirs of the celestials. He showed its magical influence in every state of public, private and domestic life, and concluded that music, being a divine inspiration, must be chiefly employed for religious purposes, and being a divine thing, it must be used so as to create a distaste for the things of this earth, and to kindle in our hearts a love for the things above. Mr. Duncan in proposing a vote of thanks to the lecturer expressed his great satisfaction and said that the lecture had effectually being delivered because he had heard that evening on music even more than he had anticipated. He praised the lecturer for his efforts in establishing in this city a philharmonic society connected with the church. Mr. M'Mahon proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was carried by acclamation. On next Sunday, the first Sunday of advent, there will be a total change of music in the church service. Mass will be sung in pure Gregorian fratto style, arranged by Dr. Barsanti for St. Cecilia Philharmonic Society, and in the evening there will be vespers chanted in the same style. The pains which the Rev. Dr. has taken for this arrangement can scarcely be appreciated by those who have attended his class, but we hope he will be rewarded by a complete success in his persevering efforts, and by the grateful attentions of his pupils.

1884-05-31: On the 23rd instant the Very Rev. Dr. Barsanti, the wellknown Roman Catholic clergyman, died at St. Vincent's Hospital, disease of the heart being, it is supposed, the cause of his unexpected death. The rev. gentleman many years ago occupied a distinguished position in the Church to which he belonged; and enjoyed a singular reputation for power and eloquence as a preacher. Some eight years since, owing to a disagreement with the local authorities of the Roman Catholic Church, Dr. Barsanti ceased to officiate publicly, and entered the Government service as one of the clerical staff in the Lands Department, which appointment he retained till a few weeks ago, when, acting, we are informed, on authority from Rome, the Administrator of the arch-diocese offered a position at St Joseph's, Newtown, which Dr. Barsanti accepted. The return to active priestly labours would appear to have overtaxed both the health and the energy of the rev. gentleman, for he was compelled to seek medical attention in St. Vincent's Hospital soon after resuming official duties. His return to his former position in the Church was hailed with great satisfaction by the Roman Catholic body, and his death, following so soon on what was regarded as a happy event, will doubtless cause much sorrow and regret in the denomination most affected by his sudden demise. Dr. Barsanti was a native of Italy, and a musical enthusiast, inheriting all the passionate love of the divine art for which many of his countrymen are remarkable. Among his co-religionists he was, we understand, held in reverence as a good-hearted, humble, and broad-minded priest, and outside the Roman Catholic body the genial doctor had many genuine friends, whose goodwill he won and preserved by his frank manner and affable and kindly behaviour. The deceased was fairly advanced in years, very many of which he spent in Australia.

1884-06-07: ... Dr. Barasnti was in many respects a remarkable man. Preaching was his forte, and in Church music he was an acknowledged master. He had all the essentials of a preacher, a fine presence, a magnificent voice, an earnest manner, and a cultivated style which set off his rare natural ability to advantage ... Who can describe the wonderful effect of his singing in the solemn offices of the Church? His rich baritone voice of immense power and sympathetic sweetness would fill the largest church, and in the hymns and chants it would peal forth with the power and volume of a great cathedral organ. In the Holy Week services his solemn chanting and singing of the lamentations and prophecies was grandly impressive. Apart from the purely ecclesiastical music he was an enthusiast in the divine art, and there were few standard music works of which he had not some knowledge. He was a composer too of no mean order, but made no display of his talent in this direction. When among friends he would sing more snatches from Favourite operas, and those who ever met him in his "musical moments" will remember how his noble voice used to ring out in "II Balen," the air he was so fond of singing whenever he happened to drop into some family musical circle. He interested himself in the formation of a choral society at St. Mary's, and for a considerable time he trained the vesper choir with remarkable success. In the religious processions the Doctor's voice could be heard above all the rest, and it is related that at one of the grand service at St. Patrick's, Melbourne, the Franciscan monk's vocal organ rang clear and strong above the sound of the great choir and orchestra. Dr. Barsanti was a talented lecturer and an agreeable public speaker. While in Melbourne he delivered several lectures in connection with St. Patrick's Society which were published in pamphlet form, and in Sydney he delivered two or three - one on the "Temporal Power of the Pope" in St. Mary's Seminary and one on "Music" in the Temperance Hall ...


Documentation:

"CATHOLIC CHURCH", Freeman's Journal (22 June 1861), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115761834

"CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGES", Sydney Mail (2 February 1867), 9

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166803618

"Music and Drama", The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (6 July 1872), 24

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162667867

"ST. CECILIA PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", Freeman's Journal (30 November 1872), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128805956

"Funerals", The Sydney Morning Herald (24 May 1884), 20

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13559159

"Death of Dr. Barsanti", The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (31 May 1884), 1021

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164387389

"THE LATE VERY REV. DR. BARSANTI, O.S.F.", Freeman's Journal (7 June 1884), 17

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110065527 


Resources:

Hazel Riseborough, "Barsanti, Ottavio", Dictionary of New Zealand biography 1 (1990)/Encyclopedia of New Zealand

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1b13/barsanti-ottavio 




BARTLETT, Flora Adelaide

Composer of music

Born Perth, 1885/6


Documentation:

"PROPERTY DISTRIBUTION", West Australian Sunday Times (10 September 1899), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38504673

Under the heading of "An Independence for 5s." we publish the announcement of Bartlett's Monster Property Distribution, of 40,000 subscribers at 5. The object for which the distribution has been instituted is a most laudable one, being that Mr. C. Bartlett, the proprietor, may secure the wherewithal to send his daughter, Miss Flora Adelaide Bartlett, aged 13, who is a composer of music, to Europe, where she may have every opportunity of obtaining the best possible tuition in the development of her remarkable gift. We have received two of the little lady's compositions- the "Federal Waltz" and the "Grand Triumphal March," the latter being in commemoration of America's victory over Spain. Miss Bartlett composed a piece, entitled the "Trilby Waltz," when only nine years of age ... The registered address, where tickets may be obtained, is C. Bartlett, 12 Royal-Arcade, Perth.

"COMPLIMENTARY PERFORMANCE", Kalgoorlie Miner (16 August 1900), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88492286




BARTLEY, Miss

Vocalist

Active Victorian goldfields, 1859-60


Documentation:

"CRITERION CONCERT HALL", The Star (11 April 1859), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66335111

"STAR CONCERT COMPANY", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (24 October 1859), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112905363

"STAR THEATRE", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (14 November 1859), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112905641

... Miss Bartley we cannot speak too highly of as a classical cantatrice with a rich powerful voice, and the song "Little Nell," this lady renders with such depth of feeling and distinct articulation, that makes a tear start to every eye. Mrs. Andrew maintains her reputation as an old favourite. Master Burgees is a great acquisition to the troupe for concerted music, and young Charley never fails to get a genuine encore.

"STAR THEATRE", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (1 December 1859), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112905757

"ABBOTT'S LYCEUM", Bendigo Advertiser (21 July 1860), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87945281




BARTON, Charles Hastings

Journalist, politician, songwriter, composer

Born Vevey, Switzerland, 11 Dec 1828
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 1853
Died Maryborough, QLD, 16 June 1902, aged 73


Summary:

Barton was active in musical circles at Tanunda, South Australia, and on record as composer and/or lyricist of three lost songs. Two credited to him alone are From the North Sea's dark waves (song; "Composed expressly for the occasion by Mr. Barton"), see "TANUNDA ...", South Australian Register (13 March 1858), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49777666, and There dwellest a spirit in yonder stream ("Mr. Barton was both the writer of the words and the composer of the music"), "TANUNDA ...", South Australian Register (13 March 1858), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49777666. A third, with Ferdinand Draeger was Advance Australia ("the words by Mr. Charles Barton, of Tanunda, and the music by Mr. Draeger"), was published in 1858, see "NEW MUSIC", South Australian Register (31 August 1858), 2: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49782354, and "TANUNDA", South Australian Register (6 October 1858), 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49783812


Documentation:

http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/38093016

http://records.ancestry.com/Charles_Hastings_Barton_records.ashx?pid=108340821

see also "THE NEW LABOUR CANDIDATES", Worker (15 February 1902), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70900088

"Death of Labor Member Barton", Worker (21 June 1902), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70903029


Bibliography and resources:

John Tidey, "Charles Hastings Barton, colonial journalist", Australian Studies in Journalism 12 (2003), 34-47





BARTON, Mr.

Vocalist

Active Sydney, 1851


Summary:

A "young gentleman named Barton, who evidently did his best to please the audience", supported Caroline Pyne and Elizabeth Emanuel in Abraham Emanuel and George Hudson's weekly "Casino" concerts in March, April, and May 1851.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (9 April 1851), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12926170

"THE CASINO", Empire (14 April 1851), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60034093




BARWICK, Thomas

Organist, musical instrument tuner and repairer

Active Bendigo, by 1857


Documentation:

[Advertisement], Bendigo Advertiser (4 February 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87997135

"WALLACE MONUMENT CONCERT", Bendigo Advertiser (14 April 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87998520

"CHURCH OF ENGLAND", Bendigo Advertiser (20 July 1859), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87990738

[Advertisement], Bendigo Advertiser (30 July 1861), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87376184

[Advertisement], Bendigo Advertiser (19 June 1863), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87936982

"COUNTY COURT", Bendigo Advertiser (4 July 1865), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87924444




BARWISE (? Jackson?, John)

General and musical retailer (Jackson and Barwise)

Active Sydney, NSW, 1828-29


Summary:

In August 1828, apparently having obtained at least some of his stock from John Edwards, John (or Jackson) Barwise, as Barwise, Jackson and Co. (his wife's name was Jackson, and he was later in partnership with his brother-in-law as Barwise and Weller) advertised from his premises at 97, George-street, Sydney:

To the Lovers of Harmony ... two magnificent and fine-toned Pedal Harps, and two elegant portable Royal Harps ... instruction books, pieces of music for harp and piano, and some hundreds of the newest and most fashionable songs and quadrilles; a superior Spanish guitar made by Panarmo [recte Panormo], flageolets, &c ... PIANOFORTES - BROADWOOD MAKER, SEVEN PIANOFORTES for SALE ... consisting of Grand Pianofortes; Harmonic ditto; Cottage ditto; Round cornered Square ditto.

Edwards again recommended Barwise and Weller's musical stock in October 1829. Famously, Barwise later claimed to have found gold in NSW in that very year, 1829.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (15 August 1828), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2190887

[Advertisement], The Sydney Monitor (10 October 1829), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32072566

"WHO FIRST DISCOVERED GOLD IN AUSTRALIA", The Argus (25 November 1867), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5784219




BASSETT, J. B.

Music instructor (fife and drum band)

Died Willunga, SA, 4 February 1875, aged 64


Documentation:

"DEATHS", South Australian Register (5 February 1875), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40082560

"WILLUNGA", South Australian Register (17 February 1875), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40083273

The late Mr. J. B. Bassett, whose decease was lately announced, was an old colonist and resided here for 27 years. He established a school under the auspices of the Board of Education, and from the first maintained a first-class position, and the yearly examinations were red-letter days in the town. Mr. Bassett in some cases educated two generations, and many of his former pupils were at his funeral. The deceased was often at the front in philanthropic movements, and was remarkable for the energy and zeal he threw into anything he took in hand. Amongst many other things was the establishment of a Band of Hope, which for years has been kept together by his almost unaided exertions, for in the surrounding districts they soon collapsed for want of such a staunch supporter. He established a Drum and Fife Band, and personally instructed the members in music at his residence.




BASTARD, Thomas

Vocalist, musical memorialist

Baptised London, 22 September 1818
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 1853
Died North Adelaide, SA, 10 September 1883, aged 65


Documentation:

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (14 November 1853), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48549139

"THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL", South Australian Register (2 April 1861), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50018360

"DEATHS", South Australian Register (11 September 1883), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43478076


Works:

Thomas Bastard, The autobiography of Cockney Tom (Adelaide: McClory and Masterman, 1881)

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks08/0800591h.html

Extracts: "After a time I was summoned by the Bishop, and told it was my duty to join the choir. I explained that I was but a poor scholar, and did not understand English, much less Latin; but he introduced me to Father Maurice Lencioni, a good man, who held the office of choir singing-master and confessor, and whose duty it was to visit the sick, bury the dead, and bring young people together for marriage. Everybody liked this priest, myself particularly. He was an Italian, a splendid musician, and gifted with a good voice; he undertook to teach me the Latin service, and he had his work to do. It was a long time before I could manage it; but at length I succeeded fairly well, but never became A1."

"About this time that great singer Madame Anna Bishop paid a visit to Adelaide, accompanied by Mr. George Loder, an accomplished musician. They took apartments at the York Hotel, kept by a Mrs. Bray, who conceived such a liking for Madame that in her will she bequeathed her a legacy of one thousand pounds, besides making her other presents. Madame required a local agent, and Mrs. Bray, knowing me, recommended me to her. I was accordingly sent for and engaged to make myself generally useful, to sing when required, and to act as money taker at her concerts, and White's Rooms were fixed upon and engaged by me from the proprietor, Mr. Geo. White, on behalf of Madame. The bank authorities allowed me the privilege of taking the engagement of White's Rooms so long as I did not neglect my duty at the bank, and by such engagements I was brought into the society of all the leading artists who visited Adelaide. Perhaps it would not be out of place to mention some of their names, viz., Madame Caley, fellow pupil of Jenny Lind, Richard W. Kohler, Miska Hanser, the greatest violinist that ever came to Australia, Linly Norman, Richard White, Madame Carandini, Walter Sherwin, Madame Goddard, the premier pianist, W. Montgomery, B. Fairclough, and many others."

[Bastard also gives a detailed account of his musical experiences on the Victorian goldfields in 1853.]


Bibliography and resources:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cbye/ftweb/bastard/thomas/index.htm




BAT, James ("dictus Noctivagus") (pseudonymn)

Columnist, poet, songwriter

Active Sydney, NSW, 1840s


Summary:

The poems and opinions of James Bat, "dictus Noctivagus" ("night wanderer", or perhaps sleepwalker), are discussed in a loose, irregular series of whimsical, satirical columns in the Sydney Herald between 1845 and 1848. At first a suburban poet, from Pyrmont, Bat later finds work in the bush, "a congenial duty in keeping off the dingoes or native dogs from the flocks" at the Warragal Station.


Documentation:

"ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 June 1845), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12880610

"ORIGINAL POETRY. THE SEPTEMBER MUSQUITO", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 September 1845), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28649927

"COLLOQUIES AND SOLILOQUIES OF A SILK-GROWER", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 December 1845), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12884170

"SUBURBAN POERTRY", The Sydney Morning Herald (5 November 1847), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28648870

"POETRY FROM THE CROWN LANDS", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 December 1847), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12899215

The Squatter's song of triumph

Come tell me now of hill and dale,
Of grassy plain and flowing river;
Of banks, where mighty trees prevail,
And creeks their wintry wealth deliver;
Of ridges sheltering from the gale,
And gullies that from neighbours sever,
Our squattage there we will entail,
To us and to our heirs for ever.

Come speak of stations and of stock,
Of bullocks talk and tale deliver,
The weaning and the fattening flock,
The rams and ewes that fail us never,
Make not of milkless tea a mock.
For doughy damper praise the giver.
Our squattage now no power shall dock,
But be to us and ours for ever!

"THE SICK MAN'S DREAM", The Sydney Morning Herald (24 May 1848), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12913768




BATEMAN, Mr.

Organist, choirmaster

Active Maitland, NSW, 1859-60


Documentation:

"PHILHARMONIC CONCERT", The Maitland Mercury (6 August 1859), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18654038

"MAITLAND SCHOOL OF ARTS", The Maitland Mercury (3 September 1859), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18650042

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (12 November 1859), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18641613

"THE PHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE", The Maitland Mercury (9 February 1860), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18650279

"MAITLAND PHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE", The Maitland Mercury (12 April 1860), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18675946

"MAITLAND PHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE", The Maitland Mercury (16 May 1861), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18681891




BATES, Miss

Teacher of music

Active Sydney, NSW, 1833


Summary:

Together with William Cavendish (for dancing) and George Sippe, Miss Bates was a music teacher on as on the prospectus of Mr. and Mrs. Davies's Boarding and Day School in Sydney in 1833.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (20 August 1833), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2213506




BATES, Daisy

Indigenous culture and song reporter

Born Tipperary, Ireland, 16 October 1863
Arrived Australia, 1884
Died Prospect, SA, 18 April 1951

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-458582 (NLA persistent identifier)


THIS ENTRY IS A STUB


Papers: University of Adelaide, Library, Rare books and special collections, MSS 572.994 B32t

https://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/special/mss/bates 

Associations: Nebinyan




BATES, Joseph

Street singer, vagrant

Active Sydney, NSW, 1850


Documentation:

"THE POLICE REGISTER", Bell's Life in Sydney (22 June 1850), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59770818

WHY ARE YOU WANDERING HERE I PRAY? -Far advanced in years and remarkable, peculiarly remarkable, for his very disagreeable style of countenance and dingy costume, Joseph Bates, (better known in the vicinity of the Rocks as the "Girl I left behind me," for his continual patronage of that sweet Irish melody) ...





BATES, Percy (Percy Alexander Charles)

Tenor vocalist, teacher of singing

Active Sydney, NSW, by 1892
Died Strathfield, NSW, 8 April 1949, aged 79


Documentation:

[News], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 August 1892), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13873551


At the monthly musical service held in the Pitt Street Congregational Church last night, Mendelssohn's "Hear My Prayer" was rendered by a large choir ... The Rev. W. Scott preached ... after which Sullivan's anthem, "I will sing of Thy power," was rendered, Mr. Percy Bates taking the tenor solo. Mr. E. J. Massey presided at the organ. There was a large congregation.

"THE NEW CATHEDRAL TENOR", Freeman's Journal (7 March 1896), 15

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111102909

Mr. Percy Bates has besn appointed principal tenor of St. Mary's Cathedral choir, in succession to the late Mr. James Hinchy. Mr. Bates is a well known Sydney singer, and adds to a fine voice musical knowledge and refined taste. He is a member of the Sydney Liedertafel, and was for some time the tenor soloist of St. Benedict's. Mr. Bates, who is an excellent reader, will be of special service in the concerted music. The appointment, which is fully approved of by Mr. J. A. Delany, the Cathedral organist, cannot fail to give satisfaction to the congregation. Going back about 25 years, James Keane, James Hinchy, D. Gunning, and P. J. Barrett may be named among those who have filled the position of principal tenor at St. Mary's.

"COLUMN 8", The Sydney Morning Herald (31 March 1948), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27894364

AMONG the congregation at St. Andrew's Cathedral on Sunday were two friends who were in the choir 66 years ago. They are Mr. Percy Bates, of Strathfield, and Mr. Walter Davies, of Glebe. Mr. Bates, now 79, is still in the choir. He was one of Sydney's leading tenors and toured England from 1903 to 1909. Mr. Davies, now 80, is Sydney's oldest and most travelled photographer.

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 April 1949), 16

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18110644

"COLUMN 8", The Sydney Morning Herald (13 April 1949), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18110925 

ONE of the choristers in the memorial service to the late Percy Bates, oldest member of St. Andrew's Cathedral choir, was Mr. Walter Davies, who will soon be 81. Before that Mr. Davies had not sung in a church choir for 63 years. He and Mr. Percy Bates were both members of the Cathedral choir 67 years ago. They lost contact with each other until a par in this column, stating that Mr. Davies had sent a food parcel to the youngest boy of the Manchester Cathedral choir - of which he had been youngest member 72 years before - was read by Mr.Bates.




BATTEN, Mrs.

Music teacher, contralto vocalist (Melbourne Philharmonic)

Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1857


Documentation:

"PRAHRAN MECHANICS' INSTITUTION", The Argus (27 January 1857), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7143688

"MR. KROM'S BENEFIT CONCERT", The Argus (3 December 1857), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7142906

[Advertisement], The Argus (27 July 1857), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7135964

"THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", The Argus (22 September 1858), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7301499

It is to be regretted that the work does I not contain more than the one contralto passage which was assigned to Mrs. Batten, for this lady's voice is of the purest and most equable quality, and with a little more practice will exhibit a power of which at present the possessor is scarcely aware.

[News], The Argus (4 July 1860), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5685499

"THE MESSIAH. THE PHILHARMONIC", The Argus (26 December 1862), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6482064




BAXTER, Mrs. T. P.

Teacher of music

Active Maitland, NSW, 1846


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (26 September 1846), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article684911

"Married", The Maitland Mercury (18 August 1847), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article692497




BAXTER, Laura

Contralto vocalist

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1857


Summary:

Baxter, a "professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music", made her first appearance in Melbourne in March 1857 as co-artist to Anna Bishop.


Documentation:

"THE MELBOURNE HOSPITAL CONCERT", The Argus (30 March 1857), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7147095

[Advertisement], The Argus (30 March 1857), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7147063

"GRAND CONCERT IN AID OF THE FUNDS OF THE MELBOURNE HOSPITAL", The Argus (31 March 1857), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7147155

"MELBOURNE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", The Argus (29 April 1857), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7148762




BAYER, Louis

Musician, composer, librettist

Born Germany, 1858
Arrived Victoria, c. 1873
Died Warrnambool, VIC, 28 October 1907

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-995568 (NLA persistent identifier)


Documentation:

"PERSONAL", Camperdown Chronicle (31 October 1907), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65009813

A man who was possessed of many good qualities, rare musical gifts, warm-hearted generosity, and the exceptionally strong personal magnetism that gains numerous friends, passed away at Warrnambool on Monday night in Mr. Louis Bayer. His death occurred under particularly sad circumstances. Some months ago he wrote and composed an opera, The Golden West, which, musically, had much to recommend it. It was produced under unfavourable conditions in various   district centres and, though financially unsuccessful, met with an amount of appreciation which Mr. Bayer considered warranted another attempt. He, therefore, engaged a professional company and   arranged to play at Warrnambool during show week, with the neighbouring towns to follow. This enterprise proved even more disastrous than the former, and, worse still, entailed an amount of work   and worry which completely prostrated   him. He collapsed completely when in Camperdown last week and was removed to Warrnambool, where he grew worse and death ensued on Monday. The late Mr. Bayer was a native of Germany, but came to Victoria a young man. From Melbourne, where he had been professionally engaged, he came to Cobden about 28 years ago. After a residence there of about 12 months he went to New South Wales, and spent some time as a trapper. He returned to this district in 1883. On 24th October of that year, according to an old diary of Mr. W. Fielder's, a meeting was held in the Mechanics' Institute (now the Mechanics' Chambers) for the purpose of forming a music society. ... Mr. Bayer afterwards wrote and composed the opera, Federation, which was produced for the first time on 21st June, 1887, to a crowded house ... In May the following year, Muutchaka was produced, and was repeated in Warrnambool. These operas found great favor, and for several years after were played with much success. The late Mr. Bayer went to reside at Warrnambool in August, 1891, and afterwards wrote the operas Dora, The Barber of Krugersdorp and The Golden West. He was a devout lover of nature in all its varied forms. The bush life of Australia appealed to him strongly and furnished his subjects and inspired his music, which is thoroughly descriptive of, and thoroughly in harmony with the spirit of the Australian bush ...


Musical works:

The Leura waltz (arranged by L. Bayer) (Lithography by Troedel & Co)

Federation  (opera in 2 acts; libretto and music by L. Bayer) (Libretto: Melbourne : Kemp and Boyce, 1887)

Muutchaka; or, the last of his tribe (opera in 2 acts; libretto and music by L. Bayer) (Libretto: Melbourne: Kemp and Boyce, 1888): The moon shine's bright (Serenade from the opera Federation) and Weep with me (Prayer from the opera Muutchaka) ([Melbourne: lithography by Troedel & Co., 1888])

The Irishman's song (from the opera Dora; words and music by Louis Bayer (Warrnambool: R. A. Philp, [1895]) Exhibition Cantata (words: J. S. Stanley; music: L. Bayer) [Warrnambool, 1896]

The barber of Krugersdorp (comic opera; word book) ([Camperdown/Warrnambool: 1900])


Bibliography and resources:

Eric Irvin, "Louis Bayer (1858-1907), composer to the man on the land", Southerly 48/3 (September 1988), 284-297

http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/39122045




BEALE, Octavius Charles

Piano manufacturer

Born Mountmellick, Laois, Ireland, 23 February 1850
Arrived Hobart, TAS, December 1854
Died Stroud, NSW, 16 December 1930

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-508005 (NLA persistent identifier)

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Octavius+Charles+Beale (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)





BEATTIE, Mr.

Teacher of Music, Violin, Viola and Violoncello

Active Melbourne and Sydney, 1852


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Argus (5 June 1852), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4785541

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 December 1852), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28644503




BEAUMONT, Daniel Abraham (younger brother of Armes BEAUMONT)

Vocalist, conductor

Born Norfolk, England, 1 August 1843
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 1848
Died North Melbourne, VIC, 17 May 1897


Documentation:

"DEATH OF MR. D. A. BEAUMONT", The Age (18 May 1897), 6. (FIRST EDITION)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article190649155 

Sincere regret will be felt among a very large circle on learning of the death of Mr. D. A. Beaumont, one of the best known and respected of amateur musicians in Melbourne. Professionally Mr. Beaumont was a lithographic printer. He served his time to the business with Messrs. Chas. Troedel and Co., and was afterwards in the lithographic rooms of Messrs. Sands and M'Dougall and Messrs. E. Whitehead and Co. For about 16 years past he was in the railway service as lithographic printer supervising the reproduction of the plans and sections required by both branches of the engineering staff. It was through his musical attainments and achievements, however, that he had become most widely and favorably known. The fact that he was brother of Mr. Armes Beaumont no doubt helped his popularity, but he had sterling ability of his own, and though his connection with music had not the same brilliant publicity as attached to the roles of the popular operatic artist, his long and diligent devotion to the art might be favorably compared to that of many professionals ...

Death of Mr. D. Beaumont", North Melbourne Gazette (21 May 1897), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article106844783 

On Monday last Mr. D. A. Beaumont passed away, after a long and painful illness. He was a native of Norfolk, England, having been born on August 1st, 1843. He came out to Victoria with his parents when only five years old. He was naturally a musician, and was connected with almost every musical society in Melbourne. He was one of the founders of the Melbourne Philharmonic Society and the Melbourne Liedertafel. He also took a lively interest in sacred music, and for some 17 years he was percentor [sic] in the Union Memorial Church North Melbourne, under the Rev. A. Kinnimont and the Rev. Dr. Gilchrist. For five years he led in the Rev. D. S. Eacharn's church, St Andrew's, Carlton, and for the past two years and a half at the Rev. A. Stewart's church, St John's, Essendon. He was for eight years conductor of the Victorian Railways Musical Society, and many were the social evenings of other associations at which this well-trained little choir gave its acceptable contributions to the harmony. The cause of his death was cancer, but it was not till some seven weeks ago that he took to his bed. Thee funeral took place last Wednesday, a large number of he leading townsmen being present to do his memory honor ... The Melbourne Liedertafel paid a touching tribute to the friendship they bore the deceased by gathering round and in the pouring rain singing two devotional hymns ... At the time of his death he was 53 years of age, and he leaves a sorrowing widow and eight children to mourn their sad loss.





BEAUMONT, Edward Armes

Tenor vocalist

Born ? 1840; baptised Ingham, Norfolk, England, 15 December 1842
Arrived Melbourne, NSW (VIC) 1848
Active publicly by May 1860
Died North Melbourne, VIC, 17 July 1913

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Armes+Beaumont (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1462545 (NLA persistent identifier)


BEAUMONT, Miss

Vocalist (sister of the above)


BEAUMONT, Sarah Hannah (see Mrs. J. H. FOX)

Soprano vocalist (sister of the above)


THIS ENTRY IS A STUB


Image: http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3600507


Documentation:

"Members of the newly-formed Fitzroy Musical Union ...", The Argus (11 May 1860), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5682228

... The tenor music was alloted to Mr. Beaumont, a young singer of no great style or power of voice, but with qualities which culture will develops into usefulness. He gave the air, In native worth, with a good deal of sweetness and expression, and was most deservedly encored.

[News], The Argus (5 October 1860), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5691014

[News], The Argus (10 June 1862), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5716105

"TOPICS OF THE DAY", The South Australian Advertiser (22 July 1863), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31826044

"SINGER OF BYGONE YEARS. DEATH OF MR. ARMES BEAUMONT. FINE CAREER CLOSED", The Argus (18 July 1913), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7267794

"ARMES BEAUMONT. GREAT TENOR DEAD", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 July 1913), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15436619 


Bibliography and resources:

Kenneth Hince, Beaumont, Edward Armes (1842-1913), Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)

Obituaries Australia:

http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/beaumont-edward-armes-2960




BECKER, Franz Louis Leopold, R.A.M.

Professor of Music, pianist, organist, composer
Born Germany, c.1840
Active Newcastle, NSW, by 1870
Died Bundaberg, QLD, 27 July 1897

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Franz+Becker+d1897 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Summary (family history):

BECKER Franz Louis Leopold, R.A.M., son of Prof. Louis BECKER, Kapellmeister to the King of Hanover; born c.1840 Germany; was a "welcome visitor to the palace, joining the younger branches in duets etc. He was a student at the Leipzig conservatorium for 6 years, (the highest musical college in the world) and passed with grand eclat after his performance before 5000 auditors. His sound knowledge of theory music could not be surpassed on this side of the globe"; conducted Madame Agatha States Opera Co. through America, California and Chile and also Madame Anna Bishop's grand concerts ...


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Newcastle Chronicle (20 January 1870), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111157540

[Advertisement], The Newcastle Chronicle (10 February 1870), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article111158951

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (25 October 1870), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18749141

; "Myrtle Villa Polka", The Newcastle Chronicle (22 January 1876), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110990704

"Herr Franz Becker of Newcastle ...", Evening News (28 March 1876), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107191110

"Musical Composition", The Newcastle Chronicle (1 April 1876), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110990313

[Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (23 June 1883), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3419387

"New Music", Queensland Figaro and Punch (22 August 1885), 22

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84141549

"New Music", Queensland Figaro and Punch (11 May 1889), 10s

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84756546

"New Music", Evening News (8 January 1897), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108868895

"NEW MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 January 1897), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14083612

"NEW MUSIC", Australian Town and Country Journal (16 January 1897), 44

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71288623

"WOMAN'S COLUMN", Freeman's Journal (16 January 1897), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115471361

[News], Morning Bulletin (31 July 1897), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article52526672

... Herr Becker, who was born in Hanover in 1840, came to the colonies in the middle of the seventies, having previously travelled almost in every part of the globe, and spent several years in Chile. From Melbourne he came up to Charters Towers, where he remained for six years, and eventually came to Bundaberg with his wife and her family in 1883. With the exception of a few months, when he removed to Sydney, he lived continuously in this town, giving instructions in music. As a brilliant pianist he had no equal in this district, and in musical circles his presence will be greatly missed. A widow and four children, ranging in age from thirteen to four years, are left to mourn their irreparable loss.

"Local and General News", The Bundaberg Mail and Burnett Advertiser (30 July 1897), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article215627914 

[Probate], The Brisbane Courier (21 August 1897), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3656609

"EARLY MUSIC ON CHARTERS TOWERS", The Northern Miner (30 May 1945), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article81420291


Musical works:

Love's philosophy (ballad; poetry by Shelley; music by Franz Becker; Sung by Madame Anna Bishop) (Sydney: Elvy & Co.; Melbourne: W. H. Glen, [? 1870])

The W.K.L., or, Myrtle Villa polka (composed for the pianoforte by Franz Becker) (West Maitland: H. Paskins, [1876])

The merry brewer of Bundaberg (morceau de danse; dedicated to Gustav Steindl, brewer, of Bundaberg) (Sydney/Brisbane: W. H. Paling, [1897])




BECKER, Ludwig

Transcriber of Indigenous songs, ? birdsongs, artist, naturalist

Born near Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 5 September 1808
Arrived Launceston, TAS, 10 March 1851
Died Bullo Rover, QLD, 29 April 1861

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-484447 (NLA persistent identifier)


Summary:

According to (Lady) Caroline Denison, with whom Becker stayed:

... he is one of those universal geniuses who can do anything ... a very good naturalist, geologist ... draws and plays and sings, conjures and ventriloquises and imitates the notes of birds so accurately/

He wrote and illustrated his own Ein Australisch Lied (Melbourne, 1860) ("to be sung when one is well, to the tune: "Mannheim eine schöne Stadt ...").

Becker joined Burke's exploring expedition, leaving Melbourne on 20 August 1860, and in a despatch sent back from Menindee to the Royal Society of Victoria on 27 November, he included 2 Indigenous songs, YAAM-SONG (CORROBOREE SONG) (translation), and ANARUKA-SONG (CREEK-SONG) (text, music, translation). He died with his colleagues William Purcell and Charles Stone at the expedition's camp on the western bank of Koorliatto Waterhole, Bulloo River in 1861.


See main entry on Becker's Indigenous song transcriptions:

http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/checklist-indigenous-music-1.php#019 


Documentation:

"ROYAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA", The Argus (11 December 1860), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5694801

"FUNERAL HONOURS BY AN EYE-WITNESS", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 February 1863), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13074023


Bibliography and resources:

Marjorie J. Tippling, Becker, Ludwig (1808-1861), Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Becker_(explorer)

Ludwig Becker, DAAO (Design & Art Australia Online)

http://www.daao.org.au/bio/ludwig-becker




BECKER, Richard (Carl Richard)

Violinist, teacher of violin (Conservatoire of Music, Stettin, Germany), conductor

Born ? Stettin, Germany
Active Yea, VIC, by 1891 to Manly, 1935 or later 


BECKER, Mabel (MUMMERY)

Violinist

Died Manly, NSW, 26 December 1935, aged 59


Documentation:

"CORRESPONDENCE", Alexandra and Yea Standard (11 September 1891), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57489882

[Advertisement], Yea Chronicle (8 June 1893), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59949106

"MARRIAGES", The Argus (23 December 1895), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8885176

"YEA ORCHESTRA CONCERT", Yea Chronicle (27 May 1897), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59746499

"SOCIAL ITEMS", Evening News (22 November 1902), 3s

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article114505236

"CLARENCE TOWN", The Maitland Mercury (8 December 1909), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article124682271

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 December 1935), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17221947


Associations:

YEA ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY (VIC); DRUMMOYNE ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY (NSW)




BECKFORD, Thomas Leaman

Organist, amateur musician, violoncello player, cellist, merchant, warehouseman

Born ? UK, c. 1785
Active Launceston, VDL (TAS) by 1835
Died Launceston, TAS, 12 November 1852, aged 67


Summary:

Beckford, "an old and highly esteemed fellow colonist" was reduced to the "state of absolute penury" by an investment disaster in 1842. He was one of the orchestra for John and Eliza Bushelle's Launceston concert in March 1843. He gave a subscription concert with Joseph Megson in November 1844. Himself deputising in the position, Beckford wrote a letter to the press in July 1845 concerning Joseph Megson's appointment as organist at St. John's, mentioning also Mrs. Nairn, Edmund Leffler, and Francis Howson senior. At Mrs. Chester's concert in September 1848:

A celebrated Sinfonia by Haydn was performed by a portion of the band, assisted by Mr. Beckford, who lent the music for the occasion. Mr. Bishop the master of the Band, and Mr. Howson, Senr., displayed much ability in this portion of the entertainment.


Documentation:

[News], The Hobart Town Courier (16 January 1835), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4182017

The concert at the British Hotel on Wednesday evening was most respectably attended, and the gentlemen amateurs deserve much praise for their exertions to gratify the company, Mrs. Davis presided at the piano-forte, and was very ably supported by Messrs. Munce, jun. (on the violin), Curzon (German flute), and Beckford (violincello). Ibid. [= Launceston Independent]

[Advertisement], Launceston Advertiser (21 April 1842), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84772012

[Advertisement], Launceston Advertiser (27 May 1842), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84754120

[Advertisement], Launceston Advertiser (30 March 1843), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84769252

[Advertisement], The Cornwell Chronicle (20 November 1844), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66267697

"ORGANIST", Launceston Examiner (12 July 1845), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36240497

"ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE", The Cornwall Chronicle (19 July 1845), 9

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

"SERMONS AT ST. JOHN'S AND TRINITY", The Cornwall Chronicle (21 June 1848), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65978301

We may just observe, that the chanting and singing at St. John's was very good, and Mr. Beckford, the Organist, deserves praise for his attention to this portion of the Church service. The Miserere was tastefully performed.

"Mrs. Chester's Concert", The Cornwall Chronicle (13 September 1848), 19

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65978982

"Church Music", The Cornwall Chronicle (2 February 1850), 77

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65977516

A short time since, we had occasion to notice the improvement that was being made with respect to the Choir of St. John's Church, which is composed of young persons (male and female) who have devoted nearly all their spare time gratuitously, in promoting the advancement of the psalmody of the Church. Since then, the improvement made in the singing, has been the theme of universal approbation, and for which the congregation are, in a great measure indebted to our old respected townsman Mr. Beckford, who has for nearly the last four years presided at the organ, during which time, he has been untiring in his endeavours to instruct the young Choristers under his superintendence; several favorite anthems, a beautiful sanctus, and some other sacred pieces, have been introduced by Mr. Beckford, which have given the utmost satisfaction.

"The late Mr. Beckford", The Cornwall Chronicle (24 November 1852), 780

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65579413

[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (24 November 1852), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36264457

"DEATHS", Launceston Examiner (5 March 1868), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36696333

"REMINISCENCES. [BY. B]", Launceston Examiner (12 November 1892), 2

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




BEDFORD, Virginia M. (Miss)

Amateur musician, composer

Active Hobart, TAS, c.mid 1850s


Documentation:

"MARRIAGES", The Hobart Town Mercury (12 July 1859), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3256319


Musical work:

The forget me not waltz ("Affectionately dedicated to Mrs. Bedford") (Hobart Town: Huxtable and Deakin, [185-?])


Bibliography and resources:

Peter Bolger, Bedford, Edward Samuel (1809-1876), Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)




BEE, Walter John

Singing master, organist, school teacher

Active Victoria, by 1875


Documentation:

[News], The Record and Emerald Hill and Sandridge Advertiser (23 July 1875), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108498735

"MARRIAGES", Illustrated Australian News (19 January 1876), 14

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60095508

"LITTLE RIVER", The Bacchus Marsh Express (4 October 1879), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89703032

"A MODEL SCHOOL TEACHER", Bendigo Advertiser (18 April 1882), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88625242




BEER, Bernard

Musiclover, broker

Active Sydney, NSW, 1864


Summary:

Beer was perhaps related to the Bernard Beer who was father of the English composer John Barnett (1802-1890), of The mountain sylph fame, and a cousin of Meyerbeer.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (31 January 1854), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article30939681

"MEYERBEER. To the Editor", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 July 1864), 12

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13099922

Sir, - May I beg the favour of your causing the insertion of the few following words in your next issue. The mail has just brought to us the intelligence of the death of the great composer, Meyerbeer, the author of the operas "Les Huguenots" and "Le Prophète," so successfully presented to us last season, by Mr. Lyster's company. His death is much deplored, not only in musical circles, but in the whole of England, Germany, and France, where he was known not only as one of the great composers, but as a sterling good man - indeed, no one had reason to say the slightest word against him. As a great admirer of the compositions of the deceased, and a personal friend of many years standing, I am anxious to honour his memory in some way, and I think that a fitting time has now arrived for doing so. What I venture to propose is, that a grand concert be given, chiefly from the repertoire of the great composer, to be called the "Meyerbeer Memorial Concert," and the proceeds handed over to the committee for the relief of the sufferers by the late calamitous floods ... From my personal knowledge of Meyerbeer, I knew him to be possessed of much charity, and nothing would have afforded him more pain than to know that any friend was in distress while he had the means of relieving him. ... I am, Sir, your obedient servant, BERNARD BEER.

"MEYERBEER. To the Editor", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 July 1864), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13107146

? "ENEMY ORIGIN", Truth (8 June 1918), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130171907




BEHDAN, Mr. (? BEDHAU)

Violinist, composer, teacher of music, piano tuner

Active Bendigo, VIC, by ? 1865


Documentation:

"BOROUGH POLICE COURT", Bendigo Advertiser (1 April 1865), 1 supplement

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87931201 

"COMPLIMENTARY CONCERT TO MRS. ELLIS", Bendigo Advertiser (5 October 1867), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87955343

... Mrs. Fatherley presided at the organ during the performance of these selections from the oratorio, Herr Gollmick acting as conductor, Mr. Behdau as first violin, Mr. Hallas with the cornet, and Mr. Warden as double bass.

"COMPLIMENTARY CONCERT TO NORTHCOTT'S BAND", Bendigo Advertiser (15 November 1867), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87956221

... of all the performances of the evening commend us to the one on a single stringed violin by Mr. Behdan, accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Fatherley. It was rapturously applauded, and another piece of his own composition given with like effect ... After a song by Mr. Hobbs, who does not do his voice justice, another treat followed in a duet - Mr. Behdan on his one-stringed violin, and Herr Gollmick on the piano ...

[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (11 May 1869), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197567587 

MR. BEHDAN, Tuner of the Pianoforte and Harmonium; And Teacher of Music in general. VICTORIA HOTEL, WAHGUNYAH.




BELBIN, William

Amateur bass vocalist, politician

Born Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 1825
Died Sydney, NSW, 26 June 1892, aged 66


Image: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/47644890


Documentation:

"THE ORATORIO", The Courier (23 May 1846), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2945633

"THE CHORAL SOCIETY", The Courier (5 December 1846), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2944303

"CHORAL SOCIETY", Colonial Times (17 November 1848), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8763868

[Advertisement], The Courier (21 July 1849), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2965455

"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 June 1892), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28269229

"MR. WILLIAM BELBIN", Launceston Examiner (28 June 1892), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39467618



BELFIELD, Francis

Comic vocalist, songwriter, playwright

Active NSW, by 1846
Died Redfern, NSW, 13 April 1883, aged 61


Documentation:

"SINGLETON", The Maitland Mercury (17 June 1846), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article682226

"SINGLETON. THE THEATRE", The Maitland Mercury (17 April 1847), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article689282

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 December 1847), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12889363

[Advertisement], "QUEEN'S THEATRE", The Argus (4 July 1850), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4774626

"LITERARY", The Argus (16 February 1849), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4768740

"RETRIBUTION, OR THE DRUNKARD'S CURSE", Bell's Life in Sydney (21 June 1851), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59772699

"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 July 1852), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12938709

"NEW INSOLVENTS", The Argus (30 September 1861), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5704537

Francis Belfield, late of Redbank, near Avoca, comedian, now a prisoner in Her Majesty's Gaol, Inglewood. Causes of insolvency - Losses in theatrical speculations, pressure of creditors, and imprisonment. Assets, £27; liabilities, £412 4s. 6d.; deficiency, £385 4s. 6d.

"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (14 April 1883), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13532612

BELFIELD.-April 13, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. John Brown, 42, Burnett-street, Redfern, Francis Belfield, for many years connected with the theatrical profession in Victoria and Sydney, greatly respected by all who knew him, aged 61 years.

"THE LATE MR. F. BELFIELD", Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser (15 May 1883), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article62139042 


Extant plays:

Retribution; or, The drunkard's curse (a domestic drama in two acts) (Melbourne: printed at the Daily News office, 1849)

The rebel chief  (a play in three acts by Francis Belfield; this drama was first produced December 14th, 1849, at the Queen's Theatre, Melbourne) (Melbourne: William Clarke, Printer, Morning Herald office, 1850)




BELLEFIN, Jérôme

Surgeon and amateur singer

Born 1764
Australia and Tasmania, 1801-1802 (on the Géographe)
Died 1835


THIS ENTRY IS A STUB


Summary:

On 31 January 1802, Péron and Beleffin encountered a group of Bruny Island women and exchange of songs (between Bellefin and the woman later identified as Arra-maïda) and dances took place. The account of the incident first appeared in Péron 1807, was published in English in Péron 1809. Excerpts also later appeared in Bonwick 1870 (newly translated from Péron 1807), Bonwick 1884, and Fenton 1884 (abridged from Bonwick 1870).


1809 (Péron): On the 31st of January, early in the morning, I landed on the isle Bruny. A boat from the Naturalist and our longboat, had brought a considerable number of people on shore on this island, either to fish or to get wood for the ships ... and without pursuing the natives, which the swiftness of foot peculiar to these people would have made hopeless, we contented ourselves with calling to them, shewing them several different things as presents, and at the same time waving our handkerchiefs. At these demonstrations of friendship they hesitated an instant, and then stopped, as if to wait for us. We now discovered that they were women, and that there was not a single male among the party. We were advancing nearer, when one of the oldest of them leaving her companions a few steps in the rear, made signs to us to stay where we were, and to sit down, calling aloud to us médi, médi (sit down, sit down); she seemed also to desire us to lay down our arms, of which they seemed to be in some fear. These preliminaries being settled, the women squatted on their heels, and from that moment seemed to shew all the natural vivacity of their character without the least reserve, and speaking altogether, asked us a number of questions, seeming often to criticise our appearance, and laugh heartily at our expence, making a thousand odd gestures and contortions. M. Bellefin began to sing, at the same time using a great deal of action; the women immediately kept silence, observing with as much attention the motions of M. Bellefin as they seemed to give to the sound of his voice. At the end of every verse some applauded him with loud acclamations, others laughed heartily, while the young women, being more timid, kept silence, and expressed their surprize and satisfaction only by their looks and gestures ... one only, among all her companions, had preserved any degree of confidence, with a lively and merry temper: this was she who had imposed the preliminary conditions which I mentioned above. After M. Bellefin had concluded his song, she began to mimic his action and the tone of his voice, in a very pleasant and truly original manner, which much diverted her companions: she next began herself to sing, with such a rapidity of expression, that it would be very difficult to give any idea of music, such as it was, so different from the general principles of any European music. Their tunes seem entirely to accord with their language; for these people speak with such quickness and volubility, that it is impossible, as we shall shew hereafter, to distinguish their pronunciation with any degree of precision: it is a sort of rolling sound, for which our European languages do not furnish any expression of comparison or analogy. Excited by the sound of her own voice, which we did not fail to applaud with much warmth, and doubtless wishing to obtain our admiration in other respects, our jovial Diemenese began to dance, and to throw herself into divers attitudes, some of which might be thought very indecent, if in this state of society, men were not still absolutely strangers to all the delicacy of sentiment and conduct, which among us is only the consequence of complete civilization. While all this was passing, I employed myself in minuting all the particulars which I have here given, and many other observations, which will with more propriety be produced at a future time. I was doubtless observed by this same woman, who had exerted herself so much to entertain us; for she had no sooner finished her dance, than she came close to me, and taking from a bag made of rushes, such as I have before described, some charcoal which it contained, she crushed it between her hands, and with an obliging air she began to apply it on my face, as is customary in these regions. I willingly submitted to this obliging piece of caprice: M. Heirisson had the same complaisance, and was ornamented with a similar mask. We now seemed to be very much admired by these women; they appeared to regard us with a degree of sweet satisfaction and pleasure, and seemed to congratulate us on the acquisition of such an addition to our beauty. Thus it appears that the fairness of skin, of which Europeans are so vain, is an absolute defect, and a sort of deformity, which, in these distant climates, must yield the palm of beauty to the blackness of coal, or the colour of red ochre.




BENHAM, John

Pianoforte maker, carpenter

Born England, c.1784
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 14 October 1833 (per Indianna, from London, 20 March)
Died Sydney, NSW, 17 October 1845, aged 61


BENHAM, Daniel

Pianoforte maker, repairer and tuner

Departed Sydney, NSW, 21 April 1849 (per Spencer, for San Francisco)


Documentation:

"ARRIVALS", The Sydney Herald (17 October 1833), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12847958

"SUPREME COURT", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (9 July 1835), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2199073

... John Benham examined: I am a piano-forte maker, and have repaired the piano two or three months ago; it was a very good one, worth £68; an old instrument that stands the climate is as valuable as a new one, because a new one cannot be depended on.

"SUPREME COURT", The Sydney Herald (13 July 1835), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12852649

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (10 December 1835), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2201630

MR. JOHN BENHAM begs to acquaint the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Colony, that he has just commenced Business as a Piano Forte Maker and Repairer, at his Premises, No.5, Liverpool-street, East, where he has on hand an assortment of Cottage Cabinet, &c. Piano Fortes, of Australian Materials and Manufacture ready for inspection, which he can satisfactorily recommend to those who may be disposed to encourage Colonial Workmanship.

"DIED", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 October 1845), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12882935

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 October 1845), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12883157

NOTICE OF REMOVAL. THE Widow and Son of the late Mr. John Benham, Pianoforte-maker, in thanking their friends and the public for past favours, beg respectfully to acquaint them they have removed from their late residence in York-street, to the house in Bridge street, lately occupied by Mr. Barlow, where the business will for the future be carried on. Pianofortes carefully tuned and repaired.

"CLEARANCES", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 April 1849), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12907121

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 April 1849), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28648633

MR. DANIEL BENHAM, Pianoforte Maker, late of Bridge-street, being about to leave Sydney, begs to return his sincere thanks to those ladies and gentlemen to whom he is indebted for support during his stay in the colony, and to inform them that he has made an arrangement with Mr. W. J. Johnson to take the above business ...


Instruments:

http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=251609




BENJAMIN, Henry

Professor of music; teacher of pianoforte, harmonium, and concertina; composer

Active Melbourne, VIC by April 1868


May 1872: The performer who presided at the harmonium on this occasion was not that great composer, Henry Benjamin, who, it appears, is the official harmonium-grinder to this lodge.

July 1872: Mr. Harry Rickards was sued in the County Court yesterday by Mr. Henry Benjamin, professor of music, for £100, alleged damages for breach of contract, and money due for work and labour done. The plaintiffs case was that he had been engaged to give music lessons to the defendant and his wife, and it was agreed while he was so engaged that he should set to waltz music some of the airs which Mr. Rickards had sung in Melbourne, the music to be written by the plaintiff, and the profits to be divided between him and the defendant. When he had finished the waltz music Rickards approved of it, but afterwards said he would have nothing to do with it because plaintiff had put on it that it was arranged, and composed by Henry Benjamin, and he (defendant) thought it should have only been stated that it was arranged and compiled by Benjamin. He considered he had suffered great loss through the conduct of the defendant, because the airs which he composed the music from were very popular at the time, and it would have sold well. The music lessons he had given he charged £4 4s. for. He denied that when he played the waltz music to Rickards, the latter told him to take it home and boil it, and said he had made an application to join the Musical Association of Victoria, who had offered to accept him. For the defence, Mr. Rickards stated that one evening at Gorton's Hotel, the plaintiff said he would like to compose a waltz on his melodies, and it was agreed he should do so, the music to be published, if approved of by defendant, at the joint expense of the two. The waltz, which the plaintiff wrote was merely four of his (defendant's) melodies strung together, and as they were all in waltz time there was no composition needed. When plaintiff played the waltz to him he pulled him off the stool, told him he never heard such rubbish, and he had better take it home and boil it. Benjamin afterwards said he would publish the waltz, but defendant told him not to do so, as the songs it was compiled from were copyright. Benjamin had never given him music lessons, but he had given Mrs. Rickards some, and there was an amount owing to him, which would have been paid if an account had been rendered. Mr. Harcourt Lee, a member of the Victorian Musical Association, described the waltz as rubbish, which would not sell in Melbourne. He also said the association would not admit the plaintiff into it, and that plaintiff took one quarter's lessons from Herr Schott, and then set up as a professor of music. His Honour Judge Forbes returned a verdict for plaintiff for £4 4s with 10s. costs.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Argus (24 April 1868), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5814372

[Advertisement], The Argus (28 August 1869), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5826030

[News], The Argus (17 September 1869), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5831255

"POLICE ... FITZROY", The Argus (4 February 1870), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5811442

[Advertisement], The Argus (30 December 1870), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5840272

[Advertisement], The Argus (3 January 1871), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5840407

[Advertisement], The Argus (10 February 1872), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5859626

"MUSIC IN MELBOURNE. May 15", The North Eastern Ensign (17 May 1872), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70738877

[News], The Argus (17 July 1872), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5864619


Musical works:

Wilt thou be mine (sung by J. A. Herman, the silvery tenor) (Melbourne, [? Author], [1869])

The knight's return (words by Chas. Bright; sung by T. Rainford) (Melbourne, [? Author], [1871/72])

Doing the block (music by Henry Benjamin; words by Marcus Clarke; sung by Harry Rickards) (Melbourne: Henry Benjamin, [1872])  




BENNELONG (Woollarawarre)

Singer, songmaker

Born Eora country, c.1764
Died Sydney, NSW, 3 January 1813

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1467596 (NLA persistent identifier)


THIS ENTRY IS A STUB


Bibliography and resources:

ABD Bennelong

Keith Vincent Smith, "Bennelong among his people", Aboriginal History 33 (2009)

http://epress.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/ch0156.pdf

Kate Fullagar, "Bennelong in Britain", Aboriginal History 33 (2009)

http://epress.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/ch0257.pdf.




BENNETT, George

Singer, pianist, organist, concert presenter, composer

Born Wiltshire, England, c.1817
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 25 September 1839 (per Prince Regent, from London, 6 June)
Died Adelaide, 22 September 1854, aged 37

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=George+Bennett+d1854 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Summary:

In October 1839, two recent arrivals "from Chichester", William Ewens and George Bennett assisted at Charles Platts's lecture on music. In February 1840, Platts and Bennett jointly advertised the first professional concert in Adelaide.

"FIRST PROFESSIONAL CONCERT IN ADELAIDE", South Australian Register (15 February 1840), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27441184

At celebrations of the anniversary of the colony in Gawler in 1851, Bennett himself concocted a song, now lost, a South Australian Anthem ("Let all our cares and griefs be drowned") reportedly "composed expressly for the occasion ... the intrinsic merit of the music exciting very general admiration".

"OLD COLONISTS' FESTIVAL", South Australian Register (28 March 1851), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38449615

"CONCERT AT GAWLEER TOWN", South Australian Register (26 April 1851), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38435731

Bennett's concert programs suggest he was a capable conductor and pianist in oratorio and middle-brow operatic numbers. Press reports, by the early 1850s, mainly register his voluntary musical contributions to convivial Masonic and civic gatherings, or indeed convivial gatherings of any sort. Visiting a butcher friend who had just returned from the gold-fields in 1852, Bennett was playing a polka on the piano for the assembled company in what was, actually, probably a sly-grog shop, when a fight broke out with his host. He lost two teeth-deemed a serious blow for a professor of singing-and was awarded damages when the matter ended up in court.

"LOCAL COURT. ADELAIDE. BENNETT V. FOREMAN", South Australian Register (19 August 1852), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38454876

Two years later, he was dead.


Documentation:

"MECHANICS' INSTITUTE", South Australian Register (19 October 1839), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27440903

"FREEMASONRY (From S.A. Gazette)", The Cornwall Chronicle (31 January 1849), 340

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65977911

Mr. George Bennett acted as Provisional Grand Organist. An appropriate anthem was chanted in very good style.

"DIED", South Australian Register (25 September 1854), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49201806

"THE LATE MR. BENNETT", South Australian Register (25 September 1854), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49201804

THE LATE MR. BENNETT. - An obituary notice in our present publication records the decease of Mr. George Bennett, professional musician. He was a native of Wiltshire, and received his musical education from his uncle, the late Mr. T. Bennett, for many years organist of Chichester Cathedral, of which the deceased was in his youth a chorister. Mr. Bennett possessed an unusual degree of natural talent, which, combined with the teaching of a first-rate master, constituted him a leader of ability. He arrived in this colony by the Prince Regent in 1839, since which period, to within a few months of his death, he was, almost exclusively, the leader of all concerts and musical societies, both public and private, in the colony, and for the last year or two he was organist at the Wesleyan Chapel, Pirie street. Deceased was in the 37th year of his age. He has left a widow and one child, a boy about eight years old. The funeral will take place at the Cemetery this morning, at 11 o'clock.

"FUNERAL OF MR. G. BENNETT", South Australian Register (26 September 1854), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49201932

FUNERAL OF MR. G. BENNETT. - The funeral which took place yesterday at 11 o'clock, was numerously attended by the brethren in Freemasonry of the deceased and other mourning friends, to the number of sixty or seventy persons. As the procession entered Trinity Church, the symphony to Knapp's funeral anthem was performed by Mr. Daniel, who presided at the seraphine, and the service was read with due solemnity by the Dean. Pope's Ode was sung at the Church by members of the Choral Society and some pupils of the vocal class of Mr. Daniel.




BENNETT, Horace

Amateur pianist, arranger

Active Launceston, TAS, 1858


Summary:

The Nightingale varsoviana, honouring the heroine of the Crimea, Florence Nightingale, must have become popular at around the time an enterprising young architect, Horace Bennett, left England for Tasmania. In Hobart, Bennett's early interests included mining speculation, and public entertainment.

On arrival in May 1858, he advertised for "a Large room ... easily converted into a LARGE HALL for public entertainment", and in July announced the publication of some music to fill it:

Just Published,-Price 2s. 6d. THE NIGHTINGALE VARSOVIANA being the original music of this new and favourite dance, arranged for the piano forte by Horace Bennett. May be had of the principal music sellers of this city.

Bennett's place of entertainment, the Polytechnic Bazaar, which eventually opened in 1862 soon ran into trouble with the local authorities for failing to be sufficiently "select" in its clientele. Bennett contributed designs towards the roof of the Launceston Town Hall in 1864. Meanwhile, it also appears he contracted a bigamous marriage in Launceston in November 1858.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Daily Mercury (27 May 1858), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3248382

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Daily Mercury (10 July 1858), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3249281

"MARRIAGES", Launceston Examiner (11 November 1858), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38993964

"MUNICIPAL COUNCIL", The Mercury (17 June 1862), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8807781

"POLYTECHNIC BAZAAR, HOBART TOWN", Launceston Examiner (19 June 1862), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41453978

"INSOLVENCY COURT", Launceston Examiner (20 September 1862), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41455861

"MUNICIPAL COUNCIL", The Cornwall Chronicle (6 January 1864), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66459970

"TOWN HALL ROOF", Launceston Examiner (11 May 1867), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36643541

"A WILL CASE", The Mercury (9 December 1926), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29468676




BENNETT, James

Choral singer, choir member (St. James's Church, Sydney), convict

Active Sydney, NSW, 1822-25


Documentation:

Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825; correspondence from Hill, Richard (Revd) to Hill, Samuel (per Hadlow)

http://colsec.records.nsw.gov.au/h/F25c_he-hi-14.htm 

1822 Jan 19; Re request for leave for choir members (Reel 6053; 4/1756 p.67)

1822 Feb 20; Re James Bennett joining choir of church (Reel 6054; 4/1759 p.165)

1824 Dec 15; Re the services of James Bennett no longer being required (Reel 6014; 4/3513 p.88)

"POLICE OFFICE", The Australian (13 January 1825), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37074627 

James Bennett, a painter residing in George-street, professing to be a lover of sweet sounds, was deprived of his ticket of leave, for taking certain liberties with the choral department of St. James's Church, in a letter to the Editor of the Sydney Gazette, some few weeks since.

[Editorial], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (20 January 1825), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2183629 

In our contemporary of last week we were somewhat surprised on meeting with the following paragraph, in his Police report: - "James Bennett, a painter residing in George street, professing to be a lover of sweet sounds, was deprived of his ticket of leave, for taking certain liberties, with the choral department of St. James's Church, in a letter to the Editor of the Sydney Gazette, some few weeks since." Were this report true, and had the Magistrates deprived the man of his liberty upon the only account stated as above, we have no hesitation in averring, that Bennett was unjustly dealt with; inasmuch as neither that individual, nor any other prisoner of the crown, was the author of the letter that appeared in our columns "some few weeks since," which was subscribed, "A Lover of sweet Sounds." But our contemporary, with a facility that reflects credit to his scholarship, takes the gentlemanly advantage, at the moment afforded, of trying to depreciate our Journal, at the expence of any poor fellow that may happen to come before the new Censorship of the Press, so recently established, but which will bring more odium upon our contemporary than he perhaps is aware of, unless such a practice is at once abandoned. The man, Bennett, we have learnt, held a ticket of leave at the instance of the Rev. Mr. Hill, so long as he continued a member of "the choral department of St. James's Church;" but, as he thought proper to relinquish the only condition upon which liberty was suspended, of course his ticket of leave was cancelled; - this is nearer the fact. Not that Bennett ever wrote a letter to the Editor of the Sydney Gazette; or that the Editor of the Sydney Gazette is in the habit of receiving correspondencies from any other writers but Gentlemen, and those generally scholars!




BENNETT, John

Organist, pianist

Active Wangaratta, VIC, 1863-64; Chiltern, 1864-69



Documentation:

"WANGARATTA", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (6 June 1863), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112893687

... I must, before concluding, congratulate the committee of the Athenaeum on the happy hit they made last evening by the introduction of instrumental music. Mr Bennett, before and after the lecture, discoursed most eloquent music, his rendering of selections from "La Sonnambula," and other favorite oparas, were given in a truly professional style, and gave great satisfaction to all present. The Chairman announced that the next lecture in connection with the institution would be delivered by Mr Brooke Smith.

"THE ORGANIST OF TRINITY CHURCH AND THE LADY", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (11 June 1863), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112893744

To the Editor of the Ovens and Murray Advertiser. DEAR SIR, - A correspondent in the Columns of your contemporary, the Wangaratta Dispatch, has imputed to me the authorship of a letter which appeared in the 'Standard' of Wednesday last, thereby accusing me of having adopted this means of obtaining the situation of organist in 'Trinity Church. I am sure it needs no line from me to t ell the public of Wangaratta what they already know so well, namely, that there's a harmonium in the church, but, strange to say, no choir nor yet instrumental music. Why it is so I know not. The 'lady' (for that is the name my accuser subscribes) says that he thought at first, I was going to give my services gratis. How exceedingly verdant he must have been !! From the very first I expressed my determination to decline the duties of organist unless I was remunerated, and I can inform him (the lady) that without at all taking into consideration the time and trouble spent in conducting the church choral matters at rehearsals, and on Sundays, the talent has a right to be paid for as well. I repudiate his accusation with scorn, and would caution him against writing slander such.as he has done in this instance, and I can. assure him that nothing, (even the belter of the name which he profanes by assuming), shall preserve him from castigation should he deserve it. Yours sincerely, J. BENNETT. Wangaratta, June 6th, 1863.

"WANGARATTA", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (30 June 1863), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112893875

1863-06-30: The Atheneum Committee are endeavoring to augment their Building Fund, and, the proceeds of Mr. Brooke Smith's lecture are to be devoted to that object. We have a gentleman amongst us who has frequently given musical lectures, or rather, I ought to say, literary and musical entertainments, in aid of kindred institutions to the Atheneum, and I think the Committee would do well to solicit the assistance of Mr. Bennett (to whom I refer), as there is no doubt if he should consent to lecture, there would be a bumper house. At length, I observe with pleasure that a vigorous effort has been made to remodel the choir in Trinity Church. Several ladies and gentlemen of acknowledged voca talent have consented to assist. The services of Mr. Bennett have also been secured and as he has been accustomed to officiate as organist and conductor in larger Churches than ours, there is every prospect of the Church music being carried out properly. It is certainly a matter upon which I can congratulate the congregation, as it was decidedly a reproach to have a harmonium lying untouched during divine service.

"WANGARATTA", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (21 January 1864), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112894943

"CHILTERN", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (23 September 1865), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112913488 

The amateur concert in aid of the funds of the Ovens District Hospital and Benevolent Asylum, came off in Peel's Theatre, on Wednesday night last. The audience was the largest that has assembled in Chiltern since the palmy days of the lower Indigo. The vocalists acquitted themselves very well, and were loudly encored. The first appearance of the serenaders was hailed with loud and prolonged cheers. Their portion of! the entertainment gave general satisfaction, especially the badinage carried on by "Bones" and "Tambo." The musical department consisted of Messrs Bennett, Barlow, and Weinberg, whose musical capabilities need no comment, as the names of these gentlemen are a sufficient guarantee to the public that the music was first-class. The gross proceeds of the house must have been nearly £40.

"CORRESPONDENCE", The Church of England Messenger for the Diocese of Melbourne (9 September 1869), 9

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197111127 




BENNETT, John

Musician, choirmaster, organist

Born Lewannick, Cornwall, 20 May 1838
Active Adelaide, SA, by 1861
Died Woodville, SA, 14 December 1890, aged 52 years


BENNETT, Frances Jane (MITCHELL; Mrs John BENNETT)

Teacher of piano

Born North Adelaide, SA, 6 August 1849
Died Gawler, SA, 22 May 1939, aged 89


BENNETT, Ernest Mathew

Violinist, music teacher (pupil of Herr Heinicke)

Born SA, 1871 (son of the above)


1861-07-03: The Choral Society, of which there were present 14 ladies and about 20 gentlemen vocalists under the able leadership of Mr. G. Tilley, sang in the course of the evening no less than 11 pieces, consisting of selections from the compositions of Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Matthews, and Kent, and, considering the short time the Society has been formed, in a manner highly creditable. Mr. John Bennett officiated as organist ... The Hallelujah Chorus was sung as a finale to the entertainment.

1877-12-20: Service of Song at Alberton. A pleasing service of song, entitled 'Elijah,' in aid of the manse fund, was given at the Alberton Baptist Church before a moderate gathering on Wednesday night, December 19. An efficient choir of 12 voices, from various denominations in the neighbourhood, under the leadership of Mr. John Bennett, sang in excellent style, while Mr. J. W. Channon officiated as organist.

1890-12-15 obituary: The Late Mr. Bennett. - We regret to notice the announcement of the death, at the age of fifty-two years, of Mr. John Bennett, of Woodville, and a well-known and highly esteemed businessman of Port Adelaide. For many years he has carried on a shipsmith's establishment, and it is from fifteen to twenty years since he was first elected a member of the Town Council, in which he sat for several terms. He always took an intelligent interest in local matters, and was associated with different charitable and other movements. Of the Victoria Lodge, M.U., he was a Past Grand. As a musician his services were in frequent request, both as choirmaster and organist. He married a daughter of Mr. T. J. Mitchell, of Woodville, and a sister of Dr. Mitchell, now of Ballarat, and has left her a widow with a family. The funeral takes place at the Woodville Cemetery this afternoon.

1891-01-24: MUSIC MRS. JOHN BENNETT. WOODVTLLE. From 2nd February will receive Advanced and Elementary PUPILS in PIANOFORTE PLAYING at SEMAPHORE and Neighbourhood, and is open to Engagement with Schools. A FRENCH CLASS will be formed if sufficient inducement offers. MR. E. M. BENNETT (an Advanced Pupil of Herr Heinicke) is prepared to give Instruction in VIOLIN PLAYING.


Documentation:

"PORT ADELAIDE SACRED CHORAL SOCIETY", South Australian Register (3 July 1861), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50084928

"NORWOOD WESLEYAN CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY", Adelaide Observer (14 October 1865), 1 Supplement

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article159498422

"SERVICE OF SONG AT ALBERTON", South Australian Register (20 December 1877), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40474326

"THE LATE MR. BENNETT", South Australian Register (15 December 1890), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47258858

"DEATHS", South Australian Register (15 December 1890), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47258854

[Advertisement], Petersburg Times (7 January 1910), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110258607 


Bibliography and resources:

Family history by Graeme Moad

http://graememoad.com 




BENNETT, Rosa (Miss Rosa E. BENNETT; Mrs. William WASTELL; Rosa E. WASTELL)

Vocalist, pianist, composer

Active Adelaide, SA, by 1885
Died North Sydney, NSW, 18 July 1923


Documentation:

"BOHEMIAN CLUB SOCIAL", Evening Journal (25 June 1885), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198398269

... During the evening Miss Rosa E. Bennett played the "Evening Shadows" waltz (which has recently been composed and published by her) with great taste ...

"NEW MUSIC", Evening Journal (30 June 1885), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198398644 

"NEW MUSIC", The Advertiser (21 January 1905), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5036472 

"OBITUARY", The Advertiser (22 July 1927), 15

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43594489 

Mrs. Wastell, a well-known composer and musician, whose death occurred in Sydney on Monday, had a large circle of friends in Adelaide. Her maiden name was Bennett, and she was born in New South Wales. She came to South Australia in 1883, and later married Mr. William Wastell, who for many years was in business in King William-street as a chemist. Mrs. Wastell was long connected with charities and the North Adelaide Baptist Church, and her work on their behalf gained her many friends. She was a talented musician and was a successful composer of ballads and songs, among her finest works being "Evening Shadows," a song which was awarded the first prize in an open competition inaugurated by Sir William Robinson (then Governor of the State). Mrs. Wastell was also awarded first prize in the Unley competitions several years ago for a beautiful song, entitled "Birds," which was sung by Mrs. J. B. Gard. Probably her best effort was "Memory," which had a large sale. She composed the words of her songs. Mrs. Wastell returned to Sydney five years ago.


Musical works:

Evening shadows, waltz composed by Rosa E. Bennett, dedicated by kind permission to his excellency Sir Wm. C. F. Robinson, K.C.M.G., governor of South Australia

http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/46735717 (DIGITISED)




BENNETT, W. R.

Violoncello pupil (of Henry Witton)

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1862


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Courier [Brisbane] (24 October 1862), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4608796

W. R. BENNETT (Violoncello), Barnard-st. [pupil of Henry James Witton]




BENSON, Mrs. L. C.

Organist, vocalist

Born Hobart, TAS, 1 March 1860


Documentation:

"70 YEARS A MUSICIAN. Mrs. L. C. Benson's 80th Birthday", The Mercury (1 March 1940), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25782368




BENT, Andrew

Musical album bookbinder, printer, publisher

Born London, 1790
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 2 February 1812 (convict per Guildford and Ruby)
Died Sydney, NSW, 16 August 1851


Summary:

"MUSIC. Mr. BENT having received a Quantity of very handsome Marble Paper by the late arrival, of different Patterns, begs to inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Hobart Town and its Vicinity, who may wish to have Music bound, of the circumstance. Mr. BENT feels assured, that the elegance of his Patterns, and the lowness of his Charges, not to mention the superior Workmen he employs, will ensure him the commands of the Lovers of Sweet Sounds." Bent was also a Hobart newspaper proprietor.


Documentation:

[Government expenses], Hobart Town Gazette (4 March 1826), 1s

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8791310

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (18 January 1828), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8643945


Bibliography and resources:

E. R. Pretyman, Bent, Andrew (1790-1851), Australian dictionary of biography 1 (1966)

http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=A&id=NG00335




BENTLY, Mrs.

Pianist

Active Melbourne, VIC, and Sydney, NSW, 1850s


Summary:

Mrs. Bently first appeared in Melbourne in December 1851 as a solo pianist and probably also as accompanist for the soprano Mrs. Testar. She accompanied Harriet Fiddes and Francesca Allen in concerts in Sydney and Maitland district in 1853. Perhaps she was the same Mrs. Bentley teaching music and dancing at Maitland in 1859.


Documentation:

"THE CONCERT", The Argus (11 December 1851),

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4782179

"MRS. FIDDES' CONCERT", The Maitland Mercury (28 May 1853), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article667452

"MRS. FIDDES' CONCERT", The Maitland Mercury (1 June 1853), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article667690

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (9 July 1853), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12946525

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (26 May 1859), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18654410




BENTLEY, Julia (MUNK; Mrs. Thomas Charles BENTLEY)

Pianist, professor of music

Born ? Exeter, England, c.1837
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 1860
Active by January 1861
Died "Warrawillah", Hunter's Hill, NSW, 27 February 1923


Summary:

Julia Bentley, formerly Julia Munk of Exeter, arrived in Sydney with her husband Thomas Charles Bentley (married 1857) in 1860. A "pupil of Thalberg and Miss [Arabella] Goddard", she advertised as a piano teacher in Sydney in January 1861. She was billed to appear for Douglas Callen and the Sydney Philharmonic Society on 30 April, playing Dohler's Fantasia on Vivi tu, and Madame Oury's Fantasia on La Traviata, however did not actually appear for the Society until 14 May, when the Heraldand Empire reviewed her favourably. She was billed to appear again for the society on 27 May 1862 playing Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata, however, due to a disturbance on the night of the concert, the performance did not take place. The Society publicly apologised to her in an advertisement on 31 May. However, in a letter in the press on 4 June, her husband gave details of a malicious campaign of correspondence waged first against her, and then also against her supporter Edward Boulanger, that escalated to serious assault. Cesare Cutolo was among those accused of responsibility, and Bentley herself was accused of having concocted the whole affair. Even though the case reached the Legislative Assembly, it was never satisfactorily solved. However, Julia Bentley's public career was effectively over.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (2 January 1861), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13050793

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 April 1861), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28625297

£100 (ONE HUNDRED POUNDS) REWARD. The above reward will be paid to any person who will (by letter or otherwise) give such information as will lead to the conviction of the author of numerous anonymous letters addressed from time to time, during the last twelve months, to the heads of certain influential families in Sydney, having for their object the circulation of false and malicious charges against a Lady Professor, resident in the city, and also of certain anonymous communications recently written with the same object, and directed against an Eminent Artist of the musical profession lately returned to the colony. It is known that the letters alluded to have been written by an amanuensis, and information given by that person will entitle him to the reward. Apply to the parties concerned; or to Messrs. JOHNSON and JOHNSON, solicitors, Pitt-street

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 May 1861), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60491766

"SYDNEY PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 May 1861), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13057184

"MUSIC AND THE DRAMA", Empire (21 May 1861), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60489275

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (3 April 1862), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13226511

[News], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 May 1862), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13229238

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 May 1862), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13229251

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (31 May 1862), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13229473

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 June 1862), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13229659

[News], The Sydney Morning Herald (7 June 1862), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13229837

[Letter] "To the Editor", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 October 1862), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13236206 

"LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY. THE BENTLEY CASE", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 July 1863), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13081314

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 September 1868), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13172509

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 March 1923), 14

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16063405 

"OUR STRANGE PAST: WHO SCARED MRS. BENTLY", The Mail (28 March 1953), 4s

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57765719




BENVENUTI, Antonio Giovanni

Violinist, violin player, composer

Born Padua, Italy, c.1820
Arrived Brisbane, QLD, 19 September 1871 (per Polonaise, from London 10 June)
Died Brisbane, QLD, 21 April 1896


BENVENUTI, Italo Angelo

Flautist, oboist

Born 1861
Died Brisbane, QLD, 18 January 1932


BENVENUTI, Luigi Antonio

Violinist, double bass player

Born 1859
Died 1934


BENVENUTI, Margaret Jane (Peggy, Mrs L. A. BENVENUTI)

Contralto vocalist

Died Taringa, QLD, 15 September 1932

Image: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/167819396 


BENVENUTI, Victor Giuseppi

Violinist, conductor

Born 1864
Died Brisbane, QLD, April 1923

Image: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/27160849 


BENVENUTI, Leo Antonio

Violinist, double-bass player

Born 1900
Died 1975

Image: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/27160821


THIS ENTRY IS A STUB

Benvenuti family, Brisbane, c.1890s

Image: Victorio Guiseppi, Luigi Antonio, Italo Angelo and Antonio Giovanni Benvenuti, c.1890s

http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/10780162


1871-09-29: SIGNOR A. BENVENUTI, Professor of Violin, Teacher of the Guitar, and French and Italian languages. Terms moderate. Address Cottage next Roman Catholic School, Boundary-street.

1871-10-07: A musical composition, entitled "Il Vesuvia," by Professor Benvenuti, who is a late arrival in Brisbane, and evidently a musician of great talent, excited much admiration and was loudly applauded.

1880-02-19: It is needless, to say Signor Benvenuti took the house by storm with his violin solo, being a fantasia, arranged by himself from "Beatrice di Tenda."

1896-04-22: THE LATE SIGNOR BENVENUTI. A very old and well-known resident of Brisbane, Signor Antonio Benvenuti, died early yesterday morning. Although, owing to his age, the deceased has but rarely of late appeared before the public, he was for twenty years one of the most prominent figures among Brisbane professional musicians. He arrived with his family in this colony from London, by the ship Polonaise in 1871. Soon after arrival he joined the then flourishing stock company at the old Theatre Royal, where he was leader of the orchestra for some years. Since that time, until his retirement five years ago, he has been constantly before the public either at the theatre, on the concert platform, or in the ballroom. One of the very earliest of musical pioneers here, he was one of the first to systematise musical performances, professional musicians being then few and far between. He leaves three sons, also skilful musicians, who have long been favourably known in connection with concert and theatrical music, one resident in Sydney and the other two in Brisbane.

1932-01-21: Mr. I. A. Benvenuti. ONE of the few remaining Brisbane musicians of the 'eighties and 'nineties passed away on Monday in the person of Mr. Italo Angelo Benvenuti. He was one of three brothers, sons of Mr. Antonio Benvenuti, an Italian colonist who settled in Brisbane and followed the profession of a musician. His violin playing, so far superior to anything that had come to the city before, soon won him a leading place, and with his three sons he became well known in musical circles. "Benvenutis Band" was an established feature of Brisbane, and supplied music for the principal theatrical companies visiting here. Mr. Italo Benvenuti's favourite instrument was the flute, although he frequently played the oboe.

1934-11-20: Obituary. Mr. L. A. Benvenuti. The death has occurred in Brisbane of Mr. Luigi Antonio Benvenuti, for many years one of the finest bass players in Australia, and one of a family of musicians known throughout the Commonwealth. Mr. Benvenuti, who was 76, retired about eight years ago but retained to the last his active interest in all matters associated with music and musicians. He died after a brief illness. He was one of three brothers who came with their parents to Australia from London about 65 years ago. Their father, who had gone from Italy to England to join the Covent Garden Orchestra, emigrated to Australia, and went first to Sydney and Melbourne. He came to Queensland, and for years the family appeared as Benvenuti 's Orchestra. Luigi, who was only seven when he reached Australia, quickly became noted as a violinist and string bass player. He travelled with grand opera and comic opera companies. His late home at Princess Street, Taringa, contains one of the best music libraries in the Commonwealth. Mrs. Benvenuti died about two years ago. They are survived by two sons: Mr. V. Benvenuti and Mr. Leo Benvenuti, the latter being a member of the Regent Theatre Orchestra, and a former leader of the Winter Garden and Tivoli orchestras. Mrs. H. Cusack, of Cooyar, is a daughter.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (29 September 1871), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1294206

"HIBERNIAN SOCIETY", The Queenslander (7 October 1871), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27267884

[News], The Brisbane Courier (19 February 1880), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article896953

"THE LATE SIGNOR BENVENUTI", The Brisbane Courier (22 April 1896), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3623957

"Obituary", The Courier-Mail (20 November 1934), 15

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35621248

"Mr. I. A. Benvenuti", The Queenslander (21 January 1932), 9

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23145895

"Mrs. Margaret Jane Benvenuti", The Brisbane Courier (21 September 1932), 13

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22014663

"To play before Royalty. Musician follows family tradition", The Courier-Mail (22 January 1954), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50578124 


Bibliography and resources:

Benvenuti collection, NLA

http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/44309433

"Antonio Giovanni BENVENUTI", The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre

https://ehive.com/account/3492/object/77600




BERG, Charles (Carl Reinhold BERG; Charles BERG; Herr BERG)

Trombonist, tuba basso player, mining speculator

Born ? Sweden, 1825/26

Active Melbourne, VIC, from 1854
Died Sandringham, VIC, 8 May 1890, aged 64


Summary:

In October 1854 Berg and Lundberg, a clarinettist, both "from the King's Theatre Stockholm" appeared with Sidney Nelson and family at the Queen's Theatre. They appeared again there a few days later, along with John Winterbottom, to play for Catherine Hayes and Lewis Lavenu, when it was reported:

An instrumental duet, for clarionet and valve trombone, given by Herrn Berg and Lundberg, two Swedish musicians, was much applauded, although it appeared somewhat slow amongst the more exciting performances of the evening.

He is surely the "Mr. Berry" the Argus (mis-)reported as playing at the Theatre Royal in July 1855. Berg also played in Lyster's Opera Orchestra from 1861, and in the Melbourne Popular Concerts in the 1880s.

He is probably the "Charles Berg, a musician, living at Sandridge" who was victim of a petty theft in Melbourne in 1862.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Argus (21 October 1854), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4799234

[Advertisement], The Argus (26 October 1854), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4799436

"QUEEN'S THEATRE - MISS CATHERINE HAYES", The Argus (30 October 1854), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4799612

[Advertisement], The Argus (11 November 1854), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4800167

[Advertisement], The Argus (9 July 1855), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4811575

"THEATRE ROYAL", The Argus (19 July 1855), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4812638

"THEATRE ROYAL", The Argus (30 July 1855), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4813646

[Advertisement], The Argus (29 September 1859), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5689031

[News], The Argus (22 April 1861), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5699539

"CHARGE OF STEALING FROM THE PERSON", The Argus (1 March 1864), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5744972

[Advertisement], The Argus (22 April 1862), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5715199

The Victoria Post Office directory (1866), 13

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=wQkFAAAAYAAJ

[News], The Argus (30 October 1867), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5782055

[News], The Argus (31 January 1870), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5811107

"MELBOURNE POPULAR CONCERTS", The Argus (15 June 1882), 9

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11543853

[Advertisement], Bairnsdale Advertiser (4 November 1884), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84704570

"Deaths", The Argus (9 May 1890), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8605232

"VICTORIAN ORCHESTRA. SEVENTY-SEVENTH CONCERT", The Argus (9 May 1890), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8605308

... It is with deep regret that we have to announce the demise of Mr. C. R. Berg, who was apparently in good health a few days ago, but who died suddenly yesterday morning. Mr. Berg has been a member of the orchestra (tuba) since its formation, and also took part in the Exhibition concerts. He was well advanced in years, and was well known and much respected as a musician, and also in private life, by all who were in any way associated with him.

"Deaths", The Argus (9 May 1890), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8605232

"Deaths", The Argus (3 October 1891), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8660493

"DEATHS", The Argus (19 June 1903), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9813507




BERINGAR, H.

Guitar pupil (of Henry Witton)

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1862


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Courier [Brisbane] (24 October 1862), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4608796

H. BERINGAR (Guitar), Fitzroy-st., Collingwood. [pupil of Henry James Witton]




BERMINGHAM, J. S. J.

Cornet player, bandsman

Active Adelaide, by 1872
Died Adelaide, February 1897


BERMINGHAM, John Joseph

Bandmaster

Died Broken Hill, November 1921


Documentation:

"FAREWELL TO MR. J. S. J. BERMINGHAM", The Advertiser (4 February 1897), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article34572574

"THE LATE MR. J. J. BIRMINGHAM RECORD OF THE CITY BAND", Barrier Miner (23 November 1921), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45569495




BERNIER, Pierre-François

Astronomer (on the Géographe), Indigenous music and culture recorder

Born La Rochelle, Charente Maritime, France, 19 November 1779
Active Australia, 1801-03
Died at sea off coast of Timor, 5/6 June 1803 (on board the Géographe)


See main entries on Bernier and Lesueurs's Indigenous song transcriptions:

http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/checklist-indigenous-music-1.php#001 

http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/checklist-indigenous-music-1.php#003 


Bernier (by Ingres, c.1800)

Image: Portrait by Ingres (1800)

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-François_Bernier#/media/File:Bernier-Ingres-1800.jpg

Indigenous songs (from Lesueur and Petit 1824): Musique des sauvages de la Nouvelle-Galles du Sud (Lesueur et Bernier notaverunt) https://books.google.com.au/books?id=aXVdAAAAcAAJ&pg=PT76

also

http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/44696823


1802 Bernier Air

Summary:

Fornasiero and West-Sooby 2015, 24-25 reproduce a handwritten notation (? Bernier's 1802 original, or a later copy from it) of the "Air des Naturels de la N[ouve]lle Hollande au Port Jackson" (pictured above) and a much later handwritten copy text for the engraving of the music plate of the Péron and Freycinet Atlas of 1824 = Lesueur and Petit 1824 (Lesueur Collection, Muséum de l'Histoire Naturelle, Le Harve, nos. 16057R , 16059-1)

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=VVehBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA24


Documentation:

"Notice sur l'astronome Bernier", Connaissance des temps pour l'an XV (1804), 446-52

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=jRozAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA446

Jêrome Lalande, "Notice sur l'astronome Bernier", Magasin encyclopédique, ou Journal des sciences, des lettres et des arts (1804), 256-59

http://visualiseur.bnf.fr/CadresFenetre?O=30000001059652&I=580&M=tdm

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=x_sWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA256


Bibliography and resources:

Jacques Vialle, "Le destin tragique de Pierre-Francois Bernier", Australian journal of French studies41/2 (2004), 165-70

http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/52180190

http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=200410133;res=IELAPA




BERRY, Zachariah

Bandsman, Band of the 3rd Regiment (Buffs)

Born Horsham, Sussex, England, 1788
Active NSW, 1823-27
Died ? 1839

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Band+of+the+3rd+Regiment (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Documentation:

London, National Archives, PRO, WO12/2118: 3rd Regiment of Foot (Buffs) payrolls 1824-26; microfilm copy at SL-NSW: PRO Reel 3695


Bibliogarphy and resources:

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C8710587?descriptiontype=Full&ref=WO+97/248/54 


Associations:

Band of the 3rd Regiment




BERTRAM, Hans

Pianist, organist, composer, "blind musician"

Born Brunswick, Germany c.1864
Arrived Adelaide, 25 July 1881 (per Catania, from Hamburg 18 May)


Documentation:

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (26 July 1881), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47100831

"A BLIND MUSICIAN", South Australian Register (10 August 1881), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47088995

"ORIGINAL MUSIC. THE NEW YEAR-A CANTATA", South Australian Register (20 February 1895), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article53712895

"BLIND PIANO TUNERS", The Register (13 April 1922), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63587097

"FINGERS THAT SEE", The Mail (3 September 1927), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58528057

"BLIND ORGANIST. THIRTY-TWO YEARS' SERVICE IN ADELAIDE CATHEDRAL", Barrier Miner (4 January 1929), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46045969


Musical works:

The wind in the trees (descriptive song; words by Emma E. Holden; music by Hans Bertram)

The empire's own (words by Noel Webb; music by Hans Bertram)




BEST, Edwin

Composer, amateur musician

Active Adelaide, SA, by ? 1877
Died Adelaide, SA, 13 June 1936, aged 71 years


1885: We have received a copy of the Estienne Vocal Waltz, which we referred to soma time ago as the production of an Adelaidean, Mr. Edwin Best. The composition is a very creditable one, with better pretence to variety, life, and color than many pieces of the valse character. It has a bold introduction of runs and chords in E major, and a chromatic lead into the vocal air in G major, "Love true as thine thine." The words by the way might have been improved upon ...

1888: Amongst the number of scores sent in for the Melbourne Exhibition Cantata was one by Mr. Edwin Best, of Adelaide, an amateur who has made music a study for several years past, and whose work bears testimony of good reading, intelligent conception, and some practical acquaintance with the art. The Cantata opens with an overture in four movements, which leads to a chorus in five parts, "Welcome to visitors," followed by a recit. and aria for soprano with obligato for violoncello and flute; than a cavatina, "O'er leagues," for the contralto, and "Solitude" again as an intermezzo in E flat major ... [detailed description continues]

1890: THE VICTORIAN ORCHESTRA. TO THE EDITOR. Sir - The above body has given at least one good concert before leaving the colony, but in my humble opinion it is to be regretted that Beethoven appeared to a disadvantage by the preponderance of Wagner numbers. If three works by each master had been given it would have been nearer the mark. My reason for writing this is to show that Wagner cannot be understood unless his aim is comprehended, for Wagner's music was founded on Beethoven's principles. It was not until Wagner had heard one of Beethoven's symphonies that he finally adopted musical composition. Both the masters' styles are romantic, and if it be asked what is their difference it should he stated that Beethoven was inspired by nature, but Wagner drew his ideas from the supernatural world, and employed them in the musical drama. It is here where Wagner's genius shines. Beethoven had only music without scenery and effects to show his genius. In music alone, independent of poetry and painting, Beethoven is a genius, because he invented, whereas Wagner is a talent, because be adopted another's principles. Those who think that the phrase "the music of the future" means anything are mistaken, because Wagner did not intend to give anything new in sound, but only to show what could be done by the union of music (Beethoven's principles) and the mythical drama. I am, Sir, &c, PASSING NOTE (Edwin Best). September 15.


Documentation:

"News of the Week", South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (2 June 1877), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90882312

"NEW MUSIC", South Australian Register (9 December 1885), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article44538539

[Advertisement], The South Australian Advertiser (10 December 1885), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36318876

[News], The South Australian Advertiser (12 December 1885), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36319034

[Advertisement], The South Australian Advertiser (16 December 1885), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36319238

[News], The South Australian Advertiser (9 June 1888), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36432878

"DR. MACKAY AND HENRY RUSSELL. TO THE EDITOR", The South Australian Advertiser (19 December 1888), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article33445833

"THE VICTORIAN ORCHESTRA. TO THE EDITOR", South Australian Register (16 September 1890), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47282653

"DEATHS", The Advertiser (15 June 1936), 16

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48153576


Musical works:

Estienne vocal waltz (written and composed by Edwin Best) (Adelaide: Cawthorne & Co., [1885])




BETTERIDGE, Mr. (? Henry)

Double-bass (contra-basso) player, amateur musician, member of Adelaide Choral Society (? attorney)

Active Adelaide, by 1854
? Departed SA, 1874
? Died WA, 1909


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The South Australian (11 October 1854), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49198481

"CHORAL SOCIETY", South Australian Register (13 January 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49769492

[Advertisement], The South Australian Advertiser (12 May 1859), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article792671

"THE NORWOOD PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", The South Australian Advertiser (20 July 1861), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article875538

? "LEGAL", South Australian Register (29 August 1874), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39816167

? "FUNERALS", The West Australian (17 August 1909), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26235273




BEVERIDGE, John

Bandsman, band of the 63rd Regiment

Died Hobart Town, VDL, 6 June 1831

See also Band of the 63rd regiment


Documentation:

[News], Colonial Times (8 June 1831), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8645896 

John Beveridge, belonging to the band of the 63rd Regiment, died suddenly on Monday last, at Mr. P. Dudgeon's, the Derwent Brewery; he had, during the day, appeared rather depressed in spirits, owing to his having received intelligence of the death of a relative, but otherwise, as usual; the deceased was particularly subject to severe fits of cramp. A Coroner's Inquest was held on the body, on the following day, when a Verdict of - "Died in a fit of Apoplexy" was returned.




BEVERLEY, Florence (Miss Florence CALZADO)

Contralto vocalist, burlesque comedian

Active Victoria, by 1863; Sydney, until 1873


1865: We learn from Bell's Life in Victoria that Mr. and Mrs. R. Smythe (late Miss Amelia Bailey), Mons. Poussard, and Miss Florence Beverley, after a successful tour through India and Chins, will shortly return to Melbourne.

1867: We observe from the Cape papers to hand by the mail that the Poussard-Bailey party, who were driven from Mauritius by the prevalence of the fever there, were performing with great success in Cape Town, drawing crowded houses nightly. The Cape Argus remarks respecting them: "M. Poussard is a violinist and pianist of first-class ability, while Miss Amelia Bailey is most enthusiastically received. The comic songs, in character, by Miss Calzado take immensely, and night after night she is vociferously encored."


Documentation:

"NEWS AND NOTES", The Star (10 January 1863), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72554061

[Advertisement], Empire (30 September 1863), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65461217

[Advertisement], Bell's Life in Sydney (27 February 1864), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65461217

[News], The Argus (9 June 1864), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5749533

[News], The Argus (17 June 1864), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5749764

"MUSICAL", South Australian Register (25 May 1865), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39116507

"DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL", South Australian Register (3 April 1866), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41030441

[News], The Argus (17 June 1867), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5769903

[News], The Argus (31 August 1869), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5834945

"ARTISTES AND THEIR WANDERINGS. II", The Mercury (13 September 1869), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8861225

"POPULAR CONCERTS AT ST. GEORGE'S HALL", The Argus (27 January 1870), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5810752

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 February 1873), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13310845


Bibliography and resources:

http://outoftheinkbottle.blogspot.com.au/2009/06/calzado-who.html




BEYER, Augustus

Organist, ? violinist   

Arrived Adelaide, SA, 31 March 1848 (per Pauline, from Bremen)
Died Cox's Creek, SA, 23 November 1858, in his 53rd year


BEYER, Miss

Music teacher


March 1848: Passengers - Augustus Beyer, organist; Mrs. Beyer and five children

July 1848: The daughter of a German teacher, seventeen years of age, seeks an engagement in a respectable family for teaching young children. Besides the usual objects of instruction, she can give lessons in the French language, in drawing, and in the rudiments of music. Apply to A. BEYER, Gawler-place.

1856: MISKA HAUSER. - We understand this inimitable artist is likely to carry away from Adelaide a prize which he himself considers would alone have amply recompensed his visit to South Australia. It came to his knowledge that Mr. Beyer, of Freeman-street, had an old violin to which its former owner, the late Mr. [Spencer Wellington] Wallace, a musician of great colonial celebrity, attached immense value. Mr. Beyer, however, had formed a more moderate estimate of its worth, and actually sold it for £10 a few days before Miska Hauser heard of it. The purchaser of the violin from Mr. Beyer was found, and, as he consented for a trifling advance on his outlay to part with the instrument, the Hungarian master found himself possessed of a veritable chef d'oeuvre of Stravidare, of Cremona [sic]. The tone of this instrument under the magic touch of Miska Hauser is, we understand, so surpassingly exquisite that its enthusiastic owner calculates upon achieving greater triumphs than ever in his divine art through its agency. 


Documentation:

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian (4 April 1848), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71610928

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (12 July 1848), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48726216

"MISKA HAUSER", South Australian Register (18 January 1856), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49745607

"DIED", The South Australian Advertiser (29 November 1858), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article785965

"DEATHS", South Australian Register (16 August 1888), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46874469


See also:

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian (7 November 1848), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71612879

Lists "1 organist", anonymous, among the German emigrants on board the Victoria, from Hamburg.




BEYER, Franz

Violinist (Tanunda School Band)

Active Tanunda, SA, 1853


Documentation:

"TANUNDA SCHOOL EXAMINATION", South Australian Register (29 March 1853), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38463998





BIAL, Charles (Carl, Karl)

Pianist, accompanist, musical director, composer, arranger

Born ? Germany, 1833
Active Melbourne, 1854-59; Adelaide 1855-56
Died ? Germany, 1892


Summary:

Herr C. Bial was "Conductor and Accompaniest" at Astley's Amphitheatre in Melbourne for Octavia Hamilton's benefit in October 1854. He was accompanist for Miska Hauser in June 1855, also travelling back to Adelaide with Hauser. Back in Melbourne by May 1856 advertised then that he would henceforth "devote his time to the Musical Instruction of advanced pupils on the Piano". He appeared in concert with Edward Boulanger in July 1859 playing piano duet arrangements of Beethoven symphonies and as his solo a Thalberg fantasia. "Being about to quit the colony for Europe", Bial gave a farewell concert in December 1859. After our Bial's departure, in Sydney in October 1860, the song setting When we two parted by "Herr Karl Bial" was sung by Miss G. McCarthy at Madame Jaffa's concert. Unexpectedly, it seems likely that Charles Bial was indeed none other than the German pianist, composer and arranger Carl Bial (1833-92), into whose later care the young Melbourne pianist John Kruse was placed in Berlin in 1878.

Back in Berlin in 1863, he had a piano work, Souvenire de Caire, Polka Brillante pour piano, published in Berlin by Peters, under the name "Charles Bial" (compare Cutolo's Remembrances of the Pyramids

Bial was once also compared with Cutolo, in a letter to the Adelaide press in December 1858).

"Herr Bial (Berlin Conservatoire)" and "E. Boulanger (Paris Conservatoire)", the latter by then very late, were listed as former teachers of a Mr. C. W. Russell, from the "Royal Conservatoire of Music, Stuttgart", when he set up his teaching practice in St. Kilda in July the same year, 1878.

Rodolphe Bial was his brother.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Argus (11 October 1854), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4798766

[Advertisement], The Argus (29 November 1854), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4801003

"MISKA HAUSER", The Argus (1 June 1855), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4808961

[Advertisement], The Argus (21 June 1855), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4809747

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (24 June 1858), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49773208

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (28 June 1858), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49777798

"MISKA HAUSER'S CONCERT AT THE PORT", South Australian Register (22 December 1855), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49299088

[Advertisement], The Argus (23 February 1856), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4831493

"MISS EMILIE SMITH'S CONCERT", The Argus (26 February 1856), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4831705

[Advertisement], The Argus (12 May 1856), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4837606

"SIGNOR CUTOLO. TO THE EDITOR", South Australian Register (2 December 1858), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49781971

[News], The Argus (13 July 1859), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5684388

[Advertisement], The Argus (10 December 1859), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5693301

[Advertisement], Empire (29 September 1860), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60499129

[Advertisement], The Argus (15 July 1878), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5939927

"THE KRUSE FUND", The Argus (13 September 1878), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5948220


Musical works:

Fackeltanz aus der Oper Der Landfriede von Ignaz Brüll; arr. von C. Bial.

http://name.umdl.umich.edu/4988179.0001.001




BIAL, Rodolphe (Rudolf)

Violinist, pianist, composer

Born Habelschwerdt, Silesia, 26 August 1834
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, by July 1857
Died New York, 13 November 1881

 

Summary:

"Mr. Rodolphe Bial, Violinist, late Musical Director at Berlin, having just arrived from Germany" announced a concert at Melbourne's Mechanics' Institution on 6 August 1857, assisted by his brother Charles Bial, Charles's piano pupil Miss Emilie Smith, and Julius Siede. At Ballarat's Charlie Napier in October: "M. Rodolphe Bial played with exquisite taste his variations on the air of The Old Folks at Home, and in reply to the enthusiastic encore tendered in a finished and highly artistic manner, the well known refrain of Yankee Doodle."

He is last documented in Australia as leading the band for a New Year's Eve ball in Ballarat on 31 December 1857. Perhaps dating his Australian visit, however, are his Yarra songs waltzes, published twenty years later (New York: Edward Schuberth, 1879; online: http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/19810199

http://imslp.org/wiki/Yarra_Songs_Waltzes_%28Bial,_Rudolf%29).


Documentation:

"A NEW VIOLINIST", The Argus (28 July 1857), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7136027

[Advertisement], The Argus (6 August 1857), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7136575

[Advertisement], The Star (21 October 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66044809

"CHARLIE NAPIER", The Star (27 October 1857), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66044891

[Advertisement], The Star (19 November 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66045250

[Advertisement], The Star (29 December 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66045836


Musical works (German sources):

http://www.digital-collections.de/index.html?c=autoren_index&l=en&ab=Bial%2C+Rudolf


Bibliography and resources:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Bial

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Jewish_Encyclopedia_topics/B3




BIANCHI, Eugenio (Signor)

Tenor vocalist


BIANCHI, Giovanna (Signora)

Soprano vocalist

Arrived Melbourne, VIC, by January 1860 (from California)
Departed Sydney, NSW, 11 January 1862 (per Iconium, for San Francisco)


Documentation:

"THEATRICAL CHITCHAT", The Courier (5 May 1859), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2470430

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (18 June 1859), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13026459

"THEATRE ROYAL", The Argus (17 January 1860), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5695548

"THE THEATRE ROYAL ON SATURDAY. TO THE EDITOR", The Argus (23 January 1860), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5695735

"LAST NIGHT OF THE BIANCHIS", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 January 1862), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13057675

"CLEARANCES", The Sydney Morning Herald (13 January 1862), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28624938

"MUSICAL AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 January 1862), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13062251

"THE BIANCHIS IN CALIFORNIA", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 November 1862), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13070125


Bibliography and resources:

George W. Martin, Verdi at the Golden Gate: opera and San Francisco in the Gold Rush years (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1993), 118

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=kPWtE0eFdFcC&pg=PA118

286

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=kPWtE0eFdFcC&pg=PA286

George W. Martin, Verdi in America: Oberto through Rigoletto (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2011), 119

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=vEYA8_RARL0C&pg=PA119




BIGGS, Jesse

Musician, bassoon player, organist, organ builder, and pianoforte tuner

Born England, 13 November 1819
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, by 1856
Died Launceston, TAS, 23 August 1872, aged 53


Summary (after OHTA):

Jesse Biggs was born in London on 13 November 1819. After training with Gray & Davison in London, he is known to have built one organ in Britain, at St Margaret's Church, Stanford Rivers, Essex, but this appears no longer to exist. Arriving in Melbourne in 1856, he built the first organ in Holy Trinity Church, Williamstown, Victoria, opened in July 1857 and in 1859 moved to Hobart, Tasmania where he erected major organs at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hobart, the Mechanics' Institute, Launceston and Hobart Town Hall. He also "perfected" the imported organ at St. David's Cathedral, Hobart. He is likely to have provided assistance to the Launceston organ-builder Samuel Joscelyne. He was also said to be the most competent exponent of the bassoon in Tasmania. In 1871 he returned to Geelong to carry out work at Christ Church and All Saints' Church. According to contemporary newspapers now available online, Biggs appears now to have built a number of organs in Victoria and Tasmania, of which only a handful survive intact.


1864: Mr. J. Biggs, organ builder, has just completed, at his residence Upper Brisbane-street, a beautiful chamber organ, which he built to order for a gentleman in the country. This, we believe, is the first organ actually manufactured in Tasmania, the metal pipes being the only portion of it imported from England. It contains 6 stops :-l open diapason, 2 Dulciana, 3 stop diapason, wood bass, metal treble, 4 principal, 5 fifteenth, and 6 flute. The sound board is made of New South Wales cedar and American clear pine, which is equal to the Honduras mahogany, so generally used in England for this purpose. The bellows are made on an improved principle, which renders the labor of blowing so light that a child of seven years of age can perform it with ease. The case, which is not yet finished, is to be of cedar with silk panels. The whole of the work, turning included, has been performed by Mr. Biggs, in addition to his usual duties of tuning and repairing pianos, &c., since the 23rd February. Having a supply of metal pipes on hand, Mr. Biggs intends to build other organs for sale, and in a short time few places of worship in this colony will be without that most appropriate of all instruments for sacred music- a good organ.

1866: CHURCH ORGAN FOR SALE, containing 8 stops, and one octave, of Bourdon pedal pipes, 16 feet tone; two octaves of German pedals, acting on the keys. Will be sold a bargain. J. Biggs, Organ Builder, Brisbane-street. 15 July.

Obituary: The death of Mr. Jesse Biggs, musician and organ builder, has given another opportunity for the exercise of genuine charity. Through no fault of his own Mr. Biggs has left his family totally unprovided for, so much so that a few personal friends had to see that the last services rendered to him were properly and decorously carried out. Steps are now being taken towards holding a monster popular concert on behalf of his wife and family, and as the matter is in good hands, and the public of Launceston is not ungenerously inclined, it will doubtless be a success. Mr. Biggs, having superintended the erection of the organ at St. David's and the Town Hall in your city [Hobart], is consequently not wholly unknown in the South, and possibly there may be found some amongst those who will read this little notice of the deceased inclined to help the widow and the orphan. I had some slight acquaintance with Mr. Biggs, and believe that from the time the question of obtaining an organ for the Melbourne Town Hall was first mooted he cherished the hope of being in one way or another connected with that magnificent instrument. But for disease and ultimate death, who knows but his humble aspiration might have been fulfilled?  Requiescat in pace.

September 1872: On Monday evening a grand vocal and instrumental concert was given in the hall of the Mechanics' Institute in aid of the widow of the late Mr. Jesse Biggs. The large ball was well filled by a fashionable audience, though all classes were well represented. ... The concert commenced with Auber's overture to "Masaniello," by ten performers - Mr. Thos. Sharp, Mr. Abbott, and Mr. Chick (violins), Mr. Wm. Sharp (double bass), Mr Joscelyne and Mr. A. Hart (violoncellos), Mr. C. Galvin (clarionet), Mr. J. M. Davies (flute), Mr. A. Day and Mr. R. D. Harris (cornets), and Mrs. H. B. Nickolls presided at the pianoforte. The overture was excellently performed, in perfect time, and with fine effect. It gave entire satisfaction, and elicited universal applause ... The second part opened with the overture "L'ltaliana in Algeri," by the performers of the first overture with the addition of Mr. J. H. Melvyn, making a fourth violin, but using a tenor or viola. It was remarkably well performed, but the piece itself has not the swelling grandeur, force, body, and variety of the overture to Masaniello ...


Documentation:

"UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH, COLLINGWOOD", The Age (29 April 1858), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154855188 

On Tuesday evening the whole of the first, and the greater portion of the second parts of Haydn's "Creation," with selections from the works of Handel, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven, were performed in this church, in connection with the opening of an organ erected therein by Mr. Biggs, organ builder, Little Lonsdale street ... The organ, ably played by Mr. Boswell, organist of St. Peter's, is small but powerful, and its tone of excellent quality. The attendance was numerous, but not crowded. The receipts will scarcely clear the instrument from debt.

[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (25 March 1862), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41452177

"MECHANICS' INSTITUTE", Launceston Examiner (20 January 1863), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41458462

"TOWN TALK AND TABLE CHAT", The Cornwall Chronicle (11 May 1864), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66459311

"TOWN TALK AND TABLE CHAT", The Cornwall Chronicle (25 June 1864), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66459703

[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (25 July 1866), 16

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72361328

"OPENING OF THE NEW TOWN HALL", The Mercury (25 October 1866), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8842328

"LONGFORD", Launceston Examiner (18 June 1867), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36644290

"INSOLVENCY COURT", Launceston Examiner (7 September 1867), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36645871

[News], Launceston Examiner (13 February 1869), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36702293

"COMPLIMENTARY BENEFIT TO MR. BIGGS", The Mercury (30 June 1869), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8859876

[Advertisement], The Mercury (10 July 1869), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8860079

"SIGNOR GAGLIARDI'S BENEFIT CONCERT", The Mercury (12 July 1869), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8860092

"PROMENADE CONCERT", The Mercury (13 July 1869), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8860104

"NEWS OF THE WEEK", Launceston Examiner (2 October 1869), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36706299

"MECHANICS' INSTITUTE. THE ORGAN", Launceston Examiner (9 September 1871), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39683609

"DEATH", The Cornwall Chronicle (28 August 1872), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66022454

"OUR LAUNCESTON LETTER", The Mercury (30 August 1872), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8919639

"GRAND CONCERT AT THE MECHANICS' INSTITUTE", The Cornwall Chronicle (4 September 1872), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66025540


Bibliography and resources:

"Jesse Biggs - organbuilder", OHTA News 26/2 (April 2002), 4

UK, National Archives, Biggs Family Letters, Z 895

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=004-z895&cid=-1#-1

Z 895/1/Letter fourteen (pages 42-44), 25 December 1851, from Abraham to brother William: Mentions Jesse's diligence and skill in baking bread and building organs; Z 895/1/Letter fifteen (pages 45-47); 18 February 1852, from Abraham to brother William: Sent small box of various colonial woods (for the "Organ Builder").




BIGLEY (? Denis BEGLEY)

Irish bagpiper

Active Sydney, NSW, 1823


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (2 January 1823), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2181546

IF BIGLEY, the Irish Bagpiper, will call at the GAZETTE OFFICE, he will hear of something to his advantage.


Web:

? http://www.providenceconvictship.com/maleconvicts




"BILLY"

Violinist

Active Sydney, NSW, 1820s

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Captain+Piper's+Band (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Documentation:

[News], The Monitor (31 December 1827), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31759329

CAPTAIN PIPER'S old fiddler Billy, shipped himself as cook, on board the Ephemina; but on Mr. Cubit mustering the crew at the Heads as usual, he found poor Billy's certificate of freedom did not bear the signature of Mr. Healy. Billy was in consequence put back in the guard-boat, to the great mortification of the ship's company, who had provided him with a violin, in the hope of having some music during the ensuing Christmas.




BINDER, Marion (Miss M. A. [sic]; Mrs. Edward HURST)

Pianist, vocalist, music teacher, composer

Active Ballarat, VIC, by 1862


1862: MISS BINDER will give Lessons in Singing and Music after the most approved method of the best English masters, on moderate terms. Schools attended. Apply, Upton House Establishment for Young Ladies, Clarendon street, off Lydiar-street, Soldiers' Hill; or at Evans Brothers, next Bath's Hotel, Lydlard street. N.B.-Mrs BINDER is anxious to solicit the attention of the public to her collection of Music now for sale, which she will add to by every mail.

1866: Miss Binder had been appointed organist of the Ballarat Harmonic Society, in the place of Mrs W. Little, retired. Miss Binder is an accomplished musician, whose public performances on the piano-forte some concerts back will be fresh in memory. The society is at present rehearsing Handel's serenata, "Acis and Galatea," and Romberg's "Lay of the Bell," with a view to their production at a public concert to be held towards the close of June.

1877: Mrs. Edward Hurst, the wife of a gentleman well-known in connection with various public movements in Sandhurst, appears to be making a name for herself as a musical composer. A number of the musical profession and other gentlemen assembled at Harrison's music warehouse. Ballarat, on the evening of the 20th ult., at a rehearsal of two musical compositions by Mrs. Hurst, music teacher of Creswick road, entitled "The Henrietta Waltz" and "The Ballarat March" respectively. The opinion expressed by those present way that the waltz was much superior to the ordinary run of terpsichorean music. The march, too, has a good martial, vigorous melody throughout; and both productions show that Mrs. Hurst possesses, besides her skill as a pianiste, some ability as a musical composer.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Star [Ballarat] (15 April 1862), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66323350

[Advertisement], The Star [Ballarat] (7 May 1862), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66323841

[Advertisement]: "THE BALLARAT GRAMMAR-SCHOOL", The Ballarat Star (7 January 1865), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66059273

"NEWS AND NOTES", The Ballarat Star (14 May 1866), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112862123

"MUSIC IN BALLARAT", The Musical World 44/42 (27 October 1866), 690

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=SI0PAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA690

"MARRIAGE", The Ballarat Star (6 January 1870), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112857507

[News], The Bendigo Advertiser (31 October 1877), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88208022 


Musical works:

The Ballaarat Waltz in The Illustrated Melbourne Post (25 January 1865)


Bibliography and resources

Doggett 2006

http://archimedes.ballarat.edu.au:8080/vital/access/HandleResolver/1959.17/2101.




BING, Mr.

Orchestral musician

Active Sydney, NSW, 1854


Documentation:

[Advertisement], Empire (25 August 1854), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60196081

[Advertisement], Bell's Life in Sydney (26 August 1854), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59759041




BINGHAM, John

Town Cryer (Sydney), convict

Active Sydney, until 1813


Documentation:

[Notice], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (10 August 1811), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628292

HIS Excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint John Bingham to be Public Town Cryer at Sydney, in the room of Samuel Potter, deceased

"CIVIL DEPARTMENT", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (17 July 1813), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628727


Bibliography and resources:

Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain's grim convict armada of 1790 (Library of Australian History, 1993), 475




BINNING, Thomas Bains

Pianist (pupil of Mr. C. S. Packer), teacher of music, composer

Born ? Sydney, 1853
Active Sydney, by 1879
Died Ashfield, NSW, 15 August 1925, aged 70


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 March 1879), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28392265

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (3 July 1880), 9

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28387125

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (16 July 1880), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13464032

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (17 January 1885), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18943331

"NEW MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 May 1887), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13657434

"AUSTRALIA, a new song", Australian Town and Country Journal (18 June 1887), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71681245

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 August 1925), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28064428 


Musical works:

Only to love (music by T. B. Binning; words by Charles Sandys Packer) ([18-?])

Australia (song; words by J. I. Marshall; music by T. B. Binning) (Sydney: Gibbs, Shallard, & Co., [1887])


Associations:

Pupil of Charles Packer; accompanist for Equitable Musical Society




BIRABAN

(Biraban, John McGILL, M'GILL, MacGILL, MacGIL, Maggill, Eagle Hawk, Barabahn)

Awabakal Indigenous leader, songman, culture and song informant

Died Newcastle, 14 April 1846

http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1478836 (NLA persistent identifier)


THIS ENTRY IS A STUB


Biraban, 1839

Documentation:

"CONFERENCE WITH THE NATIVES", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (12 January 1830), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2194274

An interesting circumstance which occurred at the GOVERNOR'S late Conference with the Aborigines, was accidentally omitted in our account of Saturday. A native Chief, of the name of Barabahn, has resided for a considerable time with the Rev. Mr. THRELKELD at Lake Macquarie, and by his intelligence and steady application has been of great service to Mr. T. in his endeavours to reduce the Aboriginal language to a grammatical form. Of the honourable proficiency which that gentleman has made in his arduous undertaking, he attributes no small share to the assistance afforded him by Barabahn; and having reported this to the GOVERNOR, HIS EXCELLENCY was pleaded to confer upon the Chief, in the presence of his numerous countrymen at Parramatta on Wednesday last, a badge of distinction, consisting of a brass plate bearing this inscription - "Barabahn, or Mac Gil, Chief of the Tribe at Bartalah, on Lake Macquarie; a Reward for his assistance in reducing his Native Tongue to a written Language." In suspending this badge upon the breast of the Chief, His EXCELLENCY commended his laudable conduct, and expressed the pleasure he felt in thus rewarding it. Mr. THRELKELD has been singularly, and most undeservedly, abandoned by the Directors of the London Society to which he belonged; but a number of respectable gentlemen, interested in the cause of the Aborigines, have liberally subscribed for the support of his valuable Mission; and it is in contemplation to adopt such measures as may enable him to conduct it on a permanent footing. The diligence with which he has applied to the study of the language, has established his Missionary character high in the estimation of many of the most intelligent and influential members of the community. Labouring under discouragements of a peculiarly trying nature, but which, from the best of motives, we forbear to make public, Mr. THRELKELD, in remaining firm and undaunted at his post, has exhibited a fortitude beyond all praise, - proving himself above yielding to the caprices of ill-informed and ill-judging men. We do not pledge ourselves to a concurrence with the whole of the proceedings on his part which have come to our knowledge, but we most unequivocally express our conviction, that for a true Missionary spirit, and for a zealous and able discharge of his duties as the Missionary of the New Holland tribes, he has entitled himself not only to the praises of his quondam constituents in England, but to those of every true philanthropist. We hope his labours may prove so successful as to shame his unfeeling accusers, and to demonstrate the justice of the commendation we have felt it our duty to bestow upon him.

"DIED", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 May 1846), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28650011

DIED, At Newcastle, on the 14th April, M'Gill, the aboriginal native well known a few years back at the Supreme Court as assistant interpreter in several cases in which the aborigines were tried for capital offences. He was a living witness against the assertion of the French Phrenologists, "that the blacks of this colony were physically incapable of instruction, from organic malformation."


Bibliography and resources:

Threlkeld 1850, 5-7, "Reminiscences of Biraban" (image above is frontispiece)

http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/110378 


Resources:

"Biraban", Wikipeadia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biraban




BIRD, Isabella Tempest (Miss PAUL; Mrs. Isaac BIRD; later Mrs. RICH)

See under main family entry Tempest Paul and her Currency Lasses




BIRKETT, Richard

Composer, songwriter

Active Australia, 1867


Documentation:

[Advertisement], Empire (1 October 1867), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60845403

[News], The Argus (5 November 1867), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5782576

"The Australian Digger's Song" has been published by Messrs. Clarson, Massina, and Co., at their Sydney establishment. The air and words are by Mr. Richard Birkett, who has had the assistance of a professional gentleman in arranging the music. We are unable to compliment the author on the words of his song, which are superlatively stupid.




BISCACCIANTI, Alessandro (Count)

Opera company director, agent, impresario, violoncello player

Arrived Sydney, NSW, 15 December 1871 (per Nevada, from Honolulu, 20 November)
Died Fitzroy, VIC, 19 April 1879, aged 61


1872-01-20: The concerts at the Exhibition have been grand successes, such as have not been hitherto seen in Sydney. That of Monday last, was, in some respects, superior to its predecessor. With more time at their disposal, and greater conveniences at command, the managers, Mr. John Bonnott and Signor Biscaccianti, were able to make their arrangements so that there should not be the slightest cause of complaint. The business tact of the former and the agreeable politeness of the Signor, a gentleman of distinguished position in his own country, and the husband of the young artiste Signora [Elise] Biscaccianti - an American who made a great name in the musical world as a vocalist a few years ago, her early decease being greatly regretted ... [recte, they had separated; she died in 1896]

1872-02-07: The first of the final series of three concerts to be given by the Agatha States Opera Company took place last night at the Town hall. The attendance was, unfortunately, the smallest we have ever seen in that place at any similar entertainment. The programme introduced a novelty in the shape of a violoncello solo, by Signoi Biscaccianti, which was in every respect worthy of the unanimous approval it evoked; the theme was the "Ave Maria," of Gounod, with J. S. Bach's first prelude as an accompaniment. This melody is now too well known to need further description at our hands. It will suffice to say that Signor Biscaccianti played it with great feeling and finished execution. At the repetition of the subject, Madame Agatha States sang the melody, with violoncello obligate accompaniment, which, with the piano, formed an admirable embellishment to the tune ...

1879-04-22: Signor A. Biscaccianti, who for several years past has been closely identified with the musical profession in Melbourne, died on Saturday evening at his residence, Royal Terrace, Fitzroy, after a lingering illness. He first came to Melbourne as agent for the States opera troupe, and subsequently acted in a similar capacity for the Alice May company, and for Miss Jenny Claus. Some months ago he visited California for the benefit of his health, and since his return has been identified with many high-class musical performances. The deceased gentleman (says the Age) was an accomplished player on the violoncello, and was highly respected for his courteous manners and business integrity.

1879-04-26: The musical public and profession in Melbourne will learn with regret, but without surprise, of the death of Signor Biscaccianti, which occurred on Saturday evening, at 7 o'clock, at his residence, No. 6 Royal-terrace, Nicholson-street, Fitzroy. The late Signor Biscaccianti arrived here about seven years ago with the opera company which included Madame Agatha States, Signor Cecchi, Signor Orlandini, Signor Susini, and Signor Giorza, and has at various intervals acted since then as agent for the higher order of musical entertainments. Signor Biscaccianti was a credit to the business in which he was engaged, being a man of gentle manners and honourable character.


Documentation:

"Musical and Dramatic Review", Australian Town and Country Journal (20 January 1872), 21

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70492393

[News], The Argus (7 February 1872), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5859501

"THE CALIFORNIAN MAIL. Arrival of the Nevada", The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (19 December 1871), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18759738

"Deaths", The Argus (21 April 1879), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5940187

"TOWN TALK", Geelong Advertiser (22 April 1879), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article150422233

"TOWN NEWS", The Australasian (26 April 1879), 19

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article143007059 


Bibliography and resources:

"Eliza Biscaccianti", Wikipedia

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




BISHOP, Mr. (? William)

Bandmaster (96th Regiment)

Active Sydney and Parramatta, NSW, by 1842; Launceston and Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 1843-49


Summary:

The band of the 96th Regiment was active in NSW in 1842. Bishop and his band were in Launceston in March 1843, when they assisted at John and Eliza Bushelle's concert there. He and two other musicians assisted James Henri Anderson at the opening of the Launceston Synagogue in 1846. Hobart heard the band for the first time in October 1846:

On Saturday, a detachment of this regiment, with another of the 51st, were brigaded in the Domain ... and the attendance of spectators was rather numerous. For the first lime, we heard with attention the fine Band of the 96th, which, under the able and talented mastership of Mr. Bishop, will prove a source of great delight to all lovers of music. It is indeed to be hoped that the performances of this Band will become more frequent, so that our good citizens may derive as much pleasure from the same, as did our neighbours of the northern capital. The Drum-Major, who marches in front as a Drum-Major should do, keeps time with his staff in a very stately manner: the lesser Band is of drums and fifes, and not of bugles, &c , and it is a very good one.

At Mrs. Chester's Launceston concert in September 1848:

A celebrated Sinfonia by Haydn was performed by a portion of the band, assisted by Mr. Beckford, who lent the music for the occasion. Mr. Bishop the master of the Band, and Mr. Howson, Senr., displayed much ability in this portion of the entertainment.

According to a much later recollection (1917)

The band of the same had a great number of clarionets, and was very sweet toned. Mr. Bishop was bandmaster.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], Launceston Advertiser (30 March 1843), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84769252

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

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

"THE JEWS. OPENING OF THE SYNAGOGUE AT LAUNCESTON", Launceston Advertiser (2 April 1846), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84769007

"THE 96TH REGIMENT", Colonial Times (13 October 1846), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8759387

"SECOND DAY", The Cornwall Chronicle (17 April 1847), 303

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65943745

"THE REGATTA", Colonial Times (3 December 1847), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8761868

"Mrs. Chester's Concert", The Cornwall Chronicle (13 September 1848), 19

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65978982

"THE 96TH", The Cornwall Chronicle (31 January 1849), 340

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65977911

"MUSICAL DAY, HISTORY OF THE HOBART BANDS. SOME INTERESTING NOTES", The Mercury (30 August 1917), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1085868




BISHOP, Anna

Soprano vocalist

Born London, 9 January 1810
Died New York, 18/19 March 1884

THIS ENTRY IS A STUB, to document arrival and departure details for her 3 Australian tours (1855-57; 1868-69; 1874-75)


First tour: Arrived Sydney, 3 December 1855 (per Kit Carson, from San Francisco); departed Sydney, 21 September 1857 (per Manitou, for Callao)


Second tour: Arrived King George Sound (for Adelaide), 8 May 1868 (per Geelong, from Point de Galle); departed Sydney, 16 December 1868 (per Hero, for Auckland, New Zealand); arrived Melbourne, 24 February 1869 (per Alhambra, from Wellington, NZ); departed Adelaide, around 24 May 1869 (per mail steamer, for Europe)


Third tour: Arrived Sydney, 9 November 1874 (per City of Melbourne, from San Francisco); departed Sydney, 7 August 1875 (per Osyth, via Melbourne and Cape Town, for London)


References (1): "MADAME BISHOP", Empire (4 December 1855), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60170641

"GRAND CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 September 1857), 7

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13000837

"CLEARANCES", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 September 1857), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13000863


(2) "ARRIVALS", The South Australian Advertiser (13 May 1868), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31978136

"CLEARANCES", Empire (17 December 1868), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60830182

"MADAME ANNA BISHOP", South Australian Register (17 April 1869), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41395498

Since her visit to the colony [South Australia] in June last, Madame Bishop has visited Melbourne, Sandhurst, Echuca, Castlemaine, Daylesford, Kyneton, Geelong, Ballarat, Sydney, Newcastle, Maitland, Brisbane, Ipswich, Auckland, Nelson, Christ Church, Lyttelton, Dunedin, Launceston, Hobart Town, and back again to Melbourne.

"MAIL STEAMER", South Australian Register (24 May 1869), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article41389974


(3) [News], Empire (10 November 1874), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61021794

"DEPARTURES", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 August 1875), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13358630

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Mercury (14 August 1875), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8939212


Obituaries: "DEATH OF MADAME ANNA BISHOP", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 May 1884), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13570832

"MADAME ANNA BISHOP", The Argus (3 May 1884), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6048703

Note: Some previous histories have stated or implied that, at the time of her first visit in 1855, Bishop was reduced to visiting outposts like Australia because she was unwelcome in homeland Britain, on account of her adulterous relationship with Bochsa. Yet I doubt very much, from contemporary sources I have seen, that this is an adequate account of the truth. Henry Bishop's death in 1855, followed by Bochsa's early in 1856 at the outset of her tour, may have precluded wider discussion of any perceived immorality on her part. Notwithstanding, when Anna left Australian for South America in 1857, her musical director and agent, George Loder and Rees, made for London, presumably there to organise her return. And in December 1858, having perhaps tested the waters in the colonies, she appeared again on a London stage for the first time in 10 years.


Documentation:

"MUSICAL MATTERS IN MELBOURNE", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 July 1856), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12985218

"DEPARTURES", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 September 1857), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13000742

"MADAME ANNA BISHOP'S CONCERT", The Musical World (18 December 1858), 804

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=dIgPAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA804

"EXTER HALL-MADAME ANNA BISHOP'S CONCERT", The Illustrated Magazine (25 January 1859), 52

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=ijUFAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA52

"Bishop, Lady Anna", in Edward Walford, Men of the time: a biographical dictionary of eminent living characters (including women) (London: Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, 1862), 71-72

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=1aRNXvuC6eoC&pg=PA71


Bibliography and resources:

Richard Davis, Anna Bishop: the intrepid prima donna (Sydney: Currency Press, 1997)

Gyger 1999)




BISHOP, J.

Musician (European Band)

Active Sydney, 1858


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (11 September 1858), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13022111

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (23 October 1858), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13020298




BITTON, Edward

Music hall proprietor, publican

Active Sydney, NSW, 1869


Documentation:

"LICENSING COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 September 1869), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28421743

At a Licensing Court held yesterday, applications were made by Edward Bitton, of the "Melodian," Pitt-street, and Henry Greig, of the Bush Tavern, corner of Park and Elizabeth streets, for the renewal for the present month of licenses permitting them to have music and singing in their public-houses. Objections were brought against the granting of licenses in both cases, on the ground that these music halls were the resort of women of ill fame, &c. The Bench in both instances declined to grant a renewal.

"INSOLVENCY COURT", Empire (26 October 1869), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60894508

Edward Bitton, of 182, Castlereagh-street, late publican. Cause of insolvency: Loss of music license, depression of trade, and pressure of creditor. Liabilities, £488. Assets, £55. Deficiency, £433, Mr. Mackenzie, official assignee.





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