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A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–B (Bla-By)

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this :

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–B (Bla-By)", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 22 October 2017

Bla - By

BLACK, John Reddie

Vocalist, delineator, journalist, photographer

Born Dysart, Fyfe, Scotland, 8 January 1826
Active Adelaide, SA, by 1857
Died Yokohama, Japan, 11 June 1880 (NLA persistent identifier) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Having been briefly an Enfield resident and Adelaide businessman, Mr. J. R. Black was "not unknown to his auditors" when he appeared at Kensington Institute in Adelaide in July 1858. Though "few perhaps who have admired his occasional songs or duets imagined him capable of arresting the attention of an audience for an entire evening", nevertheless, as accompanied by the talented young pianist Richard Baxter White, R.A.M., "in this he was completely successful". He toured themed programs of Scotch and Patriotic songs, interlarded with anecdotes, that became surprisingly popular. In Sydney in November 1859, a complimentary benefit was organised on his behalf with patronage at the highest level. Later in Sydney, W. J. Johnson published John  Blockley's Tennyson song Break, break, break as "Sung by Mr. J. R. Black", perhaps coinciding with his performances of the song there in April 1861 (Johnson also issued the song without the reference to Blockley; see In Hobart, the bookbinder George Rolwegan issued Caller Herrin as "The Celebrated Scotch Song ... as sung by Mr. J. R. Black, with symphony from Knapton's variations", first advertised on 31 December 1861. He had apparently left Australia by early 1863, and in 1864 it was widely but incorrectly reported that he had died in Calcutta. By 1864 was in Japan, where he worked as a photographer and publisher of English language newspapers including The Japan Herald and The Far East. He also published a book Young Japan. His son, Henry James Black, born in Adelaide on 22 December 1858, reportedly became Japan's first foreign-born Kabuki actor.


[Advertisement], South Australian Register (29 June 1858), 1

"MR. J. R. BLACK'S ENTERTAINMENT", South Australian Register (1 July 1858), 2

[Advertisement], The South Australian Advertiser (26 July 1858), 3

[Advertisement], The Star (7 January 1859), 3

"THE NATIONAL MELODIES OF MANY LANDS", Empire (28 September 1859), 8

"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 November 1859), 5

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

"SOCIAL", Empire (12 November 1859), 4

[Advertisement], The Moreton Bay Courier (28 July 1860), 4

[Advertisement], Empire (23 April 1861), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 April 1861), 1

[Advertisement], The Mercury (31 May 1861), 1

"MR. J. R. BLACK" & "MR. T. P. HILL", The Mercury (5 June 1861), 2

[Advertisement], The Mercury (31 December 1861), 3

"OLD-TIME MEMORIES", South Australian  Register (10 August 1891), 6


"J. R. Black", Wikipedia

Bibliography and resources:

Ian McArthur, Mediating modernity: Henry Black and narrated hybridity in Meiji Japan (Ph.D thesis, University of Sydney, 2002)

 Ian McArthur, Henry Black: on stage in Meiji Japan (Clayton: Monash University Publishing, [2013]) 


Pianoforte maker and tuner

Active Melbourne, by December 1859
Died Malvern, VIC, 24 September 1914, in his 83rd year ("pianoforte expert; a colonist of 62 years")


[Advertisement], The Argus (23 December 1859), 8

[Advertisement], The Argus (7 April 1860), 7

[Advertisement], The Argus (4 June 1860), 8

[Advertisement], The Argus (20 October 1860), 7

[Advertisement], The Argus (20 February 1861), 3

"DEATHS", The Argus (26 September 1914), 1



Arrived Adelaide, by October 1853


[Advertisement], South Australian Register (19 October 1853), 2

Miss Blackhurst, nine years a pupil in the Royal Academy of Music, London, respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of Adelaide, that a Grand Soiree Musicale will be held in the Royal Victoria Theatre, on Wednesday, 19th October ... Instrumental Performers - Messrs. Thurloe, Lillywhite, John Cobbin, Swift, John Cobbin, jun., M'Cullagh, Walker, Tuxford, Smith, Mantegeni. Vocal Performers - Messrs. Blackhurst, Walker, Risely, Allen, Knight, Mrs. Hastings, Miss Petman, Miss Blackhurst. Leader: Mr. Chapman. Mr. Solomons Grand Piano will be used for this occasion.


Bombardon player, bandsman (99th Regiment)

Regiment active Australia, 1843-56


"THE BAND OF THE 99TH", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 September 1844), 3

[Advertisement], The Australian (29 November 1845), 1



Contralto, pianist, composer

Active Wollongong, NSW, by 1889 (NLE persistent identifier)


"CONCERT AT WOLLONGONG", Evening News (16 January 1889), 3

"NEW MUSIC", Australian Town and Country Journal (15 September 1894), 45

"MISS SYLVIA BLACKSTON", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 January 1904), 7

"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 November 1911), 6

"AUSTRALIA'S GREAT ONES OF THE STAGE", Arrow (9 November 1917), 3

BLAIR, Robert

Musicseller, stationer, general storeholder

Active Maitland, by 1852/3
Died Maitland, NSW, 18 September 1884


[Advertisement]: "MUSIC", The Maitland Mercury (6 April 1858), 3

"DEATHS", The Maitland Mercury (20 September 1884), 1

"THE LATE MR. ROBERT BLAIR", The Maitland Mercury (20 September 1884), 4

"THE LATE ROBERT BLAIR", Singleton Argus (24 September 1884), 3

Bibliography and resources:

Val Rudkin (comp.), "Robert Blair (1819-1884) Bookseller & Stationer", Bulletin of Maitland and District Historical Society 20/2 (May 2013)



Active South Australia, 1859


"BLAKE v. CRESWICK", South Australian Register (22 September 1859), 3

For £10 10s, musician's bill ... the plaintiff, who stated that he was a musician had played, according to the instructions of the defendant, at various places in the country. He had performed 26 nights altogether. The price agreed upon was 15s. per night.


Bandsman, Band of the 3rd Regiment (Buffs)

Active NSW, 1823-27 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


London, National Archives, PRO, WO12/2118: 3rd Regiment of Foot (Buffs) payrolls 1824-26; microfilm copy at SL-NSW: PRO Reel 3695


Band of the 3rd Regiment (Buffs)


Amateur tenor vocalist, former convict, musical instrument repairer

Born England, 1784
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 18 January 1816 (as convict per Fanny)
Died Sydney, NSW, 27 October 1841, aged 57 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


At the Sydney Amateur Concert in July 1826, Blanch, making a first appearance, sang Braham's Dulce Domum. He repeated Dulce Domum at the 1827 Anniversary Dinner, and he and Barnett Levey provided songs for the 1831 dinner.

He was probably the James Blanch who arrived as a convict in 1816; who advertised as a "Mathematical and Philosophical Instrument Maker" in 1822; and later as a musical instrument repairer, brass founder, and ironmonger; and who died in 1841.


[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (8 February 1822), 2

"THE AMATEUR CONCERT", The Monitor (21 July 1826), 5

"SYDNEY AMATEUR CONCERT", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (22 July 1826), 3

Mr. Blanch (a first appearance), gave Braham's delightful ballad of "Dulce Domum", in a manner which evinced, in his conception and execution, a style of uncommon purity and elegance, and manifested unquestionable pretensions to vocal excellence.

"Amateur Concert", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (9 September 1826), 3

... A comic glee, When Arthur first at Court, by Messrs. Clark, Blanch, and Edwards, concluded the first part ... Mr. Blanch sang the Thorn, with considerable taste and feeling.

"THE ANNIVERSARY DINNER", The Monitor (27 January 1827), 5

... A Patriotic song by Mr. Hill, and "Dulce Domum" by Mr. Blanch were greatly applauded, the style of singing of each being well adapted to his subject. Mr. Blanch certainly breathes forth sweet tones, which in the lofty new Court House sounded like a flute.

"AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (29 January 1831), 2

"DIED", The Sydney Monitor (1 November 1841), 3

Bibliography and resources:

Julian Holland, "James Blanch: Australia's first meteorologist?", The Australian Meteorologist 21 (May 2000), 3-4


Vocalist, licensed singing master (Department of Education)

Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1863
Died Deepdene, VIC, 11 September 1918, aged 81

1866: The second concert of the Melbourne Philharmonic Society for the present year was given last evening, in St. George's-hall ... The first part consisted of Spohr's sublime and original oratorio of the "Last Judgment". It is about a quarter of a century since the late Edward Taylor Gresham, professor, translated the original into English, and presided over the performance of the oratorio in Norwich, and afterwards in all the principal towns in England. The impression created soon after by the works of Mendelssohn caused a partial eclipse of Spohr's works for some time, but the interest therein has revived, and the author's claims are now fairly appreciated. It is a bold enterprise for any but the most efficient choral societies to attempt to do strict justice to the productions of either of these modern masters, but the sudden, original, and surprising modulations and transitions which characterised Spohr, severely test the skill of performers, both vocal and instrumental; and this should be considered in any fair criticisms on the attempt. The society had to rely on local talent for the principal vocal parts. Mrs. J. C. Ellis, Miss M. Liddle, Mr. C. A. Donaldson, and Mr. Charles Blanchard, undertook nearly the whole of these, and as professional vocalists of high attainments were not accessible, we think the musical public should fairly appreciate the valuable aid of the amateur principals at such concerts. ... Mr. C. Blanchard gave the solos "I am the First and the Last," "I know, saith the Lord," and "Come, said a voice," with excellent effect.

1876: Mr. Charles Blanchard has been appointed by the Minister as singing master at the Sale, Maffra, and Stratford schools.


[Advertisement], The Argus (28 July 1863), 8

[Advertisement], The Argus (14 September 1864), 8

"PHILHARMONIC CONCERT", The Argus (12 September 1866), 6

"PHILHARMONIC CONCERT", The Argus (17 July 1867), 7

"SALE. Tuesday", The Argus (31 May 1876), 5

"DEATHS", The Argus (12 September 1918), 1

"WILLS AND ESTATES", The Argus (10 October 1918), 4


Corporal of the Band; "Master of the Band of the 48th Regiment"

Born c.1784
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 3 August 1817 (per Matilda)
Died Bathurst, NSW, 18 February 1832


Blizzard arrived with his regiment on the Matilda in August 1817. He had enlisted in the 48th in 1793 at St. Vincent in the West Indies as a 10-year-old boy drummer, his father being the master of the band. His band was recorded as playing with "delightful effect" at a fete champetre held by Captain Piper in 1819, and again in 1820. Given this association, it is possible that Blizzard was later a member, perhaps even master, of Captain Piper's Band of Music in Sydney and/or later in Bathurst. He remained in NSW having taken his discharge on 25 June 1824, and received a grant of land in 1825. He was appointed a constable in Sydney in 1828. He was active as a freemason (Lodge of Australia No.820, English Constitution, 6 April, 1829) and was publican of Golden Fleece Inn, Kelso, "Old Bathrust".


[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (4 December 1819), 2

[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (11 November 1820), 2

"Government notice", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (28 January 1828), 1

"BATHURST", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (28 February 1832), 3

Died. On Saturday, after a short illness, Mr. William Blizard, landlord of the Golden Fleece Inn, and formerly Master of the Band of H. M. 48th Regiment. The deceased has left behind him the reputation of a good soldier, and an honest man.

Bibliography and resources:

Sargent, The colonial garrison

"Blizzard, William", Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825

"Private William Blizzard"

"A brief Australian masonic history: the Irish connection"


Cornopean and cornet-a-piston player

Active Melbourne, 1853


[Advertisement], The Argus (5 March 1853), 1

[Advertisement], The Argus (17 March 1853), 12:

? "BAKERY HILL SOIREE", The Star (30 June 1857), 3

BLOUET, Emile (? pseud.)


Active Sydney, 1888


"Cremorne Galop", Australian Town and Country Journal (9 June 1888), 33

on the name Blouet, see "The Week", South Australian Weekly Chronicle (11 February 1888), 11

BLOXHAM, Ada (Beatrice)

Mezzo-soprano vocalist, teacher of singing and Sol-fa

Born Jolimont, East Melbourne, VIC, 13 July 1865



Summary (after Stevens, with additions): Bloxham was a pupil of Emily Patton in Melbourne  from whom she learnt Tonic Sol-fa. She won the first Clarke Scholarship to the newly-established Royal College of Music in London where she spent four years studying with Madame Otto Goldschmidt (Jenny Lind) and gained the Associate diploma (ARCM). She returned to Melbourne in mid-1888, and made her debut return at a Saturday popular concert in Cowen's Centennial Exhibition concert series in August. She practised at a teacher in Coburg before going to Japan where she taught Tonic Sol-fa with Emily Patton at Yokohama and in Tokyo. She then went to South Africa where she married in 1901 (Mrs. John Edwin Palmer). By 1912 she was teaching Tonic Sol-fa in the south of England but returned to South Africa in the early 1920s, resuming her Tonic Sol-fa teaching at Durban.


[Advertisement], The Argus (26 January 1880), 8

"SIR W. J. CLARKE MUSICAL SCHOLARSHIP", Illustrated Australian News (21 February 1883), 27

"MISS ADA BEATRICE BLOXHAM", The Australian Sketcher (11 April 1883), 58

[News], The Argus (12 February 1887), 8

"SPECIAL TELEGRAMS", The Argus (21 May 1888), 7

[Advertisement], The Argus (18 August 1888), 20


"THE TONIC SOL-FA ASSOCIATION", The Argus (8 October 1888), 10

Bibliography and resources:

Biographical notes by Robin S. Stevens.


Music printer and lithographer

Born Ireland, c.1819
Arrived Wellington, NZ, 23 April 1841 (per Olympus from Gravesend, 9 December 1840)
Arrived Sydney, NSW, by December 1841 (? per Lalla Rook)
Arrived Hobart, by mid 1843
Departed Hobart, late 1844 (for Hong Kong)
Died London, 11 May 1846, aged 27 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)


Bluett arrived in Sydney via New Zealand late in 1841. The inscription "T. Bluet. Print." appears with the picture engraving on the cover of the undated Savourneen deelish for Francis Ellard, and very early in 1843 for Isaac Nathan he lithographed the songs Australia the wide and the free and The Aboriginal father.

Bluett moved on to Hobart by mid-1843, where he worked for James A. Thomson, and thus probably had a hand in Thomson's edition of John Howson's first set of Tasmanian waltzes in July. By October, he was advertising in his own name offering "Lithographic Drawings, Maps, Plans, Music ... &c." and it may have been him who issued John Howson's second set of Tasmanian waltzes in November. His last known musical print in March 1844 was Joseph Gautrot's Josephian hymn. Bluett was in Hong Kong by late March 1845. He died in London in May 1846 as the result of an accidental gunshot wound.

My thanks to Paul Bartonfor sharing his research findings.


[Unclaimed letters], Australasian Chronicle (11 July 1843), 4

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (18 July 1843), 1

[Advertisement], The Courier (6 October 1843), 1

[Advertisement], The Courier (21 July 1843), 1

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (7 November 1843), 1

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (21 November 1843), 2

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (19 March 1844), 1

[Advertisement], The Courier (5 April 1844), 3

"SACRED MUSIC", The Courier (5 April 1844), 2

[British news], Launceston Examiner (29 August 1846), 3

A most extraordinary assault, of a murderous tendency, whatever the intention may have been, was committed in Drury Lane. Thomas Blewitt, a young married man, was returning to his lodging in White Horse Yard, Drury Lane, about half-past eight o'clock, when, as he approached Prince's Street, a youth fired a pistol at him, wounding him in the chest. The wounded man was taken to Charing Cross Hospital; where it was found that a bullet had passed through the thorax. After the youth had fired at Blewitt, he ran up Drury Lane. He was met and seized by a Police man, who had been attracted by the smoke and noise, and was hastening towards Prince's Street: but the lad exclaimed that a pistol had gone off by accident; and as the crowd were calling out that a man had shot himself, tihe Policeman let him go.

[News], The Courier (31 October 1846), 3

The trial of John Graham for shooting Thomas Bluett, ended in his acquittal, on the ground that it was accidental. Mr. Bluett, we believe, was at one period resident in Hobart Town, occupying premises in Liverpool-street.

Bibliography and resources:

Paul Barton, "Thomas Bluett, lithographer", Australiana (May 2006), 20-26

Thomas Bluett, DAAO

BOAM, Phillip

Theatre musician, orchestra leader, violinist, composer

Active Melbourne, by 1855; Sydney, until 1866


"Mr. Boam's Celebrated Quadrille Band" was active in Melbourne in 1854, and Boam was leader of the orchestra at Sydney's Royal Lyceum Theatre in March 1855, the proprietor even taking out an advertisement warning off poachers:

Caution. I, AUGUSTUS LEOPOLDT, having, by written agreement engaged Mr. BOAM, musician, for a certain period from the date of the 17th March, 1855, this is to give notice to all parties not to engage the said Mr. Boam, or legal proceedings will be instituted against them by me.

Boam was in Hobart leading the orchestra at the Theatre Royal in 1857, as well as offering to teach violin, and appeared in Maitland in 1862 with Marmaduke Wilson. At the Victoria Theatre in Sydney in April 1863, he was in charge of the orchestra with no less a musician than John Gibbs playing under him.

He returned from London on board the Great Britain by June, bringing with him copies of:

the last sensational works, viz. : - East Lynne, Henry Dunbar, The Mariner's Compass, Orange Girl, Lost in London, &c. The abovenamed dramas, purchased by Mr. Boam with the sole right of disposing of them to any of the managers in the Australian colonies, protected by the Dramatic Authors Society ... P. Boam, musical director, Prlnce of Wales Opera House, Sydney.

In that same month, at the Victoria Theatre, the season was "closed by Mr. Charles Walsh singing a very pretty song entitled Father dear, come home, composed by Mr. Boam".


[Advertisement], The Argus (16 August 1854), 8

[Advertisement], Empire (17 March 1855), 4

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (19 March 1855), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 March 1855), 4

[Advertisement], The Hobart Mercury (13 April 1857), 2

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (28 January 1862), 1

"OLYMPIC THEATRE", The Maitland Mercury (28 January 1862), 2

"LYCEUM THEATRE", Empire (16 January 1863), 4

"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", Empire (7 April 1863), 4

 [Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (8 September 1863), 1

"THE VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (25 June 1866), 4

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 June 1866), 1


Vocalist, pianist, teacher of music

Arrived Sydney, NSW, 19 January 1833 (per Guardian, from London, 4 September 1832)
Departed Sydney, NSW, 23 May 1837 (per Fortune, for London) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)


She arrived from London with her husband early in 1733. From April 1834, Mrs. Boatright offered board and tuition to young ladies at her Bunker Hill Establishment. She sang, along with Juana Ellard, in the Philharmonic Society concert in September 1834, in Maria Taylor's concert at the Pulteney Hotel in March 1835, and again for Thomas Stubbs's concert in April. She embarked for London in May 1837.


"ARRIVALS", The Australian (25 January 1833), 4

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (7 April 1834), 3

"THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", The Sydney Monitor (3 September 1834), 3

"PHILHARMONIC CONCERT", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (4 September 1834), 2

... We had not the pleasure of hearing Mrs. B. at the first concert, but her song of the Deserter [Haynes Bayly], with the dead march and muffled drum accompaniment, was one of the most effective performances of the evening. This lady also, with Mr. C. [Cavendish] performed the air, O Dolce Contento, arranged as a duet for the pianoforte [Latour], in a very superior style ... Mrs. E. [Ellard] had shaken off much of the timidity that oppressed her on the first night, and the result was such as to satisfy the audience that she possesses considerable musical taste and feeling. Her performance in the duet, My Pretty Page with Mrs. B., was, of itself, evidence of this; but her execution of the beautiful Irish air, Savourneen dhelish was conclusive.

"Mr. Lewis's Concert", The Sydney Monitor (20 December 1834), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (21 March 1835), 3

"CONCERT", The Sydney Monitor (28 March 1835), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (20 April 1835), 3

"THE CONCERT", The Sydney Herald (23 April 1835), 2

"SHIP NEWS", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (23 May 1837), 2

But see also, re Mr. J. Boatright:

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Sydney Herald (6 October 1836), 2

"LAW INTELLIGENCE", The Sydney Herald (29 June 1837), 2

Bibliography and resources:

Mrs. Boatright, DAAO 

BOBART, Henry Hodgkinson

Clergyman, amateur musician
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 2 November 1835 (on the Lotus, en route to NZ)
Died Parramatta, NSW, 19 July 1854, aged 47



Bobart owned and installed the first organ in St John's, Parramatta, in 1841.


"PARRAMATTA", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 August 1854), 2 

A MEETING of the parishioners of St. John's and other friends of the late Rev. H. H. Bobart, M.A., was held in the vestry of St. John's Church, on Friday last, at twelve o'clock, for the purpose of taking into consideration the most appropriate manner of testifying respect for the memory of that much-lamented minister ... He (Mr. Bobart) was also a devout admirer of sacred music, and was ever ready to sing the the praises of God in the midst of the congregation.

Bibliography and resources:

Rushworth 1988, 23

"Rev H. H. Bobart", Prospect Heritage Trust 

BOCHSA, Nicholas Charles (The Chevalier BOCHSA)

Harpist, pianist, conductor, composer, teacher

Born Montmédy, France, 9 August 1789
Arrived Sydney NSW, 3 December 1855 (per Kit Carson from San Francisco)
Died Sydney, 6 January 1856 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)



He was son of a Bohemian musician, Charles (Karl) Bochsa, and his name was generally pronounced BOX-sa by his homeleand British, American, and Australian contemporaries; see, for example: "A FRENCHMAN", The Courier (28 May 1841), 4:


A former teacher in England of later Australian residents Lewis Lavenu, Stephen Marsh, Charles Packer, Ernesto Spagnoletti (senior), and Madame De Storr, the harpist-composer Nicholas Bochsa arrived in Australia via the Pacific route, with his lover, the singer Anna Bishop, on 3 December 1855 ("MADAME BISHOP", Empire (4 December 1855), 5 Copies of Bochsa's music had been advertised for sale in Launceston as early as 1834. Early Australian performances of Bochsa's music included those given by the Gautrots (songs, 1839), Joseph Reichenberg (a "concerto" for clarinet with orchestral accompaniment, 1841), John Howson, Richard and Mrs Curtis and G. F. Duly (Concertante for flute and harp, 1842; and Quartetto for harp, piano, flute, and cello, 1842, played again by Maria Prout and Julius Imberg with amateurs in 1848), and by his former pupils Maria Prout and Stephen Marsh (1842). In Sydney in November 1845, the band of the 99th regiment accompanied Marsh in "a Grand Fantasia, on the Harp, of Bochsa's (performed for the first time in the southern hemisphere), entitled, "Recollections of Wales", introducing several very favourite Welsh Airs."

Bochsa's and Bishop's Sydney programs included one recent American work by Bochsa, A characteristic Fantasia for the orchestra based on Bochsa's own "Mexican song", La Pasadita. Another recent work, and possibly a first performance, was "Bochsa's new Whimsical Overture for full Orchestra", The Past and the Present. Bochsa was reportedly already ill on arrival in Sydney, and Stephen Marsh, already engaged as piano accompanist for Bishop's Sydney concerts, took over as musical director after the first concert. Bochsa's condition worsened, and he died in Sydney shortly afterward. He was buried in the churchyard at St. Stephen's, Camperdown (now Newtown). One item of his funeral music was arranged from a tune that he had reportedly written on his deathbed.

According to the press report of his obsequies. This "dying chant" was shortly to have been published, to a specially-written English text, as Rest, great Musician, rest! But, if so, it does not survive.

After Bochsa's death, Bishop continued to perform his music in Australia, notably the Mexican "castanet" song La Bajadere, also printed locally in W. J. Johnson's Sydney Harmonicon (no copy survives, but see US edition

Early documentation in Australian sources:

"LIBEL.-BOCHSA v. FISHER AND SMITH", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (2 May 1827), 4

ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (11 May 1827), 4

"THE KING v. FISHER AND ANOTHER", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (23 May 1827), 4

"THE PRESS AND THE LAW OF LIBEL", The Monitor (8 June 1827), 2

[Advertisement], Launceston Advertiser (11 September 1834), 1

"ELOPEMENT", Australasian Chronicle (6 December 1839), 4

[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (10 December 1839), 3

"MORI AND BOCHSA BECOME ITINERANT MUSIC-MONGERS", The Sydney Monitor (24 January 1840), 4

"A FRENCHMAN", The Courier (28 May 1841), 4

[Advertisement], The Australian (31 August 1841), 4

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (8 June 1853), 1 

... TUESDAY EVENING, JUNE 20, Under distinguished Patronage. MADAME DE STORR, Harpist, Pupil of Signor Bochsa, begs to notify to the gentry of Sydney and its environs that she purposes giving a Grand Evening Concert at the Royal Victoria Theatre ...

Bochsa in Australia:

[Advertisement], Empire (22 December 1855), 1

[Advertisement]: "SYDNEY HARMONICON", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 February 1856), 9

"THE SYDNEY HARMONICON", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 February 1856), 5

[Advertisement], Bell's Life in Sydney (29 December 1855), 3

"PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE", Empire (3 January 1856), 4


"DEATH AND OBSEQUIES OF THE LATE M. BOCHSA", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 January 1856), 4

... Bochsa, three days before his death, also compose[d] a mournful refrain ... Madame Bishop was struck with the solemnity and appropriateness of the air ... Accordingly, the Latin Requiem from the Catholic Ritual was adapted by Mr. Frank Howson, and harmonised in four parts by Mr. Paling ...  The dying chaunt will shortly be published, the following stanzas having been written thereto [prints text]

"DEATH OF CHEVALIER BOCHSA", Bell's Life in Sydney (12 January 1856), 2

"THE LATE CHEVALIER BOCHSA", Empire (9 January 1856), 5

[Letter from Stephen Marsh, Sydney]:"THE LATE BOCHSA", The Musical World (24 May 1856), 326

Bochsa's grave, St Stephen's Churchyard, Newtown


Bochsa's gravestone in the cemetery, St. Stephen's Church, Newtown, is near the (liturgical) west door of the church; see also "Monument in memory of N. C. Bochsa, erected by Anna Bishop over his grave in Camperdown Cemetery, 1856"

Bibliography and resources:

E. J. Lea-Scarlett, "Bochsa, Robert Nicholas Charles (1789-1856)", Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)

Richard Davis, Anna Bishop: the intrepid prima donna (Sydney: Currency Press, 1997)

Rosemary Margaret Hallo, Erard, Bochsa and their impact on harp music-making in Australia (1830-1866): an early history from documents (Ph.D thesis, University of Adelaide, 2014) (DIGITISED)

BOCK, Thomas

Viola (tenor) player, amateur vocalist, artist

Born Sutton Coldfield, England, c.1790
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 19 January 1824 (per Asia)
Died Hobart, 18 March 1855, in the 65th year of his age (NLA persistent identifier)


"ST. GEORGE'S DAY", The Hobart Town Courier (25 April 1829), 2

"VAN DIEMAN'S LAND NEWS. MR. DEANE'S CONCERT", The Sydney Monitor (2 October 1830), 4

The concert commenced with a grand symphony my Stamity [Stamitz]. Mr. Deane presided very ably at the violin, Messrs. Brown and Williams (master of the Band of the 63rd) seconds., Mr. Bock and Master Deane (a young gentleman only ten years old) tenors, Mr. Hoffer, a violoncello, and two horns by excellent performers of the 63rd Band. This beautiful symphony was performed with the greatest effect, and received with the warmest applause. ... Bishop's beautiful glee "The Foresters" was then sung most admirably by Messrs. Pemfriest, Bock, Marshall, and Lanford. ... Bishop's glee, "Beam of Light," then followed by Miss Ludgater, Messrs. Deane, Bock, and Langford. ... The first act closed with a piece from Hayden, by the whole of the performers, and the second act opened with another piece of that celebrated master. Mr. Bock then sang with great taste Wade's "Ding dong bell" which was followed by the celebrated glee "The last rose Summer," by Miss Ludgater, Messrs. Deane, Marshall, and Bock ... A beautiful Quartetto from Haydn then followed, by Mr. Deane the Violin, Mr. Marshall the Flute, Mr. Bock the Tenor, and Mr. Hoffer the Violoncello. It was admirably executed.

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (28 September 1831), 1

"DEATH", The Courier (19 March 1855), 2

Bibliography and resources:

BOEHM, Traugott Wilhelm

School teacher, music teacher

Born Brandenburg, Germany, 18 October 1836
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 2 January 1839 (per Zebra)
Active Adelaide, by 1867s
Died Warracknabeal, VIC, 12 May 1917


[News], Chronicle (27 January 1906), 37

About fifty years ago Mr. T. W. Boehm taught young men in the village of Hahndorf, situated among the hills about 17 miles east of Adelaide. Many of his old pupils hold prominent positions throughout, the State, and at a gathering of the Hahndorf Old Boys' Association on Monday evening a letter was read from Mr. Boehm, who is now in Victoria, in which he ex pressed the view that nations whose school masters and pedagogues ranked highest would always take the lead in civilisation and politics. It was really the schoolmaster who gained the great battles on land and sea in the late war in the East. It was a war between intelligence and ignorance. Pedagogues on both sides of the British Channel predicted the result of that war with unerring certainty. To see the greatest strong hold of tyranny and despotism on earth humiliated - Shaken to its very foundations - was the most gratifying event to the teacher and philanthropist which had happened in modern times. Mr. Boehm is about 73 years of age, and is a music teacher at Warracknabeal.

"T. W. Boehm and Hahndorf", The Advertiser (12 April 1935), 27

Resources and Bibliography and resources:

Suzanne Edgar, "Boehm, Traugott Wilhelm (1836-1917)", Australian dictionary of biography 7 (1979):


Soprano vocalist

Born Nizbor, Bohemia, 1843
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, December 1879
Died South Yarra, VIC, 16 March 1922, gabriella



Boema arrived in Australia in Melbourne in December 1879 (from a tour to Batavia). She made her official first public appearance in Australia in Melbourne, on 10 January 1880, billed as "Prima Donna Drammatica Assoluta from the Imperial Theatre of Moscow, La Scala of Milano, Pagliano Florence &c.", as an associate artist with violinist Camilla Urso. She and he husband Raffaele Steffani were away from Australia again from November 1883. She made a second tour of the United States (she had first performed there in the mid-1860s), but she had returned to Melbourne by December 1885. She was a principal vocalist for Frederic Cowen in the orchestral concert series at the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition in 1888.


"ARRIVALS", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 October 1879), 4

[News], The Argus (15 December 1879), 5

We were favoured on Saturday afternoon by hearing a new singer who gave a private exhibition of her powers as a vocalist before a select circle in Messrs. Nicholson and Ascherberg's rooms m Collins street. Signora Gabriella Boema comes to Australia by way of India and the East, bringing with her a well won continental reputation as an operatic prima donna. Her performances on Saturday afternoon were in every way satisfactory, and showed her to advantage as an artist well adapted to the concert platform. The following were the selections she sang, namely - 1. "Non Torno" (Italian), by Mattei, song, accompanied by Alfred Plumpton; 2. "Am Meere" (German) by Schubert, song, accompanied by Julius Herz; 3.  "Frühlingslied (German), by Mendelssohn, song, accompanied by Julius Herz, and [4] "Ritorno vincitor (Italian), by Verdi, from the opera "Aida", grand scena, accompanied by Alfred Plumpton. In these selections Signora Boema displayed the possession of a soprano voice of an attractive quality, and an artistic method in using it which met with general approval. Her tones are of a clear and ringing quality, not wholly free from vibration. They evince quick sensibility on the part of the singer, and are very sympathetic in effect. Her delivery is easy and her pronunciation clear. She produces the effect of force without exertion, and exercises a genuine control over her hearers even in the very finest shades of expression, and she was equally successful in each of the above named selections, which were sufficiently varied to form a comprehensive test. When the opportunity occurs Signora Boema will be heard by the public with pleasure.

[Advertisement], The Argus (5 January 1880), 8

"CLEARED OUT", The Argus (3 November 1883), 8

"DEATHS", The Argus (28 March 1822), 1

"PERSONAL", The Argus (29 March 1922), 10

The death last week of Madame Boema Steffani at her home in South Yarra revives memories of one who a generation ago was held in high esteem in Melbourne as a dramatic soprano. Born in Prague, Bohemia, in 1843, Madame Boema, to use her stage name, came to Australia with her parents in November, 1879, after a tour of Java, Manila, and the East, with an operatic and concert company organised by her husband, M. Steffani, who survives her. On her arrival in Melbourne Madame Boema accepted an engagement with Mr. W. S. Lister, the impressario [sic], and appeared in several operas. She sang with Trebelli, mother of Antonia Dolores, and Julia Coy, mother of Signorina Coy, in "Don Giovanni", "L'Africaine", "Norma", and "Les Huguenots". The operatic season in Melbourne was not of long duration, and Mme. Boema began teaching, in which she gained immediate success. She afterwards accepted a position, on the teaching staff of the University Conservatorium, and was a singer in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Her remains were interred in the Kew Cemetery.

"DEATH OF MME. STEFFANI", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 March 1922), 7

Bibliography and resources:

Stockigt 2003

J. Lukeš, "La Boema - kdo te je", Nizborsky List 3 (September 2009), 7-8

BOESEN, Teresa (Madame BOESEN; Mrs. Theo BOESEN; formerly Miss CURTIS; Mrs. John MEILLON)

Pianist, pupil of Boulanger, piano teacher

Go to main page Harry Parsons and his Curtis family descendents 

BOGLE, John Joseph

Musician, professor of music

Born c.1837
Active Sydney, NSW, ? 1857
Died Morriset, NSW, 1 July 1932, aged 95


John Joseph Bogle was the eldest son of Andrew Bogle, senior (d.1877), and his first wife, Elizabeth Young. Andrew was a former Jamaican slave and later witness in the Tichborne trials; after retiring from service in England to the Tichborne-Doughty family, Andrew emigrated to Sydney, c.1854-55, with his second wife. John had been apprenticed to a chemist in Nottingham, with the help of the Tichbornes, but the arrangement was not a success and he had to be bought out of his apprenticeship. He was sent out to join his father in Australia in 1855. The family settled in Balmain where Bogles remained prominent citizens after Andrew senior returned to England.


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (5 November 1868), 1

"The Tichborne Trial", Evening News (23 January 1874), 3

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (29 October 1879), 1

WOULD Mr. BOGLE, Musician, Balmain, send his address to Mrs. MONTGOMERY, 149, Castlereagh-street.

"The Flag of the South", Freeman's Journal (5 March 1892), 16

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 July 1932), 10

"MR. J. J. BOGLE", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 July 1932), 10

Mr. John Joseph Bogle, who died at Lake Macquarie recently, at the age of 95 years, was born on the Tichbourne Estates, Upton House, near Pool, Dorset (England). He was apprenticed to a London chemist and qualified for his certificate. At the same time he studied music, and became an accomplished pianist. When 20 years of age he came to Sydney, and was employed by Dr. Elliott, founder of the present firm of Elliott Bros., Ltd. For about 20 years he was church organist and choirmaster at St. Augustine's, Balmain. He also composed music for the words of the poem, "The Flag of the South," by E. J. Brady.

Bibliography and resources:

Joy Lumsden, "The true and remarkable history of Andrew Bogle", Jamaican Historical Society Bulletin 11/4 (October 1999) 

BOLEY, Dorrel Fair (Dan F. BOLEY, D. F. BOLEY)

Minstrel, serenader, banjo-player, bass vocalist, musical director

Arrived Sydney, 23 October 1855 (per Vaquero, from Honolulu, 3 September),
Died at sea (drowned), 1862


"ARRIVALS, The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List (29 October 1855), 242

"COPPIN'S OLYMPIC", The Argus (17 December 1855), 5

Messrs. Campbell, Barker, and Boley are the principal solo vocalists, and all possess splendid voices, the first named having an organ of great compass, which he manages with the most exquisite taste. Mr. Barker's voice, a fine tenor, is heard to great advantage in some of the ballads which he sings, and Mr. Boley is a basso profondo of great power and volume. Messrs Morgan and Porter are skilful accompanyists and clever actors, and Mr. Abbott is a violinist of superior ability, besides being in every respect an accomplished musician.

"THE SERENADERS", Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (3 January 1857), 2

THE SERENADERS. A night spent in listening to the performances of the company of serenaders now performing at the Prince of Wales Theatre, on a professional tour, has very favorably impressed us with their musical capabilities. Mr. Boley's deep, rich bass, which he wields with considerable ease and flexibility, first strikes the ear of the listener as the swells and cadences of the chorus enrapture the soul with their melody. Mr. Brower is a capital baritone, and sings well. His "Poor Dog Tray," on Thursday evening, was a gem. Mr. Boley's "Good old Jeff" was given with good taste, was beautifully emphasised, and the chorus was a delicious piece of music.

"MARRIAGE", Empire (15 October 1857), 4

MARRIAGE. On Tuesday, October 13th, at the Wesleyan Chapel, Princes-street, by the Rev. William Hessel, Wesleyan Minister, Mr. Dorrel Fair Boley, to Miss Matilda Watkins, both of Sydney.

"MELANCHOLY FATE OF THE BOLEY MINSTRELS", Examiner (12 August 1862), 4 

MELANCHOLY FATE OF THE BOLEY MINSTRELS. Most of the habitues of the concert halls of Melbourne will remember Boley's Minstrels," who about twelve months since left Australia on a professional visit to Mauritius. After playing a far from successful engagement at Port Louis, they embarked on board a Schooner for the Cape of Good Hope, and we regret to add, were wrecked off Cape St. Mary. The passengers, including the troupe, and Mrs. Boley and children, were fourteen in number, and have all perished, with the exception of Mr. Robson, who with three sailors succeeded in returning to Port Louis ... - Bell's Life in Victoria.


We met by chance (ballad, composed by Kucken; arranged and sung (with the original Tyrolienne) by D. F. Boley) (Sydney: J. R. Clarke, [1857]) 

Bibliography and resources:


Boley's Minstrels were organized by D. F. Boley, and left Australia in January, 1862, on a visit to the Mauritius Islands. After a not very successful engagement they embarked for the Cape of Good Hope, but were wrecked off Cape St. Mary late in 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Boley and the children were lost, as was the entire troupe, a Mr. Robson being the only one saved from drowning. George W. Demerest, Chas. L. Grew, W. White Lee, W. Robson and Totten Arent were in the company. Dan F. Boley was one of the original Backus Minstrels. He was a fine banjoist and his deep sonorous, bass voice will be recollected with mingled feelings of regret and pleasure. In 1855 he, in company with Backus, Burbank and others, re-organised the Backus Minstrels and made a trip to Australia. After a time all except Boley returned, but he married a wealthy widow and remained there.


Professor of music (Society of Arts)

Active Sydney, NSW, 1854


[Advertisement], Empire (30 October 1854), 1 

"CONCERT OF THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", Empire (28 December 1854), 4

... A party of amateurs, under the direction of Mr. Bolton, the Professor of Music at the Society of Arts, sang two German glees with great taste and feeling. These gentlemen, by dint of much practice together, have acquired that ensemble that is so necessary in glee singing. Their voices harmonise admirably, and they pay attention to the expression sought to be conveyed by the music ...

"MECHANICS' SCHOOL OF ARTS", The Sydney Morning Herald (24 December 1855), 3 

... During the evening several glees were sung - most of them German. All were well received, but there was a strong partiality shown to the "Model British glee" - "by Celia's Arbour" - the singers being Messrs. Colley, Fisher, Walcott, and J. Bolton.

BOLTON, Robert Thorley


Born c. 1831
Active Maitland, NSW, 1861
Died (drowned), Morpeth, NSW, 1 April 1864, aged 33


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (22 April 1861), 1

... March, March, Keep Yourselves Ready Boys - Dr. Bolton of Maitland - Australian Patriotic Song ...

BONNAR, Charles Fawcett (BONNER)

Vocalist, guitarist

Born Scotland, 1811
Arrived Sydney, 17 November 1834 (per James from London)
Died Adelaide, 5 February 1848, aged 37 years


Charles Bonnar, bookbinder, arrived in Sydney in November 1834. In Maria Taylor's concert in March 1835 he accompanied himself on the guitar singing a Scotch song and The guitar of Spain. Having worked as a compositor for The Colonist, The Monitor, and The Herald, "Mr. C. F. Bonnar, Compositor" departed for South Australia on the Hope on 26 January 1838, and by May was "Stage and Acting Manager" at the new Theatre Royal, Adelaide.


[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (15 December 1834), 1

"CONCERT", The Sydney Monitor (17 December 1834), 3

'Mr. Lewis's Concert", The Sydney Monitor (20 December 1834), 2

[Advertisement], The Australian (20 March 1835), 3

"DEPARTURES", The Colonist (27 January 1838), 2

[Advertisement], South Australian Gazette (19 May 1838), 2

[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (26 July 1838), 2

"Deaths", The Maitland Mercury (19 July 1848), 3



Active Hobart, 1852


"New Organist", The Cornwall Chronicle (24 April 1852), 260

[Advertisement]: "TO THE CONGREGATION OF ST. DAVID'S", The Courier (11 September 1852), 1

"[Advertisement]: "To the Editor", The Courier (25 September 1852), 4


New Zealand musician, composer, violinist, music retailer

Born c.1830
Arrived New Zealand, before 1852
Died 1883


One work by Bonnington, The Emmeline polkas was published in London in 1849 [date from BL catalogue]; he was a "music master" near Nelson in New Zealand by 1852. He published at least two works in Australia.


Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle (7 February 1852), 4

LIST of PERSONS qualified to serve as JURORS, in the District of NELSON, New Zealand, for the Year 1852-53: ... Bonnington, Joseph, Waimea east, shoemaker; Bonnington, Charles, Welwyn place, music master

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (23 April 1853), 1

NEW PUBLICATION. In a few days, The Georgiana Polka, by M. C. Bonnington

[Advertisement], The Argus (7 March 1860), 2s

SOUTHERN CROSS SCHOTTISCHE, beautifully illustrated, just published, price 2s. Joseph Wilkie, 16 Collins-street.

[Advertisement], Taranaki Herald (4 May 1861), 2

The Band of H.M. 57th Regiment .... PROGRAMME ... Schottische ... The Southern Cross ... Bonnington"

[Advertisement], Manawatu Herald (22 June 1880), 4

For an NZ music print sold from Bonnington's premises, see

Bibliography and resources:

John Mansfield Thomson (ed.), The Oxford history of New Zealand music, 45, 48

... Charles Bonnington had a music shop and music rooms in Cathedral Square and composed popular pieces ... [at Nelson] A short-lived Philharmonic Society, conducted by Charles Bonnington, arose in 1852"

Edmund Bohan, Blest madman: Fitzgerald of Canterbury (Canterbury: Canterbury University Press, 1998), 300

Fanny herself sang, "in admirable style", Regret with the accomplished Charles Bonnington's violin obligato.

Musical works:

The Emmeline polkas for the P.Forte, by Charles Bonnington (London, [1849]), BL  Music Collections h.943.(37.)

The Georgiana polka ("dedicated to Miss Richmond of Nelson, New Zealand") ([Sydney: Woolcott & Clarke, 1853]) NO COPY IDENTIFIED

Southern Alps schottische ("Respectfully dedicated to W. M. Stanton, Esq. Nelson") ([?; ?])

Southern Cross schottische ([Melbourne: Joseph Wilkie, 1860]); copy at London, British Library, Music Collections h.1485.c.(24.)


Historian, Indigenous music and culture reporter

Born Lingfield, Surrey, England, 8 July 1817
Arrived Hobart, TAS, 10 October 1841
Died Soutwick, Sussex, England, 6 February 1906 (NLA persistent identifier)



Singing master, musician, music educator, composer

Born Southwark, England, 21 November 1824
Arrived Melbourne, by early 1855
Died Fitzroy, VIC, 13 September 1883, aged 58 years (NLA persistent identifier)


Pianist, composer

Born ?
Died Toowoomba, QLD, 4 August 1882, aged 19


Brother of the journalist and historian James Bonwick, Walter was senior singing master for Victorian public schools from 1855 until his death in 1883. As a composer he published both in his own right and in collaboration with George Weinritter. His son, Arthur, a pupil of Guenett, died aged 19 in 1882.

1882: WE often travel abroad to hear news. I find that a Victorian composer has written an original theme, with variations, for the piano. His name is Mr. Arthur Bonwick, and he holds a diploma of the Victorian Musical Association. The Musical Standard in reviewing this composition says:- "The theme is a touching bit of pure melody, judiciously clothed in natural harmonics... . The composer is a gifted young Australian, afflicted, it is feared, with a serious consumptive tendency, and the piece gains in its touching expression from the fact that the pen of its composer may, alas! soon be laid aside."

Obituary (1883): The death of Mr. Walter Bonwick, senior singing master, has deprived the Educution department of an old und valued oflicer. He was employed as instructor of singing under the National Board of Education as far back as 1851 [?], and when the two boards - the national and denominational - were merged in the department of Public Instruction his services were retained. He brought high qualifications and a zealous spirit to bear upon his work, which has produced valuable fruit. He was, it may be said, not only an instructor but a composer. His musical writings included several books of songs for children, which were extensively used in the public schools. He was for many years organist of Christ Church, Hawthorn, where he resided until recently ...."


[Advertisement]: "MR. WALTER BONWICK'S EASY AND PROGRESSIVE SONGS", The Argus (11 July 1857), 5

[News], The Argus (20 April 1880), 5

"DEATHS", The Argus (5 August 1882), 1

"MUSICAL ECHOES", The Brisbane Courier (2 September 1882), 7

"Deaths", The Argus (14 September 1883), 1

[News], The Argus (15 September 1883), 9

Bibliography and resources:

Guy Featherstone, Bonwick, James (1817-1906), Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)

Beverley Maclellan, Walter Bonwick (1824-1883): Walter Bonwick and the establishment of music teaching in the national schools of Victoria, 1855-1856 (M.Ed thesis, University of Melbourne, 1990)

Beverley Maclellan, Walter Bonwick and the place of music in the curriculum of the national, common and state schools, 1854-1883 (Ph.D thesis, University of Melbourne, 1996);

Beverley Maclellan, The brothers Bonwick ([Melbourne]: Author, 1996)

Musical works:

The Irish peasant girl ("The new ballad ... Sung with great applause by Madame Anna Bishop") (Melbourne: W.H. Williams for the benefit of the Benevolent Asylum, [1856])

In memory of thee (song; words: Mrs. Alex. Newton) (originally published in The Illustrated Journal of Australasia 3/13 (July 1857); here as reprinted in Williams's Musical Annual and Australian Skecthbook for 1858 (Melbourne: W. H. Williams, 1858), 21-23)

With George Weinritter, Thirty-three easy songs ("in two or more parts (principally original): compiled for the use of the Australian youth") (Melbourne: W. H. Williams, 1858)

The Australian school song book (containing sixty-six original songs composed by Walter Bonwick) (Melbourne: Clarson, Massina, 1871)

BOOM, Richard William

Professor of music, cricketer, bandmaster (brass band, Boom's Quadrilles Band, Prahran State School fife and drum band), flautist

Born Launceston, TAS, 1840
Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1868
Died Prahran, VIC, 1898


"MARRIAGES", The Argus (8 January 1868), 4

"SOUTHERN V. RICHMOND", The Argus (13 November 1871), 6

"LICENSED VICTUALLERS' ASYLUM", The Argus (29 October 1875), 6

"SERVICE OF SONG IN THE TOWN HALL", The Telegraph, St. Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (15 July 1882), 5

"Local News", The Telegraph, St. Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (7 October 1882), 4

A movement has been initiated amongst the pupils attending the Malvern-road State School ... to collect a sufficient amount with which to establish a fife and drum band. With the pronounced proclivities of young Australians, there need be no fear as to the success of the band; and if under the guidance of an experienced bandmaster like Mr. Boom, there is reason why there should not be, at no distant time, a band contest between the St. Kilda and Prahran bands. 

[News], The Argus (24 November 1883), 8

BOOTH, William

Bandsman, Band of the 3rd Regiment (Buffs)

Active NSW, 1823-27 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


London, National Archives, PRO, WO12/2118: 3rd Regiment of Foot (Buffs) payrolls 1824-26; microfilm copy at SL-NSW: PRO Reel 3695


Band of the 3rd Regiment (Buffs)

BORSOTTI, Paolo (Signor; Pablo)

Bass vocalist

Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 7 December 1855 (per Melbourne, from Concepción, Peru, 12 September)


Paolo Borsotti, "from the Italian Opera Lima and Valparaiso" made his first Australian appearance on 7 January 1856 at Melbourne's Theatre Royal, part of Lewis Lavenu's opera season in which, with Clarisse Cailly, Sarah Flower, Maria Carandini, Mons. Barre, and Emile Coulon, he starred in Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Daughter of the regiment, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and Bellini's Norma. In February he made his Melbourne concert debut with Elizabeth Testar, Miska Hauser, and pianist Emilie Smith. In June 1857, on a bill with Anna Bishop, Borsotti was reportedly suffering some infirmity, though was last billed in Melbourne to appear that month with Bishop as Dr. Dulcamara in the local premiere of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. He reappeared briefly in Sydney in June 1858, advertising in the Herald: "SlGNOR BORSOTTI, First Bass Singer, from the Italian Opera, Milan, Paris, Madrid, London, America, and Melbourne, and Just arrived." I have as yet found no reference at all to Borsotti outside Australia.


"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Argus (8 December 1855), 4

"THEATRE ROYAL", The Argus (31 December 1855), 5

"THEATRICAL AND MUSICAL", The Argus (9 January 1856), 5

"THEATRE ROYAL", The Argus (9 January 1856), 6

[Advertisement], The Argus (9 January 1856), 8

"THEATRE ROYAL", The Argus (10 January 1856), 5

"THEATRE ROYAL", The Argus (15 January 1856), 5

"THEATRE ROYAL", The Argus (31 January 1856), 5

[Advertisement], The Argus (23 February 1856), 8

"M. LAGLAISE'S BENEFIT", The Argus (5 June 1857), 7

[Advertisement], The Argus (11 June 1857), 8

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (26 June 1858), 1

BORTON, Jane Elizabeth (Miss BORTON, Miss J. E. BORTON; Jane Elizabeth BORTON; Mrs. George WICKHAM)

Amateur musician

Born ? Sydney, c.1833
Married George Wickham, St. James's, Sydney, 5 August 1857
Died Surry Hills, NSW, 11 November 1866, aged 33


"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 August 1857), 1 

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 November 1866), 7 


3 owner bound albums of sheer music (vols. 2-4); "Miss J. E. Borton"; MS inscription: "Miss Jane Elizabeth Borton", on titlepages of several scores, some with date; most scores published in Sydney or London; State Library of New South Wales 

BOSTOCK, John Arthur

Organ builder, convict

Arrived, 13 February 1832 (per Asia, from England, 29 September 1831)
Died ? Liverpool, NSW, 1871, aged 70


When assigned as a servant on arrival in Sydney, Bostock was described as "organ builder and gardener". In January 1840, after the conclusion of his 7 year sentence, the Sydney organ builder John Kinloch advertised: IF JOHN AUTHER [sic] BOSTOCK, who eight years ago was in the employment of Renn and Boston, Organ Builders, Manchester, will apply to Mr. John Kinlock [sic], Organ Builder, Prince-street, Sydney ... he will hear of something to his advantage."


"Arrivals", The Sydney Monitor (18 February 1832), 4

"RETURN OF CONVICTS ASSIGNED", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (14 June 1832), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (24 January 1840), 3

Related material:

"The Convict's Burial. Written on board the Asia Prison Ship on her passage to New South Wales (from the East India Magazine)", The Australian (8 June 1832), 4


Organist (St. Peter's, Melbourne)

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1858


[Advertisement], The Age (27 April 1858), 1


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.


Jesse Biggs

BOSWELL, Annabella Alexandra Campbell (INNES; Mrs. Patrick BOWSELL)

Diarist, memoirist

Born Yarrows, near Bathurst, NSW, 26 September 1826
Departed NSW, 1865 (for Scotland) Died Scotland, 25 October 1916 (NLA persistent identifier) (NLA persistent identifier)


"A JOURNAL OF EARLY AUSTRALIA", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 August 1911), 5

Bibliography and resources:

Boswell 1890 (DIGITISED)

Boswell 1911a (? Boswell 1908) (DIGITISED)

Boswell 1911b


Ngaire M. Souter, "Boswell, Annabella Alexandrina Campbell (1826-1914)", Australian Dictionary of Biography supplement (2005)


Musician, composer, music publisher, music retailer, music teacher

Born Nottingham, England, 1858
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 1883 (per Austral, from England)
Departed Australia, 1898, for New Zealand
Died Auckland, NZ, 3 August 1905


Music teacher, vocalist


1888-10-08: We have a very efficient addition to the list of local composers in Mr. T. H. Bosworth, who, in addition to some sacred music, has just published a new waltz called, "The Beautiful South Esk." The melody is very taking, and, the accompaniment, though simple, has a suggestive cadence which harmonises well with the title. Altogether, it is likely to be very popular, and do credit to the rising reputation of the composer.

1894-09-22: CAMDEN, Sept. 13. In Camden last night the local Philharmonic Society, assisted by the Picton Philharmonic Society, successfully rendered "The Merrie Men of Sherwood Forest" before a very large audience. Mr. T. H. Bosworth conducted.

1895-11-07: Since the arrival in our midst of Mr. T H. Bosworth some three years ago, music has undoubtedly made rapid strides. The Camden, Picton and Menangle Philharmonic Societies have been formed, for all of which Mr. Bosworth is engaged as conductor, and the excellent programmes put forth at the various concerts have cultivated a taste for high class music hitherto almost unknown ...

1898-05-03: T. H. Bosworth, Piano, Organ, & General Musical Instrument Depot KARANGAHAPE ROAD, AUCKLAND PIANOS, ORGANS, ET[C] by the best Makers for Cash or on easy terns of Purchase. Every Description of Music, Instrument Fittings, etc., in Stock. Mr.Bosworth was elected Juror for a Musical Instruments at the late International Exhibition, Launceston, Tasmania and has had 23 years London and Colonial experience in the Piano and Music Trade. Instruments bought or exchanged.


[Advertisement], Wagga Wagga Advertiser (10 May 1887), 3

[Advertisement], Daily Telegraph (Launceston) (16 August 1887), 1

"LAUNCESTON", The Mercury (8 October 1888), 3

"CUCKOO CLUB CONCERT", Launceston Examiner (6 December 1888), 3

CONCERT AT INVERMAY, Daily Telegraph (19 December 1889), 3

[Advertisement], Camden News (20 June 1895), 5

"Camden Philharmonic Society", Camden News (8 August 1895), 6

"Music in Camden and District", Camden News (7 November 1895), 1

[Advertisement], Thames Star (3 May 1898), 4

"WEBER'S MASS AT THE SACRED HEART", Auckland Star (27 November 1899), 2

"MUSICAL JOTTINGS", Examiner (13 January 1900), 3

"CONCERT AT THE SACRED HEART", Auckland Star (22 May 1900), 2

"CONCERT AT THE ASYLUM", Auckland Star (14 September 1900), 3

"DEATH OF MR. T. H. BOSWORTH", Waikato Times (8 July 1905), 2

DEATH OF MR T. H. BOSWORTH. It is our sad duty to record the death of our fellow townsman, Mr T. H. Bosworth. who passed away at his residence early this morning. Mr. Bosworth has been a sufferer from a chronic heart complaint for some time, and his demise was not altogether unlooked for, although it was not thought the end was so near. About three years ago Mr Bosworth came to Hamilton after having spent some time previously at Cambridge, whither he came after relinquishing a musical supply business which he had carried on for some years in Auckland. Mr Bosworth's musical abilities were of no mean order, and among other positions he occupied was a seat on the commission of the Tasmanian Exhibition in the musical class some years ago. He was for some time before his death the local secretary of the Trinity College, London. As a musician and a teacher of music, he had great talent, and his services were frequently requisitioned throughout the Waikato, and his assistance to deserving objects was readily given. For the last few months he had also been engaged in business as the proprietor of a music warehouse and shop. He was also an enthusiastic and successful poultry breeder, and the Hamilton Bowling Club loses in him a valued member. The news of his death comes as a painful surprise to those who knew him, as he was seen going about his business yesterday, pretty much as usual. He leaves a widow and one little daughter, both of whom are well-known and much appreciated in musical circles. We sincerely join in the general sympathy which is felt for them in their bereavement. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 2.30 p.m.

"TRINITY COLLEGE EXAMINATION", Waikato Times (15 September 1905), 3


Cyclopedia of New Zealand volume 2, Auckland provincial district (1902), 259

Bosworth, Tom Henry, Teacher of Music, Ponsonby Road, Auckland. Born in Nottingham in 1858, he was educated at the local high school, and studied music under Dr. Briggs, the celebrated Henry Houseley, Fellow of the College of Organists, and subsequently under Heinrich Kohler. The subject of this notice came out to Melbourne, Victoria, in the ship "Austral" in 1883. Removing to the New South Wales capital shortly afterwards, he learned the 'cello from Mr. Edward Straus, one of Sydney's famous musicians. Mr. Bosworth is next found in Albury, where he practised his profession for three years, and made a good connection. In 1887 he went to Launceston, and seven years later to Sydney, establishing a practice in the suburbs. He was for three years conductor to the Picton and Camden Philharmonic Societies. Mr. Bosworth emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, towards the end of 1896, for climatic benefits, and shortly after his arrival was appointed conductor of the newly formed Grafton Orchestral Union, and of St. Benedict's choir. He is a composer of no mean degree, "The Beautiful South Esk Waltz," which has reached its fourth edition, and "The Military Waltz," being among his compositions. The latter was, at the special request of Messrs. Boosey and Co., London, published in their "Military Band Journal." This is, in itself, quite sufficient to guarantee a large circulation of Mr. Bosworth's compositions. He is also the composer of many songs, several sacred solos, and a quartet for stringed instruments. Mr. Bosworth is a dog fancier, and has for some years past been a successful breeder of prize collies.

Musical works:

The beautiful South Esk Waltz (Second edition. Performed with great success by the Military Bands at the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition)

Exhibition waltz (Fourth edition. 1st January, 1897; By the same composer, The beautiful South Esk waltz, The military waltz, The Corra Linn gavotte etc. etc.) (Launceston: T. H. Bosworth, 1897)


Violinist, musician

Active Melbourne, 1850

1850-07-05: John Bott (musician). I was at the Angel Inn playing the violin on the night of the 24th June last; the landlord employed me so to act ...

Documentation: THE LATE MURDER, The Argus (5 July 1850), 2


Songwriter, comedian, journalist

Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 18 July 1840 (per Theresa, from London via Plymouth 24 March)
Died Sydney, NSW, 21 July 1894, aged 76



Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1893


[Advertisement], Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (24 February 1842), 3 

"To the Editor", The Melbourne Argus (16 February 1847), 3

"THE DINNER", South Australian (3 May 1850), 3

Mr. Ellard was then called on for a song. He sang one which was encored but instead of repeating it, he gave one, called "The Irish dragoon". Certainly we heard nothing in it of an obscene or improper character, but we were at the top of the room and the singer at the bottom ; those near him describe it as one of a most unfit kind to be introduced in decent society, and his lordship, who before the song, had risen to go, leaving the room when it was concluded, considerable excitement was the consequence; indeed, from the time of the first interruption order had not been fully restored.

"LOCAL NEWS", South Australian (7 May 1850), 2

"SOUTH AUSTRALIA", The Argus (15 May 1850), 2

Mr. F. Ellard, the musician, who was formerly in this province, appears to have given great offence, by singing an indecent song at the dinner of the St. Patrick's Society, in the presence of the Roman Catholic Bishop. Mr. Ellard denies the soft impeachment, and states that the song was written by his esteemed friend Arthur Leslie Boucicault [Boursiquot], brother of Dion Boucicault , of London, the author. This Monsieur Leslie Boucicault is also an old Port Phillipian, and will be recollected by many here.

[News], The Argus (3 August 1893), 4

"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 July 1894), 1

"AUSTRALIANS ABROAD", The Brisbane Courier (1 March 1906), 2

Bibliography and resources:

BOULANGER, Edward Desiree


See main entry

Edward and Kate Boulanger

BOULLEMIER (? Anthony)


Active Melbourne, December 1852
? Died Maryborough, 29 August 1865


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

[Advertisement], The Argus (3 October 1865), 7

BOULT, Arthur

Organist, choirmaster

Born Manchester, 1850/1
Arrived Melbourne, 23 April 1873 (per Yorkshire, from London, via Plymouth, 29 January)
Departed for New Zealand, 1893
Died Auckland, New Zealand, 21 September 1926, aged 75

1884: In a special piece of correspondence headed "Cathedral Music in Australia," in a recent Globe, the writer puts Adelaide at the top of the tree. He gives the most unqualified praise to Mr. Boult for his excellent training and management of the choir, and as an evidence of it he mentions certain historical nine practices in one week for the Lent music of this year, and Arthur Everard's singing "Oh, rest in the Lord." In a comparison of intercolonial cathedral music to a South Australian, who knows that while cathedral music has always been carefully fostered in Adelaide, and that it has received little or no encouragement in most other dioceses, however much the comparison may be in favour of Adelaide, it is not worth so much as a complimentary comparison with the old and richly-endowed cathedrals of England. The recent visitor declares Adelaide music to be fast in the footsteps of St. Paul's in London, and that the musical part of the service in the Adelaide Cathedral has reached to a great state of perfection, which fairly places it in the front rank with some of our most noted cathedrals at home. 

Charles Halle (Adelaide, 18 August 1890): In the evening we went to hear the Cathedral choir and they sing really well and have beautiful voices. Afterwards we had supper with Mr. Arthur Boult, who has taught the choir; he hails from Manchester; his father was one of the directors of the Concert Hall in 1849, and I believe one of the members of the first committee of the Classical Chamber Music Society.

1902: Boult, Arthur, Professor of Music, Auckland. This gentleman is well known throughout Australasia, more especially in Adelaide, where he resided for about twenty years. Owing to ill-health, he was advised to visit Rotorua, and having done so he decided to settle in Auckland. Mr. Boult was born at Manchester in 1851, and is the eldest son of Mr. Arthur Boult, of the firm of Messrs Wrigley, Son and Boult, paper manufacturers, of Manchester and Bury. He was partly educated at Tower school, Cheshire. At a very early age he evinced a decided musical taste, and studied under Drs. Percival and Mathias Field, of Liverpool. In 1876 Mr. Boult was appointed organist to the Adelaide Cathedral, and he held that post for nearly sixteen years, during which the choir obtained the premier position in Australasia. Mr. Boult was the founder of the Adelaide Philharmonic Society and of the Adelaide Stringed Quartet Club. By his letters in the press and other exertions he also succeeded in initiating a chair of music in the Adelaide University, and for some years he held a position on the Board of Musical Studies. In 1880 Mr. Boult married Miss Gawler, grand-daughter of Colonel George Gawler, the first constitutional Governor of South Australia. This lady is associated with her husband in his work as a musician.

Obituary (NZ): Much regret will be felt by a wide circle of friends at the death of Mr. Arthur Boult, of "Hilltop," Khyber Pass Road, Auckland, who passed away yesterday at the age of 75. Born in Manchester, he early developed a talent for music, and received tuition from such well-known men as Drs. Percival and Mathias Field, of Liverpool. In 1876 he was appointed organist to the Adelaide Cathedral, and he held that post for nearly sixteen years, during which period the choir attained the premier position in Australia. Mr. Boult was very active in promoting the success of a number of bodies connected with music. He founded the Adelaide Philharmonic Society and the Adelaide Stringed Quartet Club. It was also due in no small measure to his advocacy and influence that a chair of music was established at the Adelaide University College, and for some years he held a position on the Board of Musical Studies. In 1880 Mr. Boult married the granddaughter of Colonel Gawler, the first constitutional Governor of Australia. About thirty years ago he was advised to try Rotorua for rheumatism, to which he was a martyr. He found the treatment so beneficial, and liked New Zealand so much, that he decided to remain here. He made his home in Auckland, and the family has ever since been prominent in the musical world. Mrs. Boult was closely associated with him in his work as a musician, and wide sympathy will be extended to her and their two daughters. Mr. Boult had suffered from rheumatism for a number of years, but managed to get on wonderfully well and cheerfully in spite of this drawback. He was keenly interested in everything connected with his art right up to the end. He was present at the last concert given by Bachaus, the pianist, and upon returning from the performance he had a stroke, from which he rallied, but never regained his strength, and passed away yesterday.


"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Argus (24 April 1873), 4

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (23 March 1874), 1

"NEWS BY THE SORATA", South Australian Register (6 August 1884), 6

"Mr. Arthur Boult at the Cathedral", The Inquirer & Commercial News (17 July 1889), 8

"DEATH OF MR. ARTHUR BOULT", Auckland Star (22 September 1926), 8

"THE LATE MR. ARTHUR BOULT", The Register (27 September 1926), 12

Bibliography and resources:

Cyclopedia of New Zealand volume 2, Auckland provincial district (1902), 259 

Associations: Cecil Sharp was his assistant organist at St. Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide.


Amateur musician (Dilletanti Society)

Active Sydney, 1840


? "ARRIVALS", The Colonist (26 January 1839), 2

[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (28 January 1840), 3


Professor of Music

Arrived Sydney, NSW, 29 March 1852 (per Earl of Charlemont, from Liverpool, 12 December 1851)
Active Sydney, NSW, 1853-56


Boulton commenced an elementary singing class, on Hullah's system, at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts in March 1853, and in April also advertised as a private teacher of "Pianoforte, Organ, Singing, Musical Composition, &c, No. 188, Elizabeth street North". He began presenting weekly concerts in the summer of 1854-55. In August 1855 he advertised as a teacher of pianoforte on Logier's system.


"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", Empire (30 March 1852), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 April 1852), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (23 March 1853), 3

[2 advertisements], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 April 1853), 1

"CONCERT OF THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", Empire (28 December 1854), 4

[Advertisement], Empire (16 August 1855), 1

[Advertisement], Empire (1 January 1856), 1



Arrived Sydney, 30 May 1851 (per Windsor, from London, 15 February)


"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", Empire (31 May 1851), 2

"STRANGERS TAKEN IN AND DONE FOR", Bell's Life in Sydney (7 June 1851), 3

BOWDEN, Mary (Mrs. Alfred BOWDEN)


BOWEN, Charles

Violinist (Royal Lyceum Theatre)

Active Sydney, 1861


[Advertisement], Empire (5 August 1861), 1


Orchestral musician

Active Sydney, NSW, 1837


"To the Editor", The Sydney Monitor (31 March 1837), 3

BOYES, George (G. T. W. BOYES; G. T. W. B. BOYES; George Thomas William Blaney BOYES; "Alphabet BOYES")

Public servant, amateur violinist, pupil of Paolo Spagnoletti

Born Stubbington, Hampshire, England, 1787
Arrived Sydney, NSW, January 1824 (per Sir Geoffrey Webster)
Died Belle Vue, Newtown, Hobart, TAS, 16 August 1853 (NLA persistent identifier) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)



Note, the ADB and the NLA's derived record incorrectly give Boyes's fourth and last forename as "Blamey", recte "Blaney"

Boyes's extant letters and journals (journals in the Royal Society of Tasmania collection digitised by the University of Tasmania) by the contain many brief but interesting references to his own music making in Sydney and Hobart, including playing violin duets, and a few late instances of amateur string quartet playing, as well as references to his children's music teachers and lessons.

An edited transcript of these musical references, to be added here, is in preparation.


Deaths in the district of Hobart, 1853; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1191409; RGD35/1/4 no 343 (DIGITISED)

"Obituary. Death of G. T. W. B. BOYES, Esquire, Colonial Auditor", The Courier (17 August 1853), 3 

We have the melancholy task of recording the death of George Thomas William Blaney Boyes, Esquire, the Auditor-General of this Colony. The deceased was on the half-pay list of the Commissariat, having held, since 1813, the commission of Deputy Assistant Commissary-General, in which capacity he served in Spain during some portion of the Peninsula campaign. Having been ordered to this colony he was, in 1826, selected by Sir G. Arthur for the office of Auditor of Civil Accounts, in which appointment he was confirmed by the Home Government. On the removal of Mr. Montagu, in 1842, his experience and aptitude for business recommended him to Sir John Franklin as a fit and proper successor to that very able Colonial Secretary. In this, however, he was superseded by the late Mr. Bicheno, with whom, during the lifetime of that gentleman, he lived in habits of the closest intimacy, an intimacy rendered most delightful by their mutual tastes and accomplishments. Retired in his habits, Mr. Boyes was known thoroughly only to a limited circle; but within that circle his gentlemanly bearing and his agreeable manners and conversation enforced the esteem of all. He died yesterday at one o'clock.

BOYLE, George E.

Singing-master, choirmaster, teacher of singing and piano

Born ? Ireland
Active Sydney, NSW, by 1884 (recently arrived from New Zealand)
Died ? Sydney, NSW, 12 January 1936

BOYLE, Lizzie

Pianist, piano teacher

Died Sydney, NSW, 7 July 1936

BOYLE, George Frederick

Pianist (pupil of Mark Hambourg, Busoni), teacher, composer

Born Woollahra, NSW, 29 June 1886
Died Philadelphia, USA, 20 June 1948

1886: Mr. G. E. Boyle, teacher of singing, is really doing good work in promoting a knowledge of vocal music among us, and is cultivating the ability to sing at sight. He has about 400 pupils receiving instruction from him, and he teaches them to sing on the old system of notation, which, when properly taught, is just as easy as any other ...

1892: SINGING and Piano. - Mr. and Mrs. BOYLE, have resumed tuition, 142 D'hst,-rd or Paling's, Geo-st.

1897: A choral concert was given by Mr. Boyle's singing class in the Y.M.C.A. Hall on October 2, and was largely attended. The pupils were assisted by Miss Marion Llewellyn, Mr. J. T. Brown, Mr. T. H. Massey, and Signor Priora. Mrs. Ruffy Hill gave a recitation, and Master George Boyle played several piano solos, showing precocious talent and careful teaching.

1900: Master George Boyle, pianist and accompanist to the Marie Narelle Concert Company, is only 14 years age. Passed the Senior Royal Academy Examination at the early age of 12, when the examiner pronounced him the most talented piano student he had ever examined, and predicted a great future for him. Master Boyle played at numerous concerts in Sydney, and received flattering press notices. Up to the time of his going on tour with Miss Narelle he had studied solely with his mother.

1907: Mr. George F. Boyle, who made his mark here as a composer, and also gave promise as a pianist, before his departure in October, 1905, has since studied a good deal in Berlin under Signor Busoni, and in England under Mr. Graham-Moore. He began his professional career this year by touring Holland as solo pianist with the operatic soprano, Mme. Nevada. He is now in London, whence he forwards programmes and press cuttings to show that he is not idle.

1910: Mr. George Boyle, son of the well-known singing master, Mr. G. E. Boyle, of Sydney, has been appointed Professor of the Piano-forte at the Peabody Conservatorium at Baltimore (U.S.A.). Mr. Boyle left Australia several years ago. He was frequently heard in Sydney as a pianist. He had admirable technique, and his studies and performances were always characterised by an intense earnestness. His compositions include a book of songs published by the Novello Music House, of London.


"AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", New Zealand Herald (21 March 1882), 5

"Shipping", Evening News (4 August 1884), 4

"Singing Class", Evening News (6 September 1884), 6

[Advertisement], Freeman's Journal (27 December 1884), 12

"Boyle's Singing Classes", Evening News (8 January 1886), 3

"Births", The Sydney Morning Herald (31 July 1886), 1

[News], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 December 1887), 8

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (9 January 1892), 5

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (7 May 1895), 2

"Concerts", Australian Town and Country Journal (9 October 1897), 34

"MASTER GEORGE BOYLE", Freeman's Journal (10 November 1900), 12

"MR. GEOGRE BOYLE'S FAREWELL", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 August 1905), 14

"MUSICAL JUBILEE", Freeman's Journal (21 January 1905), 25

"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 July 1907), 4

"PERSONAL", Freeman's Journal (7 July 1910), 23

"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 November 1913), 4

"ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 November 1913), 10

? "DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 January 1936), 14

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 July 1936), 8

G. F. works include:

Piano Concerto in D minor (New York: Schirmer, 1912): see also (NB: first Australian performance, Sydney 1913)

Bibliography and resources:,_George_Frederick

Irene W. Peery, George F. Boyle: pianist, teacher, composer (Thesis, D.M.A., Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, 1987)


Drum major, 57th Regiment

Active Sydney, NSW, 1829


"Supreme Court", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (15 September 1829), 3

... John Boyle, Drum-Major in the 57th Regiment, stated that he was present when the articles now produced were found in the prisoner's box in the Barracks ...

"FLOGGING", The Australian (30 December 1831), 3


Band of the 57th Regiment

BRACY, Henry

Tenor vocalist, operatic manager, agent

Born South Wales, UK, ? 8 January 1850
Arrived Melbourne, 1873
Died Darlinghurst, NSW, 31 January 1917 (NLA persistent identifier)

Henry Bracy, ? c. mid 1870s

Images: Above from Wikipedia (2015), ? Australia, c. mid 1870s; also 

THOMPSON, Clara (Miss Clara Rose HODGES; Mrs. BRACY; Clara Thompson BRACY)

Soprano vocalist, dancer, actor

Born London, England, 1847/1 January 1848
Died Los Angeles, California, USA, 22 February 1941, aged 93


BRACY, Sydney

Vocalist, actor

Born Melbourne, VIC, 18 December 1877
Died Hollywood, California, USA, 5 August 1942



"TOWN TALK", Geelong Advertiser (20 November 1873), 2

The Age mentions that Mr. Henry Bracy, a well-known tenor singer and actor at the Gaiety and other principal London Theatres, arrived on Tuesday by the steamer Northumberland, under engagement to Mr. Harwood, of the Theatre Royal.

"Mr. Henry Bracy", Table Talk (8 May 1891), 3

"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 February 1917), 8

The passing of Mr. Henry Bracy at the age of 75 will turn the thoughts of old theatre-goers back to the days, or nights, in Sydney of French comic opera under William Saurin Lyster, before the dawn of the Gilbert and Sullivan period. After many successful seasons of Italian opera and English opera of the Wallace-Balfe class, Lyster decided to give the Australian public what he spoke of as "light French dishes." That was in 1875. The two English principals who were engaged were Clara Thompson, sister of the famous Lydia Thompson, and her husband, Mr. Henry Bracy, then a popular comic opera tenor. Lecocq's "La Filie de Madame Angot" was one of the first productions. The same composer's "Girofle Girofla" served to introduce Emelie Melville, a dainty American artist, who is still appearing in the United States, but not in singing parts. A little later Offenbach was represented by "The Grand Duchess," "Madame Favart," "La Belle Helene," and "Barbe Bleue." The opera bouffe repertory included "La Perichole," "The Princess of Trebizonde," "Chilperlc," and "The Brigands." Then came the first Australian production of "Les Cloches de Corneville." Shortly before the death of Lyster, in 1880, Mr. and Mrs. Bracy returned to England. While a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Company at the Savoy, London, Mr. Bracy was selected as the first Prince Hilarion in "Princess Ida." Resuming their stage work in Australia Mr. and Mrs. Bracy were again in Sydney in 1889. They were prominent during a season under the conductorship of the late M. Henri Kowalski at the Opera House, which stood on the corner of King and York streets. In addition to the pianist-composer's own comic opera "Moustique," the company introduced "The Beggar Student." In 1890 the Bracy-Thompson company performed "The Sultan of Mocha," "The Beggar Student," and "The Lady of the Locket" at the Criterion Theatre. The following year Mr. Bracy appeared under the Williamson management, at the Theatre Royal, in "The Gondoliers." Miss Florence Young, Miss Elsie Cameron, Mr. Charles Ryley and Mr. William Elton were in the cast. During the Benson Planquette's "The Old Guard" was performed. In 1892, at Her Majesty's Theatre, Mr. Bracy produced for the Williamson management Audran's "La Cigale," with the late M. Leon Caron as conductor. The late Mr. J. C. Williamson, Miss Marie Halton, Miss Flora Graupner, Miss Florence Young, Miss Elsie Cameron, Mr. Charles Ryley, and Mr. Howard Vernon were associated in "La Cigale." Among other successful comic operas in which Mr. Bracy figured as a graceful actor and a singer with refinement of style, were "Dorothy," "The Yeoman of the Guard," and "Pepita." For a good number of years before his retirement in 1914, Mr. Bracy was retained by the Williamson management chiefly as a producer of comic opera. He assisted during the season of Italian opera at Her Majesty's in 1901, and directed the first Australian performance of Puccinl's "Madame Butterfly" (in English) at the Theatre Royal in 1910, with Signor Hazon as conductor. Miss Amy Castles and Mdlle Bel Sorel were seen on alternate nights in the name part. Mdlle Bel Sorel left Australia at the conclusion of her engagement. The Australian operatic artist is now in the United States. Mrs. Bracy, unfortunately, was not in Sydney when her husband died. She has been living in New York with her married son, Mr. Sydney Bracy, who, following in his father's footsteps, had a successful comic opera career in America, before yielding to the temptation of photo play acting. Mr. Phil Bracy, the other son, is a returned invalided soldier. Mr. Phil Bracy came from Melbourne to attend his father's funeral. Of the "old guard" of comic opera in Australia only Mrs. Bracy and Emelie Melville, now remain. Mr. Armes Beaumont died in Melbourne in 1913. Mr. Edward Farley answered "the last call" in Sydney a year ago.

"ANOTHER LINK GONE", Referee (7 February 1917), 14

Valentine Day, "HENRY BRACY MEMORIES", Referee (16 May 1917), 16

"REMINISCENCES OF THE STAGE", Referee (22 August 1917), 14

"MUSIC AND DRAMA. THEATRE ROYAL, HOBART", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 January 1932), 6 

THEATRE ROYAL, HOBART ... It was built by Mr. Degraves, founder of the Cascade Brewery of Hobart, and was opened in 1833 ... as the Victoria Theatre with a drama "God Speed the Plough." Its next door neighbour was the Shakespeare Inn, kept by Megson, a celebrated violinist of his day. The foundations are enormously heavy, and there are a lot of tiny cell-like rooms, that reach out under the stalls, some of which have been bricked up of recent years. One of the early lessees, Mrs. Clark, ran a stock company there, largely formed of relatives, who lived there. One of her dancing prodigies was young Clara Thompson, afterwards Mrs. Henry Bracy ...

This is an interesting surmise in its own right; but this was certainly not Clara THOMPSON, rather one or other of the Misses THOMSON

Bibliography and resources:

Tony Mills, "Bracy, Henry (1841-1917)", Australian dictionary of biography 7 (1979)

"Clara T. Bracy", Wikipedia

"Henry Bracy", Wikipedia

"Sydney Bracy", Wikipedia 

Deacon 2008, 207-11

Programs: The old guard (musical drama in 3 acts [H. B. Farine and R. Planquette]; interpreted by J. C. Williamson's Royal Comic Opera Company under the direction of Henry Bracy (Brisbane, 1891) 

Print music: Because I love thee so (words by C. L.; music by J. A. Robertson; Sung by Mr .Henry Bracy) (Melbourne: W. H. Glen &‚Äč Co., [1890]) 


Organist, pianist

Born Birmingham, England
Active Australia, 1888-90 (TROVE user tag)



Secretary (Cecilian Society), carpenter-builder

Born UK, c. 1803
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 1824 (free per Aguilar)
Died Sydney, NSW, 18 February 1868, aged 65


"THE CECILIAN SOCIETY", Australasian Chronicle (16 February 1841), 3

"THE CICILIAN [sic] SOCIETY", The Sydney Herald (6 August 1841), 2

[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (7 August 1841), 3

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 February 1868), 1


"Interior of St. James Church, Sydney, 1831 drawn by Wm. Bradridge, Sen. Archt"

Bibliography and resources:


Music copyist

Active Sydney, NSW, 1862


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (22 September 1862), 1

JOHN BRADY, Music Copyist, Bay-street, Woolloomooloo, copyist to the Orpheonist Society. All music copied with neatness, cheapness, and dispatch.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (29 December 1862), 1

BRADY, Mary Ann (Miss M. Brady)

Soprano vocalist

Active Sydney, NSW, 1859-62


"UNIVERSITY MUSICAL FESTIVAL", Empire (6 July 1859), 5

"SYDNEY UNIVERSITY FESTIVAL. FIRST DAY", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 July 1859), 4

"SYDNEY UNIVERSITY FESTIVAL. SECOND DAY", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 July 1859), 5

"TO THE EDITOR", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 July 1859), 7

"SYDNEY VOCAL HARMONIC SOCIETY", The Australian Home Companion and Band of Hope Journal (5 November 1859), 23

"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (25 September 1863), 1

BRAID, Charles

Teacher of Pianoforte and Singing

Active Melbourne, 1853


[Advertisement], The Argus (1 March 1853), 3

BRAIN, Mr. (junior)

Boy soprano vocalist

Active Launceston, VDL (TAS), 1843


"MRS. NAIRNE'S ORATORIO", Launceston Examiner (14 June 1843), 3

"CRIMINAL SITTINGS", Launceston Examiner (12 October 1844), 2

BRAITHWAITE, Frederick Nelson


Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1856
Died Richmond, TAS, 18 June 1904, aged 71


[Advertisement], The Argus (15 July 1856), 1

"ASSAULT", The Mercury (22 September 1868), 2

"DEATHS", The North Western Advocate (23 June 1904), 2 


Amateur comic vocalist

Active Sydney, NSW, 1847-48


Branagan having previously performed it in January as the "Original Comic Song The Sydney Cries", at the St. Patrick's Total Abstinence Society Musical Festival in Sydney in April 1848, as Cries of Sydney it "elicited roars of laughter".


"ST. PATRICK'S TOTAL ABSTINENCE SOCIETY", Sydney Chronicle (6 January 1847), 2

"GRAND MUSIC FESTIVAL", Sydney Chronicle (6 January 1848), 3

"TEETOTAL FESTIVAL", Sydney Chronicle (11 January 1848), 2

"ST. PATRICK'S TOTAL ABSTINENCE SOCIETY", Sydney Chronicle (18 March 1848), 3 

"ST. PATRICK'S TOTAL ABSTINENCE SOCIETY", Sydney Chronicle (25 April 1848), 2


Teacher of Music

Active Melbourne, by 1865


[Advertisement], The Argus (14 January 1865), 6

The Victoria Post Office Directory (1866), 18

BRANDON, James Lucas

Clarinet-player, [clarionet], farmer

Active Mudgee, NSW, 1853-54
Died Mudgee, October 1876


"HIGHWAY ROBBERY", Bathurst Free Press (25 January 1851), 6

"WILFUL MURDER", Bathurst Free Press (4 March 1854), 2

Maurice Dalton was indicted for the wilful murder of William Oxley on the 29th April last, at Mudgee. He pleaded not guilty and was defended by Mr. Holroyd. Attorney - Mr. Serjeant. James Lucas Brandon deposed that about 1 o'clock of the morning of the 29th April, he was proceeding homeward, playing a clarinet, when the prisoner walked up to him and after asking him what he wanted playing that b----y thing, knocked him down.

"BATHURST CIRCUIT COURT", Empire (4 March 1856), 3

"INQUESTS", Freeman's Journal (4 November 1876), 9


Bandmaster, conductor, violinist, composer (The Austrian Strauss Band)

Touring Australia, October 1880 to August 1881


"THE DOG SHOW", The Mercury (17 January 1881). 3

The performers numbered nearly 50, though all did not play at the same time, and Herr Braun was a thoroughly efficient conductor, as stolid as usual ...

"THE AUSTRIAN BAND AT WALLAROO", The Wallaroo Times (8 June 1881), 2

"EPITOME OF GENERAL NEWS", Launceston Examiner (1 September 1882), 3

Herr Braun, formerly bandmaster of the Austrian Band, has decided to settle in Christchurch, N.Z., and has been elected bandmaster of the City Guards.

"THE JUVENILE OPERA TROUPE", Taranaki Herald (22 November 1883), 2


Austrian Strauss Band



Professor of Music

Active Maitland, NSW, 1853


"MR. S. BREMER, Professor of Music AND DANCING, ORGANIST, &c, Rose Inn, West Maitland. Piano Fortes Tuned and Repaired"; otherwise unidentified.


[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (8 June 1853), 3

BRENNI, J. W. (later Mr. D. BRENNI, and Mr. BRENNY)

Vocalist, minstrel, delineator (Howard's Serenaders)

Active NSW, by 1853


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 January 1853), 3

[Advertisement], Empire (2 March 1853), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 August 1854), 1

"HALL THE WIZARD, AND THE SERENADERS", The Maitland Mercury (24 November 1855), 2

[Advertisement], Empire (5 February 1856), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (25 August 1856), 1]

BREWER, Francis Campbell (F. C. Brewer)

Tenor vocalist, choral conductor, music and drama reviewer, journalist

Born Stourbridge, England 1826
Arrived Sydney, October 1834
Died Sydney, 23 November 1911

BREWER, Frank (Francis Patrick)

Tenor vocalist, music teacher

Born Sydney, ? 1855 (son of the above)
Died Sydney, 15 July 1943

BREWER, Elizabeth Mary (HARRISON; Mrs. Frank BREWER)

Music teacher

Married 1880
Died Summer Hill, 7 April 1935, aged 79

Sydney 1882: The Opening of St. Mary's Cathedral ... The Mass sung was Haydn's No. 3, known as the "Imperial" Mass ... In the "Gloria" Mr. Frank Brewer sang the tenor solo with great purity of intonation ...

Sydney 1889: Brewer and Wife v. Marshall. - It was an action in which Francis Patrick Brewer (of Summer Hill) and his wife Mary sued William Marshall, of George-street, Sydney, for £23 10s 6d, for the instruction of the defendant's wife in singing and instrumental music. A verdict was given for the full amount, with the expenses of one witness.

1891 (letter, F.C.B.): In 1835, I think it was on December 12, I commenced my career on the press under Mr. [Edward Smith] Hall, who was then and had been for some years the proprietor and editor of the Sydney Monitor.

Documentation: "MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 December 1880), 8

"The Opening of St. Mary's Cathedral", The Maitland Mercury (12 September 1882), 3

"District Court", Evening News (23 August 1889), 8

"EDWARD SMITH HALL. TO THE EDITOR", The Sydney Morning Herald (14 August 1891), 7

"PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 August 1892), 6

"A PIONEER JOURNALIST. DEATH OF MR. F. C. BREWER. A MEMORY OF EARLY SYDNEY", The Sydney Morning Herald (24 November 1911), 8

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (24 November 1911), 8


F. C. Brewer, The drama and music in New South Wales (Sydney: Charles Potter, Govt. Printer, 1892) ("Published by authority of the New South Wales Commissioners for the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893")

Bibliography and resources:

BRICKWOOD, Winifred Amelia (Mrs. John CALLAGHAN)


Born ? Devon, England, c.1839
Active Sydney, early-mid 1860s
Died Mosman, NSW, 5 August 1922, aged 83 years


Miss W. A Brickwood's The Randwick mazurka (Sydney: W. J. Johnson) was published in August 1863. A second print, "the AUSTRALIAN MELODIES, by Miss Brickwood, Newtown," was published at W. H. Paling's, Wynyard-square, in December 1864. Unfortunately, no copy has been identified, but given its title and timing the print may well have been a setting of some of the recently published "Australian Melodies" by poet J. Sheridan Moore (husband of the singer Flora Harris).

Moore's collection had been reviewed in The Sydney Morning Heraldin August that year. W. J. Macdougall had previously set two of the poems, The Wail from England in 1862 (lost), and The beauty that blooms in Australia ("No 1 of Australian national Melodies") (Sydney: Wilkie & Elvy, 1863). On 2 January 1865, Winifred Amelia Brickwood became Mrs. John Callaghan. The couple were living at Holyrood House, Kingston, Newtown in 1873, and in Botany-street, Moore Park in 1887. She died at her residence, Warrawee, Mosman, in 1922.


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

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (2 December 1864), 1

"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 January 1865), 1

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 August 1922), 8

Bibliography and resources:

J. Sheridan Moore, Spring-life: lyrics and Australian melodies (Sydney: Reading and Wellbank, 1864)

On the genesis of the "Australian Melodies" see also: vii

Frances Devlin Glass, Moore, Joseph Sheridan (1828-1891), Australian dictionary of biography 5 (1974)

[Family history]

Her father, Arthur Peter Brickwood, R.N., had contracted a bigamist marriage in Honolulu in 1846, and died there in 1886.


Bass vocalist

Active Sydney, NSW, 1842


[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (24 May 1842), 3

BRIDSON, Sarah Ann (BELL; later KINLOCH)

Vocalist, Professor of the Pianoforte and Singing (pupil of Logier)

BRIDSON, Thomas Vicary (T. V. Bridson; Thomas Vicarez; Thomas Michael BRIDSON)

Conductor, organist, organ builder

Born Dublin, Ireland, c.1826
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 1854
Died Rockhampton, QLD, 14 August 1869, aged 43


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 March 1854), 2

"THE HERWYN'S FAREWELL CONCERT", Bell's Life in Sydney (9 September 1854), 2

"SYDNEY'S PROGRESS IN MUSICAL SCIENCE", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 August 1856), 4

"NEW ORGAN", Freeman's Journal (30 August 1856), 2

We have been to hear the splendid organ just erected in the English Opera House by Mr. T. V. Bridson. It is undoubtedly one of the finest instruments of the kind in these colonies. The tone is of the roundest and richest quality; and under the delicate touch of Mr. Packer, its effect is truly thrilling.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 January 1859), 2

"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 November 1859), 8

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (8 September 1869), 9

"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 August 1870), 1

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

Bibliography and resources:

Rushworth 1988, 81-83

BRINKMANN, Elias Frederick Louis


Active Sydney, NSW, 1871


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (20 October 1868), 1

"MARRIAGES", Empire (5 June 1871), 1


Amateur vocalist, pianist



Arrived Sydney, NSW, 7 November 1821
Departed Sydney, NSW, November 1825


Letter from Elizabeth Macarthur, Parramatta, 4 September 1822 (ed. Sibella Macarthur Onslow (ed.), Some early records of the Macarthurs of Camden (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1914), 373-374

We continue to like our present Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane. Lady Brisbane and her sister Miss Macdougall are gentle and amiable - perfectly unaffected in their manners and habits, yet possessing all the acquirements of wellborn and well educated persons. ... The ladies are fond of and live in great retirement. They mix little in society and give none of those large entertainments, which Mrs. Macquarie used to do. They have a Dinner Party once a week. Their table is handsomely set out, and served in a manner superior to anything we have yet seen in the Colony. Lady Brisbane has a good Piano, on which she occasionally plays, and accompanies the instrument with her voice. Miss Macdougall plays the Harp, and Mr. Rumker the Piano in turn. 

Bibliography and resources:

J. D. Heydon, Brisbane, Sir Thomas Makdougall (1773-1860), Australian dictionary of biography 1 (1966)

BRISTOW, William

Bugler, 51st Regiment

Departed Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), August 1846 (for Bangalore)


[News], The Courier (12 August 1846), 3

"THE 51ST IN INDIA", The Courier (10 November 1847), 2

We have seen a letter dated Bangalore, 28th May, addressed by William Bristow, a bugler in the regiment, to his father, resident in Hobart Town. It appears from this letter that the left wing, stationed at Ponnamalee, has suffered severely from cholera ...


Band of the 51st Regiment


Professor of music

Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1855
Died Fitzroy, VIC, November 1866


[Advertisement], The Argus (3 August 1855), 1

"Funeral notices", The Argus (17 November 1866), 8


Musician, music teacher

Born Clonmel, Ireland, 31 October 1839
Arrived WA, 1865
Died Bournemouth, England, 2 August 1899



The ADB commits a paragraph to her in her husband's entry. Described as "very talented", in "Perth she became active in musical circles and herself taught music at the Bishop's College (Hale School). In 1876 she opened a school of her own ... Family photographs show a handsome, determined pair well capable of the imaginative enterprise and drive that marked their activities in Western Australia". The SL-WA holds her copy of a volume of Mendelssohn's Songs without words. (; also family papers (

Bibliography and resources: H. Drake-Brockman, "Broadhurst, Charles Edward (1826-1905)", Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)



Born Bath, England, 1807
Departed Sydney, c.1855-56 (for UK)
Died Boscombe, England, 19 September 1887


Daughter of Unitarian minister and musical enthusiast, Thomas Broadhurst, of Bath (with Henry Harrington, a co-founder of the Bath Philharmonic Society), and sister of Edward Broadhurst (in Sydney from 1838). Stephen Marsh dedicated his Homebush Galop (published in 1856; no copy identified) to Mrs. John Rose Holden, who in May 1853 had married the politician, horse-racing enthusiast and secretary of Homebush Races. Holden already had musical connections, Isaab Nathan and John and Frank Howson having sung at a farewell dinner for him in Sydney in 1849. As noted by Bell's Life, Mrs Holden was the "late Miss Broadhurst, the celebrated pianist" for whom Marsh had composed it. Marsh had probably known Broadhurst in England. There is no record of her performing professionally in Sydney, and the Holden's announced by June 1855 intention to return to England soon. It was her husband who was the subject of "Rose Holden's Song", published as one of a set of six "Songs of the Nominees" in the Empire in October 1855.

On the Broadhursts, and their relative Bessie Holland, see also John Chapple, Elizabeth Gaskell: the early years (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997).


"MRS. A. SHAW'S CONCERT", The Musical World (27 May 1836), 175

"BATH.-THE MISS BROADHURSTS' CONCERTS", The Musical World (10 February 1837), 125

"MRS. SHAW AND THE MISS BROADHURSTS", The Musical World (21 April 1837), 105

"Public Farewell Dinner to John Rose Holden, Esq.", Bell's Life in Sydney (24 February 1849), 2

"MARRIED", Bell's Life in Sydney (14 May 1853), 3

"SONGS OF THE NOMINEES. No.6. ROSE HOLDEN'S SONG", Empire (1 October 1855), 5

"NEW MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 June 1856), 4

"MUSICAL CRITIQUE", Bell's Life in Sydney (14 June 1856), 2

Bibliography and resources:

Jerom Murch, Biographical sketches of Bath celebrities, ancient and modern: with some fragments of local history (London: Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1893), 149-51

Vivienne Parsons, "Holden, John Rose (1810-1860)", Australian dictionary of biography 1 (1966)

J. M. Bennett, "Broadhurst, Edward (1810-1883)", Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)

BROADHURST, William Gore

Professor of music, pianist, organist, composer

Born London, 4 November 1838
Active Sydney, by August 1867
Died Melbourne, 31 January 1914, aged 74


"ENTERTAINMENT", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 August1867), 7

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (19 August1867), 8

"NAVAL RECEPTION OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 December 1867), 13

"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 January 1869), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (22 July 1871), 6

"NEW INSOLVENTS", The Argus (27 May 1893), 9

"DEATHS", The Argus (2 February 1914), 1

"PERSONAL", The Argus (2 February 1914), 9

[News], Record [Emerald Hill, VIC] (7 February 1914), 2

Mr. W. G. Broadhurst, of 68 St. Vincent Place, South Melbourne, died at St. Vincent's Hospital at an early hour on Saturday morning. For the past 26 years the late Mr. Broadhurst held the position of organist at SS. Peter and Paul's .Church, South Melbourne, and composed a special Mass for the opening of the additions to the church by Archbishop Carr in April of last year. Prior to coming to Australia he was a choir boy at Westminster Abbey. Mr. Broadhurst, who was 74 years of age, leaves a widow, and grown up family of two sons and five daughters ...

Musical works:

Maribyrnong Park Estate waltz (South Melbourne: Broadhurst, [n.d.])

Rouse ye Britons (patriotic song; words and music by Edwd. Septimus Powell; arr. by W. G. Broadhurst; Composed in honor of Her Most Gracious Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, 1897) (Albert Park, Melbourne : E.S. Powell, [1897])


Dancer, actor

Active Sydney, NSW, 1842


[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (5 February, 1842), 3

"OLYMPIC THEATRE", The Sydney Herald (18 March 1842), 2


Musician, violinist

Active Ballarat, VIC, 1865  


[Advertisement], The Star (6 September 1864), 3

"THEATRE ROYAL", The Star (24 October 1864), 2s

Ballarat and Ballarat District Directory (1865), 68

BRODERICK, James Patrick (junior)

Organist, harmonium player, choirmaster, organ builder

Born Maitland, NSW, 1837
Died Sydney, NSW, 30 October 1907, aged 60



Born Maitland, NSW, 1855
Died Maitland, 1873


"NARROW ESCAPE FROM FIRE", The Maitland Mercury (23 April 1864), 2

"SACRED AND SECULAR CONCERT", The Maitland Mercury (21 March 1865), 3

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (11 August 1866), 5

PIANOFORTES, HARMONIUMS, and other MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TUNED and BEPAIRED in a superior manner. Address, Opposite the Exchange Hotel, West Maitland. JAMES P. BRODERICK. August 9th, 1866. TESTIMONIALS. I have much pleasure in recommending to my pupils, and the public in general, Mr. James Broderick for tuning and repairing pianos and harmoniums, as his skill and care are certainly equal, if not superior, to anyone known to me in the colony. DR. CHS. H. HORN. Maitland, August, 1866. High-street, West Maitland, July 24th, 1866. This is to certify that I have had many opportunities of testing the ability of Mr James Broderick as a tuner, and have no hesitation in pronouncing him perfectly qualified for that business in all its branches, and, from his late experience in regulating and repairing piano-fortes, have no doubt he will give entire satisfaction to all who may think proper to honour him with their patronage. MARMADUKE H. WILSON.

"ST. BRIDGET'S CHURCH, BRANXTON", The Maitland Mercury (29 November 1866), 2

"DIOCESE OF MAITLAND", Freeman's Journal (1 March 1873), 9

The grand concert in aid of St. Johns Cathedral, advertised for Monday, the 10th instant, was postponed until the 17th instant, owing to the untimely and much-regretted death of Miss Annie Broderick, formerly a member of St. John's choir, and sister to its able organist and conductor, Mr. J .P. Broderick. Miss Broderick enjoyed a high reputation in musical circles - she was gifted with a rich, sweet voice, and was, while she remained in the choir, its "brightest star." Possessed of rare musical abilities, and endowed with all the refinement of female intellect, and all the energy of enthusiasm, Miss Broderick was certain to attain distinction in her favourite, her especial study - music. Who, that has heard her in the soul-entrancing com positions of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Haydn, &c, can forget the pathos and soul in which she would enshrine, as it were, the words which were the inspiration of these gifted masters. Neither can we forget her delightful rendering of those grand old melodies, which the genius of Moore has clad in words as bewitching as the luscious music of the airs themselves. "I saw from the Beach" was her last song before a Maitland audience. The voice, which then so thrilled her hearers, is now hushed, and the fingers, which glided so nimbly over the keyboard, are still, for evermore. The first part of the concluding words of her favourite song, "She's far from the Land," can now but be too appropriately applied to herself : - "They've made her a grave where the sun beams rest, When they promise a glorious morrow! ..."

"Death of Mr. J. P. Broderick", The Maitland Daily Mercury (31 October 1907), 2

... For many years the late Mr. Broderick was organist and choirmaster of St. John's Cathedral, and after resigning from that position he gave his attention to the tuning of organs and pianos, while he conducted an agency for the sale of musical instruments at his late residence in Elgin-street ... He was a native of Maitland district, and was about 65 years [sic] of age.

Musical edition:

The evening service book, or, manual of sacred music, for the use of choirs, containing the order of vespers, in Latin, for all Sundays and festivals of the year, selected and arranged by James P. Broderick

(Maitland: E. Tipper, Pr., 1869; ? 1880) 

Bibliography and resources:

Geoffrey Cox (historical and technical documentation), "St John's Anglican Church Carthage Street, Tamworth [organs]" (OHTA 2014)  

BROMLEY, William James

Clarinettist, bandsman (Band of the 99th Regiment)

Died Hobart, 30 July 1855, aged 33 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


[Advertisement], The Australian (29 November 1845), 1

"MISCELLANEA", The Courier (8 November 1851), 2

"SOLDIER'S FUNERAL", Colonial Times (2 August 1855), 3

The remains of William James Bromley, the bandsman, were yesterday interred at St. David's burying ground. The band of the regiment, of which deceased had been an esteemed member, attended, and as the funeral procession moved on, played the Dead March in Saul ...

Note: A memorial plaque at Anglesea Barracks, Hobart:

The stone was erected by his Brother Musicians as a tribute of respect. Also Wm. JA. BROMLEY Musician in the same Corps who departed this life 30th July 1855 Aged 33 years. Affection weeps Heaven rejoices.

BROOKS, T. H. (Mr.)


Active Hobart, TAS, by January 1860
Active Sydney, NSW, until March 1862 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


In Hobart in January 1860, Rosina Carandini and Brooks performed Stephen Glover's The blind girl to her harp. The military march referred to below (12 March 1862) is probably Bochsa's Favourite march in imitation of a military band at a distance.


"GRAND CONCERT", The Hobart Town Daily Mercury (31 January 1860), 2

[News], The Argus (23 May 1860), 4

"TO THE EDITOR", Empire (29 August 1860), 5

"THE DINNER", Empire (29 August 1861), 5

"DR. McGREGOR'S ENTERTAINMENT", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 November 1861), 4

"MR. T. H. BROOKS' CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 March 1862), 5

The harp has for many years gone out of vogue, its place being taken by the piano-forte, the cause of which has, no doubt, been that efficiency in playing upon the latter instrument can be acquired far more easily than that in playing on the former. The circumstance of the harp being now seldom heard has the effect of rendering such performances as those of last evening a grateful variation upon the staple of concerts, the music possessing, in addition to its other charms, those of novelty and freshness. The harp playing of Mr. Brooks displayed his thorough mastery over a most difficult instrument, and his power of producing all the varying effects required by the music. The wondrous variety of thrilling and of delicate tones which the skilful harpist produced at pleasure excited the regret that this elegant accomplishment, which was once so popular, should be now so entirely neglected, and also that Mr. Brooks' services should not be more frequently enlisted at the public concerts in Sydney. Mr. Brooks, besides accompanying several of the vocalists, gave two solo performances on the harp, both of which were rapturously encored. The first was the popular Irish melody Believe me if all those endearing young charms with variations, a very brilliant piece of playing. The encore exhibited the power of the harpist even more signally. It represented the march of a military band; the stirring effects produced by their gradual approach and retreat while playing being most dexterously described by the crescendo and diminuendo movements.

"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 March 1862), 7

Bibliography and resources:

Hallo 2014, 135, 163-67

BROOKE, Warren Auber (Rev'd W. A. BROOKE)

Organist, pianist, Anglican priest

Active Tasmania, by 1854
Died Clifton, Gloucesteshire, England, 7 November 1906, aged 81


Brooke, late of Trinity College Cambridge, was senior fellow at Christ's College, Hobart in 1854. An appendix to Stoney's A year in Tasmania (306) reprints a press report of the Annual Commemoration (? in 1854):

Shortly after eleven, the proceedings of the day commenced with the usual morning service in the chapel, at which the late Warden said prayers, and the lessons were read by the Divinity Fellow in waiting for the week (Mr. Adams). Those who are admirers of sacred music had a great treat in the performance on the organ by the Rev. W. A. Brooke, whose accompaniments to the chanting of the service were of a very superior description, adding very much to the impressiveness of that solemn and beautiful ritual.


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

"George Town", The Cornwall Chronicle (20 January 1869), 3

"GRAND AMATEUR CONCERT AT THE MECHANICS' INSTITUTE", The Cornwall Chronicle (24 July 1872), 2

"CHURCH MUSIC", The Argus (17 March 1876), 7

"EARLY LAUNCESTON. MR. WHITFIELD'S LECTURE No.4", Launceston Examiner (7 July 1897), 7

"SCHOOL SPEECH DAYS. THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL", Examiner (22 December 1906), 11


Vocalist, violinist (Rainer's Minstrels)

Arrived Sydney, 19 September 1852 (per Speed, from San Francisco, 28 July)


"RAINER'S SERENADERS", Daily Alta California (25 July 1852)

"ARRIVALS", The Maitland Mercury (25 September 1852), 2

"THE LAST APPEARANCE OF THE SERENADERS", The Courier (21 April 1853), 3


Related prints:

Old Folks at Home (as sung by T. Brower of Rainer's Minstrels, as arranged by J. C. Rainer) (Sydney: For the author by H. Marsh. [185?])


Violin player (? band of the 63rd Regiment)

Active Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 1830


"VAN DIEMAN'S LAND NEWS. MR. DEANE'S CONCERT", The Sydney Monitor (2 October 1830), 4

The concert commenced with a grand symphony my Stamity [Stamitz]. Mr. Deane presided very ably at the violin, Messrs. Brown and Williams (master of the Band of the 63rd) seconds., Mr. Bock and Master Deane (a young gentleman only ten years old) tenors, Mr. Hoffer, a violoncello, and two horns by excellent performers of the 63rd Band. This beautiful symphony was performed with the greatest effect, and received with the warmest applause.


? Band of the 63rd Regiment


Musician, orchestra leader

Active Sydney, NSW, 1853


"MALCOLM'S AMPHITHEATRE", Illustrated Sydney News (22 October 1853), 2

"MALCOLM'S AMPHITHEATRE", Illustrated Sydney News (19 November 1853), 6

We would again suggest to Mr. Brown the necessity of an improvement in the music, and a greater variety. The music, on Tuesday night, during Cardoza's performance, was wretched. If Mr. Brown wishes to maintain his character as a musician, there must be a decided   change in the orchestra.

[Advertisement], Illustrated Sydney News (3 December 1853), 6



Violin and guitar maker and repairer, composer

Active Sydney, by January 1857 (? arrived per La Hogue)


Violin maker

Active Melbourne, 1880

BROWN, Walter James, junior

Violin maker and repairer

Born London, c. 1823
Arrived Sydney, 6 February 1857 (per Walter Hood, from London)
Died Melbourne, 16 June 1899, aged 77 ("a colonist over 40 years")


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (10 January 1857), 4

A. BROWN, Violin Maker and Repairer, from Joseph Panormo's, London, - at D. Buist's, Bridge-street.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (10 January 1857), 8

[Advertisement]: "LA HOGUE POLKA", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 January 1857), 2

LA HOGUE POLKA, composed by A. BROWN, dedicated to Captain Neatby and Officers of the ship, to be published on SATURDAY next Price 2s 6d. W. J. JOHNSON and CO, 57, Pitt-street.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 May 1857), 10

A. BROWN, Violin Maker and Repairer, from Joseph Panormo's, London Sydney.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (16 June 1858), 1

VIOLINS. W. J. BROWN, Jun., violin maker and musical instrument repairer, No. 149, Pitt-street North, late of Bishopagate, London.

"INSOLVENCY COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 June 1859), 7

[Advertisement], The Argus (22 January 1876), 12

W. J. BROWN, From Brown and Son, London, VIOLIN MAKER and REPAIRER, 56 Little Collins-street east, Melbourne. N.B.-All kinds of musical instruments repaired. For antecedents of Brown and Son, London, see Sandy's and Forster's, "History of Violin.

"VICTORIA. XI. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS", The Argus (23 December 1880), 58s

J. Brown, of 57 Lygon street, exhibits a case of his "Carltonia" violins. It is doubtful if this early naming of violins is the surest way to make a fame for them. It is the verdict of posterity which stamps upon any particular kind an unquestionable value. Mr. Brown's exhibits consist of three violins, with the date of manufacture attached to each. They are of good form, but being under lock and key the "varnishing" and other points in connexion with the make are not open to minute description. The next case is very interesting, and in some sense illustrates what we have just said about the verdict of posterity. It is the exhibit of W. J. Brown, dealer and repairer, 50 Little Collins-street east, and it contains violins as follows namely, Gaspard di Salo, A.D. 1597; Paolo Maggini, A.D. 1600; another by the same maker, A.D. 1624; Nicholas Amati, A.D. 1671; Ruggierius, A.D. 1680; Joseph Guarnerius, A.D. 1699; and Guadagnini, A.D. 1724; and there is also in the same case a little "Kit".


"DEATHS", The Argus (17 June 1899), 5

Bibliography and resources:

William Sandys and Simon Andrew Forster, The history of the violin and other instruments played on with the bow ... (London: William Reeves, 1864), 354-55

Associated with the name of Kennedy, as fiddle-makers, are James Brown, the elder and younger, both of whom, in early life, were silk-weavers, particularly the father, and lived in the locality of Shoreditch. About 1804 an intimacy arose with the Kennedy family, whereby James Brown the elder acquired some knowledge of fiddle-making; and, being made more perfect in the use of the tools by Thomas Kennedy, he at length became a repairer and maker of instruments for future support. About 1830 he slipped down the stairs of his dwelling-house, in Wheeler Street, Spitalfields, and broke one of the ankles; the fracture being most severe, the relatives were advised to take him to the hospital. Within a week of the accident, mortification set in, and he died at the age of seventy-five years, in September 1830 or 1834; the son does not remember the date accurately, but he thinks the former year; and he says they (father and son) resided in Wheeler Street for forty-six years, but not always in the same house. James Brown, the younger, was born November 1786, and learned to make fiddles of his father; but, to assist in other branches of the trade, he was mostly employed in making the various bows for the instruments. Since the death of his father, the greater attention has been given to the manufacture of violins, violoncellos, and double basses. This person died in 1860 at his residence in White Lion Street, Norton Folgate, in his seventy-fourth year. The father and son were good average workmen, but no marked style of finish. A son of this last person learned to make instruments of his father; but, when about twenty years of age, he quitted the business to play the contra-basso at theatres; and it is believed he now has some professional engagement in Australia, as success did not attend his exertions at "the Diggins."

BROWN, Frances Helen (Mrs. John HADSLEY)

Teacher, music teacher

Born ? UK, c.1797
Active Windsor, NSW, c.1842-43
Married John HADSLEY, NSW, 1843 (BDM NSW 250/1843 V1843250 27C)
Died Camperdown, NSW, 22 August 1881, aged 84 (BDM NSW 3349/1881)


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (17 December 1842), 1

WINDSOR. MRS. BROWN, returning thanks for the patronage she has received, begs to inform her friends and the public that she has removed her establishment to Fairfield, the late delightfully situated residence of Dr. Gamack; she will have vacancies for a few more Pupils after the ensuing vacation, which will terminate January 16, 1843. The most respectable references will be given. Fairfield, December 1.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 July 1843), 3 

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (12 December 1843), 1 

[Advertisement], The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature (20 January 1844), 394 


Alleged detractor of Vincenzo Chiodetti


Violinist, vocalist, composer

Active Bathurst, NSW, 1850


[Advertisement], Bathurst Free Press (7 September 1850), 5

Polka - Composed by J. Brown.

"BATHURST SERENADERS", Bathurst Free Press (12 October 1850), 4

A miscellaneous concert, composed of sentimental and nigger songs, took place at Mr. Minehan's music room, on Monday, night week. Several of the sentimental songs were very creditably gone through, and the solos on the violin, by Mr. Brown, were exquisitely performed ...


Double-bass player

Active Sydney, NSW, 1865


Brown played double-bass in Lavenu's orchestra for the Sydney University Musical Festival in 1859, and in George Loder and Charles Eigenschenck's orchestra for Lyster's Opera at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Sydney, in 1865.


[Advertisement], Empire (4 July 1859), 6

[Advertisement], Empire (17 April 1865), 1



Active Hobart, TAS, 1900


"THE ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION", The Mercury (18 April 1900), 2

Mr. J. Brown will, with the Vice-Regal Band, play a piece which he has composed, entitled "The Southern Cross," and composed in honour of the members of the expedition. The waltz is full of melody, and was played last year by special request at the Government House ball.

BROWN, Jim (alias of George KING)

Musician ("nigger vocalist")

Active Sydney, NSW, by 1843


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 January 1843), 3

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (20 May 1844), 3

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (15 February 1845), 3

"ASSAULT IN THE CITY THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 July 1848), 3

"STEALING IN A DWELLING", The Maitland Mercury (26 September 1849), 3

"NEW YEAR'S DAY RIOTS", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 January 1850), 2

A coloured man, well known in the city under the name of Jim Brown, following ostensibly the profession of musician at various low public-houses in the city, was yesterday committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions, for acting as a leader in the riotous mobs which disturbed the peace of the city on New Year's night - Herald, Jan. 30.

"KNOCKING AT THE DOOR", Bell's Life In Sydney (2 February 1850), 1s

"TURTLE, TORTISE, OR TURPIN", The Sydney Morning Herald (16 May 1851), 2



Active Beechworth, VIC, 1861


"BEECHWORTH POLICE COURT", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (7 December 1861), 3

A musical barber. - John Brown of Ford street, summoned Montague Murray for the sum of £1, for services rendered as a musician at the Star Theatre on Saturday last. Complainant said the music put before him was wrongly written, and he could not play it. Had not been invited to "dry up," or "lie down." Had not played an Irish jig to the audience, and set them all dancing. Had not been told by the defendant that he (complainant) had injured defendant's reputation very much.

BROWN, John (? pseud.)

Songwriter, poet

Active Bendigo, VIC, 1862


"SQUATTER'S SONG", Bendigo Advertiser (26 July 1862), 3

BROWN, Mr. T. F.

Precentor, conductor of psalmody

Active Mortlake, VIC, 1859

Bibliography and resources:

J. E. Murdoch, Fifty Years of Presbyterianism in Mortlake, 1847-1897 (Mortlake: Printed at the Dispatch Office, 1917)

PRECENTORS. 1859, Mr. T. F. Brown; 1866, Mr. H. C. Johnstone, at a salary of £10 a year; 1869, Mr. J. G. Flanders; 1875, Mr. Maynard, at £4. 4s. a quarter (for two quarters)...

BROWN, Walter James (see ABOVE)

BROWNE, Francis Edward Douglas

? Music copyist, surveyor, penman, convict

Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 1825 (convict per Medway, from the Downs, 22 August 1825)
Active Hobart Town, 1834


Browne advertised that either he or his staff would copy music.


[Advertisement], The Colonist and Van Diemen's Land Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser (18 February 1834), 1 

... Music copied with neatness and accuracy.

BROWNE, Thomas

Music printer and publisher

Born London, 10 March 1816
Active Launceston c.1835-44, Hobart from 1844
Died Hobart, 23 December 1870, aged 54 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


In October 1845 the Hobart Courier noted that Browne, a general printer, had already "published one or two pieces of approved music", neither of which have been identified. He went on to issue Joseph Reichenberg's Ancient Hebrew Melodies in 1847; Francis Hartwell Henslowe's four Songs of Zion, Where is thy home and The Campbell-Town Waltzes in 1849, and Julius Imberg's lost Tasmanian quadrilles in 1851.


"TASMANIAN PUBLICATIONS", The Courier (4 October 1845), 2

[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (25 January 1851), 6

"MR. IMBERG'S QUADRILLES", Colonial Times (28 January 1851), 2

"DEATH", The Mercury (24 December 1870), 1

Bibliography and resources:

"Thomas Browne" (1816-1870)", DAAO


Baritone vocalist, songwriter

Born UK, 1861
Arrived Adelaide/Melbourne, May 1894
In USA, c.1903-13
Died (suicide) Melbourne, 6/7 September 1919, aged 55

Trove search:"Wallace+Brownlow" 

Wallace Brownlow, c.1899


(above, c.1899) 

1893-04-22: London, March 18th ... Mr. Wallace Brownlow, who created the part of the Chaplain of the Fleet in the 'Golden Web,' at the Lyric on Saturday evening, visited the colonies ten or twelve years ago, but did not 'strike oil.' He contemplates another visit under happier auspices.

1894-05-11: Mr. Wallace Brownlow, the new baritone of the Comic Opera Company, was a passenger to Australia by the R.M.S. Oratava, and joined the Royal Comic Opera Company at Adelaide.

1919-09-08: OPERA SINGER'S DEATH. FOUND WITH THROAT CUT. Wallace Brownlow's End. With his throat gashed and a razor lying on the grass at his side, Mr Wallace Brownlow, a well known baritone singer, who won distinction in light musical productions in Melbourne over 20 years ago, was found dead in the Exhibition Gardens early yesterday morning. Constable C. P. Hunt, of Carlton, when patrolling the gardens, noticed the dead man lying near the western end of the Exhibition Building. In one of his pockets was found a note, addressed to the coroner in which Mr Brownlow intimated that he intended to take his life. The same determination was expressed in another note addressed to any person making inquiries into his death. Mr. Brownlow was 55 years of age and had recently been employed at the Influenza Hospital in the Exhibition Building. He had been staying at Fuller's Hotel, Bourke street, and it is understood that some months ago he spent a period as a member of the Permanent Guard. The body has been removed to the Morgue. In his day, Mr Wallace Brownlow was one of the most popular actors ever known in Australia in comic open and musical comedy. His chief successes were in "Floradora" and "Ma Mie Rosette," and in many other musical pieces he gained high favour. His first appearance in this country was made on June 16, 1894, when the romantic light opera, "Ma Mie Rosette,' was given by the Royal Comic Opera Company for the first time in Australia at the Princess theatre, Melbourne. The fine cast included Miss Nellie Stewart as the village girl, Rosette, Mr. Brownlow as King Henry IV of France, Mr. Joseph Tapley as Rosette's lover, Vincent, Miss Florence Young as the haughty court lady, Corsindre, Mr. George Lauri as the brisk Bouillon, Miss Clara Thompson (Mrs Henry Bracy) as the demure Martha, and Mr Howard Vernon as the battered veteran, Colonel Cognac. The appearance of the new baritone was eagerly awaited by the crowded audience, as he had the difficult task of following a great favourite in such parts, Mr. Charles Ryley, who had taken his farewell of Australia at the same theatre on the previous night ...

Documentation: "MAIL NEWS", South Australian Chronicle (22 April 1893), 20

"Mr. Wallace Brownlow", Table Talk (22 June 1894), 6

"OPERA SINGER'S DEATH", The Argus (8 September 1919), 6

"WALLACE BROWNLOW'S SUICIDE", The Mercury (19 September 1919), 2 

Resources: "Wallace Brownlow", Wikipedia 

Songs: Without thy love (song written by Wallace Brownlow; composed by Charles Kenningham) (Melbourne: Allan and Co., [1899]) 

BRUCE, Donald


? Active Sydney, 1835 (but perhaps fictional)


"POLICE INCIDENTS", The Sydney Herald (5 February 1835), 2

BRUCE, Peter ("Captain")

Bagpiper, Highland dancer

Born Skye, Scotland, c.1817
Active Port Macquarie, NSW, by 1843
Active Beechworth, by 1855
Died near Benalla, VIC, 1 September 1889, aged "about 70" (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (26 May 1855), 6

Mr. Peter Bruce will perform a grand Invocation of Scottish National Music, on the Scotch Pipes, in full Highland costume, as played before the Duke of Buccleuch and the whole court of Queen Victoria, in Scotland.

"THE SCOTTISH GAMES AT GEELONG", The Argus (4 January 1860), 5

"THE LATE CALEDONIAN GATHERING", The Argus (7 December 1860), 5

"THE BEECHWORTH CARNIVAL RICHARDSON'S SHOW", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (19 November 1873), 2 

... On Wednesday evening we dropt in again, and saw Messrs James Cunningham, James Kyle, Robert Spiers and Master Duncan dance a capital Scotch reel, to the bagpipe accompaniment of Mr. Peter Bruce; this went well with the audience ... Peter Bruce, the piper, played, as the Scotch folk said, brawley.

"THE EASTER FESTIVAL", The North Eastern Ensign (16 April 1884), 2

[News], The North Eastern Ensign (3 September 1889), 2

Mr. Peter Bruce, better known as "Captain" Bruce, a very old resident of Benalla district, died at his residence on Sunday last, the cause of death being a general break-up of the constitution. Deceased, who was about 70 years of age, was a native of the Highlands of Scotland, and settled down here at farming pursuits many years ago. Although an old man, he was fond of Caledonian sport, and was reckoned one of the best "pipers" in the colony. He was always noted for a genial nature, for his industry and energy in his capacity of farmer, and for a most neighborly and obliging disposition. His remains will be interred in the local cemetery to-day.

"A PIONEER FARMER", The Australasian (25 December 1926), 11 

The death of Gustavus Robert Bruce, of Yarrawonga, on December 9, 1926, removes the last and the original free selector in the parish of Yarrawonga ... His father, Peter Bruce, was born in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, and decided when 18 or 19 years of age to go to Australia, and sailed from Glasgow in 1826 for Sydney. He was then considered one of the best bagpipe players in Scotland, and received a great send-off from the Highlanders in Glasgow. Upon landing in Sydney he took service under Captain Innis, of the Imperial forces. His fame as a piper brought him in contact with all the distinguished Scotsmen of Sydney and he played at every gathering of note in that city. While in the service of Captain Innis, Peter Bruce married Christina Sanderson, and settled down to farming at Parramatta, where Robert was born. When gold was discovered in Victoria Peter Bruce, with his wife and young family and worldly possessions packed on two drays, each drawn by six bullocks, started off on the long bush journey. Bob, his eldest son, was not quite 11 years of age, but he drove one of those teams all the way to the Ovens diggings at Beechworth. Many hardships were encountered on the long journey; there were no roads or bridges, and provisions were difficult to obtain. They struck Gundagai just as the great flood was going down. Bob Bruce informed the writer that cattle and horses were up in the tops of trees at incredible heights. When he reached Beechworth Bob commenced prospecting on his own, and had some luck. His parents lived there for some years, and then left for Benalla to begin farming ...

Bibliography and resources:

Mundy 1852a, volume 2, 17, 23, 44-45 

[Port Macquarie, March 1847] ... here were dinner parties and dancing every evening, the chief music being furnished by a Highland bagpiper in full costume. In short, at this secluded bush-residence there was every luxury that could be found in the distant capital, except the polka! and that one of our party imported and imparted, to the immeasurable delight of a numerous bevy of pretty girls, the daughters and friends of the house.

[23] ... His [Major Innes's] overseer, the piper Bruce - of whom I have made honourable mention as incorporating within his own person and pipes the dancing orchestra of Lake Innes Cottage - resides at the inn, and makes what custom he can from the rare travellers on the road.

[44] ... The travellers, however, reached at sunset the hospitable roof of Lake Innes Cottage, where we recruited ourselves until the 22d. Bruce's bagpipes were in good wind and condition; the same may be said of the eight or nine young ladies in the house, who took [45] care that the Sydney gentlemen should not forget how to dance for want of practice ...

Boswell 1911, 56 

Boswell 1911, 61 

Thursday, 22nd June [1843] ... Bruce played some pibrochs early for Mr. Macleay's benefit. I had no idea the bagpipes could sound so beautiful, though I liked them at all times the sound is so different in the open air when the piper is walking up and down.

Boswell 1911, 67 

... in the fields grew oats and lucerne for hay also maize and Indian corn, Bruce having the charge or oversight of all.

Boswell 1911, 128 

John MacFadyen, "Piping in Skye", in The Skye: one hundred years 1865-1965 (Glasgow: J. MacGowan/McMillan, Graham and Pickering, [1965])

The only natives of Skye Alexander [Bruce] was on record as having been taught by the MacCrimmons were Alexander Bruce 1771-1840 and his brother John Bruce 1775-1847. Alexander was piper first to Capt. MacLeod of Gesto and afterwards to Mr. Bruce of Glenelg. Alexander Campbell, the Diarist, describes him in 1815 as a favourite pupil of Donald Ruadh MacCrimmon. He had three songs, John, Peter, and Malcolm, Malcolm was piper at Moy for a time while John and Peter went to Australia where they taught the Canntaireachd to the eccentric Simon Fraser.

Mackenzie 2009, 155, 156, 162

[156] [Simon Fraser] himself did not play the pipes seriously until he was 40 [1884-5]. He said he was then the only pupil of Peter Bruce, son of the great piper Alexander Bruce, who had been taught by both Gesto and Donald Ruadh MacCrimmon. Peter left his pipes to Simon in his will, an indication of a close teacher-pupil bond.

Bibliography and resources:,_Port_Macquarie,_New_South_Wales 

[accessed 9 July 2015] Annabella often referred to Bruce the piper who entertained the residents of the house ... [this] was Peter Bruce who came as a free settler from Scotland in about 1840. He was part of a family whose members were renowned for their ability to play the bagpipes and are mentioned in the texts on the history of piping. His father was Alexander Bruce (1771-1840) of Glenelg, Scotland who had been taught by the famous MacCrimmon pipers and his uncle John Bruce (1775-1847) was the piper to Sir Walter Scott. It is also mentioned in the texts that two of Alexander's sons Peter and John, who also played the bagpipes very well, immigrated to Australia. Although Peter played the pipes to entertain the guests he was also employed as a servant. Annabella mentions that he assists the butler serve at the table when required. However his main occupation seems to be a farmer as she says that "in the fields grew oats and lucerne for hay also maize and Indian corn, Bruce having the charge or oversight of all." At the time that Annabella wrote her diary in 1844 Peter Bruce was about to marry, Helen, her cousins maid. She mentions that the wedding of Bruce and Helen was held in the drawing-room. The bride was Helen Sanderson, a Scottish girl, who immigrated to Australia in about 1838. She was on board the same ship that Annabella's maid Christina Ross had taken to come to Australia. The couple had several children while they lived at Lake Innes and in the early 1850s they moved to the goldfields at Bathurst and then to Beechworth. Eventually they came to Benalla in Victoria where Peter bought some land and became a farmer. He continued playing the bagpipes and his obituary mentions that he was known "as one of the best pipers in the colony."


Annabella Boswell (Innes); teacher of Simon Fraser

BRUCE, Robert ("R. B.")

Songwriter, composer, poet, pastoralist

Born England 1835
Died North Adelaide, 4 November 1908, in his 73rd year


A pastoralist (at Wallelberdina and Coondambo), Bruce was a prolific poet, songwriter and novelist, active from the 1870s. Works include his story collection The dingos and other tales (Adelaide: Printed at the Advertiser and Chronicle offices, 1875) and a verse collection A voice from the Australian bush (Adelaide: Frearson and Bro., 1877)


"DEATHS", The Advertiser (5 November 1908), 8

"DEATH OF MR. ROBERT BRUCE", The Register (6 November 1908), 5

Robert Caldwell, "ROBERT BRUCE (The Poet of Coondambo)", The Advertiser (28 November 1908), 13

Musical works:

The mistletoe (song written and composed by Robert Bruce)

Whispering wind bring your message to me  (written and composed by Robert Bruce)

I am a zephyr free (song written and composed by Robert Bruce)

Let's be happy while we're young (song; words and music composed by R. Bruce; harmonized by Hans Bertram)


Singing instructor, schoolmaster

Active Melbourne, by 1849
Died NZ, 17 May 1900

1849: It is proposed to form a class for instruction in singing, on the Hullah system, with a view to the improvement of congregational psalmody. The class will be conducted, under the superintendence of the clergy of St. Peter's parish, bv Mr. Brunton, of the Church of England School, Collingwood, and will meet every Monday and Friday evening, at the Protestant Hall.

1856: A course of lectures on music, given gratuitously in this church by Mr. Brunton, of Collingwood, concluded on Thursday evening ... The instruction given has been of the most practical character, elucidating the beauties of the plain chaunt, which is so well adapted for the services of the Church of England.

1856/57: ... During the last few weeks, a class numbering nearly three hundred persons has met in Chalmers' Church for the practice of psalmody ... The conductor of these classes is a Mr. Brunton, whose skill as a teacher had been before commented in this Journal, and in other  publications. The present course consists of six lectures, and is preliminary to more extensive classes which the lecturer proposes to open in Melbourne and Collingwood ...

Petherick 1911: In the middle of the 'fifties there were a few private schools and three or four good public schools in Collingwood [including] Mr. Brunton's at St. Mark's ... Mr. Brunton's was considered the best, but being a dissenter he had soon to remove his "Eton" public school from St. Mark's to the United Free Methodist Chapel in George-street; and Mrs. Snow, wife of Alfred Snow, architect of Oxford-street Church, followed with her public school for girls to the school-room adjoining. Both schools had the same singing and drawing masters and received the most efficient teaching then in vogue in any Denomination. Mr. Brunton was a kind and considerate, though very strict master; a counsellor on whose judgment his elder pupils could rely with confidence; a master always associating with them as a friend and companion ... A large number of surviving pupils now scattered over the Commonwealth and New Zealand, still revere the memory of their old Master, Alfred Brunton.


"CONGREGATIONAL PSALMODY", The Argus (21 November 1849), 2



"AN EXPLANATION. To the Editor", The Argus (16 July 1856), 6

 "SERVICE OF SONG" [from Journal of Australasia, December 1856], Launceston Examiner (10 January 1857), 3

"ST. MARK'S SCHOOL COLLINGWOOD", The Argus (2 October 1858), 5

? "A BANKRUPT CLERGYMAN AND HIS CREDITORS", Bendigo Advertiser (16 November 1888), 3

? "NEW ZEALAND NEWS", The Queenslander (1 December 1888), 1012

"DEATH OF AN EVANGELIST", Wanganui Chronicle (18 May 1900), 2

Bibliography and resources:

Edward A. Petherick, "Early Collingwood: recollections of the 'fifties and 'sixties of last century", The Victorian Historical Magazine 1/1 (January 1911), 5-18  


Taught Edward Augustus Petherick (late 1850s)


Professor of dancing

Arrived Sydney, by April 1828
Died, Sydney, 28 February 1830, aged 40


Probably a son of the English theatrical entrepreneur, Thomas Brunton, lately "Ballet Master at the King's theatre, London", also "late Ballet master of the Surrey Theatre", was recently arrived and teaching dancing in Sydney in April 1828. According to the Monitor, in May he had been engaged to be "ballad [sic] master" at Levi's new Sydney Amateur Theatre. He advertised regularly in the press through 1829. However, he died on 28 February 1830 after being thrown by his horse. His inquest heard that "Mr. Brunton was a man of cheerful, social habits, and just 40 years of age. He married, only three or four months ago, the young widow of the late Mr. William Underwood, whose death, in several particulars, resembled that of the unfortunate Mr. B." As a result for Brunton's death, a Mrs. Raine advertised that she would be opening a dancing school. Brunton's wife, Mary, died 2 years later.


[News], The Monitor (19 April 1828), 7

[Advertisement], The Australian (14 May 1828), 1

[News], The Monitor (21 May 1828), 5

[News], The Horbart Town Courier (28 June 1828), 4

"TO THE EDITOR", The Monitor (3 November 1828), 8

"MARRIAGES", The Asiatic Journal (August 1830), 226

"SUDDEN DEATH OF MR. BRUNTON", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (2 March 1830), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (13 April 1830), 1

"DIED", The Sydney Herald (24 May 1832), 4


Vocalist (pupil of Cutolo)

Active Adelaide, SA, 1859-60


[Advertisement], South Australian Register (13 June 1859), 1

"SIGNOR CUTOLO'S CONCERT", The South Australian Advertiser (16 June 1859), 2

... The piece which followed was a trio - "Desolate is the dwelling of Norma"- by Miss Rowe, Mr. Daniel, and Miss Bryan; the latter an amateur vocalist, and this her first appearance in public. The performance of this piece was loudly encored. Miss Bryan displayed some excellent and accurate tones of voice, as well as a degree of animation which indicated proficiency in her part and taste in its delivery. A solo on the harp by Miss Horn, selected from Meyerbeer, followed. Miss Bryan then sung "Bright things can never die." Throughout both of these songs she developed tones of voice and an animation in her delivery which took the spectators quite by surprise. She was interrupted several times by the applause of the audience, and was enthusiastically called upon for an encore, when she substituted "I do not ask," which was rendered in an unexceptionable manner and with great feeling. We venture to state that for volume of tone and expression in delivery this young lady has not her equal in the colony.

"SIGNOR CUTOLO'S CONCERT", The South Australian Advertiser (9 November 1859), 2

"SOUTH AUSTRALIA", The Argus (30 November 1859), 3

"SIGNOR CUTOLO'S FAREWELL CONCERT", South Australian Register (5 December 1859), 3

"SOUTH AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE", The South Australian Advertiser (31 May 1860), 3

"WHITE'S ROOMS", South Australian Register (22 December 1860), 3

BRYAN, Thomas


Arrived Fremantle, 1863
Died Launceston, TAS, 16 February 1896, aged 76

BRYAN, Thomas


Active Perth, WA
Died Melbourne, VIC, 10 May 1901, aged 49


"AMATEUR THEATRICALS", The Inquirer & Commercial News (5 September 1866), 2

"PERTH BAND", The Inquirer & Commercial News (10 October 1866), 3

[News], The Perth Gazette (8 January 1869), 2

"OBITUARY", Launceston Examiner (17 February 1896), 4

"BANDMASTER BRYAN. DEATH FROM HEART DISEASE", West Australian Sunday Times (12 May 1901), 1

"DEATHS", The West Australian (5 June 1901), 4

BRYANT, Master

Boy vocalist

Active Melbourne, 1864-65


[Advertisement], The Argus (9 November 1864), 8

[Advertisement], The Argus (2 May 1865), 8


Vocalist, lecturer on national music

Active Brisbane, NSW (QLD), 1850-51

1850:  For nearly three hours Mr. Buchanan entertained his audience by alternately tracing from history the antiquity and power of music, and illustrating its effects upon the feelings through the means of national airs. The songs were English, Irish, and Scotch. Mr. Buchanan has a clear and pleasing voice, more particularly adapted to the plaintive old airs of Scotland and Ireland.


"SCHOOL OF ARTS", The Moreton Bay Courier (5 January 1850), 2

"MUSICAL LECTURE", The Moreton Bay Courier (26 January 1850), 2

"LECTURE ON MUSIC", The Moreton Bay Courier (4 May 1850), 2

[Advertisement], The Moreton Bay Courier (4 January 1851), 3

[Advertisement], The Moreton Bay Courier (27 April 1850), 1

BUCK, Frederick (BÜCKE)

Pianist, organist, composer

Born Germany 1827
Arrived Australia c. early 1850s
Died Tasmania, December 1901, aged 74

Obituary: Herr Frederick Buck died on Saturday, aged 74. Though feeble from declining years, he had, up to within a few days of his death, been able to keep about in the open air, and his end was somewhat unexpected. He was an old Tasmanian resident, having arrived here some 50 years ago, and as a talented musician he occupied a prominent and useful position in the community, and had at one time possessed a nice little property in the Glenorchy district, where he had hoped to find a permanent home. Misfortunes, however, befell him. He accepted the position of immigration agent for the Tasmanian Government, went home to his native country, and was instrumental in bringing to the colony many useful German families, who, settling down to industrial pursuits, have become prosperous members of the community. The undertaking did not bring much profit to Herr Buck, but rather involved him in trouble, the result of his too sanguine aspirations to do something that should place his name on the scroll of fame. Meanwhile, his position as one of the premier musicians of Tasmania became weakened. Younger and more pushing competitors entered the field, and, with advancing years, the once popular musician, step by step, dropped into the rear ranks, and friends became few. He was a good linguist, and accomplished in many ways outside his musical profession, and as long as he had means, was liberal handed, even beyond the limits of discretion. His name will long be honoured with that of Herr Schott. They were contemporaries in musical circles some twenty years ago, and both, in their special spheres, did much to advance musical culture in Hobart.


[Advertisement], "NEW MUSIC. TOR SALE AT THE GUARDIAN OFFICE", Portland Guardian (21 May 1866), 3

"OBITUARY", The Mercury (30 December 1901), 2

Musical works:

The young recruit march ("Introducing Kucken's favorite air, for the pianoforte") (Hobart: J. Walch, [by 1866]); copy at SL-TAS; Trove Bookmark

BUCKE, Walter Francis

Baritone (pupil of Garcia and Santley, London), Teacher of Singing

Arrived Melbourne, by April 1873 (with Arabella Goddard)

BUCKE, Isa (Mrs. W. F. BUCKE; Miss STEELE)

Pianist (pupil of Hartmann of Leipsic), Teacher of Pianoforte

1878: Walter Francis Bucke, 30, was charged at the Adelaide Criminal Court, on the 15th, with attempting to procure abortion. Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr. T. K. Pater. His Honor called attention to the circumstance that prisoner had been committed on the charge of wilful murder, and he asked Mr. Pater if he was prepared to meet the reduced charge ...

Documentation:  [Advertisement], The Argus (28 April 1873), 8

[Advertisement], The Argus (31 May 1873), 8

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (31 December 1873), 2

[Advertisement], The South Australian Advertiser (17 October 1876), 1

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (1 June 1877), 2

[Advertisement], Northern Argus (3 November 1876), 3

"ARREST OF F. W. BUCKE AT ALBURY", The Goulburn Herald (24 November 1877), 7

"POLICE COURTS", South Australian Register (27 November 1877), 3

"The Charge against Bucke the Musician", Evening News (21 March 1878), 2


Vocalists and instrumentalists

Active Australia and New Zealand, 1830s-60s


Comedian, actor, vocalist

Born England, c.1810
Arrived Sydney, by mid 1833
Died ? NSW, by 1864 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

BUCKINGHAM, George (junior)

Comedian, actor, vocalist

Died (drowned) Croisilles Harbour, NZ, 19 August 1864

BUCKINGHAM, Ann Jane (b. 1835)


BUCKINGHAM, George (junior)

Comedian, actor, vocalist

Died (drowned) Croisilles Harbour, NZ, 19 August 1864


Died (drowned) Croisilles Harbour, NZ, 19 August 1864


Buckingham, who described himself as a "comedian", married Anne JESSOP in Sydney on 21 July 1834, and their daughter, Rosetta (later Mrs. Bully HAYES), was born in 1843. Buckingham was based in New Zealand after 1843, but also continued to work in Australia.


[Letter] "To the editors", The Sydney Herald (18 July 1833), 2

[Letter] "To the editors", Empire (17 September 1856), 7

"THE BUCKINGHAM FAMILY", Wagga Wagga Express (29 January 1859), 2

This very talented family arrived here on Saturday and played on the same night to a crowded house. at Mr. Byrnes' Hotel. Their fame came before them and therefore it was not to be wondered at, claiming as they did at a few hours notice, the numerous attendance that appeared in the saloon of the Hotel. This clearly demonstrates how the good people of' Wagga Wagga are desirous of patronising anything in the shape of genuine talent. It is needless to speak of their ability, as their claims have been acknowledged in every town and by every person who may have heard them. The public press also has been lavish in their praise. The precosity of the juvenile portion of the family are astonishing. Master Walter in particular, as the "Old Musketeer". There he may be seen with the violin, again at the flute, then at the. piano; in fact he seems au fait in whatever may come in his way. Then we have the picaninny, whose "Billy Crow" is the most comical thing our readers can imagine. "Barber Brown," "Beautiful Boy," "Paddy Malone," are all of the same class. His performance on the flute in company with his brothers is excellent. Again where shall we find a better player than the elder son George on the flute? Who can forget the exquisite tones in that beautiful melody "Home, sweet home," rendered by him, with others of a similar character. We must not forget to make particular mention of Miss Rosa Buckingham, whose performance on the piano, (which was kindly lent for the occasion by George Forsyth, Esq.), was excellent; she also sang the song of "Molly Asthore." On Wednesday evening the performance took place in the large ball room attached to Mr Fox's Squatters' Hotel, and notwithstanding the heavy rain the room was crowded ...



Bibliography and resources:

"Buckingham, George and Buckingham, Rosetta", Te Ara (Encyclopedia of New Zealand) 



Teachers of the Pianoforte, Italian and English Singing, Dancing

Active Hobart, VDL (TAS), 1841-42


[Advertising], The Courier (27 August 1841), 1

[Advertising], Colonial Times (16 August 1842), 1

BUCKLEY, Florence (Mrs. CARTER)

Pianist, accompanist, piano teacher (pupil of Louis Pabst)

Active Melbourne, by 1885
Died Hampton, VIC, 9 February 1934


"ST. GEORGE'S CATHOLIC SCHOOLS", Fitzroy City Press (21 November 1885), 3

[Advertisement], The Argus (2 April 1892), 12

"OBITUARY", The Argus (13 February 1934), 6


Violinist, fiddler

Active Launceston, TAS, 1854


"WHAT IS A MUSICIAN", The Cornwall Chronicle (3 June 1854), 5

What is a Musician?- In answer to a question put by the Chairman of Quarter Sessions during the trial of John Beck, to a witness named Bucknell, concerning the mode in which he earned his living, witness replied that he was a musician. The Chairman, "What is commonly called a fiddler?" Witness, - "Yes Sir."  It appears Bucknell procures a livelihood by playing the violin in the tap-rooms of public-houses.

BUDD, Thomas

Bandmaster (late of the 46th Regiment; Naval Brigade; St. Francis's Band; Randwick Asylum Band), saxophone player ("for the first time in this colony"), composer

Active Maitland, NSW, by December 1868
Died Sydney, NSW, 5 October 1874 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (24 December 1868), 1 

ROYAL OLYMPIC THEATRE. BOXING NIGHT, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26th. GRAND VOCAL & INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT In aid of the WEST MAITLAND VOLUNTEER BAND FUND, When, in addition to the Band being of late rendered more effiolent than ever it was before since its formation ... several of the most talented local amateurs, chiefly members of the Volunteer Corps, have kindly given their services, and Mr. T. Budd, formerly Bandmaster of the 46th Regiment, has also tendered his services, and will perform, for the first time in this colony, on the celebrated new instrument, the Saxaphone, now becoming such a favorite in the old country ...

"SYDNEY CORRESPONDENCE", The Maitland Mercury (5 June 1869), 2

On Monday evening the Philharmonic Society gave their first grand concert for the season, in the hall of the Exchange; the programme was an attractive one, and the spacious room was filled to the doors. Mr. Budd's (for the first time in Sydney) "Sax-a-phone", was evidently appreciated by the audience, who insisted upon an encore ...

"M. GUILLAUME JONSON'S CONCERT", Bell's Life in Sydney (7 August 1869), 3

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 December 1869), 9

"COMPLIMENTARY CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 July 1872), 5

"FUNERALS", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 October 1874), 8

"NAVAL BRIGADE FUNERAL", The Sydney Morning Herald (8 October 1874), 4

[News], Illustrated Sydney News (17 October 1874), 15

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (17 October 1874), 4

BUDDEE, Julius

Professor of Music, violinist, pianist

Born Germany, c.1823
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 28 March 1849 (per Louise, from Hamburg);
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, by July 1849
Died, Glebe Point, NSW, 9 September 1890, aged 67 years (TROVE tagged by Australharmony and others)



"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (28 March 1849), 3

[2 advertisements], The Argus (7 July 1849), 3

"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 September 1890), 1

[News], The Sydney Morning Herald (10 September 1890), 7

THE news of the death of Mr. Julius Buddee will be received with sincere regret in musical circles. For many years he was esteemed in Melbourne as one of the first among teachers of the pianoforte, besides being recognised as a truly artistic performer of classical music. Failing health led him to remove to Sydney some four years ago, since which time he has held a high place among the professional musicians of this city. Growing weakness has been apparent for some time, but he was sufficiently well on Monday to continue teaching throughout the day, and the announcement of his decease at about 3 a.m. yesterday caused no less surprise than sorrow.

[News], The Argus (29 September 1890), 5

BUIST, David

Music retailer and publisher, pianoforte and harmonium maker, repairer and tuner ("from John Broadwood's")

Born London, England, 1806 Arrived Sydney, NSW, 12 February 1849 (per Walter Morrice, from London) Died Stanmore, NSW, 26 October 1876, in his 71st year

BUIST, William David

Music retailer and publisher, pianoforte and harmonium maker, repairer and tuner

Died 14 November 1893 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

BUIST, Harry

Cabinet pianoforte maker

BUIST, George

Cabinet pianoforte maker

BUIST, Richard (? Harry)

Piano tuner


David Buist traded as "D. Buist and Sons", from 6 Bridge Street, from as early as 1852, with his eldest son William and another son Richard (? Harry) as partners. Richard left the parternship in April 1855 and went into business by himself as a tuner; David and William continuing thereafter as "D. Buist and Son". By October 1857 they had moved to 254 George Street, remaining there until after June 1862, relocating to 235 George Street by October 1862. The firm was dissolved by the partners, David and his eldest son William, on 23 March 1874, after which William continued in business as "W. D. Buist".


New South Wales, List of immigrants per ship Walter Morrice, arrived 12 February 1849 (State Records NSW)

Buist, David, 42, Cabinet pianoforte maker, [native of] London; Ann, 42, wife, do.; Esther Ann, 20, Dressmaker, do.; William D., 18, Cabinet pianoforte maker, do.; Harry, 16, do., do.; George, 14, do., do.; [+ 3 more sons and 3 more daughters, aged 12 to 2]

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (29 October 1849), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (26 June 1852), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (15 July 1852), 1 

TO THE MUSICAL PUBLIC. D. BUIST AND SONS, Pianoforte Makers, Tuners, and Repairers, (sixteen years with Messrs. Broadwood and Sons,) No. 6, Bridge-street, beg to announce that they have on Sale some elegant and really superior PIANOFORTES ...

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 April 1855), 1

"MARRIAGE", The Sydney Morning Herald (14 August 1856), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 October 1857), 10

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 November 1858), 1

Advertisement]: "JUST PUBLISHED, CORNSTALK GALOP", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 April 1859), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (13 April 1859), 3

"ALARMING FIRE IN GEORGE STREET", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 February 1860), 4

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 June 1862), 12

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (3 October 1862), 1

"LAW. SUPREME COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 July 1863), 5

[Advertisement], Illawarra Mercury (3 October 1865), 3

"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 December 1866), 1

"LAW. SUPREME COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 May 1868), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 April 1874), 4

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 October 1876), 1

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 August 1888), 1

Musical publications:

Good news from home ("Second Edition"; "As sung by Christie's Minstrels") (Sydney : D. Buist & Son's Pianoforte & Harmonium Warerooms, [between 1858 and 1861?]; the almost identical first edition had been issued by Henry Marsh and Co. in 1859, followed by a Marsh "second edition" in November 1859)

The cornstalk galop ("Respectfully dedicated to his pupils, by Spagnoletti, R.A.") (Sydney: D. Buist and Son, [1859])

? The cornstalk polka [Spagnoletti] ("as played every night at the Prince of Wales Theatre by Winterbottom's celebrated band"). ([Sydney: D. Buist and Son, 1859]; NO COPY IDENTIFIED; "polka" perhaps a misprint for the above galop; c.f. the well-known Cornstalk polka by George Thornton)

BULCH, Thomas Edward (Mr. T. E. Bulch)

Musician, bandmaster, composer

Born 1862/3
Died Mascot, NSW, 13 November 1930, aged 67 (NLA peristent identifier)

Pseudonyms include:

Henri LASKI (from 1892), Arthur Godfrey, Eugene Lacosta, Arthur Laski, Godfrey Parker, Henri Laski, Pat Cooney, Carl Volti, Theo Bonheur, Charles Le Thiere.


"JUBILEE MARCH", Portland Guardian (10 June 1887), 2

"BRASS BAND CONTEST. TO THE EDITOR", South Australian Register (3 October 1887), 6

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (3 October 1887), 1

"ROTUNDA CONCERT", South Australian Register (4 October 1887), 5

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (20 February 1891), 1

[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (13 August 1894), 5

"NEW MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 March 1898), 4

"A.N.A. BAND CONTEST. A CHAT WITH MR. BULCH", The Advertiser (29 January 1902), 6

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 November 1930), 14

Pre 1900 works include:

The Jubilee march (1887)

Grand march, The giant (1887)

Grand march, The typhoon (1887)

Tonguing polka, The gumsucker (1887)

March, The battle of Eureka (1891)

Happy thoughts schottische

Les fleurs d'Australie valse (composed by Henri Laski; arr. by Tom Howard)

Postman's parade quick march

Austral overture (by 1894); later printed edition (band parts)

Austral overture

Bibliography and resources:

Eric S. Tomkins, Thomas Edward Bulch, musician: a family history (rev. ed.: Castle Hill: Author, 2009)


Pianoforte pupil (of Henry Witton)

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1862


[Advertisement], The Courier [Brisbane] (24 October 1862), 1

... F. BULL (Pianoforte), Smith-St., Collingwood. [pupil of Henry James Witton]

BUNCE, Mrs. James

Professor of Music, vocalist

Active Ballarat, VIC, 1860s


"NEWS AND NOTES", The Star (14 August 1863), 2

A new amateur presented himself [sic] last evening in the person of Mrs. James Bunce, who sang the beautiful and rather glowing song from Bishop Bid me discourse and sang it so well to be encored. Mrs. Bunce has long been known as an accomplished musician in private circles and her appearance in public last night proved that she has a faculty for pleasing a still larger circle.

"NEWS AND NOTES", The Star (18 August 1863), 2

"CHRIST CHURCH ORGAN", The Star (15 November 1864), 2

Ballarat and Ballarat District Directory (1865), 44, 183

BURDON, George

Musician, band musician

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1850


"THE VAGRANT ACT", The Argus (12 December 1850), 2

George Burdon ... was charged ... with being a vagrant, having been fourteen days in Melbourne without having any other visible means of subsistence that that of going about from one public-house to another playing "music" and asking alms. The defendant arrived from Van Diemen's Land in company with four others of the same stamp, who figured at the Collingwood Election as "a band of musicians" ...

BURGESS, Joseph Bird

Violinist, orchestra leader, composer

Active Bendigo, by 1856
Died Geelong, VIC, 20 March 1907, aged 77


"ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. To the Editor", Bendigo Advertiser (24 January 1856), 3

Sir - Will you be kind enough to allow me to correct an error that appeared in your issue of this morning, relative to my ball. The "Octavia Polka" was written by Mr. E. Salaman and not by me as you have stated. The "Casey Polka" was composed by me for the same occasion, and both Polkas were produced for the first lime, at the opening ball, Wellington Hotel, Epsom. Trusting you will excuse me for so far trespassing on your valuable space, I am. Sir. Yours obediently, JOSEPH BURGESS, Late of Mons. Jullien and Winterbottom's Bands. Epsom, 22nd Jan., 1856

"THE MASONIC BALL. To the Editor", Bendigo Advertiser (25 June 1859), 3

"OUR MUSICAL TALENT", Bendigo Advertiser (6 August 1859), 2

"NEW INSOLVENTS", The Argus (21 March 1860), 5

"DEATHS", The Argus (20 March 1870), 4

[News], The Argus (19 July 1870), 5

"NEW SONG", Bendigo Advertiser (23 July 1870), 2

We have to acknowledge the receipt of the words and music of a new song, entitled " Rest, rest, thou gentle sea," composed and dedicated, by special permission, to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, by Joseph Bird Burgess, of Moama ... We hear that two more songs of Mr Burgess' are in the hands of the publishers. He is also preparing a volume of his sacred compositions for the press, which is to be published by subscription.

[News], The Argus (11 November 1870), 5

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 April 1907), 6

Published works:

Rest, rest, thou gentle sea (new song, composed and dedicated, by special permission, to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, by Joseph Bird Burgess, of Moama) ([Melbourne: Paling, 1870])

The stars sink one by one from night (song; the poetry from the Dublin University Magazine) (Melbourne: Troedel, [1870])

A selection of sacred music (composed, arranged & dedicated to Viscount Canterbury, KCB, by Joseph Bird Burgess) (? London: Chappell & Co., [? 1875-6])

The Ulupna Schottische ([?]: [?], [?])

BURGH, Henry (Henry de BURGH)

Amateur vocalist, pianist, composer

Born 1816
Arrived Perth, 21 July 1841 (per James Matthews, from London)
Departed Perth, 1846 (for England) Died 1876


"FREEMASONRY", The Perth Gazette (28 December 1844), 2

The intervals between the toasts were occupied by the performance of some choice music, amongst which was an original glee for four equal voices, written for the occasion by Brother Henry Burgh, who presided at the piano. This very able production was beautifully sung by the brethren.


The usual Masonic toasts were given, and cordially responded to, accompanied by some excellent songs and glees, performed by several of the Brethren, and appropriate to the sentiment of each; among the rest, a Masonic glee, composed expressly for this occasion by Brother Henry Burgh, and which is acknowledged on all hands to be a composition of very great musical merit. A very beautifully executed copy of this glee was presented to Brother Hutt, and as it is unquestionably worthy of publication in any part of the world, we look to have the pleasure of some day seeing it in print, when we are sure it will become a universal favourite among the brethren.

"WESTERN AUSTRALIA", Freemason's Quarterly Magazine (30 September 1845), 369

"CHORAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT", The Inquirer (20 January 1869), 3

There are still many among us who remember the charming concerts given long since in Perth, and to which Mr. and Mrs. Symmons, Mr. Wittenoom, Mr. Stone, Mr. Schoales, Mr. Lochée, Mr. H. deBurgh, and Mrs. Maycock contributed their great and varied talents.

Bibliography and resources:

Henry de Burgh's Diary (28 March 1841-3 February 1844, from England to the Avon Valley, WA)

The Celtic Lodge, Edinburgh and Leith, No.291, Extract of Minutes 1841 - 1846

28th November 1846 ... Bro The Honourable Henry Burgh, Naas, Ireland, 712 Western Australia Lodge was admitted an Honorary Member of the Celtic Lodge.

Note: For an earlier Masonic Glee. see 2 pages after 472

BURKE, Peter Constantine

Piano tuner, professor of music (son of John Burke, A.R.A.M)

Active northern VIC and southern NSW, by 1880
Died Laceby, VIC, 18 March 1901, "A colonist of 48 years."

BURKE, Peter Constantine, junior

Piano tuner, pianist, amateur vocalist

Active northern VIC and southern NSW, by 1894, later QLD


[Advertisement], The Riverine Grazier (16 October 1880), 2

Piano Tuner. - Mr P. C. Burke announces in our advertising columns that he intends visiting Hay about 23rd inst. He bears first class testimonials, and is confidently recommended by Nicholson and Ascherberg as an excellent tuner.

[News], Euroa Advertiser (13 May 1887), 2

"Marriages", The Argus (2 April 1891), 1

[News], Wagga Wagga Advertiser (26 April 1894), 2

Mr. P. C. Burke, junr., piano tuner, announces that he is at present on his periodical round through Narandera, Coolamon, Junee, and the Wagga districts, and may be expected in this town shortly.

"WANGARATTA", Benalla Standard (22 March 1901), 3

The death occurred at Laceby on Monday morning of Mr Peter C. Burke, at the age of 65 years. He was born at Drogheda, Ireland, being the only son of Mr. John Burke, A.R.A.M., professor of music. He came to the colony when he was 20 years old, and followed the profession of music. He was well known throughout the North-Eastern District as a piano forte tuner. He was a resident of Killawarra, where he has reared a large family of sons and daughters. He was well known in the Benalla district, where the news of his death was much regretted.

"DEATHS", The Argus (25 March 1901), 1

"CONCERT AT THOONA", Benalla Standard (27 August 1907), 3

"MRS. P. C. BURKE", Benalla Standard (1 June 1909), 2 

The death is reported as having occurred at her residence, Wangaratta, on Thursday last of Mrs. P. C. Burke, at the age of 76 years ... The late Mrs Burke, who was well known and highly respected in this and the Samaria district was born in Glasgow in 1833. In 1852, with her uncle Captain Gilfillan, and his widowed sister. she came to Victoria in the ship Progress and the next year she was married by the late Canon Handfield at St. Peter's Church Eastern Hill, to the late Mr. P. C. Burke who for twelve months followed his profession as a musician. Then, accompanied by his wire, he visited a number of gold rushes, and finally they settled at Beechworth. Mrs. Burke's husband predeceased her about eight years ago, and after his death Mrs. Burke and her daughter Miss Marie Burke, resided in Wangaratta, Mrs. Burke was the mother of ten children, five of whom are living, viz Mr. P. C. Burke, of Ideraway, Queensland ... The deceased lady was noted for her kindly and cheerful disposition, and her unostentatious charity. She was a most attentive and kindly mother, and sympathy is tendered to the members of the family in their deprivation. The remains were interred in the Wangaratta cemetery on Saturday.

BURKITT, Adelaide (Annie)

Pianist, teacher

Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1888
Died Melbourne, VIC, 10 April 1945


[Advertisement], The Argus (23 July 1888), 12

"DEATHS", The Argus (11 April 1945), 2

"DEATHS", The Argus (13 April 1945), 2

"MUSICAL SACRILEGE [To the editor]", The Argus (15 October 1942), 5


Pupil of Louis Pabst; teacher of Percy Grainger

BURN, David (Edmund David BURN) ("Tasso Australasiatticus")

Playwright, songwriter

Born Scotland, c.1798/9
Active Australia 1826-29, 1830-36, 1841-45
Died North Shore, Auckland, NZ, 15 June 1875 (NLA persistent identifier) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

BURNE, Hewetson


Active (? Queensland), 1886-92


"New Music", Queensland Figaro and Punch (12 February 1887), 3

Musical works:

The pioneer schottische, or, The alligator hop (by Hewetson Burne) (Melbourne : Gordon & Gotch, [1886/7]) ("Performed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards at the Colonial & Indian Exhibition, dedicated to the pioneers of Australia")

There's something about 'er as fetches yer (written by Bert Royle; composed by Hewetson Burne) (Melbourne: W. H. Glen & Co., [by 1892])

BURNS, William (alias Edward Byrne)

Singing teacher

Active Bendigo, VIC, 1865


"A CHARGE OF ABDUCTION", Bendigo Advertiser (13 October 1865), 2

"ABDUCTION", Bendigo Advertiser (13 October 1865), s2

"CHARGE OF ABDUCTION", The Argus (23 October 1865), 6

BURNETT, George W.

Professor of music

Active Sydney, NSW, 1863


[Law reports], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 January 1863), 5


Band sergeant (Band of the 40th Regiment)

Died Melbourne, VIC, 31 April 1857 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


"VICTORIA", The Cornwall Chronicle (6 May 1857), 3

James Burnett, band sergeant of the 40th Regiment, died on Thursday morning from disease of the brain. The deceased, though comparatively a young man, served with the regiment at Candahar, Ghusnes, Cabul, and Maharajapore, and was decorated with a medal and bronze star.


Band of the 40th Regiment (second tour)



Born Ottery St Mary, Devon, England, 1862
Arrived Australia, 1875
Died Melbourne, VIC, 1937


[birth and death details provided by a family historian]

"BRISBANE LIEDERTAFEL CONCERT", The Brisbane Courier (5 November 1885), 6

"MARRIAGES", The Brisbane Courier (4 January 1886), 1

"The Deutscher Club ...", The Brisbane Courier (6 February 1888), 5

[News], The Queenslander (23 June 1888), 965

Mr. Frank Burrough, the well-known flute soloist of this city, has just accepted an engagement in the orchestra of the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition. We learn that Mr. Burrough does not intend returning to Brisbane; his departure will therefore create a gap in the musical circle which will not be readily filled.

"THE ORCHESTRA", The Argus (2 August 1888), 5s


Centennial Exhibition Orchestra (player)


Schoolmaster, teacher of vocal music

Active Launceston, TAS, by February 1853
Died Warrnambool, VIC, 24 July 1881, aged 58


[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (2 February 1853), 87

MR. D. BURSTON. from St. John's College, Battersea, London, respectfully begs to inform the inhabitants of Launceston and its vicinity, that he will open the School Building situated in Franklin-street, on Monday next, the 31st January, to commence the following course of instruction to youth in the above-named locality;- Reading, Spelling, Writing, Dictation, Arithmetic, Composition, Grammar, Geography, Map Drawing, Vocal Music, (Sewing, Knitting and Marking, to girls) &c. Terms:- ... An Evening Singing Class will be formed for Ladies and Gentlemen in the centre of the town as soon as the names of parties have been received, on Professor Hullah's, or the sol. fa. system. Terms, £1 1s. per quarter.

[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (21 April 1853), 2

[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (2 June 1853), 6

"ST. JOHN'S SCHOOL", The Cornwall Chronicle (23 December 1854), 4

[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (29 August 1857), 5

"WARRNAMBOOL", The Argus (26 July 1881), 6

"DEATHS", Illustrated Australian News (24 August 1881), 158

BURTON, Henry (also worked under alias Blythe WATERLAND)

Vocalist (Waterland's Ethiopian Serenaders, &c), showman, circus performer, proprietor of Burton's Band

Born Lincolnshite, England, c.1823
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 23 December 1849 (per Constant, from London)
Active Sydney, NSW, by January 1850
Died Fitzroy, VIC, 9 March 1900, aged 76 (NLA persistent identifier)


"ARRIVED", South Australian Register (26 December 1849), 3

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (26 March 1850), 1

[Advertisement], Bell's Life in Sydney (6 April 1850), 2

"ETHIOPIAN SERENADERS", Bell's Life in Sydney (6 April 1850), 3

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (21 May 1850), 1

"BLYTHE WATERLAND'S SERENADERS", The Maitland Mercury (29 May 1850), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (13 June 1850), 1

"MUDGEE", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 May 1852), 3

Mr. Burton's band ably performed their part as musicians, relieved occasionally by some of the ladies, who sung, and played upon the piano to admiration. Mr. Nathan, from Sydney, likewise played and sung to the great delight of the company.

"THE CIRCUS", The Courier (5 May 1855), 3

The Circus in Murray-street will be opened on Monday evening next. The manager of the present troupe is Mr. Burton, already so well in in the colonies for the highly respectable and proper manner in which the performances under his management have been conducted. He is best known under his American cognomen, Blythe Waterland.

"MOUNT BARKER", South Australian Register (7 November 1856), 3

Tuesday. November 4. Before Dr. Walker, J.P., and Mr. Lachlan Macfarlane. J.P. Jacob Young, Jacob Düne, Conrad Sander, Heinrich Rodenbout, Carl Leonhardt, Daniel Müller, and Christian Prothenbuck, known as "Burton's Band", appeared to answer the complaint of Mr. Henry Burton, for that they having contracted to serve the said Henry Burton as musicians, and having entered into his service, did neglect and refuse to fulfil the same. Henry Burton, sworn, said the defendants, who had played for him in Victoria, were engaged by his agent to play for him in Adelaide and South Australia at £16 per week, their own terms (agreement put in and acknowledged). That the day before the Circus left Port Adelaide, after they had received their week's wages, £16 (receipt put in), they said they would not go into the country with witness, unless he paid them £3 per week extra. ... The defendants were ordered to return to their duties and pay the costs, or to be committed to Gaol for one month. They paid the costs and promised to return to their duties.

"ARRIVED", South Australian Register (19 September 1859), 2

"DRAGGED", South Australian Register (22 November 1869), 2

"MR. HENRY BURTON, MR. ROBERT TAYLOR", Australian Town and Country Journal (11 July 1874), 24

Our first recollections of Mr. Burton's public life extend back some years. In 1847 he appeared professionally as Mazeppa in Cook's circus, in the city of Edinburgh ... Mr. Burton's first connection with amusements in these colonies commenced in 1851, in which year he introduced the first company of serenaders, known as Blythe Waterland's Troupe ... the name of Burton has been so intimately associated with circuses that it's only necessary to say that he has traversed the whole of the settled parts of the continent from Rockhampton on the north, to Adelaide on the west; and during his travels he has gone many thousands of miles by land and sea, and though he has met at times with serious reverses through impassable roads, drought, bad seasons, and all the other ills that can attend the Australian traveller, Mr. Burton has always merited the respect and patronage of the public, and has given over two thousand pounds to the charities of the colonies.

"DEATHS", The Argus (12 March 1900), 1

"MR. HENRY BURTON", Bathurst Free Press (19 March 1900), 3

MR. HENRY BURTON, who was well-known in the early days as the proprietor of Burton's Circus, died at the Dramatic Homes on March 9, and was buried in the St. Kilda Cemetery. Mr. Burton, at one period of his life, had become fairly wealthy, and in his opulence he acquired quite a reputation for his extensive charities. He afterwards met with reverses (says a Melbourne paper), and about eighteen months ago found shelter in the institution for which he himself had done so much.

Bibliography and resources:

Ruth Teale, "Burton, Henry (1823-1900)", Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)



BUSHELLE, John (senior)

BUSHELLE, John Butler (junior)

BUSHELLE, Tobias Vincent

See main entry

Eliza and John Bushelle and family

Four members of one of colonial Australia's most important musical families: former convict and bass-singer John Bushell ("Bushelle" from 1839), his wife Eliza, sister of William Vincent Wallace, and their sons Toby and John. Other musical relatives of Eliza in Australia included her brother, Spencer Wellington Wallace, father Spencer Wallace, and cousins Francis Ellard (and his son Frederick Ellard), Maria Logan (Ellard), and Marian Chester. Thomas Leggatt, Francis Ellard's brother-in-law, has also been reported to be a cousin. The Sydney soprano Hilda Mulligan (active 20th-century) was reportedly a grand-daughter of Eliza.


Professor of Music, harpist, pianist

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1854-57


Buxton, claiming to be a late member of the Philharmonic Society, a pupil of Henri Rosellen and J. Balsir Chatterton (Harpist to the Queen), advertised in August 1853 as a teacher of the Pianoforte, Harp, Organ, and Singing, having taught in Liverpool for the previous 8 years; on his first concert appearance in Melbourne in February 1854, he was also described as "from the Royal Academy of Music".


[Advertisement], The Argus (1 August 1853), 3

[Advertisement], The Argus (4 February 1854), 3

[Advertisement], The Argus (11 February 1854), 3

[Advertisement], The Argus (7 September 1855), 7

Bibliography and resources:

Hallo 2014, 80, 136, 140, 202

BYRNE, Stephen

Trombonist (honorary secretary, Hallas's Band), printer

Active Bendigo, VIC, by 1860


"MUNICIPAL POLICE COURT", Bendigo Advertiser (15 May 1860), 2

 "PRESENTATION TO CAPTAIN SKENE", Bendigo Advertiser (16 September 1863), 2

"THE PHILHARMONIC CONCERT", Bendigo Advertiser (18 November 1865), 2

BYRNE, George (alias)

Violinist, musician

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1856


"INDECENT ASSAULT", The Argus (27 September 1856), 6

"INDECENT ASSAULT", The Argus (30 September 1856), 5

"A TWO FOOTED BEAST", The Maitland Mercury (7 October 1856), 3

The person described on the charge sheet, under the assumed name of George Byrne, but who is really a German, and one of the first violinists in the colony, and who was convicted at the City Police Court on Friday, of grossly indecent conduct towards two girls attending the Colingwood National Schools, was again brought up on Saturday. The prisoner had been remanded in consequence of it being understood that there were several more cases against him ...

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