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A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–D
Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)
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To cite this:
Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–D",
Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):
http://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-D.php; accessed 29 March 2017
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Music teacher and conductor (The Marsh Troupe)
Active Australia, 1861-62
"THE MARSH TROUPE", Ipswich Herald (2 July 1861), 4
[Advertisement], The Star (17 October 1861), 3
[Advertisement], The Argus (28 February 1862), 8
? Musical instrumental seller
? Active Brisbane, 1863
[Advertisement], The Courier (30 October 1863), 4
Notice to Musicians. ALL kinds of BRASS and STRING INSTRUMENTS. For Sale, at the lowest possible prices, at WM. DACHSEL, care of F. Cramer, Adelaide-street, North Brisbane.
British composer, dancing master, band conductor
Born Germany, 1809
Died UK, 1886
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1489158 (NLA persistent identifier)
One of the most prolific British composers of popular pieces of dance music, many of which were reprinted and widely performed here from as early as 1847, Charles D'Albert never visited the Australian colonies. However, Sydney publishers Woolcott and Clarke selected two of his waltzes for inclusion in their 1854 set The Ladies of Sydney Waltzes. Later that year, his Regatta waltzes were "composed expressly for the colony", this time especially commissioned by Woolcott and Clarke for their The Australian Presentation Album for 1855, and for the 1855 Anniversary (26 January) Regatta. Woolcott and Clarke also issued his Overland Mail Galop in 1855. Lewis Moss published the Sydney Exhibition valse ("Dedicated to the Ladies of New South Wales") in 1879. Meanwhile, Chappell in London also published the Sydney Exhibition quadrille (likewise "Dedicated to the Ladies of New South Wales").
[Advertisement]: "JUST PUBLISHED", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 April 1854), 8
"THE AUSTRALIAN PRESENTATION ALBUM", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 April 1854), 5
[Advertisement]: "JUST PUBLISHED", The Sydney Morning Herald (5 April 1854), 5
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12956116 [reprints review from Empire]
"ALBUM", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 January 1855), 8
[Advertisement], Empire (22 December 1855), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 March 1856), 12
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (13 March 1855), 5
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 July 1879), 10
Musical works online:
The Ladies of Sydney Waltzes (Sydney: Woolcott and Clarke, ;
also in The Australian Presentation Album for 1854)
The Regatta Waltzes (Sydney: Woolcott and Clarke, 1855, in The Australian Presentation Album for 1855)
Overland Mail Galop (Sydney: Woolcott & Clarke, 1855; later reprinted Sydney: J. R. Clarke)
Sydney Exhibition Valse (Sydney: Moss & Co., )
Sydney Exhibition Quadrille (London: Chappell & Co., )
Bibliography and resources:
Charles D'Albert at What's the score at the Bodleian?: digitizing music scores at the Bodleian Library (website)
Theatrical performer and entrepreneur
Born ? Italy
Arrived Sydney, 10 July 1841 (per Salages from Ile Bourbon and Mauritius)
Departed Launceston, on or after 22 March 1842 (per Phantom, for Mauritius)
Not himself a musician, Dalle Case's short stay was significant for Sydney music and musicians. His small company arrived from Mauritius on 10 July 1841, and gave their first gymnastic entertainments in August. The Monitorreported that "the èlite of Sydney were assembled in great force" for a show that it doubted "many of our Australian youths now living will 'ever see the like again'." But the Herald concluded that, given the already depressed times, it must have been largely the "working classes" that were supporting Dalle Case and the theatres. Among improvements promised for their last November performance at the Victoria Theatre was a "superior orchestra". By December, construction of Dalle Case's new tent theatre on the corner of George and Hunter Streets was underway, though the government at first refused him a license to use it. With decorations added by the artist John Skinner Prout, the so-called Olympic it was judged by the Gazette to be an "elegant little amphitheatre". In February 1842, Dalle Case began diversifying the Olympic fare by engaging actors, dancers, singers and musicians (including the Gautrots), many of them Victoria Theatre regulars. By March he and the rival theatres were in serious contention, and by late April he was listed among the newly insolvent. Dalle Case meanwhile taking his troupe abroad to Parramatta, Maitland, and Windsor, several complaints against him came before the chief commissioner on 17 August. The record of proceedings is an interesting musical-historical document, in that those called and quoted verbatim and at length included John Bushelle, Gautrot (through an interpreter), and Joseph Charriere. He took a farewell benefit at the Victoria Theatre on 30 September, and embarked for Hobart on 5 October. The company gave performances there and in Launceston into 1843, before finally leaving to return to Mauritius in mid-March. The Australian in April 1844 reported a rumour of Della Case's execution, contradicted by reports of his continued touring in Malacca, Penang, Batavia, India, and, by 1848, the Cape Colony.
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (13 July 1841), 2
[News], The Australian (13 July 1841), 2
[Advertisement], The Australian (14 August 1841), 3
"THE FOREIGN GYMNASTIC COMPANY", The Sydney Monitor (27 August 1841), 2
"THE TIMES", The Sydney Herald (29 September 1841), 2
[Advertisement], The Australian (13 November 1841), 3
"NEW THEATRE", The Sydney Herald (1 December 1841), 3
[News], The Sydney Herald (9 December 1841), 2
"Signor Dalle Case's Olympic Arena", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (22 January 1842), 2
"THEATRICAL GOSSIP", The Sydney Herald (7 February 1842), 2
"NEW INSOLVENTS", The Sydney Herald (26 April 1842), 2
"In the insolvency of Signor Dalle Case", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 August 1842), 2
"DALLE CASE'S BENEFIT", Australasian Chronicle (1 October 1842), 2
"DEPARTURES", Australasian Chronicle (6 October 1842), 3
"ITALIAN VENGEANCE", The Australian (16 April 1844), 4
[News], The Cornwall Chronicle (3 July 1844), 2
Bibliography and resources:
Albert Weiner, "The short unhappy career of Luigi Dalle Case", Educational Theatre Journal 27/1 (March 1975), 77-84
D'ALTON, Mrs. (DALTON)
Active Melbourne, VIC, November 1854 to May 1855
[Advertisement], The Argus (23 November 1854), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (2 January 1855), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (8 January 1855), 8
"MONSIEUR AND MADAME HERWYN'S CONCERT", The Argus (9 January 1855), 5
Mrs. Dalton sang "By the Sad Sea Wave", and "Deh non Voler" in good taste. She has a rich, even, contralto voice, over which a little more practice will give her a more full command.
"GRAND CONCERT AT THE EXHIBITION", The Argus (15 February 1855), 5
[Advertisement], The Argus (10 April 1855), 8
"THEATRE ROYAL", The Argus (16 April 1855), 5
Mrs. D'Alton was the only vocalist on the occasion ... The lady in question possesses a magnificent contralto, but on Saturday evening appeared to suffer from nervousness to a painful extent.
"CONCERT HALL", The Argus (23 April 1855), 6
Mrs. D'Alton and Miss Louisa Swannell are pursuing a most successful career, both ladies being nightly encored.
[Advertisement], The Argus (7 May 1855), 8
Precentor, conductor of psalmody
Active Ballarat, c.1850s
"WESLEY CHURCH. MUSICAL CELEBRATION", The Star (25 August 1860), 2
He began by stating that the original precentor in the congregation there was Mr. Daly who had gone away. To him succeeded the Messrs. Doane, who organised a choir.
Associations: Joseph Attwood Doane
DANIEL, E. R. (Miss; ? Miss E. C. Daniel)
Pianist, teacher, composer
DANIEL, Josiah Wyke (Mr. J. W. DANIEL)
Tenor vocalist, choral conductor
Born England, c.1826
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 16 September 1850 (immigrant per Steboneath, from England)
Died Adelaide, SA, 13 June 1891, aged 65
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Josiah+Wyke+Daniel (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
DANIEL, Arthur (Mr. A. H. DANIEL)
Cornet player, vocalist
In Adelaide in December 1850, Mr. J. W. Daniel, "lately arrived in the Colony", made his first appearance at the Choral Society. During the ensuing decade he a leading resident vocal soloist and conductor, working with Carl Linger, the Adelaide and North Adelaide Choral Societies, the Adelaide Sacred Harmonic Society, and supporting visiting artists as Maria Carandini (1858). In 1859, Daniel and Linger were joint conductors of the Handel Commemoration Festival. In September 1856, "Miss E. C. Daniel" advertised in Adelaide as a "teacher of singing", giving her address as that of Mr. J. W. Daniel, probably her brother, of Grenfell Street. Miss E. Daniel "presided at the piano-forte" for his concert at the East Torrens Institute in October 1856. In December "Miss Daniel" and "Miss E. C. Daniels" were both in Anna Bishop's party, embarking from Adelaide for Melbourne.
In January 1857 in Melbourne Miss E. C. Daniel advertised as a "Professor of Music and Singing, of considerable experience in England, and in the colony of South Australia", and in April was a vocal soloist at at Melbourne Philharmonic Society concert. A "Miss Daniels" also assisted Cesare Cutolo at his Adelaide concert in February 1859, and in November the Misses Daniel applied for a licence to run a school at Morphett Vale. J. W. Daniel and Miss E. Daniel gave a soiree musicale at Noarlunga in September 1867, and at a concert of sacred music at Morphett Vale Baptist Church in 1868. Miss E. C. Daniel assisted at Mrs. Hill's entertainment at Morphett Vale in 1874, and Miss E. Daniels conducted the choir at the Baptist Church, Morphett Vale in 1879.
[Advertisement], Adelaide Times (20 September 1850), 2
[Advertisement], South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal (7 December 1850), 1
ADELAIDE CHORAL SOCIETY ... The Committee have great pleasure in announcing that the orchestra has been greatly augmented since their last Concert by several new and talented performers, among whom are the principal members of the Liedertafel and Mr. J. W. Daniels (late Principal Tenor and Conductor of the Bath Madrigal Athenaeum and Choral Societies.
"SOUTH AUSTRALIA", Colonial Times (24 December 1850), 3
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (25 September 1856), 1
"EAST TORRENS INSTITUTE", South Australian Register (16 October 1856), 3
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (10 December 1856), 2
[Advertisement], The Argus (29 January 1857), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (25 April 1857), 8
"ADELAIDE", The Musical Times (1 December 1858), 351
[Advertisement], The South Australian Advertiser (10 February 1859), 1
[Editorial], The South Australian Advertiser (7 March 1861), 2
"NEW MUSIC", South Australian Register (8 March 1861), 3
"POETRY", The South Australian Advertiser (12 March 1861), 3
"NOARLUNGA", The South Australian Advertiser (12 September 1867), 3
"MORPEHTT VALE", The South Australian Advertiser (26 May 1868), 3
"MRS. T. P. HILL'S ENTERTAINMENTS", South Australian Register (17 September 1874), 5
"MORPEHTT VALE", The South Australian Advertiser (15 April 1879), 7
"DEATHS", South Australian Register (15 June 1891), 4
THE LATE MR. J. W. DANIEL", South Australian Register (15 June 1891), 4
On Saturday morning Mr. Josiah Wyke Daniel, an old and respected colonist, breathed his last. Mr. Daniel arrived in the colony from England in 1850, and was for many years engaged in the soft-goods business in Adelaide. For a time, too, he was a storekeeper at Mount Pleasant. During the last twelve years he was in the Civil Service as store-keeper at the Government Printing Office. The deceased always took a lively interest in promoting the study of music, and, possessing. a rich voice, he was highly thought of as a vocalist, and will be much missed from musical circles. He had only a brief illness, and he leaves a widow and grown-up family.
"THE LATE MRS. J. W. DANIEL", The Express and Telegraph (4 May 1904), 1
H. Brewster Jones, "MEMORIES OF CARL LINGER", The Advertiser (24 February 1936), 17
Bibliography and resources:
Gently, mother, gently ("words by A. C. Judson, music by E. R. Daniel") ([Adelaide: ?, 1861]) NO COPY IDENTIFIED
DANIELL, Jonah A. (Mr. J. A. DANIELL)
Professor of music, piano maker, composer
Arrived Sydney, NSW, by March 1843
Last documented Bathurst, NSW, April 1855
Daniell advertised his arrival in Sydney in March 1843 as a "Professor of Music and Pianoforte-maker formerly of Broadwood's, London". An unclaimed letter to "Mr. Daniels, Professor of Music" was advertised in the Sydney Herald in May 1843 was probably for him.
His name appears as Jonah Daniell in notice of birth of a son, at his house in "Rushcutter Bay" in May 1846 (again given as his address on the titlepage of the quadrilles below).
At the Bachelors Ball at Windsor in June 1848: "The music was of a superior description and the performers, Messrs. Daniels and Wilson from Sydney, deserve the highest encomiums", again probably a reference to him (and the violinist Wilson).
He composed two published works, in 1848 the set La militaire quardilles ("Selected from the airs of various nations Harmonized and arranged for the PIANO FORTE") (copy at SLNSW: Q786.4/Mu4) and The Great Britain polka ("Composed by Mr. J. A. DANIELL, and dedicated by special permission, to Captain Matthews and the Officers of the Great Britain, steam-ship") ([Sydney: Henry Marsh, 1852]) [NO COPY IDENTIFIED].
[Advertisement], The Australian (10 March 1843), 3
"UNCLAIMED LETTERS", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 May 1843), 4
"BIRTHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 May 1846), 3
On Saturday, the 9th instant, at her residence, Rushcutter Bay, the wife of Mr. Jonah Daniell, of a son.
"NEW MUSIC", Sydney Chronicle (29 February 1848), 3
"MUSICAL", The Australian (10 March 1848), 3
[Advertisement], The Australian (10 March 1848), 1
"WINDSOR", Bell's Life in Sydney (24 June 1848), 3
[Advertisement]: "NEW MUSIC. Just published", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 November 1852), 3
"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 December 1852), 2
... composed by Mr. J. A. Daniell, and arranged for the Orchestra by Mr. Gibbs"
[Advertisement], Bathurst Free Press (28 April 1855), 3
Bandmaster (H.M.S. Endymion [The Flying Squadron]), composer
Born Naples, Italy, 1842
Visited Hobart, TAS, Melbourne, VIC, & Sydney, NSW, December 1869
Died Buffalo, NY, USA, 1918
[News], The Argus (7 December 1869), 5
[Advertisement], Evening News (17 December 1869), 3
[Advertisement], Evening News (22 December 1869), 3
Flying Squadron waltz (composed by Giuseppe d'Anna, bandmaster of H.M.S. Endymion) (Melbourne: C. Troedel, )
See also: other works celebrating the visit by Australian resident composers
Flying Squadron galop (by H. W. Loveday, Pianoforte Tuner, &c) (Sydney: n.p., )
Flying Squadron galop (by W. H. Spiller) (Hobart: Walch and Sons., 
Flying Squadron galop (by N. La FEUILLADE) (Melbourne: Troedel, )
Bibliography and resources:
Frederick W. Thornsby (ed.), Dictionary of organs and organists (1912), 338
Cindy McCreery, "Neighbourly relations: nineteenth-century Western navies' interactions in the Asia-Pacific region", in Robert Aldrich and Kirsten McKenzie (eds.), The Routledge history of Western empires (Routledge, 2013)
D'APICE, Charles (Carlo Francisco Luigi; Signor; Chevalier; Cavaliere; also Carlo SICA)
See main page:
Governor of NSW
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 17 December 1825
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1252823 (NLA persistent identifier)
DARLING, Eliza (DUMARESQ)
Amateur musician, musical patron
Letter, Eliza Darling (Sydney, NSW), to her brother Edward Dumaresq, 9 March 1826; Allport Library, Hobart (ed. in Fletcher, Ralph Darling: a governor maligned, 210)
We are very gay, Dinner Parties on Tuesday and Fridays - on the evening of Friday Music - and on Tuesdays a Ball - two Quadrilles of twelve - Henry has found a Blind Fiddler and two men who play the Pandean Pipes. These he calls his Vagabonds.
Letter Elizabeth Macarthur (NSW), to Miss Kingdon, March, 1827; ed. Macarthur (Onslow) 1914, 458
Our present Governor General Darling entertains strangers frequently. There are evening parties once a week at the Governor's House. Mrs. Darling is perfectly accomplished in music and exerts herself to please all. Our present greatest annoyance is from a licentious Press. We have four editors of newspapers, who every week publish so much trash and pour forth such torrents of abuse against every person and everything respectable.
See main page:
DASTON, Madame (Mrs. WORRELL)
Vocalist (from the New York Opera-house, first appearance in Australia)
Active Melbourne, VIC, 1867
[Advertisement], The Argus (2 October 1867), 8
[News], The Argus (12 November 1867), 5
An action was tried yesterday, in the County Court, Worrell and Wife v. Coker, in which the plaintiff sought to recover nine guineas for three weeks' salary to the wife, introduced to the public as Madame Daston, For the plaintiffs it was proved that Madame Daston had sung for five nights at the Varieties, on account of her engagement with the defendant, and after that her name had been omitted from the bills; she had been paid three guineas as for one week's work and labour, and in full of all demands to date; but she was then summarily dismissed, although engaged for a month. For the defence several professionals were called, who stated that, although well received, as all the artistes were, on the opening night, Madame Daston was hissed off the stage each evening thereafter. One witness described her singing of "Dermot Asthore" as equal to half the length of Bourke-street; and another gave a more abbreviated but equally unhealthy opinion of her execution, that there was little music in it, and that what little there was was from the impulse of her own genius, the songs announced as by popular composers being sung in a style quite independent of the maestro's invention; this created a difficulty, as the instrumentalists were unable to accompany her satisfactorily. The judge gave a verdict for the defendant.
DASTON, Harriet (Miss Harriet DASTON)
Active Sydney, NSW, 1857
DASTON, Harriet (Madame)
Active Maitland, NSW, 1861
? Died Maitland, 21 March 1874, aged 65
"BREACH OF THE MASTERS AND SERVANTS ACT", The Maitland Mercury (21 October 1856), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 February 1857), 1
... the managers have much pleasure in announcing to the public they have succeeded in closing an engagement with the celebrated Miss Harriet Daston, (late of the Royal Academy, London) ...
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 March 1857), 1
[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (2 November 1861), 1
... the celebrated Soprano, Madame H. Daston, and some of the West Maitland Amateur Serenaders, have kindly offered their services.
"INSULTING LANGUAGE", The Maitland Mercury (25 December 1866), 3
"OBSCENE LANGUAGE", The Maitland Mercury (9 September 1869), 4
On Monday, at the West Maitland police court, Harriet Daston was brought before the bench charged with making use of obscene language in George street, Horse-shoe Bend, on the 29th August ultimo. The expressions sworn to were of very disgusting character; the witnesses being residents in the street, who complained of being constantly annoyed by language similar in effect. On this particular day, prisoner was in liquor, but knew what she doing. She was convicted, and fined 60s. and 7s. 8d. costs; in default of payment, one month's imprisonment.
"MALICIOUS DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY", The Maitland Mercury (8 November 1870), 2; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18749461
"DRUNKENNESS", The Maitland Mercury (27 February 1872), 3
"DEATH OF DISEASE OF THE HEART", The Maitland Mercury (24 March 1874), 3
? "Funerals", The Sydney Morning Herald (24 November 1880), 14
Bassoon player, bandsman (Band of the 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
Teacher of the Piano-forte
Active Parramatta and Sydney, NSW, from 1829
In September 1829, Mrs. Davies begged "to inform the Ladies of Paramatta and its Vicinity, that she will give Lessons upon the PIANOFORTE, DRAWING, and the FRENCH LANGUAGE. O'Connell-street, Parramatta". In Sydney in the 1830s, she hired W. J. Cavendish, George Sippe, and Miss Bates to teach dancing and music.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (15 September 1829), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (20 August 1833), 3
DAVIS, Charles Henry
Catholic bishop, musician, composer
Born Usk, Monmouthshire, England, 18 May 1815
Arrived Sydney, 8 December 1848
Died NSW, 17 May 1854
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1462487 (NLA persistent identifier)
According to Curtis, soon after his arrival late in 1848, and presumably before he fell seriously ill in mid-1849, Davis, who was an ex-Downside Benedictine monk sent to be Polding's bishop coadjutor (as first Bishop of Maitland), instituted "a reform" in St. Mary's Cathedral Choir: "He began by selecting some simple Masses of his own composition ... Bishop Davis was much pleased with the progress of his choir, and when he heard them sing for the first time his masterly arrangement of "Christus factus est pro nobis obediens usque ad mortem" in the Tenebrae service ...". According to the Herald's report of his funeral: "On Friday the solemn requiem mass was celebrated, the choir singing the Gregorian "missa de Requiem" harmonised by the late Bishop, who to his many accomplishments added that of being a musician of a very high order of talent". At Downside, Davis composed prolifically for the college band.
"FUNERAL OF BISHOP DAVIS", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 May 1854), 5
Bibliography and resources:
Article by J. H. B. Curtis, in Austral Light (February 1902), reproduced in Henry Norbert Birt, Benedictine Pioneers in Australia, Volume 2 (London: Herbert & Daniel, 1911), 208-210 (also O'Farrell, Documents, 112-113)
R. A. Daly, "Davis, Charles Henry (1815-1854)", Australian dictionary of biography 1 (1966)
J. Brian Butler, " 'Dear little Charlie': a memoir of Charles Henry Davis: 1815-1854: monk of Downside and first bishop of Maitland ", Tjurunga: Australian Benedictine Review 73 (November 2007)
DAVIS, Mrs. E.
Teacher of Music and Dancing, school mistress (Norfolk House)
Active Parramatta, 1840-47
"PARRAMATTA. NORFOLK HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT", Morning Chronicle (20 December 1843), 2
On Thursday last, at noon, the usual yearly "Examination" of the young ladies at Mrs. Davis's establishment, Norfolk House, took place in the presence of a numerous assembly of the relatives and friends of the pupils, prior to the Christmas vacation. His Grace the Most Reverend Dr. Polding, Archbishop of Sydney, the Rev. Dr. Gregory, the Reverends N. Coffee (Parramatta), Johns Fitz-patrick, and several other Clergymen, Mrs. O'Brien, Superioress of the Convent, the Sisters of Charity, and many ladies both from Sydney, and resident in Parramatta, were present during the "Examination." Specimens of the progress made by the young ladies in the various departments of Music, Drawing, Dancing, French, General History, Geography, Arithmetic ... Several of the newest, and some very difficult overtures, rondos and duetts, were very tastefully and brilliantly executed on the Piano, and both the vocal and instrumental performances were in the highest degree creditable, as well to the fair pupils as their talented instructor. The style of dancing was greatly admired for its peculiar ease, and graceful modesty, unassuming and unstudied.
[Advertisement], Sydney Chronicle (4 September 1847), 3
Active Melbourne, 1862
"STEALING FROM A DWELLING", The Argus (14 April 1862), 6
Professor of the violin
Arrived Sydney, 1856
"MR. ISAAC DAVIS, Professor of the Violin, and who has lately arrived from England, has vacancies for a few pupils. Terms, &c, apply to Mr. J. DAVIS, Mr. Samuel Davis, Sydney, York-street, near the Synagogue." In May 1857, Davis "the inimitable violinist, from the Prince of Wales Theatre" appeared in concert with the Buckingham Family and the basso Lamoureux, and was available as violinist for "Quadrille Playing" with Edwin Cobley (harp) and Abraham Emanuel (pianoforte).
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 October 1856), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (5 May 1857), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 May 1857), 10
"FRIGHTFUL BALLOON ACCIDENT", Bell's Life in Sydney (24 December 1858), 4
DAVIS, J. (possibly the above)
Violinist, viola player, orchestra leader
Active Sydney, 1857-62
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (18 March 1857), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 March 1857), 1
"OPENING OF THE LYCEUM THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 July 1861), 5
[Advertisement], Empire (23 January 1861), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (20 January 1862), 1
DAVIS, Jane (PRICE; Mrs. F. MESSITER; Mrs. John DAVIS; "Desda")
Songwriter, poet, author
Died North Sydney, 25 March 1890, aged 53
Mrs. F. Messiter of Balmain, "Desda", was both author of the words and dedicatee of Spagnoletti's song Your Willie has returned dear. Frederick Messiter died in February 1860, and in 1861 Jane married the draper John Davis, who in the meantime had published her second song Cooey, also with music by Spagnoletti senior.
1860:Since the last summary we have two, new and pleasing songs, Cooey, written by Desda, composed by Spagnoletti, R.A. ...
[News], Empire (18 October 1859), 4
"CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 December 1859), 3
"COMPLIMENTARY CONCERT TO MISS SPAGNOLETTI", The Maitland Mercury (11 March 1865), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 July 1860), 8
"NEW MUSIC", The Australian Home Companion (11 August 1860), 23
"ART, SCIENCE, AND LITERATURE", Empire (21 August 1860), 2
"MUSICAL", Empire (22 August 1860), 5
"AUSTRALIA", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 August 1860), 5
"THE RELIEF OF THE DISTRESSED", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 July 1867), 5
"NEW PUBLICATIONS, ETC.", Illustrated Sydney News (23 December 1871), 14
Your Willie has returned dear (Answer to Willie we have missed you [Stephen Foster]; dedicated to Mrs. F. Messiter; words by DESDA, composed by Spagnoletti, R.A.) (Sydney: H. Marsh and Co., )
Cooey! An Australian song (words by an Australian Lady; music by Spagnoletti, R.A.; as sung by Nina Spagnoletti; Respectfully dedicated to Madame Sara Flower) (Sydney: John Davis, ) [earliest notice of son, December 1859]
Bibliography and resources:
DAVIS, Sophia Letitia (Mrs. J. W. DAVIS; Miss JONES)
Soprano vocalist, teacher of singing, piano, guitar, musicseller
Born Ireland, 1799
Arrived Hobart, 22 June 1832 (per Lindsay, from Sligo, Ireland)
Died Hobart, 8 July 1850, aged 51 years
DAVIS, James Wentworth
Go to main page Sophia Letitita Davis
Active Sydney (Pyrmont, Balmain), NSW, 1861-62
The otherwise unidentified "Miss Davis" published two songs, both of which are now lost. The first, Tapping at the Window, Peeping o'er the Blind, with "music by Miss Davis, Pyrmont" setting the popular verses "Village Courtship" by the British poet Charles Swain, was published by James Fussell late in 1861. Presumably the same Miss Davis (though since having moved across the harbour to Balmain) also composed the "original Ballad The dying child", which was given for the first time by Sara Flower in George Peck's Grand Concert on 17 December 1862 and again for Agostino Robbio two nights later. Miss Davis's The Dying Girl, presumably the same number, was published (as "sung by Madame Sara Flower at Signor Robbio's Concert, published THIS DAY") in advance of the event by Lewis Moss, on 13 December.
"VILLAGE COURTSHIP", in Charles Swain, Letters of Laura D'Ouverne (London: Longman, 1853), 62
[Advertisement]: "NEW MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 November 1861), 1
"NEW MUSIC", Empire (7 December 1861), 4
[Advertisement], Empire (13 December 1862), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (22 January 1863), 8
"SIGNOR ROBBIO'S CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 December 1862), 13
DAVY, Louisa Jane (LITCHFIELD)
Musician, music teacher
Born England, 1851
Arrived Australia, 1851
Died Prospect, SA, 19 April 1929
Obituary: Mrs. Louisa Jane Davy, who died at Prospect, was 78 years of age. She had been a colonist for that number of years, arriving as an infant. Before her marriage to Mr. William Charles Davy she was Miss Litchfield. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Litchfield, who landed in Australia from England with their family in 1851. Dr. John Litchfield, an uncle, was the first medical man at the Adelaide Hospital, and Captain Charles Litchfield, another uncle, was at one time Commissioner of Police in Adelaide. The Hon. Thomas Reynolds, who married Mrs. Davy's aunt, was on two occasions Premier of South Australia. He, with his wife and her sister, were drowned in the wreck of the Gothenburg. The latter lady was a distinguished musical composer, and her compositions were lost in the disaster. Mrs. Davy possessed great musical ability, inherited from her father. She led an active musical life up to her death. Being gifted with a fine soprano voice, she led a church choir at the age of 10, and was actively associated with church work as organist and choir leader for over 20 years. Of recent years she acted as assistant teacher of pianoforte and theory to her only daughter, Dr. Ruby Davy, up to within six weeks of her death. She possessed a kindly nature and was loved by her friends.
Bibliography and resources:
"Davy, Louisa Jane (1851-1929)", Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/davy-louisa-jane-13908/text24790
DAWBIN, Annie Maria (Annie BAXTER)
Diarist, pioneer, artist, amateur musician
Born Exeter, England, 24 November 1816, <
Arrived Hobart, TAS, early 1835
Died Yan Yean, VIC, 22 November 1905
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-601448 (NLA persistent identifier)
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Tim Dolin, "Victorian Domestic Fiction and the Settler Reader: Annie Baxter Dawbin, 1834-1868", posted 8 June 2008
Tim Dolin (2008), on the journals: "... few works record so diligently, and with so much fidelity, the unremarkable duties and pleasures of everyday colonial life. They tell us what it was like to keep house in a slab hut, to be stranded for days by flooded creeks, to bathe in a bogy-hole on a hot day, to fall off a horse or kill a snake in a dark store room; the pleasure of receiving cuttings of roses and geraniums, and of keeping poultry. We are present at soirées musicales, quadrille parties, balls, hunts and rides, picnics, race meetings, the theatre. We follow the endless rounds of visits ... which ward off the loneliness of station life and bring a constant traffic of letters, legal papers, newspapers, and books ... and experience the tedium of staying home all day and all night with needlework and mending. There is sheet music to copy, and games making up verses to given words; there are flirtations, secret loves, courtships, weddings, pregnancies, miscarriages; rumours and innuendoes abound, blackmail, scandal, rows and disputes.
Marines officer, Indigenous language and culture reporter, song recorder
Born UK, 1762
Arrived Botany Bay, NSW, 20-21 January 1788 (on Sirius, from England 12 May 1787)
Departed Sydney, NSW, December 1791
Died Antigua, 1836
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-616869 (NLA persistent identifier)
See "A Song of New South Wales" at:
Active Sydney, NSW, 1820
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (3 June 1820), 2
FIVE GUINEAS REWARD. - Whereas a House in Princes-street, opposite the Avenue leading to the Military Hospital, was on Friday the 26th Instant broke into, and the following Articles stolen out of a Box; viz - 4 linen shirts, 3 silk handkerchiefs, 2 pair of unbleached cotton stockings, and a clarionet contained in a black leather bag, marked W D on the inside. The clarionet had eight keys, bone ferule broke short on the second joint; maker's name Cramer, London; the mouth-piece marked Key's, London; and also 2 bound books of music for the clarionet, with William Dawes on the inside cover of each. The above Reward will be given for the Detection of the Offender or Offenders; but as the Clarionet may have been purchased innocently, Two Guineas will be given to the Person restoring it to Mr. Hodges, Bunch of Grapes, Pitt-street.
Organist, piano tuner and repairer (Late of London), organ builder
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 1853 (per William Stewart)
Died Adelaide, SA, 29 May 1919, in his 85th year
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (24 February 1854), 1
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (29 March 1854), 1
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (10 August 1855), 1
"MARRIED", The South Australian Advertiser (4 August 1858), 2
"DEATHS", The Register (31 May 1909), 6
DAWSON, Charles James
Born ? UK, 1827
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 1852
Died Melbourne, 17 March 1870, aged 43
Two compositions are attributed to the Victorian Supreme Court barrister, Charles James Dawson. Originally called to the bar at the Inner Temple, London, in 1848, Dawson was first admitted to the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney by another amateur composer, F. W. Meymott, in December 1852. Having moved to Melbourne by mid-1854, his song The rose upon the balcony was published in Melbourne by Joseph Wilkie later that year, and exhibited in the Victorian Exhibition, where it was described as having "a slightly constructed melody arranged to the well-known lines in Vanity Fair ..., the composition of Mr. C. J. Dawson, a barrister of the Supreme Court of this province". No copy has been identified. Dawson's other composition, published by Wilkie in 1862 is Le Bon Voyage Waltz ("composed, and dedicated to Sir Redman Barry, by C.J. Dawson") and arranged for piano by Stephen Marsh. It had been first performed, and perhaps specially composer, for a benefit by Lyster's Opera Company in March that year for the visiting cricketers, the "ALL-ENGLAND ELEVEN Previous to their Departure for Europe", at which it was advertised: "After the Opera the Band will perform LE BON VOYAGE VALSE, Composed by C. J. Dawson, Esq, and The ALL ENGLAND ELEVEN POLKA, Composed by S. H. Marsh, Esq." The conductor was Anthony Reiff junior.
"NEW BARRISTER", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 December 1852), 2
"THE GALLERIES", The Argus (18 October 1854), 5
[Advertisement], The Argus (19 February 1855), 8
[News of the day], The Argus (27 January 1862), 4
"DEATHS", The Argus (18 March 1870), 4
[News], The Argus (19 March 1870), 5
Amateur flautist, songmaker, composer
Born Great Bentley, Essex, England, 1782
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 23 November 1825 (on the York, from Cowes, England, 24 June)
Departed Sydney, late 1828
Died England, 1866
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-621468 (NLA persistent identifier)
Robert Dawson spent four years in New South Wales in the 1820s as chief agent for the Australian Agricultural Company during which time he travelled widely. On his return to England, he published The Present State of Australia; a Description of the Country, its Advantages and Prospects with Reference to Emigration: and a Particular Account of its Aboriginal Inhabitants (London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1830). The book includes one musical item, which he called Song of the Natives: We all sit down together "composed" and perhaps notated by Dawson, as he explained (133-34): "[The wild natives] generally have an excellent ear for [music], and those who usually attended me were in the habit of accompanying my flute in chorus, which they did in excellent tune and time. I was in the habit, and especially when I wished to keep them cheerful, of singing and playing the following simple strain to them, with any words the occasion might call for ...." It is thus a rare example of a musical work composed by a European specifically to appeal to Indigenous Australians.
"OLD BOOMERANG. TO THE EDITOR", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 January 1917), 9
Bibliography and resources:
E. Flowers, "Dawson, Robert (1782-1866)", Australian dictionary of biography 1 (1966)
DAWSON, Sarah (Mrs.)
Soprano vocalist (pupil of the Celebrated vocalist HARBISON, of the Royal Academy of Music), teacher of singing and pianoforte
Arrived Sydney, 20 February 1852 (per Maitland, from the Downs, 9 November 1851)
Sydney March 1852:The novelty of the evening was Mrs Dawson, who has recently arrived here, and of whom our London friends had spoken in very favourable terms. Her voice is a soprano, and has evidently been cultivated in a good school. She displayed much taste and feeling in the graceful compositions of Charles Glover and Linley, which she selected for her debut, and fully realised the expectations which had been entertained of her success.
Hobart April 1853: Mrs. Dawson, whose voice we have been informed was a pure soprano of extraordinary compass, sweet in quality, and evidencing a high degree of cultivation, as well as natural flexibility, made her debut before a Tasmanian audience.
"ARRIVALS", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 February 1852), 4
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (20 March 1852), 1
"MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 March 1852), 4
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 May 1852), 1
? [Advertisement], The Argus (15 February 1853), 1
[Advertisement], The Courier (2 April 1853), 3
"CONCERT", The Courier (8 April 1853), 2
[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (23 April 1853), 1
"MRS. DAWSON'S GRAND CONCERT", The Courier (28 October 1853), 2
"MRS. DAWSON", The Hobarton Mercury (8 July 1854), 2
"M. HERWYN'S GRAND CONCERT", The Courier (6 October 1854), 2
Active Hobart, 1854-55
Deakin was briefly Town Surveyor at Hobart in 1852-53. In partnership with James Huxtable from March 1854, as Huxtable & Deakin, in 1854/55, he published the two major series of colonial compositions, The Delacourt Bouquet, and The Tasmanian Lyre, both edited by Henry Butler Stoney, as well as compositions by Francis Hartwell Henslowe.
"MARRIED", Launceston Examiner (2 July 1845), 4
[Advertisement], Colonial Times (18 March 1854), 3
DE ALBA, Tomaso
Bass vocalist, professor of singing and voice production
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 27 November 1886 (per Lusitania)
Died Sydney, NSW, 28 June 1932
"THE SIMONSEN ITALIAN OPERA COMPANY", The Argus (29 November 1886), 8
[Advertisement], Wagga Wagga Advertiser (26 February 1887), 3
[News], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 May 1887), 11
"SERIOUS LIFT ACCIDENT", The Advertiser (30 May 1893), 5
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 June 1932), 10
"DEATH OF SIGNOR DE ALBA", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 June 1932), 16
An operatic basso, who made a great reputation in his day, and was for many years a teacher of singing in Sydney, Signor Tormasso de Alba, died early yesterday morning at the St. Lawrence Hospital, Chatswood, after a long illness. Signor de Alba came to Sydney about 45 years ago as one of the principals of an Italian opera company, organised by Martin Simonsen, and won great success as Mephistopheles and in other roles.
Died near Tamworth, NSW, 1863
"DEATH FROM SUNSTROKE", Empire (9 December 1863), 8
The young man's name whose death was ... recorded was William Deamont, a native of the colony ... He was blind, but his excellent playing on the violin obtained a living not only for himself and a younger brother, but also for his aged mother. He was "one of nature's noblemen", we are informed, and those who know him remember with great regret his untimely fate. - Tamworth Examiner, December 5.
DEANE FAMILY OF MUSICIANS
FAMILY OF JOHN PHILIP DEANE
See main entry John Philip Deane and family
DEANE, John Philip (1796-1849)
DEANE, Rosalie (SMITH) (1799-1873)
DEANE, Alfred (1834-1915)
DEANE, Charles Muzio (1832-1915)
DEANE, Edward Smith (1824-1879)
DEANE, Henry (1836-1922)
DEANE, Isabella (1830-1876)
DEANE, John (1820-1893)
DEANE, Rosalie (1821-1888)
DEANE, Thomas (1828-1828)
DEANE, William (1826-1910)
DEAS-THOMSON, Anna Maria
Amateur musician, patron of music
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 3 December 1831
Died Barham, Woolloomooloo, NSW, 3 February 1884, aged 77
Obituary:Lady Deas Thomson, relict of the late Hon. Sir Edward Deas Thomson, died at her residence, Barham, on Saturday, February 3. She was second daughter, of Governor Sir Richard Bourke, and was 77 years of age. Lady Thomson was an ardent student of music, and for some years was the patroness of all youthful aspirers of the art.
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (4 February 1884), 1
"OBITUARY. LADY THOMSON", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 February 1884), 13
Bibliography and resources:
Hazel King, Bourke, Richard (1777-1855), Australian dictionary of biography 1 (1966)
Professor of music, pianist, teacher, composer
Born VIC, 1858
Active Sydney, NSW, by 1888
Died Sydney, NSW, 1946
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-520868 (NLA persistent identifier)
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Summary (to 1900):
Though born and raised in Victoria, George de Cairos-Rego settled in Sydney in his youth, and became one of the city's best-known professional musicians in the last decades of the nineteenth century. Also a journalist, he was music critic of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, and also briefly editor of The Australasian Art Review (1899-1900).
[Advertisement], The Argus (13 May 1854), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 March 1888), 3
"NEW MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 August 1890), 3
"DEATH OF MR. G. DE CAIROS-REGO", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 June 1946), 5
Also:Rex De Cairos-Rego (son); and Iris De Cairos-Rego (daughter)
Bibliography and resources: Graeme Skinner, "De Cairos-Rego, George", Dictionary of Sydney (2011)
Graeme Skinner, "De Cairos-Rego, Iris", Dictionary of Sydney (2011) http://www.dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/de_cairos-rego_iris
Musical works (to 1900): Dreaming (romance for the pianoforte by Geo. de Cairos Rego) (1890); Impromptu in F (for the pianoforte by G. de Cairos Rego) (1892); Old folks at home (fantasia ; G. de Cairos-Rego) (1896); Melba Waltz (Melba Valse / G. de Cairos Rego) (1898)
DE CHANEET, George August Christian Savin (CHANÉET)
Professor of music, pianist, teacher, composer
Born Hamburg, Germany, probably in 1861 (? 1855)
Arrived Melbourne, 22 April 1884 (naturalised 1899)
Died Melbourne, 2 May 1926
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1480276 (NLA persistent identifier)
DE CHANEET, Martha Matilda (Miss ORAMS; Madame DE CHANEET)
Pianist, organist, teacher of music
Born ? VIC, c.1860s (daughter of Josiah ORAMS)
Died Sourabaya, Java, 17 October 1930
"News in brief", Footscray Independent (7 June 1884), 2
"HERR DE CHANEET'S PUPIL CONCERT", North Melbourne Advertiser (9 October 1885), 2
"Deaths", The Argus (14 September 1887), 1
"Marriages", The Argus (6 January 1888), 1
[News], The Argus (27 February 1888), 6
"CONCERT", North Melbourne Advertiser (24 March 1888), 2
"HERR DE CHANEET'S CONCERT", The Argus (10 September 1891), 7
"LITERARY AND MUSICALCOMPETITIONS, THE JUDGE'S ADVICE. HERR DE CHANEET", Examiner (1 May 1905), 7
"IN MEMORIAM", The Argus (2 May 1927), 1
DE COURCY, David
Baritone (from Exeter Hall, Troy Knight's company)
Active Ballarat, VIC, 1857-59
[Advertisement], The Star (6 June 1857), 2
[Advertisement], The Star (27 July 1857), 1
[Advertisement], The Star (15 October 1858), 3
"THE SHAKESPEARE CONCERT HALL", The Star (29 November 1858), 2
"EASTERN POLICE COURT", The Star (28 May 1859), 2
Active Ballarat, VIC, 1865-66
Documentation:Ballarat and Ballarat District Directory (1865), 125
The Victoria Post Office Directory (1866), 319
Vocalist, actor, ? songwriter
Arrived Sydney, 2 January 1842 (per Posthumous, from London and Gravesend, 6
August 1842, via Melbourne)
Died Ballarat, VIC, 23 April 1856, aged 40
DEERING, Rosa Eliza (Mrs. DEERING)
Born Henry Shinton, Deering took his mother's maiden name professionally. Having previously managed a small London theatre, he was one of the London theatricals imported to Sydney by Wyatt, making his local debut in January 1843. By mid 1846 he and his wife, Rosa, an actor and dancer, were in Adelaide, where he was lessee of the Royal Adelaide Theatre (with George COPPIN). He later managed theatres in Hobart, Geelong, and Melbourne.
Obituary (Geelong): HENRY DEERING was our townsman, and a worthy one. His life was full of vicissitude. At one period he had amassed a handsome competency as manager of the Geelong Theatre. As with many others, mislortunes overtook him, and the prosperous tide which carried him into the haven, run counter, and left a fortune wrecked on the shoals of speculation. Returned a member of the Geelong Municipal Council, he attained an Aldermanship, and during his career in the corporation, discharged the duties that devolved upon him to the satisfaction of his constituency. His attempt to establish a museum in conjunction with a hotel failed, and after contesting the election for the County of Grant with Mr. Wills, who defeated him, Mr. Deering went to Melbourne, and was installed manager of the Queens Theatre. This speculation failed, and since that period to the time of his decease he was a resident at Ballarat, where he pursued his professional duties, "Peace to his manes", ... for he did much good , and when he erred, it was on the pardonable side of humanity ....
"PORT PHILLIP SHIPPING", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 December 1842), 2
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Australian (2 January 1843), 2
"THEATRE", Australasian Chronicle (14 January 1843), 2
"POLICE COURT BUSINESS", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 November 1843), 2
"ROYAL ADELAIDE THEATRE", South Australian (31 July 1846), 3
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (30 September 1846), 1
"THE AMATEUR PERFORMACE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE HOSPITAL. To the Editor", Geelong Advertiser (17 October 1853), 2
"FOR THE BENEFIT OF MRS. DEERING", Geelong Advertiser (26 April 1856), 2
"GEELONG", The Argus (26 April 1856), 5
"OBITUARY", The Hobarton Mercury (30 April 1856), 2
Bibliography and resources:
Henry Deering, DAAO
Cornet and cornopean player, band leader, composer
Active Melbourne, by 1852; Bendigo, by 1853
Henry De Grey first appeared in Melbourne in October 1852 as co-presenter, with pianist Coleman Jacobs, of a "Grand Masquerade" and fancy dress ball "A La Jullien". At later concerts he appeared with Mrs Testar and John Gregg. In September 1853 De Grey was reportedly giving musical entertainments at the Bendigo Exchange, and in December: "On Saturday night Mr. de Grey opened the Bendigo Salle Valentino, with a concert à la Jullien, and it was a very superior affair. Besides these there are singing saloons on every part of the diggings". In The Argus in March 1854 was advertised his only documented composition: "New Bendigo polka, composed and performed by Mr. De Grey, at Mr. Lavenu's Benefit Concert, at the Salle de Valentino, on Monday evening, March 13th".
[Advertisement], The Argus (19 October 1852), 8
"BETTER AND BETTER", The Argus (3 November 1852), 11
[Advertisement]: "GRAND CONCERTS", The Argus (17 November 1852), 3
"BENDIGO", The Argus (12 September 1853), 5
"BENDIGO", Empire (20 December 1853), 3
[Advertisement]: "NEW Bendigo Polka", The Argus (11 March 1854), 3
DE GROEN, Lewis Leon
Musician, conductor, band-master
Born Sydney, c.1867
Died Sydney, 2 April 1919, aged 54
Reference:"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 February 1862), 1
"HARDSHIPS TO PROFESSIONAL BANDSMEN. TO THE EDITOR", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 March 1895), 6
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 April 1897), 2
"GREAT AUSTRALIAN CONDUCTOR", The Register (27 April 1909), 3
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 April 1919), 6
"DEATH OF MR. L. DE GROEN", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 April 1919), 8
DE GRUCHY, Henry George
Music lithographer, printer, publisher
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 29 March 1851 (per Pestonjee Bomanjee, from London)
Died by 1883
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Argus (31 March 1851), 2
Eugène LISSINGNOL: Giralda (Spanish dance for the piano forte) (Melbourne: De Gruchy & Leigh Lithogrs., 1859)
Sidney NELSON: The light from the mountain (Melbourne: Edward Arnold, )
DE HAGA, John
Bass vocalist, professor of singing
Born England, ?
Arrived Sydney, by May 1866 (from the USA)
Died (suicide) Williamstown, VIC, 4 October 1872, aged "over 50"
Sydney May 1866: Lucrezia Borgia was performed on Monday night, and in it a new basso profondo Mr. John De Haga, made his first appearance in the colonies. His Il Duca was a very creditable performance, both in acting and singing, and some regret has been expressed that he had not sooner joined the troupe, as many characters suitable to his voice have lately been very indifferently performed. Mr. De Haga has a good presence, a free natural style of acting, a voice of considerable power and cultivation, and bids fair to become very popular.
Obituary (Argus):A great deal of astonishment and regret was caused yesterday in theatrical circles and amongst the playgoing portion of the public by the fact which became known during the afternoon that Mr. John de Haga, formerly a basso singer in some of Mr. Lyster's earlier opera troupes, had committed suicide at Williamstown. The deceased appears to have acted with great deliberation and coolness, and to have determined to leave the world because he felt he was no longer able to command success, and because he had come down so much in his professional position that he had lost self respect and fallen into a settled despondency. He had been engaged to appear at St. James's Hall, a music-hall in Bourke-Street, and he had in conversation with an old friend before accepting the engagement spoken feelingly of the "come down" from opera singing to performing for a few pounds a week at a second-class music hall. He, however, attended rehearsal two or three times, and then he seemed to become aware that he was no longer master of his voice, and, in fact, could not trust himself to attempt vocalisation in public. This, no doubt, increased his despondency, and when he found afterwards that he could not get a few pounds advanced to him, and that he was in debt, even to his landlord, he apparently made up his mind to make a final exit. He was to have made his appearance in public at St. James's Hall for the first time last night, but on Thursday evening be went down to Williamstown, and took lodgings at the Steam Packet Hotel, near the wharf. Yesterday morning hi complained of being ill, lay down for a while, had a nobbler, and went out for on walk on the beach, He returned at about 1 o'clock and went to his room, after having another nobbler. In a few moments a report as of a pistol was heard in his room and it was found that the door of the chamber was bolted inside. The police having been sent for burst open the door, and found Mr. De Haga dead on the floor, sitting against a trunk, with an ordinary pistol in his hand, and a bullet wound right through his head. The bullet had entered at the right temple, gone right through the head, come out at the left temple, penetrated two inches into a stone wall, and rebounding, had fallen on the floor into a pool of blood which had flown from the wound. The deceased's face was quite placid. The skull was nearly blown off, and a piece of the stock of the pistol was blown off by the explosion The charge must have been a very heavy one. The police took charge of the body, on which an inquest will be held. The deceased lived for many years in America, North and South, and in California, and was a member of Walker's raid party in Nicaragua. He was connected with opera business, and had troupes, it is said, in South America and California, and came here many years ago. He used to say that he first came to Australia (Sydney) from California, with a view to investing American capital in mines, but this statement was always looked upon as dubious, as he did nothing in the way of mining, and entered into an engagement with Mr. W. S. Lyster as a basso singer in opera. He told an acquaintance that the last eight or nine years of his life had been made miserable through the effects upon his health of an accidental dose of corrosive sublimate taken by mistake for carbonate of soda. He represented that he had yet large interests in silver mines in a place called Virginia City, in the new south-west mining country of the United States, and also that he and a cousin of his, now (or lately) in Melbourne, were heirs to a very large estate in the West of England. Some 12 months since he was interested in popularising the use of Sullivan's Disinfectant. He was then absent for some time from Melbourne, travelling under a nom de théâtre as pianist with Frank Hussey's troupe of coloured minstrels. It is believed that he owed a good deal of money. He is said to have at one time, in California, been worth many thousands of pounds. He was a man of amiable, genial character, and had received a liberal education. After leaving England he studied in various Continental schools and he was considered to have a fair know lodge of music, and to be a good teacher. He was believed to be over 50 years of age, and to be unmarried. Some friends who had known him a long time considered that he was quite sane up to the last, and not at all affected by drink. No letter alleging a cause for suicide was found on him, the only document in his possession being a letter on business matters. A match-box, three pistol bullets, a chain, and a small key ware found in his pockets, but no valuables.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 May 1866), 8
"THE OPERA", Empire (15 May 1866), 4
"AMUSEMENTS", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 May 1866), 7
[Advertisement], The Argus (13 January 1870), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (19 August 1871), 8
"SUICIDE OF MR. JOHN DE HAGA", The Argus (5 October 1872), 6
"SUICIDE OF MR. DE HAGA", Empire (9 October 1872), 3
"SUICIDE OF MR. DE HAGA", Australian Town and Country Journal (12 October 1872), 5
Musician, bandmaster (Deimling's Band), cornet player
Born 29 June 1839
Active Sydney, NSW, by 1860
"THE NORTH AMERICAN CIRCUS AT THE PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 January 1860), 5
"TOWN TALK AND TABLE CHAT", The Cornwall Chronicle (10 February 1864), 10
[Advertisement], Empire (31 January 1860), 1
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (9 February 1872), 1
"THE MELBOURNE GERMAN LIEDERTAFEL", The Argus (10 January 1877), 6
Bibliography and resources:
Active Melbourne and Sydney, 1891
[News], The Argus (2 January 1891), 5
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (17 October 1891), 2
Journalist (? printer), amateur musician, violinist
Arrived Australia, ? by 1861
Died Camperdown, NSW, 11 April 1894
DELANY, John Albert
Organist, conductor, composer
Born London, 6 July 1852
Died Paddington, NSW, 11 May 1907
SHARPE, Jenny (Mrs. J. A. Delany)
Arrived Sydney, by January 1872
? "CERTIFICATES", The Solicitors' Journal and Reporter (18 February 1860), 298
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (25 June 1861), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (25 January 1872), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (10 October 1876), 12
"THE OPERA-HOUSE. THE BOHEMIAN GIRL", The Argus (18 June 1877), 6
"SYDNEY LIEDERTAFEL CONCERT. CAPTAIN COOK, CANTATA", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 December 1888), 11
"ROMAN CATHOLIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (14 April 1894), 10
"Death of Mr. J. D. Delaney", Australian Town and Country Journal (21 April 1894), 31
"THE LATE MR. J. A. DELANY. A REQUIEM HIGH MASS", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 June 1907), 5
"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 April 1910), 4
"THE ROYAL SYDNEY APOLLO CLUB", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 June 1918), 10
Works: Captain Cook (A Centennial Cantata) (music: J. A. Delany; libretto: P. E. Quinn; 1888)
Bibliography and resources:
E. J. Lea-Scarlett, Delany, John Albert (1852-1907), Australian dictionary of biography 4 (1972)
Kit Smith, "John Albert Delany: a prince in music", Australasian Catholic Record 82/3 (July 2005), 290-98
pupil of William Cordner
DE LOLLE, Emil see LOLLE, Emil de
Violinist, dancing master
Active Melbourne, from July 1857
Died Sydney, 1 August 1923, in his 88th year
[Advertisement], The Argus (31 July 1857), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (3 March 1858), 7
[Advertisement], The Argus (21 September 1858), 8
"DEATHS", The Argus (10 August 1923), 1
Other:Deplanque's copy of Francis Litolff's The Curaçoa Polka (1864)
Professor of music, vocalist, composer, entrepreneur
Born Cambrai, France, 8 June 1818
Arrived Adelaide, 11 February 1851 (per Mazeppa, from Java)
Died Hobart, 2 July 1877, aged "about 60"
DEL SARTE, Marie Albertine (Mrs Herbert Leslie STONEHAM)
Entertainer, ? singer
Born Hobart 1863
Active 1883-84 in Stoneham touring company
Died Melbourne 1936
Camille Del Sarte came from Paris, like the Gautrots fifteen years earlier, via Batavia. Though there is a garbled report of his family in the Hobart press in 1858, he appears to have been, correctly, a younger brother of the internationally famous vocal and movement teacher, François Delsarte (1811-1871), and himself "of the Conservatoire Royale de Musique, and of the Opera National, of Paris". Del Sarte gave his first Australian concert in Adelaide in April 1851, during which he sang his own song Le Chant Beni des Oiseaux. Evidently intending to settle, he applied for a liquor license for his Café Parisien in June, and made several more concert appearances, but by the end of the year seems to have determined to move on to Melbourne, and did so early in 1852. There, in March he advertised as a "Professor of Singing and Teacher of the Piano", and "his intention to remain in Port Phillip". In the same advertisement he announced both his "first Australian composition", the Juvenile Ball Quadrilles, and his "first composition in Port Phillip", The Faded Rose, written for the concert singer Mrs. Testar. But in January 1853, he moved on again to Hobart. There in June 1854 he introduced his ballad, Farewell, sung by himself, and "dedicated to F. H. Henslowe, Esq.", the local composer, according to the Courier, "plaintive and pleasing [...] likely to become a favourite". His Un rêve (Romance musique) was among the Tasmanian Exhibits at the Paris Exhibition in 1855. He was the proprietor of one of Hobart's main musical venues, Del Sarte's Rooms, from 1854 (when he presented countryman Ali-Ben Sou-Alle). His ballad, My Tears for Thee, which first appeared in 1868, was apparently popular, going into a fifth edition in Sydney, where he was then living and teaching, issued by the publisher Elvy. Del Sarte also advertised for sale his Marceau Galop, probably in its original Paris edition (copy at SL-NSW). Del Sarte returned to Hobart, and died there in 1877, aged "about 60".
Add (2014 September):Many thanks to Mark Jones for directing me to birth details of the Delsarte family in Franck Waille, Corps, art et spiritualité chez François Delsarte (1811-1871) - des interactions dynamiques (doctoral thesis, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, 2009), 891
http://theses.univ-lyon3.fr/documents/lyon3/2009/waille_f/info: "Acte de naissance de François Alexandre Nicolas Chéry, né le 11 novembre 1811, de Jean Nicolas Toussaint Delsarte, marchand, à Solesmes, et d'Aimée Albertine Roland"; "Acte de naissance de Camille Auguste Achille, né le 8 juin 1818, de Jean Nicolas Toussaint Delsarte, marchand cafetier, demeurant 118 rue des Anglaises à Cambrai, et d'Aimée Albertine Roland (État-civil de la mairie de Cambrai (Nord), Acte no. 344)".
Obituary: Among the music-loving public of Tasmania, and more especially that of the metropolis, no name was more familiar in, years gone by than that of Camille Del Sarte. But it has now to be recorded on the toll of the departed; for at one o'clock yesterday morning the distinguished music-master, after a very short illness, breathed his last at his residence in Macquarie-street, bronchitis being the immediate cause of death. Camille Del Sarte was a native of Paris, but he arrived in this colony from the island of Java about 22 years ago. Soon after his arrival here he purchased what now forms the residence of the Venerable Archdeacon Davies, and for some years the deceased resided there. He had not been long in Hobart Town before his name as a practical and theoretical teacher of music became a household word in Tasmania; and so rapid was his early success in these branches of the divine art that in 1856 he had built for the purposes of his profession and at his own cost that substantial building in Harrington-street, now known as the Oddfellows' Hall, but which was originally known as Del Sarte's Rooms. The speculation was not, however, the success its enterprising proprietor had anticipated, and eventually he parted with the property. At the time of the volunteer movement, Mons. Del Sarte held the position of band-master in the Artillery corps, and within the last two years he was entrusted with the conductorship of the Hobart Town City Band. About the year 1869 the deceased left Hobart Town and took up his abode in Sydney, and there for a time he had an excellent practise. Unfortunately, however, he was induced to enter into mining speculations, and these turning out unremunerative, Mons. Del Sarte lost a considerable sum of money. He remained in Sydney about seven years, and only returned to Hobart Town between two and three years ago. His long absence from the colony, however, had almost completely broken the connection which he had formerly made; and although his reputation as a master in his profession was as great as ever, he was not able to regain the high position which he had occupied before he left the colony. Deceased had long been subject to bronchitis; but the malady did not manifest itself in a serious form until Wednesday last, when Mons. Del Sarte was obliged to curtail his music lessons. He continued to get worse daily, and, as we have already said, his life was brought to a close at one o'clock yesterday morning. Monsieur Del Sarte was a married man, and we regret to say that he has left behind him a sorrowing widow and five young children. The deceased was about 60 years of age.
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian (18 February 1851), 2
"ANTONIO DEL SARTE", The Hobart Town Daily Mercury (23 August 1858), 3
[Advertisement]: "GRAND EVENING CONCERT", South Australian Register (7 April 1851), 2
[Advertisement], The Argus (26 February 1852), 3
[Advertisement], The Argus (22 March 1852), 3
[Advertisement], The Courier (10 June 1854), 3
"CONCERT", The Courier (7 June 1854), 2
"GRAND CONCERT", The Courier (16 June 1854), 2
"TASMANIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO PARIS, 1855, NO XIV", The Courier (27 September 1855), 2
"NEW MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 July 1868), 4
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (12 September 1868), 8
copy at SL-NSW
"DEATH OF MONS. DEL SARTE", The Mercury (3 July 1877), 3
"DEATHS", The Mercury (4 July 1877), 1
DELUCA, Joseph (DE LUCA)
Harp player, composer
DELUCA, Eugenio Vincent (Eugene; DE LUCA)
Born Messina, Italy, 1884
Active Sydney, NSW, 1892-97
1892:Kate Brown, 33, was charged before Mr. J. Giles, D.S.M., at the Central Police Court to-day with having been drunk and was fined 10s or seven days. She was also charged with having assaulted an Italian harp player, a boy, named Vincent Deluca. The boy was walking along the street yesterday afternoon, with his instrument on his shoulder, when accused rushed at him and struck him on the head. Fined £3, or two months. She was further fined 20s, and ordered to pay 10s for the damage, for having broken the boy's harp, or 21 days.
1896:REWARD £1. - Will be paid to anyone giving the Address of Eugene Vincent De Luca, aged 13 years. Anyone harboring him will be prosecuted. Joseph De Luca, 17 Little Macquarie-st.
1896:An Italian boy named Vincent Deluca, 13, residing at 17 Macquarie-street south, while climbing a tree in Hyde Park to-day in search of locusts, lost his hold and fell to the ground a distance of about twenty feet, fracturing his right collarbone in addition to receiving injuries to the spine. Mr. George Clarke, of Prospect-street, Paddington, conveyed Deluca to Sydney Hospital, where he was admitted by Dr. Harris.
1897:REWARD - (5s) to any person that will Give Information to the Police or at 17 Albert-st, for the Whereabouts of Boy, aged 13, EUGENIO VINCENT DE LUCA, a Harp Player, scar on forehead.
1900:The string band, which comprised Messrs. S. Watson (piano), Joseph Deluca (harp), Frank Palermo and Lewis Lamoglie (violins), supplied first class music.
"BREVITIES", Evening News (8 December 1892), 5
[Advertisement], Evening News (15 October 1896), 1
"BREVITIES", Evening News (30 December 1896), 4
[Advertisement], Evening News (16 March 1897), 1
"Smithfield. GRAND BALL", The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (9 June 1900), 2
? "BAND SELECTIONS", The Brisbane Courier (4 February 1928), 21
Professor of Music
Arrived, Sydney, 23 November 1853 (per Dom Affonso, from
Oporto, 18 July)
Active Sydney, 1856
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Maitland Mercury (30 November 1853), 2
[Advertisement], Empire (28 March 1856), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (7 October 1856), 1
DE MUNCK, Ernest
See under Carlotta PATTI (Madame DE MUNCK)
DE MURSKA, Ilma (Ilma di MURSKA; Ema PUKŠEC)
Born Ogulin, Croatia, 6 February 1834
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 22 July 1875 (R.M.S. City of Melbourne, from San Francisco, 21 June)
Departed Melbourne, VIC, 11 April 1876 (per Albion, for Dunedin, NZ)
Departed Sydney, NSW, 19 January 1877 (per S.S. City of Sydney, for San Francisco)
Died Munich, Germany, 14 January 1889
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Ilma+de+Murska (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
THIS ENTRY IS A STUB
Image: Melbourne, 1875
1875-09-06: . . . It forms no small part of the grand reputation which attaches to this lady that she foremost amongst the very few singer throughout the world who can sing the music written by Mozart for the Queen of Night, in that great work of his "Il Flauto Magico". The song selected by Mdlle de Murska from this opera - "Gli Angui d'Inferno" - is written in the key of F major and in tempo it is marked allegro assai, but that which distinguishes it from endless other songs is that in its higher compass the note F altissimo, the octave above the fifth line the stave, is frequently introduced. Every reader knows where to turn for a singer who can give full value to the utterance of the note for there is only one in this part of the world, and her name is Ilma de Murska. But it is not by the production of this sound alone that Mdlle. De Murska made the extraordinary impression she produced on the audience on Saturday night. The song is full of fire and passionate declamation, and to express this characteristic quality in the high range of voice indicated by the composer requires physical strength, fine intelligence and a voice of the very rarest order. All these are possessed in such degree by this singer that De Murska does absolute justice to Mozart. To compare the effect of this surprising performance with another produced by a different cause - let us say that this is to the ear that which the display of the electric light is to the eye = it is felt to be the brightest and most beautiful of its kind, there is no improving upon it, it announces itself unmistakably as "best". The singer pours forth a torrent of bright sound which seems in every note to glitter, and as the light in its power is acknowledged by the far distant eye, so these bright and sparkling sounds fill every ear with their intense vibrations, notwithstanding that the singer sings with no more apparent effort than the lifting of an eyebrow. The accompaniment of this performance was entrusted to Mr. Alfred Anderson, who acknowledged the mark of favour by artist-like execution of this very important part of the work. His play was light, exact, fluent, and brilliant and although he could not give as the effect of the flutes, oboes, bassoons, horns, trumpets, drums, and strings to be found in the orchestral score, he added as far as it was possible to the effect which drove a whole audience almost into a craze of admiration. Showers of bouquets and shouts of applause greeted the singer on the termination of this aria, and these lasted without intermission until she had returned four times to the platform to acknowledge in her own graceful way the grand demonstration thus made in her favour. With the singular liberality which distinguishes her dealings with her audience, she gave an encore song even after having sung "Gli Angui d' Inferno" - this was the well known "Within a mile o' Edinbro' Toon," the tune of which, it may interest the reader to know, was composed by the father of Theodore Hook, the witty novelist and musical improvisatore. We have heard this song sung by at least a score of singers of repute, but by none of them have we heard it so charmingly rendered as by Mdlle de Murska. She gave a rigidly exact rendering of the musical text and one utterly devoid of any foreign ornament, but with a fine perception of the humour of the song her expression of it was simply perfect. The innocent sense of maidenly misgiving and personal responsibility she conveyed in her utterance of "Na na it winna do, I canna, winna mannna buckle to" was as delightful a touch of art as ever was witnessed.
1875-12-31: SYDNEY. 10.30 p.m., December 30. Mdlle. Ilma de Murska was married last night to Mr. Alfred Anderson, the pianiste. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Fullerton, Presbyterian minister.
1876-05-17: MARRIAGE OF MDLLE. DE MURSKA. Concerning the marriage of this lady to Mr John Thomas Hill, the "Daily Times" of Tuesday writes: Early yesterday afternoon a most unexpected event took place in Dunedin no less than the marriage of Mdlle. Ilma De Murska (Mrs Anderson) to Mr Strauss Illa (Mr John Thomas Hill). The ceremony came off in the office of the Registrar of Marriages, to which the bride and bridegroom quietly walked in their ordinary attire, without anything special in the way of wedding costume; but no sooner had the marriage taken place than the news was in everyone's mouth. Numbers of persons visited the Registrar's office during the afternoon, and each disbursed half-a-crown for the pleasure of perusing the following entry in the official record: "Married, on Monday, May 15th, at the office of the Registrar of Marriages, John Thomas Hill, bachelor, aged 33 years, to Ilma Maria Thea Anderson, widow, aged 28 years." The witnesses to the marriage ceremony were Mr William Parker Street and Mr J. R. Sinclair, solicitor. We hear, though for the truth of the story we should not like to vouch, that when Mdlle. De Murska made her debut on the operatic stage in London in 1865, Mr Hill was a member of the orchestra on that occasion. However it is certain that Mr Hill only joined the company just before coming over to New Zealand. The eventful story connected with the death, two months ago, of Mr Anderson, and which caused so thrilling a sensation throughout the colonies, found yesterday what was to everyone a most unexpected sequel.
1877-01-20: On Thursday, the day before the San Francisco mail left, an advertisement appeared in the Herald stating that "the management" had arranged with Madame Ilma de Murska to appear in Sydney for a short operatic season. The advertisement was not signed, which was in itself suspicious, and as there is no operatic company here, nor any means of getting one together, the announcement was rather unintelligible. Still there were those possessing claims on "the management," of a pecuniary nature, who were induced to hold them over on the strength of this advertisement. By the mail steamer, however, departed both the great vocalist and "the management," and debts, which before were doubtful, became, of course, decidedly bad. It was a smart trick, and affords matter for pensive reflection on the part of the creditors.
"SHIPPING", Australian Town and Country Journal (24 July 1875), 31
"THE DE MURSKA CONCERTS", The Argus (6 September 1875), 5
"SYDNEY", The Telegraph (31 December 1875), 2
[News], The Argus (12 April 1876), 4
"MARRIAGE OF MDLLE. DE MURSKA", North Otago Times (17 May 1876), 2
"THE LOVES OF A CANTATRICE", Kalgoorlie Western Argus (11 March 1897), 10
Bibliography and resources:
"Ema Pukšec", Wikipedia
Professor of dancing (pupil of D'Albert, Cellarius, Coulon, &c)
Active Melbourne, by June 1856
Died Melbourne, 16 June 1874
[Advertisement], The Argus (8 September 1855), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (11 June 1856), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (5 March 1857), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (15 September 1859), 8
"THE PARTY OUTRAGE IN MELBOURNE", Empire (26 December 1867), 3
"Deaths", The Argus (17 June 1874), 1
"Funeral Notices", The Argus (18 June 1874), 8
DENTITH, Alfred Jackson
Teacher of the violin and piano, pianist
Born Edge Hill, Liverpool, England, 1832
Arrived Hobart, 26 September 1854 (per Templeman, from Liverpool 19 May)
Died Hobart, 13 July 1913
DENTITH, Mary (Mrs Alfred Henry BOWDEN)
Musician, music teacher, composer
Born Hobart, TAS, 19 October 1864
Married Alfred H. E. Bowden, Hobart, 11 September 1886
Died Scottsdale, TAS, 17 December 1950
"ARRIVALS", The Hobarton Mercury (27 September 1854), 2
[Advertisement], The Courier (14 May 1855), 3
[Advertisement], The Hobarton Mercury (14 May 1856), 3
[Advertisement], The Mercury (24 November 1860), 4
"Marriages", The Mercury (18 September 1886), 1
"MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC", Daily Post (8 January 1909), 3
"MUSICAL", Examiner (17 August 1918), 8
"DEATHS", Daily Post (14 July 1913), 1
DENTITH. - On Sunday, July 13, 1913, at Hobart, Alfred J. Dentith, in the 85th year of his age. Funeral will arrive at Mortuary Chapel, Queenborough Cemetery, at 10.30 p.m. TO-MORROW (TUESDAY), 15th inst.
"PERSONAL", Daily Telegraph (18 July 1913), 5
At Hobart last Sunday there passed away Mr. Alfred Jackson Dentith, who was Tasmania's oldest musician, and had reached the ripe age of 85 years. He was highly respected, both by the profession and a large circle of past pupils, many of whom have distinguished themselves in amateur and professional circles throughout the Commonwealth. He was born at Edge Hill, Liverpool, being the youngest son of John Dentith, a prominent bookseller of that city. His mother was the daughter of the famous Liverpool surgeon, Dr. Jackson. From early life his parents intended him for a musical career. He studied violin, pianoforte, harmony, and counterpoint with a prominent Liverpool musician, Mr. Aldridge, and later with Mr. Costa, afterwards Sir Michael Costa. The deceased also went to Hamburg, Germany, where he continued his studies for some years, with the eminent composers-pianist, Herr Jacob Schmidt, uncle of the late Carl Schmidt, who was a resident of Tasmania for some years, and a partner of Mr. Dentith's for a considerable period. With some friends, he came to Tasmania in the year 1852, the sailing vessel taking six months to accomplish the voyage. The deceased soon acquired a large practice at Hobart, and for many years his name was a household word in the South. He frequently gave violin recitals with the late Mr F. A. Packer, whose songs and compositions have gained world-wide fame. He was organist of the Union Congregational Church for many years, and officiated in the same capacity for a lengthy period at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hobart. He also led the orchestra for the late Martin " Simonsen on his visits to Tasmania with his fine opera company. His wife pre-deceased him some two years ago. He leaves several sons and daughters, all of whom are grown up, amongst whom is Mrs. A. H. Bowden, of this city, who was trained as a teacher of music by her father quite early in life. His remains were laid to rest in Queensborough cemetery last Tuesday.
"MUSIC & MUSICIANS. Mr. Frank Bowden. Hobart's Music in Earlier Days", The Mercury (29 August 1928), 8
"OBITUARIES", Examiner (22 December 1950), 4
MRS. MARY BOWDEN, who died at Scottsdale on Sunday, was for 45 years a successful teacher of music in Launceston and a noted composer. She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Alfred Jackson Dentith, a well-known Hobart musician. For some time she was organist at the Union Chapel (now the Hobart Repertory Theatre). For 14 years she was organist at St. Andrew's Church, Launceston. Up to the time of her death, Mrs. Bowden received royalties for her compositions. Mrs. Bowden was the proud possessor of a letter written personally by the late Dame Nellie Melba, congratulating her on one of her songs, "The Laughing Cavalier." Mrs. Bowden was the first professional accompanist at the Launceston competitions in 1902, and she retained this position for five years. She was also pianist for the Musical Union conducted by the late Mr. J. H. Fray, F.N.I.C., a former organist of St. John's Church, Launceston. Since her husband's death in 1932, she had lived with her son-in-law, Mr. P. H. Fry, Scottsdale, and her sister, Miss Dentith. She had a family of one son (deceased) and four daughters - Mesdames David Gibson (deceased), P. H. Fry (deceased), J. C Macmichael (Hobart), and A. E. Pepper (Launceston). Private interment took place at Carr Villa Cemetery on Tuesday.
Bibliography and resources:
Ballade in D minor, op. 36 pianoforte solo by Mary Bowden (Mrs. Alfred H. Bowden) (To Frances Margorie Allen)
The dedicatee, Marjorie Allen, was a pupil of Bowden, and was in turn teacher of Peter Sculthorpe
A Collard & Collard boudoir grand piano circa 1897, which belonged to Arthur and Mary Bowden (both musicians) was donated by the family in 2012 to QVMAG Launceston.
Pianist, teacher of piano and singing, music publisher, composer
Active Sydney, by 1885
Died Kings Cross, NSW, 23 December 1934, aged 73
Born Sydney, 1899
Active Sydney, by 1918
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 August 1885), 2
"CONCERT IN AID OF ST. VINCENT'S HOSPITAL", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 August 1885), 8
[Bankruptcy advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (18 March 1890), 2
"LORD MAYOR'S CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 March 1918), 8
"MRS. A. M. DESJARDINS", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 August 1931), 11
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 December 1934), 8
Thou'rt not for me (song, op. 3; words and music by René Desjardins) (Sydney: Rene Desjardins Conservatoire of Music, ); Débutante Valse (op. 5; par René Desjardins) (Sydney: W. H. Paling & Co., )
DE STORR, Madame (Madame de STORR; Madame Arthur de STORR)
Harpist, painter, artist
Active Melbourne, VIC, by April 1853; Sydney, NSW, by June 1853; Launceston, TAS, by March 1854
Departed Launceston, TAS, 30 May 1854 (per John King, for Mauritius)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Madame+de+Storr (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
Artist and musician, Madame de Storr and her husband Arthur, "a professor of French language" but principally apparently a merchant trader, had lived at various places in the Pacific basin - including Penang, India, Singapore, Brazil, and Chile - for over a decade before they arrived in Melbourne early in 1843.
Mrs. De Storr first advertised exotic merchandise for sale from the Misses Burney's school in Melbourne in April 1853. She and her husband had arrived in Sydney by 1 June 1853, when she advertised:
MADAM DE STORR, from Paris, Harpist, pupil of Bochsa, begs to announce to the nobility, gentry, and dilettant[i] of Sydney, that she has arrived in this city, after having made a successful tour through India and South America, in which countries she has been specially honoured by the distinguished patronage of his Majesty the Emperor of Brasil, his Excellency the Governor-General of India, the King of Lahore, the Great Mogul, Lord Gough, &c. Madame de Storr is making arrangements for a grand Concert, which she intends to give at the Royal Victoria Theatre, on which occasion she will secure the aid of all the available musical talent of Sydney.
She later also advertised as a portrait painter. She sailed to Melbourne in January 1854, was in Launceston from March (advertising as "harpist to H.R.H. the Duchess of Berry" [her teacher Bochsa had been harpist to the duc de Berri]) until June.
In her research in the Erard archive, Rosemary Hallo (2014, 54) found that an Erard harp "number 4886" advertised for sale by auction in Sydney on 20 November 1852, had been built on 17 March 1835, and sold in Paris in July that year, the owner apparently a Madame de Storr. If it is the same person, her harp landed in Australia, probably unbeknown to her, a full year before her own arrival.
[Advertisement], The Singapore free press and mercantile advertiser (5 January 1843), 1
PORTRAITS. MADAME DE STORR, a pupil of the celebraled David of Paris, has the honor to inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Singapore, that she takes Likenesses in Oil of every size, and on the most moderate terms; she also takes Portraits in Crayons (au pastel) in two sittings, at Drs. 15 for each Likeness, of which, as of the former, she guarantees the most perfect resemblance. Madame De Storr resides at the London Hotel, and her stay at Singapore will not be protracted beyond the occasion of the Musical Soiree, which she proposes to give, and for which she will shortly issue a Subscription Circular. Singapore, 26th Decr. 1842.
[Advertisement], The Singapore free press and mercantile advertiser (19 January 1843), 3
Madame DE STORR'S Concert came off last night and was attended by the elite of Singapore Society. The music was chiefly selected from the Operas of Rossini and Bellini, and the performance of Madame De Storr upon the Harp, which instrument she plays in a way peculiar to herself, delighted the audience, especially the Chinese. The Evening's entertainment ended with a raffle The prize a splendid painting of Roustan, the Emperor Napoleon's favorite Mameluke, was obtained by a young man who seemed highly pleased with his good future.
"BENGAL. SHIPPING", Allen's Indian Mail, and Register of Intelligence (25 February 1845), 87-88
PASSENGERS ARRIVED ... [2 January ? 1844] Per Royal Sovereign, from Penang. - Madame De Storr.
[Report of proceedings] Journal of Asiatic Society of Bengal (March 1845), xxxiv-v
Read the following letter to the Society:-
Monsieur Torrens, Secretaire de la Societt Asiatique a Calcutta. Monsieur, - Madame de Storr a l'intention de publier, a la fin de chaque mois une livraison de quatre costumes litographies and colories, des different peuples que l'on rencontre a Calcutta; Je desire beaucoup, en regard de chaque costume, faire paraitre une notice indicative des moeurs et habitudes de celui qui le porte. Mais etant depuis trop peu de terns dans le pays, je n'ai pas acquis assez de connaissances pour decrire avec verite des coutumes dont je n'ai entendu parler que vaguement ... Votre tres humble et obeissant Serviteur, A. B. de Storr. Calcutta, 21st Feb. 1845.
The Secretary stated that he had allowed M. De Storr to have from the library one volume at a time of each of the works applied for, as he deemed it incumbent on the Society to give every aid in its power to works of the kind proposed.
"CHINA &c. SHIPPING"", Allen's Indian Mail, and Register of Intelligence (17 December 1851),
PASSENGERS ARRIVED ... Per Philomena - Capt. and Mrs. Fales and child, Miss Murphy, M. and Madame de Storr.
[Advertisement], The Argus (20 April 1853), 8
FOR SALE. REAL Cashmere shawls from India ... Pocket handkerchiefs from Manila ... Japan lacquered boxes ... Apply to Mrs. de Storr, at Misses Burney's school, Flinder's lane, east, between Mr. Kerr's residence, and Mr Ramsay's chapel.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 June 1853), 1
[Advertisement], Empire (2 June 1853), 1
"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 June 1853), 2
"MADAME DE STORR'S CONCERT", Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (15 June 1853), 2
On Tuesday evening the Victoria Theatre was attended by a most select and fashionable assembly, attracted by the splendid programme issued by the above-named lady, and which included the names of the most popular artistes in the metropolis. The Band of the 11th Regiment attended on the occasion. Of the "stars" of the night it is alone necessary to speak; and but few words will be needed to record our opinion. The lady's proficiency on the harp may have won for her a professional appointment to the Duchess De Berri; but the effect of her performance upon our weak nerves - heightened though it was by spectacls, wig, and pink gingham - was anything but "stunning." We were not electrified, or - as Uncle Sam would express himself - "struck all of a heap." In brief, we "dropped down" - having unfortunately heard a harp pleyed before, in our time. "Signor Caranzani, (1st violin to H. M. the King of Sardines,) though a queer looking fish, acquitted himself most satisfactorily, he is unquestionably master of that most difficult of instruments, and his execution is unusually brilliant. We wera decidedly pleasod with the Signor. Our fair friends, Mesdames Flower and Carandini, amply atoned for the disappointment generally expressed relative to "de Storr" of the evening; and the brothers Howson most ably seconded the endeavours of the ladies. The tootle-tooing of Mons. Longchamp, inasmuch as it was gratuitous, must not be cavilled at. "Never look a gift horse in tho mouth," is an adage as old as the first present on record, viz.-that of Eve's first-born to his father. Mr. Evans Slopers masterly performance on the Saxe Hore [sic] elicited much and deserved upplause. The entertainments were prolonged almost to too late an hour; too much of a thing, however good, is surfeiting.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (25 July 1853), 1
[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (18 March 1854), 5
[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (6 May 1854), 3
"PORT OF LAUNCESTON", Colonial Times (3 June 1854), 2
DEPARTURES. May 30 - ... Barque John King, S. Ellis, for Mauritius. Passengers - Captain Cruanc, M. De Storr, Madame De Storr, Mr. N. M. Ellis ...
Bibliography and resources:
Estudos brasileiros (1942), 110
... Madame de Storr tambem concorria no magistério artístico: dava liçoes de musica e harpa, de que fôra distinta aluna do célebre Bochsa. Fizera as delícias dos sal&es de París e Nápoles. Esta senhora foi muito apreciada tambem no Rio de de Janeiro, onde deu um concerto, a que se referiu o Jornal do Commercio de 10 de Agosto de 1840.
Orchard 1952, 51
A harpist, Madame de Storr, and a good singer, St. John Adcock, were active at this period, but more important was the arrival in that year , via Hobart, of Charles S. Packer, pianist, organist and composer ...
Eugenio Pereira Salas, Estudios sobre la historia del arte en Chile republicano (Santiago: Ediciones de la Universidad de Chile, 1992), 58
... Este sistema, precursor de la fotografía, fue conocido en Chile, y aún en 1842 puede leerse en la prensa los avisos de Madame de Storr, que se dice alumna de David, y que en su taller de la calle de Huérfanos ofrece "retratos de perfil hechos con máquinas".
Hallo 2014, 54, 79, 101-04, 200, 202
DE THIERRY, Charles
Piano teacher, composer, traveller
Born ? Netherlands, 1793
Died Auckland, NZ, 8 July 1864, aged 71
"NEW MUSIC", Empire (26 May 1862), 4
... We may also notice that the lithography of some new music called tbe "Waitematta Polka," composed by Baron de Thierry, in allusion to a river of that name in New Zealand, has been most creditibly executed by the same publisher [James Fussell], for Webb's eminent Music Hall, at Auckland.
The Waitemata polka (Sydney: James C. Fussell, n.d. )
Bibliography and resources:
Richard Taylor, The past and present of New Zealand; with its prospects for the future (London: William Macintosh, 1868), 263-66
J. D. Raeside, "Thierry, Charles Philippe Hippolyte de", Dictionary of New Zealand biography 1 (1990)
"Charles de Thierry", Wikipedia
Master of the Band of H. M. 73rd Regiment
Regiment arrived in Sydney, NSW, 28 December 1809, per Dromedary
Departed for Ceylon, March 1814
The first battalion of the 73rd Regiment of Foot arrived in Sydney in December 1809 with the new Governor, Lachlan Macquarie, to restore good order after the Bligh affair. The Gazette first mentioned the band as playing God save the King (along with the band of the 102nd) at the disembarkation on 31 December. It was probably also the band that during a dinner at Government House on 16 January 1810 was positioned "in a corner of the viranda playing God save the King!, Rule Britannia! and other loyal airs." In addition to playing for government parades, dinners and balls, on departure for Ceylon Detrick and his 7 musicians received over £12 for performing the sacred music at St. Philip's Church over the previous 18 months.
[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (31 December 1809), 2
[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (21 January 1810), 2
[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (5 May 1810), 2
"HIS MAJESTY'S BIRTHDAY", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (9 June 1810), 2
In the evening the lawn in front of Government House was thrown open and instantly crowded by an immense number of the inhabitants ... the fascination was rendered complete at the time by the numerous bits and pieces of music performed by the Band of the 73rd Regiment, which was stationed in the Hall of Government House.
"THE SUBSCRIBERS' BALL", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (20 October 1810), 2
"THE COMMEMORATION DINNER", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (30 January 1813), 2
At six the Company sat down to an excellent Dinner; during which the full Band of the 73d Regiment, under favor of the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel O'CONNELL, played a number of appropriate airs.
[Funeral of Lieutenant Ferguson], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (14 August 1813), 2
: "The funeral procession included most of the officers, civil and military, preceded by a Company of the 73d Regiment, and the full Band sounding a solemn dirge"; [Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (19 February 1814), 2
"GOVERNMENT and GENERAL ORDERS", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (30 April 1814), 2
: "Francis Detrick, Master of the Band of H. M. 73d Regiment, and seven other Musicians belonging to ditto, for performing sacred Music at the Church at Sydney, from the 1st of October, 1812, to 31st March, 1814."
1814 Apr 30 Paid from Police Fund for performing sacred music at the Church at Sydney (Reel 6038; SZ758 p.489)
Bibliography and resources:
Peter Richardson, "Military music in the colony of New South Wales, 1788-1850", Musicology Australia 1/1 (1964), 5-9
Joan Mansfield, "Australian church music - then and now", Gallery music: English church and chapel music of the 1700s and early 1800s (website)
Pianoforte maker, tuner, repairer; musical instrument maker
Born London, ? 1772/3 or 1775
Arrived Sydney, 4 April 1849 (assisted, per Julindur, from Plymouth,
28 December 1848)
Died Windsor, NSW, 20 February 1858, aged 85 (for the last nine years in this colony)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=William+Dettmer (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
JACKSON, John Dettmer Dodds (John DETTMER)
Piano tuner and repairer, music publisher, composer
Born St. Pancras, London, 31 July 1827
Arrived ? Sydney, 13 November 1848 (assisted passenger, on General Hewitt)
Active Sydney, by November 1848; active Hobart, by August 1850
Died Beaconsfield, TAS, 18 April 1901, aged 73
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-610848 (NLA persistent identifier)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=John+Dettmer+Dodds+Jackson (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=John+Dettmer (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
JACKSON, James Norris Newby
Born St. Pancras, London 1831
Arrived Victoria, 1854
William Dettmer was son of the pianoforte maker George Dettmer (b. c.1750; active London by c.1800; d.1833), and "son" and active partner in the firm George Dettmer and Son by c.1820, if not earlier. In March 1828, six cases of pianofortes shipped by William Dettmer were landed at Sydney. In June 1839, William Dettmer's daughter (by his first wife, Mary Betts), the widowed Mrs. Caroline Green (b. London, 1803; d. Windsor, NSW, 1877) married Christopher Watkin May in St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney. Having been in financial trouble since 1845, in December 1848 a fiat of bankruptcy was filed against him in London, and that same month he sailed from England as an assisted emigrant on the Julindar, arriving in Sydney in April 1849, with two orphaned female grandchildren (Elizabeth Ann and Adelaide), sisters of his grandson John (below) who had arrived in Sydney 5 months earlier; a report on the Julindur immigrants duly records, among the "callings of the adult male immigrants ... Pianoforte maker 1". He was 73 at the time, but gave his age as 59 probably to ensure eligibility for assisted passage. He was the "Dettmer senior" (to distinguish himself from grandson John) who appears in Sydney advertisements for "George Dettmer and Son" from May 1849 onward. Whether he and John hoped to reestablish the Dettmer firm and brand in Sydney, they failed to so do. John resettled in Tasmania in 1850, and William, described as a "musical instrument maker", was newly insolvent in Sydney in February 1851. He advertised again as a "pianoforte maker, tuner and repairer" in December 1856, but died at the Mays's house near Windsor not much more than a year later in February 1858.
John was son of William's daughter, Elizabeth Dettmer Jackson (1803-1845) and Dr. John Jackson (1805-1840); after Dr. Jackson died, Elizabeth advertised as a professor of music; after her death, all four of her children, two girls in the care of their grandfather William, settled in Australia. John, having presumably been trained by his grandfather during the early 1840s, was the first of the Jackson children to arrive in Sydney in November 1848. John Dettmer, as he chose to call himself doubtless for business reasons, first advertised in Sydney in February 1849 as a piano tuner and repairer of the London firm of George Dettmer and Son, and two months later his grandfather William also arrived in Sydney with John's two sisters (John once described himself as George Dettmer's grandson, though actually great grandson; William's grandson, as John's death notice confirms). John appeared in Maria Hinckesman's Farewell Concert in February 1849, in the character of MASSA SAMBO, singing "(for the first time in this colony) some of the most popular Ethiopian Melodies (in character), and accompany himself on the 'Banjo' an instrument unknown in this country." A year after grandfather William's arrival, perhaps realising that in Sydney there was insufficient residual kudos associated with the name of Dettmer and too litle business for the two of them, John relocated to Hobart, Tasmania, and set up in business as a tuner and repairer, first describing himself as "John Jackson from George Dettmer and Son", and later as John Jackson Dettmer, and ultimately John Dettmer Dodds Jackson.
In Launceston in November 1855, he advertised that he had published a local edition on D'Albert's "celebrated Como Quadrilles" (no copy of his print identified). Jackson "professor of music" of Launceston, formerly of Hobart, who was before the court in December 1857 for failing to pay maintenance to his estranged wife. He also lived for a time in Beaconsfield. He was insolvent in 1862.
But back in Sydney in 1873, he placed an advertisement stating that he was "not in any way connected with persons of a similar name" (who he was trying to distance himself from is unclear, if a relative perhaps his younger brother James Norris Newby Jackson, also formerly of the piano firm, and the last of the four siblings to emigrate, in his case to Victoria in 1854; he settled at on the goldfields (Maryborough and Talbot), describing himself on his children's birth-certificates as "pianoforte maker", but as a "restaurant keeper" when declared insolvent in March 1875). In 1874 he sent a letter to the editor of the Herald recounting an encounter with the Tichborne claimant in Launceston in 1855. He dealt with the same subject in a 47-page pamphlet published the same year.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (7 March 1828), 1
[Patent] "TO WILLIAM DETTMER", Newton's London journal of arts and sciences 6 (1831), 329
"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (18 June 1839), 3
"IMMIGRANTS PER GENERAL HEWITT", The Sydney Morning Herald (16 November 1848), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (21 November 1848), 1
The London Gazette 20926 (15 December 1848), 4562
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 February 1849), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (7 February 1849), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (29 March 1849), 1
"IMMIGRANTS PER JULINDUR", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 April 1849), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 May 1849), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (22 January 1850), 1
"IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF FRANCIS ELLARD, FOR HIS CERTIFICATE", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 June 1850), 4
[Advertisement], Colonial Times (16 August 1850), 4
[Advertisement], Bathurst Free Press (15 February 1851), 5
"NEW INSOLVENT", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 February 1851), 3
[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (8 March 1851), 3
[Advertisement], Colonial Times (7 May 1852), 4
[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (23 September 1854), 1
[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (22 November 1855), 3
"COMO QUADRILLES", Launceston Examiner (24 November 1855), 2
"COMO QUADRILLES", The Cornwall Chronicle (1 December 1855), 4
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (2 December 1856), 8
"MAINTENANCE", The Hobart Town Mercury (4 December 1857), 3
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 February 1858), 1
[Advertisement], The Cornwall Chronicle (5 July 1862), 6
[Advertisement], The Argus (6 November 1867), 1
"NEW GALOP", Clarence and Richmond Examiner (19 November 1867), 2
"GRAFTON AMATEUR BAND", Clarence and Richmond Examiner (10 December 1867), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 December 1867), 8
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 August 1873), 9
"SIR ROGER TICHBORNE. TO THE EDITOR", The Sydney Morning Herald (25 November 1874), 5
"NEW INSOLVENTS", The Argus (12 March 1875), 5
"DEATHS", Examiner (24 April 1901), 1
J. D. D. Jackson, Sir Roger Tichborne revealed! (Sydney: H. Garforth, Printer, 1885)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/35002830 (SL-VIC) (DIGITISED)
Brave boys, brave: welcome galop to the Galatea by J. D. D. Jackson (Sydney: Elvy & Co, ) [for the visit of prince Alfred, duke of Edinburgh]
http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/19284124 (NLA) (DIGITISED)
Many thanks: For data supplied by Dettmer descendents Bill Piper (emails May 2013), Tricia and Leigh Haines (emails May 2013), and Robyn Lake (June 2015).
Bibliography and resources:
Robyn Annear, The man who lost himself: the unbelievable story of the Tichborne claimant (Text Publishing, 2011), 195-6
DEVEREUX, John Robert
Professional musician, violinist
Died (suicide) Carlton, VIC, February 1874
[Funeral notice], The Argus (28 February 1874), 12
THE Friends of the late Mr. JOHN ROBERT DEVEREUX are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral to move from his late residence, No. 1 Cornwall-terrace, Canning-street, Carlton, on Sunday, March 1, at 3 o'clock p.m. N.B. - The band of the Order of United Musicians are requested to attend. JOHN DALEY, undertaker, Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne.
"MELBOURNE", Geelong Advertiser (28 February 1874), 3
A melancholy case of suicide in which the victim was a lately married violinist, named Devereaux, belonging to the Prince of Wales Opera House, took place yesterday, at Carlton. The deceased, who had been in low spirits for some few days past, was discovered in a water-closet adjoining his residence in a dying condition, the result of a stab in the abdomen. A carving knife which had been the instrument used lay near him, and the floor of the place was covered with blood. Before medical assistance could arrive life was extinct.
"MELBOURNE", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 February 1874), 7
Violin maker (by appointment to H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, 1868)
Died Melbourne, 9 August 1883, aged 73
[News], The Argus (11 June 1868), 4
"MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS", The Argus (6 November 1872), 4s
"DEATHS", The Australian Sketcher (27 August 1883), 166
"BURIED", The Brisbane Courier (5 December 1883), 3
BURIED from Melbourne Benevolent Asylum, John Devereux, aged 73, native of London, and a famous violin maker. The Duke of Edinburgh, George Weston, Curtis, Jager, Zeplin, Riley, Lilley, Weiderman, Peters, and others, all use instruments made by the poor old fellow.
Bibliography and resources:
Coggins and Lea 2004
Coggins 2009, 68-71
DE VIVO, Diego
Agent, opera manager
Born Sarno, Italy, 8 January 1822
Arrived (1) Sydney, 22 July 1875 (R.M.S. City of Melbourne, from San Francisco, 21 June)
Departed (2) Melbourne, 11 April 1876 (per Albion, for Dunedin, NZ)
Arrived (2) Sydney, 16 January 1880 (per R.M.S. Australia, from San Francisco)
Departed (2) Sydney, 2 November 1882 (per City of Sydney, for San Francisco)
Died New York, 11 August 1898, aged 76
1875-07-28: We note the arrival in Melbourne of Signor D. de Vivo, the business manager of Mdlle. Ilma di Murska, who will follow in a few days. Signor de Vivo has brought with him from America Mr. Charles E. Pratt, pianist, and Signer Giammona, solo flautist. It is intended to give a series of grand concerts in the Melbourne Town-hall, beginning early in the ensuing month, when the great artiste Di Murska, of world-wide renown, will make acquaintance, for the first time, with the Melbourne audience. The professional support necessary to the requirements of these entertainments will be selected from local talent.
1876-03-18: We shall not probably hear any more of Signor de Vivo after this, and we may not allow him to part from us without a word in recognition of his good qualities. He has been fortunate in having to manage the business of the most gifted vocalist who has ever been here, but then he has managed it in such a way as shows that he is worthy of the association. If it were permissible to call business managers artists, we might apply that term to Signor De Vivo. The audience here are to a large extent indebted to him for their late enjoyment, and he owes to them such a measure of success as he never anticipated when he first started for Melbourne. When such high contracting parties separate with mutual expressions of satisfaction, it may be taken for granted that "business" has been well conducted. All the credit which belongs to this aspect of the case is due to Signor D. de Vivo, and he will be welcome again to Melbourne if at any future time he will do as well for us in the way of art-music as he has been able to do during the last six months.
1876-04-11: Mdlle. de Murska and her company left Melbourne yesterday morning by the steamer Albion, which parted from Sandridge pier at 11 o'clock. The company consisted of the prima donna, Signor Rosnati, Signor Susini, Signor Giammona, and Mr. John Hill. Signor De Vivo was, in this instance, as in all others affecting the business interests of the troupe, the generalissimo.
1880-01-01: We are informed that Signor de Vivo, who will be remembered as the agent of Ilma de Murska, left San Francisco for Australia in the present month. He comes to make arrangements for the Australian tour of the Carlotta Patti Company.
1880-07-31: A new season of opera was commenced at the Opera-house on the 15th July under the joint management of Mr. W. S. Lyster and Signor De Vivo. Meyerbeer's 'L'Af ricaine' was produced with success for three nights, under the baton of' M. Charles Van Ghele.
1882-03-18: The orchestra of the Montague Turner Company is under the able direction of M. Leon Caron, and the business management in the experienced hands of Signor D. de Vivo, who will arrive here by the Mero on the 22nd inst.
1898-10-22: A friend has sent me a New York paper containing a brief announcement of the death of Mr. Diego de Vivo, once a prominent figure in the musical world. He died miserably poor - paralysis and starvation - in his 76th year, and was buried at the expense of the American Actors' Fund. This was the man who brought Ilma Di Murska, "the Hungarian Nightingale," to Australia, and who afterwards piloted Carlotta Patti (Adelina's sister), and De Munck, the 'cellist, through the colonies. When I knew De Vivo he was a blaze of diamonds, and had a fine fat bank account. How strange it is that nearly all the artists and musical directors who visited Australia, and made heaps of money here, have ended life in a 'sensational' or pitiably pathetic manner! Ilma Di Murska died wretchedly in a garret in New York. Sussini, the bass - the last of the Lablache school of vocal giants - was run over by a cab and killed in London. Rosnati, the handsome operatic tenor, with one of the few 'clarion' voices of the age, died a pauper in a lunatic asylum in Italy; Dondi, the statuesque basso, was similarly unfortunate. Madame Patey fell down dead after singing the last verse of 'On the Banks of Allan Water' - ending 'a cold corpse lay she.' Remenyi, the violinist, lost his reason and died a few months ago, just as he had finished a perfectly 'mad' performance at a New York concert. Henri Ketten, the great and phenomenally successfuly pianist, went 'off his head,' and died miserably. Anna Bishop, once a brightstar, died in poverty, and the great Catherine Hayes, 'Ireland's Queen of Song,' whom Sims Reeves pronounced 'the finest Lucia of any coun try or any stage,' gave so generously to others that she had little or nothing for her own 'rainy day.' William Vincent Wallace, the composer of ' Maritana,' died in poverty.' De Vivo was in many respects a remarkable man. Your first glimpse of his face made you shiver. He could have played the part of Mephisto without any 'make up,' yet he was a jolly fellow; fond of good living, and a walking 'scrap-book' of funny stories. Intended for the priesthood, he became successively an architect, an Italian army officer, an instructor of gymnastics, and a newspaper proprietor, and in 1854 he was banished from Italy as a Republican. He then went to the United States, where he became secretary to Brignoli, the tenor. In 1868, the year after Carl Rosa married Parepa, De Vivo managed her first Californian tour, which brought in an immense profit, and he also managed the famous Parepa-Rosa-Wachtel opera season in New York in 1871. It was the success of this season which first induced Carl Rosa to try English opera in England. While Ilma di Murska had 'all Europe at her feet,' the Italian manager induced her to visit Australia. Later De Vivo brought out Carlotta Patti. He had struck up a friendship with poor Jim Hinchy in Sydney, and admiring his voice and style engaged the jovial tenor to sing at the brilliant Patti concerts, which were given in the Theatre Royal. De Vivo found it was anything but child's play to 'manage' Di Murska. Eccentric to the last degree, it was the wonderful singer's whim to carry what we called a 'menagerie' with her - all sorts of birds, cats, monkeys, and, I think, snakes. Her tastes were wild and peculiar. De Vivo shadowed her everywhere. It is just possible Du Maurier had seen them together in Paris, and that De Vivo's face suggested at least the portrait of Svengali as the author-artist has drawn it for us in 'Trilby.' While she was in Sydney, Di Murska married her colonial pianist, Alfred Anderson, a good-looking Jew who had been 'taken up' by the Duke of Edinburgh when he was here, and who used to cut a dashing figure 'on the block.' De Vivo opposed the match on business grounds, and persuaded his star that Anderson had simply fooled her in order to rob her. There was a tremendous 'burst up' over the matter in Melbourne, but Anderson proved the purity of his intentions by dying. True or false, De Vivo declared that Anderson had induced the famous singer to 'make over' everything to him. When the marriage took place, ill-natured people swore that the nightingale had already 'disposed' of four or five husbands, and that the portly Alfred would be sure to follow. When Anderson died, the report went the rounds that he had been poisoned. As a matter of fact, it was a simple case of apoplexy. He ate and drank too much. John Hill, sometime organist of St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, succeeded Anderson as pianist of the Di Murska Company. He married Di Murska, and lived. And for all I know to the contrary, he is still above ground.
[News] The Argus (28 July 1875), 4
"SHIPPING", Australian Town and Country Journal (24 July 1875), 31
"THE OPERA", The Argus (18 March 1876), 8
[News], The Argus (12 April 1876), 4
"NEWS OF THE DAY", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 January 1880), 5
"SHIPPING. ARRIVALS", Australian Town and Country Journal (24 January 1880), 35
"The Theatres", The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil (31 July 1880), 187
"THE MONTAGUE-TURNER OPERA COMPANY", The Argus (18 March 1882), 11
"CLEARANCE", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 November 1882), 6
"THE LOVES OF A CANTATRICE", Kalgoorlie Western Argus (11 March 1897), 10
"SNAP SHOTS", Freeman's Journal (22 October 1898), 16
Bibliography and resources:
Mauro Bucarelli, "DE VIVO, Diego", Dizionario biografico degli Italiani 39 (1991)
Band-sergeant, bandmaster, composer
Active Sydney, NSW, by 1870
Died at his residence "Rienzi", Kensington, NSW, 17 September 1920, aged 72
"PRESENTATION", The Sydney Morning Herald (5 July 1870), 4
"VOLUNTEER ARTILLERY", Empire (9 July 1870), 2
; "MUSIC", The Sydney Morning Herald (14 October 1876), 5
"MR. H. L'ESTRANGE'S TESTIMONIAL", The Sydney Morning Herald (24 April 1877), 4
"HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 August 1878), 5
"NEWS OF THE DAY", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 December 1879), 5
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 September 1920), 12
"OBITUARY", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 September 1920), 14
Mr. John Devlin, the well-known bandmaster and adjudicator, died at his home at Baker-street, Kensington, as a result of sudden illness yesterday morning. He was 72 years of age. In his capacity of adjudicator in band contests Mr. Devlin had visited all the capital cities and many of the country centres of Australia, and had also officiated at contests in New Zealand. He had arranged a number of selections for contests and for music publishers. He formed and trained the New South Wales Fire Brigades' Band, and remained conductor of it and of the bands of St. Joseph's College and St. Ignatius College, Hunter's Hill. Other bands of which he had been conductor included the old Naval Brigade Band (for about 30 years), Newtown Model Band, Moss Vale Band, the Young Australia Band, the Albion Band, and the Ryde Band.
Arrived Melbourne, by December 1867
Departed Melbourne, after September 1871
Devoti was Primo Tenore of La Compagnia Lirica Italia, Lyster's Italian Opera Company (with Giuseppe Bertoloni, Pietro di Antoni, Ida Vitali, and Guilia Colombo), that opened in Melbourne with Ernani in January 1868. According to the Sydney Herald in August 1869 (reprinted in The Musical World): "Probably not one in fifty of Signor Ugo Devoti's hearers have more than the faintest glimmering of the 'sense' of anything which that gentleman sings; but there is an irresistible charm in the 'sound' of the accomplished Italian's voice, and in the expressiveness of his manner, which has made him the idol of Sydney concert-goers. He sang nearly half-a-dozen operatic selections last night with immense bravo." Devoti's Sydney pupils (1869-71) included a Miss Walsh, Laurence Simmons, Florence Ryall, and Georgina Vernon. He last performed in Melbourne in September 1871, after which he reportedly sailed for Calcutta. In 1854 an Ottavia Devoti was the mother of Roberto Hazon.
[News], The Argus (4 December 1867), 4
[Advertisement], The Argus (2 January 1868), 8
"THE OPERA. ERNANI", The Argus (7 January 1868), 5
"MR. C. E. HORSLEY", The Musical World (16 October 1869), 716
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (20 December 1869), 10
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (10 June 1871), 6
[Advertisement], The Argus (4 September 1871), 8
[News], The Argus (19 March 1872), 5
"MUSIC", The Australian Sketcher (17 May 1873), 23
"AUSTRALIANS IN AUSTRALIA. OVER OLD GROUND. II", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 January 1887), 5
Tenor vocalist, horn player, songwriter, litigant
Arrived Sydney, by September 1853
Frederick Hamilton Dicker was a tenor singer who toured with Flora Harris and Miska Hauser, and participated in what was later counted as the first professional concerts in Brisbane late in 1854. Lewis Lavenu's Australian compositions included a song for Catherine Hayes, A Tribute to Australia ("Fair Land of Australia") "written expressly for this occasion by F. H. Dicker, and music composed by M. Lavenu", in Sydney in October 1854. Most famously, however, Dicker and Harris co-accused Daniel Deniehy of lèse majestéat concerts in Goulburn in 1855.
Ipswich 1854:There was a ballad by Miss Harris; a duet, "I know a Bank" [Horn], by Messrs. Hancock and Dicker; a performance on the Horn, by Mr. Dicker, with a little obligation on the Piano by Miss Harris. (1855) On Thursday last, the Police Court was thronged to hear the proceedings instituted by Mr. Daniel Henry Deniehy, gentleman, one, &c., residing at Goulburn, against Miss Flora Harris, a lady of considerable vocal attainments, and Mr. Frederick Hamilton Dicker, on an information filed by the said Deniehy, charging the said persons with wilful and corrupt perjury. Miss Harris, accompanied by her father, and Mr. Darcy, of the Freeman's Journal office, appeared on the floor of the Court. The other defendant failing to appear on his name being called, an application was made for a warrant for his apprehension, which was granted. Mr. James Martin appeared to prosecute ... He stated that some months since, Miska Hauser and Miss Flora Harris gave a series of Concerts at Goulburn: after which, a critique, written by the prosecutor in the present case, appeared in the Goulburn Herald ... One of the affidavits sworn to by Miss Flora Harris, set forth that at nearly the termination of one of the concerts, and previous to the National Anthem being sung, Deniehy took up his hat, and said to [A. W.] Doak, "Come along; don't let us stay to listen to such damnable infernal trash" ... [Deniehy] denied the truth of the affidavit made; he denied he that [he] had ever spoken of the National Anthem as "damnable and infernal trash". Witness had his own opinion about the National Anthem, but never expressed it either to Doak or any one else ... had Miss Harris heard the words uttered they must have been heard by every person in the room ... Henry Zouch deposed that he is a Magistrate of the territory and Commandant of the Patrol on the Southern Road; attended all of Miska Hauser's concerts in Goulburn, with the exception of one; on every occasion of visiting them saw Mr. Deniehy there; never heard him express an opinion respecting the National Anthem ... witness was there to watch Mr. Deniehy; a watch was kept on him; it was expected that he would be kicked out of the concert room, as it had been the talk of the town that he had sat down at a concert given by Alle Ben Sou Alli [sic] while the National Anthem was being sung ...
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 September 1853), 5
"MORETON BAY", The Sydney Morning Herald (14 November 1854), 4
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (17 October 1854), 1
"MISS HAYES' CHARITY FAREWELL CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 October 1854), 5
"FAREWELL CONCERT AND DEPARTURE OF MISS CATHERINE HAYES", Bell's Life in Sydney (21 October 1854), 2
[Advertisement], The Moreton Bay Courier (4 November 1854), 1
"IPSWICH", The Moreton Bay Courier (2 December 1854), 2
"THE LITTLE PERJURY CASE", Bell's Life in Sydney (4 August 1855), 2
"CENTRAL POLICE COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 August 1855), 4
"ALLEGED PERJURY", Bell's Life in Sydney (11 August 1855), 3
"CENTRAL POLICE COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 August 1855), 5
"A STATEMENT OF MR. D. H. DENIEHY'S", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 January 1859), 5
[D. H. Deniehy]: "To the Editor", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 January 1859), 6
[Letter]: "To the Editor", The Sydney Morning Herald (25 January 1859), 3
"IN THE 50's. MUSIC IN BRISBANE. FIRST PROFESSIONAL CONCERT", The Brisbane Courier (17 September 1929), 1
Musician, guitar teacher
Active Adelaide, SA, 1854
DIETRICH, Herr (? August)
Active Adelaide, SA, 1855
In Adelaide in October 1854, a MR. DIETRICH advertised that he had "some hours free to give LESSONS in playing the GUITAR". In May 1855, a Mr. Dietrich (possibly August Dietrich) advertised as manager of the "celebrated BAND, newly arrived by the Ship August, from Hamburg".
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (26 October 1854), 3
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (10 May 1855), 2
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (16 May 1855), 3
Musician, teacher, piano tuner, artist
Born Liverpool, England, 24 January 1817
Arrived Brisbane, November 1853
Died Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, 21 March 1880, aged 64
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-553322 (NLA persistent identifier)
Image:Self portrait, c.1847
When Miska Hauser, Flora Harris, and Charles Packer visited Brisbane in 1855, their concert program notably included a Grand Extemporaneous Performance on the Harmonium. Their collaborator on this occasion was a recently arrived local, Silvester Diggles, a "professor of music", and one of Brisbane's earliest resident composers. Having founded the Brisbane Choral Society early in 1859, Diggles's vocal quartette Child of the Sun was included on the program of its first concert in May. In October, The Morton Bay Courier printed some new lyrics to be sung to the tune of Henry Bishop's Home Sweet Home, described as a "new version composed for the Brisbane Choral Society", and which was sung in public in November. Exceptionally, at least some of the music of this arrangement (and possibly much other music besides) survives in a lithographed partbook, now in a private collection, the setting harmonised by Diggles, and the words by Theophilus Pugh: "... Home, home, Sweet, sweet home; / We love thee dear Queensland our new southern home." Diggles's greatest work, non-musical, is his pioneering Ornithology of Australia, published in 1866. In 1868 he also composed a Welcome Ode for the visiting Prince Alfred.
[Advertisement], The Moreton Bay Courier (17 March 1855), 3
"MARRIED", The Moreton Bay Courier (27 January 1858), 2
[Advertisement], The Moreton Bay Courier (4 May 1859), 3
"Poetry. HOME, SWEET HOME. A NEW VERSION. (Composed for the Brisbane Choral Society)", The Moreton Bay Courier (15 October 1859), 4
[Advertisement]: "Brisbane Choral Society", The Moreton Bay Courier (30 November 1859), 3
[Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (27 February 1868), 1
[News], The Brisbane Courier (28 February 1868), 2
"A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE ODE", The Brisbane Courier (25 March 1868), 3
"Death of Mr. Sylvester Diggles", The Queenslander (27 March 1880), 390
Bibliography and resources:
E. N. Marks, Diggles, Silvester (1817-1880), Australian dictionary of biography 4 (1972)
DAAO: Silvester Diggles
Encyclopedia of Australian Science: Diggles, Silvester (1817-1880); Wikipedia
Rod Fisher, Boosting Brisbane: imprinting the colonial capital of Queensland (Brisbane: Boolarong Press and Brisbane History Group, 2009), 167 (image of Home Sweet Home)
and source citation 287
Amateur musician, lecturer on music, architect
Born Barrington, Nova Scotia, 5 October 1823
Active Ballarat, by 1855
Died VIC, 14 November 1901
A Canadian by birth, Doane was in Ballarat by 1855, and in 1859 was involved in the Ballarat Philharmonic Society. In 1864 it was reported: "Mr. Doane, Mayor of Ballarat West, has engaged to give a course of twelve lessons in music on the Pestalozzian system, and for the benefit of the funds of the Mechanics' Institute"; "Mr. Doane's first music lesson [... ] was given on Tuesday evening. There were between thirty and forty persons present, and all or nearly all were adults, the sexes being about equally represented ... Mr. Doane has a quiet, deliberate, careful, repetitive manner in the class which is admirably adapted to learners ...".
"WESLEYAN CHURCH SCHOOLS", The Star (17 September 1857), 2
"BALLARAT PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", The Star (18 November 1859), 2
"WESLEY CHURCH. MUSICAL CELEBRATION", The Star (25 August 1860), 2
"WESLEYAN SCHOOL FESTIVAL", The Star (6 April 1863), 4
"THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY AND ST. PAUL'S CHURCH CHOIR", The Star (24 October 1863), 3
"SOCIAL", The Star (26 August 1864), 1s
"NEWS AND NOTES", The Star (7 September 1864), 2
"DEATHS", The Argus (18 November 1901), 1
Active Sydney, June 1844
A member of the band at Coppin's Saloon in Sydney in June 1844. Like some other players on the occasion, he may have been a member of the Royal Victoria Theatre band.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 June 1844), 4
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (15 June 1844), 1
DOLMAN, William Alfred
Bookseller, editor and publisher of several local Catholic hymnbooks
Born St. Omer, France, 26 December 1831
Arrived Sydney, by 1853
Died Sydney, 31 May 1902, aged 70
Brother of the London Catholic publisher, Charles Dolman, he published various local editions of collections of Catholic hymns, litanies &c between 1856 and 1862). How much, if any, of the content was distinctive or original, editorially or otherwise, or merely reprints of imported books, is not known. His daughter Mary was an amateur singer, married in turn to choir singer Peter Campbell Curtis and professional musician Raimund Pechotsch. His grandson Raimund Pechotsch junior was also a violinist.
"MARRIED", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 December 1853), 5
"CATHOLIC HYMNS", Freeman's Journal (28 June 1856), 4
[Advertisement], Freeman's Journal (28 June 1856), 1
"NEW HYMN BOOK", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 June 1857), 1
[Advertisement], Freeman's Journal (27 June 1857), 3
"REVIEW", Freeman's Journal (4 July 1857), 4
"CATHOLIC HYMNS", Freeman's Journal (28 November 1857), 2
[Advertisement], Freeman's Journal (28 November 1857), 1
"MUSICAL NOTICE", Freeman's Journal (12 December 1857), 4
"REVIEW", Freeman's Journal (29 October 1859), 2
[Advertisement], Freeman's Journal (29 October 1859), 4
[Advertisement], Freeman's Journal (27 August 1862), 7
"THE BOY VIOLINIST", Freeman's Journal (14 August 1897), 16
"DEATH OF MR. W. DOLMAN", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 June 1902), 6
"WILLIAM DOLMAN", Freeman's Journal (7 June 1902), 21
"THE LATE MR. W. DOLMAN", Freeman's Journal (7 June 1902), 23
Bibliography and resources:
DOMENY DE RIENZI, Grégoire Louis
Observer and transcriber of Indigenous chant
Born France 1789 ?
Landed in Arnhem Land, north Australia, c.1830
Died France, 1843
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1306913 (NLA persistent identifier)
The explorer and ethnographer Chavalier Domeny de Rienzi had arrived at Bombay, via the Red Sea, late in 1825. He later travelled into South East Asia, and presumbaly collected this Air australien des sauvages de la terre d'Arnheim having landed in Arnhem Land around 1830. It was published in his Oceanie; ou cinquieme partie du monde . . . Tome premier (Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, 1836), 81.
"CHEVALIER DE RIENZI", The Asiatic Journal (February 1826), 240
Bibliography and resources:
Arrived Sydney, December 1869
Departed Melbourne, 4 November 1875 (per Pera, for Europe)
[News], The Argus (27 November 1869), 4
"THE OPERA TROUPE FOR AUSTRALIA", The Sydney Morning Herald (25 December 1869), 4
[Advertisement], The Argus (26 September 1875), 12
[News], The Argus (5 November 1875), 5
DOTT, M. B.
Active Melbourne, 1864
M. B. Dott's The volunteer polka appeared in The Illustrated Melbourne Post (25 April 1864); copy at NLA; Trove Bookmark
Cellist, harmonium player, composer
Born France, 1836
Arrived Melbourne, August 1861
Departed Melbourne, July 1864
Died France, 1877
Having been playing together in Paris since as early as 1856, Douay and Poussard appeared in London in 1860. In 1861 they sailed to Australia, and gave their first concerts in Melbourne, then touring Victoria and South Australia before going to New Zealand. Their portmanteau musical entertainment Dead Heroes, celebrating and commemorating the Burke and Wills expedition, was a major part of their Australian concerts, and later also in New Zealand. In Adelaide in November 1862, Douay added to it a Homage composed (impromptu) and dedicated to McKinlay and Party (by Mon. Rene Douay and translated (from the French) by R. G. Wooldridge Esq.), however no original music survives, along with a few indications of pre-existing works that formed part of it (see below). In 1864, Douay, suffered a mental breakdown in Melbourne and was sent home to France, there to remain in an asylum for the rest of his life.
May 1862: The last piece deserves especial notice, being variations recently composed by M. Douay, on Wallace's Sweet Spirit, Hear my Prayer, and played for the first time on Friday evening. M. Douay recently advertised the song (in Adelaide), and having obtained a copy, composed the variations, and brought them out with brilliant success a few days after. It was a beautiful composition, and exquisitely performed.
September 1863 (NZ):The first performance of this popular and striking composition took place in the Provincial Hall on Tuesday ... "The Dead Heroes"-has not been inaptly termed a "musical poem"; and it is so, just as the doings and painful fate of the Australian explorers, Burke, Wills, and King, and their compatriots, form a sad tragic poem of colonization. Throughout the piece the attention of the audience was silently rivetted, and the moods of mind and feeling were changed as the progress and changes of the poem became developed. We can give here but a brief analysis of the piece which is the production of the united efforts of Messrs. Poussard and Douay's abilities as composers. The synopsis given in the programme helps the audience to follow the rationale of the composition, and the music insensibly carries them through the progress of the unfortunate expedition until a lingering and painful death terminates the career of the last but one of that brave band of explorers. The following points are what the music describes: -Preparations for departure of the expedition-Adieu-Start-Songs of the birds- Evening -Recollections of home-The route -Storm The hot winds-Work accomplished-The departure from Carpentaria-Sufferings of the explorers - Hope-Cooper's Creek-Deserted depot-Despair-Approach of death-Heavenly music-Prayer-Closed eyes. The hurry of departure is represented by a quick movement indicative of bustle. This glides into a sad air descriptive of sorrow and parting, then follows the popular marching air of Cheer boys, cheer, so applicable to those who leave the comforts of an advanced civilization to explore an unknown region, the departure of the expedition being well shown by the gradual dying of the air from the tumultuous tones of its immediate presence to the happy mildest pianissimo, which dies out in the far off distance, reminding the hearer of Berger's effective composition, "The Band Passes". The song of birds is excellently imitated, and the coming of the "twilight hour", reduced to a few minutes on this side the world, is indicated and succeeded by "Recollections of Home", which the repose of the evening would afford time for conjuring up, and which find expression in the never tiring strains of "Home, sweet home". The continuance of the march next morning is followed by a storm, by the hot wind causing suffering and exhaustion to the men, and terror and danger to the horses and camels. This scene is a portrayal of suffering; and you seem, to hear its wail. Then there comes the joy of discovery of the great Indian Ocean, the accomplishment of the great object of the journey, and the attempted return home; which latter was a long course of fatal trial and death; the wretchedness of disappointment on arriving at the deserted depot being followed by the calmness of despair and resignation to the fate that overtook so many. The "last scene of all" is painfully touching to all who know the sad story. The sweet affectionate air "My own dear native isle", the air to whose notes the African explorer Lander listened as he died in the far interior of Africa, with only one white friend by him, being here effectively introduced and replaced by the strains of "Heavenly music" as earthly feelings seem to pass away. It is almost a relief when this piece is over, the melancholy ending and the ideas that throng the mind as the music goes on to its close being too intense for long continuance. The composition is a credit to the talent of the composers, and its performance is a great success. There is one point in the music worth notice, and that is that the organ swell introduced in the latter part, indicative of heavenly music, was rather too strong on Tuesday night, and would require modifying. This is the only suspicion of a fault we have to hint throughout the entire piece, and it is one easily remedied. ... A musical performance more sustained and effective than the "Dead Heroes" was never before listened to in Nelson.
August 1864:Owing to mental aberration of Mons. Douay having become more aggravated, his Victorian friends, including the French Consul, have deemed it advisable to send him home to France.
1869:Hearing that M. Douay had recovered his reason, MM. [Robert] Smythe and Poussard proceeded to Europe for the purpose of re-engaging that powerful performer, but only to see him as in inmate of a private lunatic asylum near Paris, and in a number of the Court Journal to hand by this mail, we find in the Paris correspondent's letter a painfully interesting account of a visit made to the unfortunate artiste by Her Majesty the Empress of the French, who is stated to have been moved to tears by the pathetic performance of M. Douay, and by the distressing circumstances in which he was situated.
"Aus Paris", Süddeutsche Musik-Zeitung 7/11 (15 March 1858), 43
"MM. RENÉ DOUAY AND HORACE POUSSARD'S MATINÉE MUSICALE (July 10)", The Musical World (28 July 1860), 480
[News], The Argus (19 August 1861), 4
[News], The South Australian Advertiser (31 May 1862), 2
"LAST NIGHT'S CONCERT", South Australian Register (22 November 1862), 2
"MESSRS. POUSSARD AND DOUAY'S CONCERT. THE DEAD HEROES", Colonist (11 September 1863), 5
"MESSRS. POUSSARD & DOUAY", South Australian Register (13 July 1864), 2
"MESSRS. POUSSARD & DOUAY", South Australian Register (8 August 1864), 2
"MESSRS. POUSSARD & DOUAY", Launceston Examiner (25 August 1864), 5
"ARTISTES AND THEIR WANDERINGS", The Mercury (13 September 1869), 3
Bibliography and resources:
Horace Remi Poussard, Wikipedia (sourced 18 October 2012); http://www.burkeandwills.net.au/Bibliography/Poems/poussard.htm
DOUGHERTY, Thomas Heywood
Violinist, viola player, music reviewer (Courier)
Arrived Moreton Bay, QLD, 3 June 1866 (per Southern Ocean)
Died Brisbane, QLD, 1 June 1930, aged 84
[Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (21 November 1874), 1
"Mr. R. T. Jefferies' Farewell", The Queenslander (21 May 1887), 820
"Mr. T. H. DOUGHERTY", The Brisbane Courier (1 July 1930), 20
With the passing away of Mr. Thomas Heywood Dougherty on the first day of last month Brisbane lost a citizen who had long been connected with the intellectual, musical, and professional life of the community. The late Mr. Dougherty, just out of his 'teens, arrived in Moreton Bay from London in the sailing ship Southern Ocean on June 3, 1856. He was a native of Huddersfield, in Yorkshire, but he had spent three months with his parents in Liverpool, and it was seeing the ships there that prompted him to cross the seas, to leave, as he wrote 50 years later, "dear old England and seek the wonder of the much boomed colony of Queensland at the outposts of civilisation." The young adventurer was not long in finding a billet; he became assistant secretary to the School of Arts, which was then in Creek-street. Soon after that he entered the Education Department, and was for some years a teacher at the Valley School. In 1860 he entered the Real Property Office, and in 1883 passed his examination as a conveyancer; and this profession he practiced actively till 1922, and still practiced in his retirement until almost his last days. The late Mr. Dougherty was actively engaged in the early work of the Musical Union, in association with, the late Mr. R. T. Jefferies. For many years he was on the committee of the organisation, and for almost as long a term he led the orchestra, being regarded for many years as the leading amateur violinist in Brisbane. All this call upon his time, however, did not limit his activities; he expanded them also to the literary side, and, for four or five years in the '80's he wrote the musical notices in the "Courier". He was the chess editor of the "Queenslander" from 1893 to 1897, and for a great number of years was a voluminous contributor to both these journals, the "Queensland Punch", "The Boomerang", and "The Figaro". ... He took up languages as of special interest, including Chinese, and was intensely interested in the work and writings of Sir Oliver Lodge. The late Mr. Dougherty, who was 84 years of age when he passed away, did not go away from Queensland once he set foot in the country, except for a trip of nine months' duration to South Africa three or four years ago ...
DOUGLASS, Mrs. (? Mrs. J. DOUGLASS)
Actor, vocalist (a pupil of Eliza Gibbs)
Active Sydney, NSW, 1844-45
[Advertising], The Australian (24 February 1844), 1
"THE THEATRICAL EXAMINER", The Examiner (30 August 1845), 29
... The Huntsmen's Chorus was sung by the Bridemaids!!! assisted by Adolph and Caspar. Indeed, we might say it was sung by Mrs. Douglass, assisted by the choeur, for as that lady preferred singing in a different key from the rest of the white-wreathed huntresses, she managed to obtain a doubtlessly comfortable prominence, and gave to this famous piece a touch of novelty, not perhaps contemplated by the composer ...
[Advertisement], The Australian (4 November 1845), 2
After which, Mrs. Douglass, (pupil of Mrs. Gibbs) will have the honor to sing an entirely new Song, "In Christian Lands," the Music arranged for the occasion by Mr. Gibbs.
[Advertisement], The Australian (22 November 1845), 2
"THEATRICALS", The Melbourne Argus (28 July 1846), 2 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4759692
"MULTUM IN PARVO, Port Philip Gazette and Settler's Journal (8 August 1846), 3 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article225064533
In our last we refrained from giving a decided opinion upon the merits of Mrs. Douglass as a singer, and we sincerely regret in having to announce, after hearing her again, that she has not the slightest capacity as a vocalist, and her friends should advise her to retire from a profession totally unsuited to her.
DOUGLASS, Ellen (Miss DOUGLASS; Ellen HATCH)
Active Sydney, NSW, ? 1834, 1836
Died Sydney, NSW, 12 January 1838, aged 26
[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (18 November 1834), 2
A Miss Hatch (we believe her name of is) lately appeared at the theatre, in the the character of Catherine, in Shakespeare's Catherine and Hetruchio. Her success, so we are assured, was complete; she is said to read her author in a superior style, and altogether to have given promise of excellence hitherto unapproached on the Sydney stage.
"DRAMA", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (27 September 1836), 2
The song by Miss Douglass was tolerable; this lady has a soft pleasing voice, but by no means a powerful one.
"THE THEATRE", The Australian (24 March 1837), 2
Miss Douglass sung, Come dwell with me, very well. 1838: The patrons of the Drama will be sorry to hear of the death of Miss Douglass, who, after a protracted illness, breathed her last yesterday morning. The stage will experience a loss by the demise of this actress, who in the higher walks of tragedy was unequalled in Sydney. Her Lady Macbeth, Alicia in Jane Shore, and many other characters of a similar cast, have not been surpassed or even equalled in this Colony. Douglass was an assumed name, only Hatch was the proper name of the deceased.
[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (13 January 1838), 2
"The Late Miss Douglass. To the Editor", The Sydney Monitor (19 January 1838), 3
DOW, William Henry
Born Tayport, UK, 1836
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 1854
Died South Melbourne, VIC, 7 July 1928, aged 93 (resident of South Melbourne for 74 years)
[Advertisement], The Argus (19 August 1854), 10
"VICTORIA. XI. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS", The Argus (23 December 1880), 58s
W. H. Dow, violin maker, 11 Church street Emerald hill, shows one viola "own model," unvarnished , one "Straduarius model," and one "Joseph Guarnerius model," both varnished and well finished.
"MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION AWARDS", The Argus (8 March 1881), 6
"DEATHS", The Argus (9 July 1928), 1
"DEATH OF A VIOLIN MAKER", The Horsham Times (13 July 1928), 2
"FAMOUS VIOLINS. AN AUSTRALIAN MAKER", Examiner (29 December 1928), 6
DOWLING, Henry (junior)
Newspaper editor and proprietor, general stationer, musicseller
Born Gloucester, England, 1810
Arrived Hobart, September 1830
Died Launceston, 17 September 1885
Eldest son of the Baptist minister Henry Dowling, Dowling was proprietor and editor of the Launceston Advertiser from 1831 and from 1834 a Launceston stationer, later also a publisher, mayor of Launceston and member of the House of Assembly. During the 1830s he was probably Launceston's principal retailer of printed music (see catalogue of contents of shipment per Brazil in June 1833). In 1838 he specially recommended musical works by painter and composer Henry Mundy, whose artworks he also sold.
"MARRIED", Launceston Advertiser (7 November 1833), 2
[Advertisement], Launceston Advertiser (6 June 1833), 2
[Advertisement], Launceston Advertiser (11 September 1834), 1
[Advertisement], Launceston Advertiser (19 April 1838), 1
[Advertisement], Launceston Advertiser (17 May 1838), 1
"OBITUARY. MR. HENRY DOWLING", Launceston Examiner (18 September 1885), 3
Bibliography and resources:
Isabella J. Mead, Dowling, Henry (sen. and jun.), Australian dictionary of biography 1 (1966)
Active Sydney, 1841
A (probably bass string) player in the theatre orchestra during 1841-42; on his first documented appearance, Mr. Downes is last-named on a list instrumentalists headed by S. W. Wallace and Leggatt, probably all members of the Sydney theatre orchestra, for Maria Prout's concert in March 1841. Perhaps he was the "Mr. Downes, Grocer, Windmill street", whose shop was a ticket outlet for the Royal Victoria Theatre in January 1842.
[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (16 March 1841), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (15 January 1842), 3
"Theatricals", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (17 September 1842), 2
Active Sydney theatre, 1835-37
1835 (June):That promising young actress, Miss Winstanley, has, we understand, left the Theatre, and Mrs Downs, who was on the stage about two years since, has been engaged in her place. Mrs. Downs when engaged before, evinced much industry, but we question whether the public are any gainers by the change.
1836 (August):Mrs. Downes displays a genius for music far above mediocrity, judging from her verse of Home, sweet home.
1836 (December):We have only one remark to make relative to the piece, which was played as usual, and that relates to Mrs. Downes' song, "Love is a Mischievous Boy," to which she adheres with a pertinacity worthy a better cause. Several quondam admirers of "poor Mrs. Downes," as they feelingly call her, having rushed forth, armed with goose quills, in defence of her warbling, which they allege to be superexcellent and charging us with pique, and all that kind of thing, it became necessary for our own satisfaction, as well as to bear out the remark we had previously made as to her incapability of singing upon the stage, whatever she is capable of in a room, to be particularly scrutinizing as to the effect of her singing upon the audience, and if our remarks were not borne out, yea, even strengthened by what occurred, may we never handle pen again, for although the other songs, four in number, were received with unbounded applause, her's was received with the silence of the grave. Even her champions, who had mustered tolerably strong upon the occasion, gave up the affair as hopeless, and looked mighty chap fallen. Those remarks are not made with ill feeling as surmised, for if Mrs. D. had given up the song, as she wisely did that in the character of Paulina, in the "Wood Demon," at our first hint, the matter would have rested. Many persons imagine that in pointing out the faults of an actor or an actress, there must be a bias; the contrary is the fact, it is mercy to them, critiques upon performances being the only medium through which they can arrive at their defects, be it as it may, we shall never flinch from doing our duty to the public upon any subject, despite the remarks of other parties. - Reporter.
"THE GOVERNOR AT THE THEATRE", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (2 November 1833), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (8 June 1835), 3
"THEATRE", The Sydney Monitor (10 June 1835), 2
"THE THEATRE", The Australian (12 August 1836), 2
"DRAMA", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (20 December 1836), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (8 March 1838), 3
Active Port Macquarie, NSW, 1861
"PORT MACQUARIE", The Maitland Mercury (25 July 1861), 3
13TH JULY.-The remains of the late Mr. John Verge, of Austral Eden, Macleay River, arrived this day for interment, in a family vault in the burial ground of St. Thomas' church ... The body was taken first to St. Thomas' Church, and the usual service read ... and at its conclusion Pope's ode of "The Dying Christian to his Soul" [Vital Spark of Heavenly Flame] was sung by the full choir, Miss Doyle presiding at the organ."
Active NSW, 1833
[Convict notices], New South Wales Government Gazette (13 March 1833), 94
Doyle John, No. 50-2496, Andromeda, 21, musician; Killarney, 5 feet 5, brown hair, blue eyes, ruddy freckled and pock-pitted complexion, horizontal scar over right eye, from Australian Agricultural Company, Port Stephens.
Professor of music, bandmaster and choral conductor, composer
Born Germany, ? (brother of Ferdinand DRAEGER)
Arrived South Australia, 1854
Departed after 10 December 1879 (for Germany)
Died after 1887
According to Tiemeyer-Schütte, Carl Wilhelm Draeger joined his brother Ferdinand in South Australia in 1854, having studied music in Berlin from 1847 to 1850. In October 1859, the Tanunda Band played an Overture "composed by Herr C. W. Draeger, of Adelaide, brother of Herr F. Draeger, of Tanunda". His A Song for Australia ("the words by [Dr.] G. Nott, and music by C. W. Draeger") was published in Adelaide in 1861. Later compositions include The Gawler Rifle March ("composed by the leader" [of the Gawler Volunteer Band, Mr. C. W. Draeger]) in 1861, and a chorus that won a prize at a German Song Competition in Melbourne in 1864. Carl took over from his brother as director of the Tanunda band in 1863, continuing until 1870. His Flora Australis Galop first appeared in The Illustrated Melbourne Post in December 1866, and was reprinted in The Illustrated Sydney News in January 1871 (Flora Australis Galop "for the pianoforte"). At Tanunda in 1867, two new works were given in honour of the touring Prince Alfred, a Welcome Chorus ("composed expressly for the occasion by Mr. C. W. Draeger ... should [Tanunda] be honoured with a visit of the Prince [Alfred] ... the words by the Rev. Dr. [Carl] Muecke") and A Sailor Chorus ("by the same composer [Mr. C. W. Draeger]"). In December 1879, Draeger placed an advertisement returning thanks "to those Friends whose kind Contributions have enabled him to Revisit Germany for his health". But in a sad letter seven years later he reported that he had been reduced to poverty.
"TANUNDA", South Australian Register (10 October 1859), 3
"NEW MUSIC", South Australian Register (16 March 1861), 2
[Advertisement]: "A SONG FOR AUSTRALIA", South Australian Register (23 March 1861), 1
"ODDFELLOWSHIP", South Australian Register (18 May 1861), 3
"TANUNDA", The South Australian Advertiser (22 October 1861), 3
"TANUNDA", South Australian Register (2 March 1864), 3
"TANUNDA", The South Australian Advertiser (2 March 1864), 3
"TANUNDA", South Australian Register (22 October 1867), 3
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (16 December 1879), 2
"A MUSICAL FAMILY", South Australian Register (3 May 1887), 5
Meike Tiemeyer-Schütte, Das Deutsche Sängerwesen in Südaustralien vor Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges zwischen Bewahrung von Deutschtum und Anglikanisierung (Münster: LIT Verlag, 2000); 46, 130, 200-201; http://books.google.com.au/books?id=L2HXewmnOfQC
Active ? Melbourne, 1850s-70s
"UNCLAIMED LETTERS", South Australian Register (16 December 1852), 3
Draeger, Mr. J., musician, 12, Swanston-street, Melbourne.
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. PORT OF MELBOURNE", Bendigo Advertiser (5 July 1870), 2
"MARRIED", Australian Town and Country Journal (5 April 1879), 43
Professor of music, bandmaster and choral conductor, composer
Born Germany ? (brother of Carl Wilhelm DRAEGER)
Arrived Adelaide, 1848
DRAEGER FAMILY OF MUSICIANS
According to Tiemeyer-Schütte, Ferdinand Draeger came from near Magdeburg and received his musical education in Dessau before arriving in South Australia in 1848. He was at Tanunda by the mid 1850s, if not earlier. In October 1859, the Tanunda Band celebrated its second anniversary under its director, and probably founder, Ferdinand Draeger, with a musical program including A grand valse, for "orchestra, composed by Herr F. Draeger" (possibly the same Grand Waltz repeated in 1861). A year earlier, Draeger had published a song Advance Australia, with words by fellow Tanunda resident (and likewise occasional composer), Charles Barton (no copy identified). In 1861, his A Choral Song was given, "the words of which were written for the occasion by our fellow-townsman, Mr. F. Basedow, and the music by Mr. F. Draeger, and was sung by all the members of the Leidertafel, accompanied by the full orchestra", and in Gawler in June his March of the First Gawler Rifles. The Fest Cantate, "composed espressly for the Li[e]derfafel by their leader Mr. F. Draeger" followed in April 1862. He may be the same F. Draeger ("teacher of the Draeger family" of talented young musicians who appeared in Melbourne with Anna Bishop in 1869) who was teaching piano, violin and singing in Melbourne in 1871. A "Herr F. Draeger" (also "C. F. Draeger" [sic]) was active in Mount Gambier from September 1874 until the end of 1876.
1869:COLOSSEUM-Admission, 6d.- Engaged and appear nightly, the WONDERS of the AGE (the Draeger Family), who lately performed in conjunction with Madame Anna Bishop at St. George's-hall. The little wonder, Miss Clara Draeger, violin soloist, aged six years; Miss Agnes, tenor violin soloist, eight years; Miss Bertha, flute soloist, 14 years; Master Charles, violin and piccolo soloist, 11 years ; Master Ferdinand, clarionet and pianist. Mr. F. Draeger, conductor. Miss Bertha and Master Charles in admired songs and duets. Misses Agnes and Clara in songs and duets. Commence half-past 7.
"NEW MUSIC", South Australian Register (31 August 1858), 2
"TANUNDA", South Australian Register (6 October 1858), 3
"TANUNDA", The South Australian Advertiser (30 August 1859), 2
"TANUNDA", South Australian Register (10 October 1859), 3
"GAWLER", South Australian Register (27 June 1861), 3
"TANUNDA", The South Australian Advertiser (22 October 1861), 3
"TANUNDA", The South Australian Advertiser (14 April 1862), 3
[Advertisement], The Argus (22 May 1869), 8
[Adverrtisement], The Argus (7 December 1871), 1
[Advertisement], Border Watch (30 September 1874), 3
"THE CASE OF MR. C. F. DRAEGER (To the Editor)", Border Watch (22 April 1876), 2
Bibliography and resources:
Meike Tiemeyer-Schütte, Das Deutsche Sängerwesen in Südaustralien vor Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges zwischen Bewahrung von Deutschtum und Anglikanisierung (Münster: LIT Verlag, 2000); 46, 130, 200-201
Active Yackandandah, VIC, 1855
"DARING ROBBERIES", Empire (30 April 1855), 3
Active, Adelaide 1838
[Advertisement], South Australian Gazette (15 December 1838), 4
Transcriber of Indigenous songs and chants
Born USA, 1798
Active Sydney, December 1839
Died USA, 1877
When the United States Exploring Squadron was anchored in Sydney Harbour in December 1839, one of the expedition's artists, Joseph Drayton (1798-1877) transcribed and later published four "Australian Native Chants", claiming to have been taken from live performances, all by the same "native", including a "new song" that he was taking back to his tribe, and another (the first) that Drayton suspected "not to be entirely native music". Despite the claim also to have sourced it directly from the "native", the fourth chant is essentially identical with Barron Field's earlier printed transcription Australian National Melody ("Journal of an Excursion Across the Blue Mountains", The London Magazine (November 1823), 465), and too close to Field's version to have been independently transcribed.
Charles Wilkes, Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition during the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, Volume 2 (Philadelphia, 1844?); later printing, (Philadelphia: [?], 1849), 189-90; at Google Books (1849 print)
DREDGE, William Gilpin
Amateur musician, pianist, conductor, vocalist (secretary, Melbourne Philharmonic Society)
Born UK, ? 1826
Arrived (1), Sydney, January 1839
Arrived (2) Melbourne, 20 November 1846 (per Vixen, from London)
Died St. Kilda, Melbourne, 20 February 1865, aged 39 years 11 months
Amateur vocalist, member, secretary (Melbourne Philharmonic Society in succession to his brother)
Sons of James Dredge (1796-1846), a Wesleyan missionary who came to Australia to take up the post of Assistant Protector of Aborigines at Port Phillip. In 1847 William married Ellen Edwards, who had lived at the Lodden River Protectorate Station (after his death she became Mrs. Carl Fischer). Dredge was an import agent and merchant, but active as a musician, especially as a long serving honorary secretary of the Melbourne Philharmonic Society.
During 1863, Dredge's personal music library was source of an important score, as the Philharmonic expressed its thanks, to "Mr. W. G. Dredge, for the use of Mozart's 'Jupiter' symphony, performed for the first time in Victoria at the same concert". Dredge relinquished the secretary's post in December 1864, and died only little over two months later. The Philharmonic's April 1865 concert included Mozart's Requiem, "selected as a mark of respect to the memory of the late Mr. W. G. Dredge, the society's honorary secretary; the latter has not been performed before in Australia." In May it was reported:
A difference of opinion between the committee and conductor of the Philharmonic Society, relative to the purchase of some instrumental music of value, formed the staple of a long and somewhat inharmonious discussion last evening, at the Mechanics' Institute. The meeting, which was presided over by Sir Redmond Barry, was convened for the purpose of taking into consideration the conduct of the committee in not purchasing from Mr. W. G. Dredge, widow of the late secretary of the society, some instrumental music, chiefly symphonies from Beethoven and Mozart, procured by Mr. Dredge from Novello's, in London, and which had been ordered to the society for £40; its alleged worth being about £80 or £90. A resolution censuring the committee was submitted by Mr. C. E. Horsley, who contended that they had virtually promised to secure the music for the society, but had not done so, and by their course of action had evinced a want of respect for the memory of their late secretary and of sympathy for his widow. Mr. W. C. [Carl] Fisher, who followed in the same strain, seconded the resolution ...
"PORT PHILLIP", The Australian (3 December 1846), 2
"MARRIED", The Melbourne Argus (10 December 1847), 2
[Advertisement], The Argus (9 May 1855), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (17 May 1858), 8
"DIED", The Argus (5 May 1855), 4
"MARRIED", The Argus (9 June 1857), 4
[News], The Argus (24 January 1861), 4
"THE MELBOURNE SECOND TRIENNIAL MUSICAL FESTIVAL. TO THE EDITOR", The Argus (26 September 1862), 5
"THE MELBOURNE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", The Argus (20 January 1864), 5
[News], The Argus (8 December 1864), 4
"DEATHS", The Argus (21 February 1865), 4
"Funeral Notices", The Argus (21 February 1865), 8
[News], The Argus (10 April 1865), 5
[News], The Argus (10 April 1865), 4
[News], The Argus (3 May 1865), 4
[Advertisement], The Argus (5 July 1866), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (1 October 1867), 3
"DEATH OF MRS. CARL FISCHER", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 October 1896), 5
"PERSONAL", The Argus (25 August 1928), 16
Mr. Theophilus James Dredge, whose death is announced, was a son of Mr. Theophilus Dredge, who arrived at Melbourne on January 3, 1839, by the ship Elisabeth (Captain Hall) with his father, Mr. James Dredge. The appointment of assistant protector of aborigines was held by Mr. James Dredge; and his son Theophilus, one of the founders of the Melbourne Philharmonic Society, was associated with the early days of Wesley Church.
Bibliography and resources:
Rhonda Dredge, "'An awful silence reigns': James Dredge at the Goulburn River", The La Trobe Journal 61 (Autumn 1998)
DREWE, Arthur James
Organist, composer, editor
Born ? 1852/3
Active Sydney, NSW, 1880
Died Sydney, NSW, 25 May 1921, in his 69th year
1880-04-15: An interesting organ recital took place yesterday afternoon at the Garden Palace. Each of the pieces was meritoriously rendered, and applauded. A promising young Australian organist, Mr. Arthur James Drewe, pupil of Mr. William Stanley (organist of Christ Church), and Mr. Sharpe (organist of St. Philip's) performed several excellent selections of oratorio and secular music on the large organ. The most noteworthy piece he performed were, "Marche Celeste," by Vilbre; "Incline thine ear to me," by Himmel; a selection, by Ebelon; "Kyrie eleison," from Mozart's Sixteenth Mass; and the " Gloria," from Mozart's Twelfth Mass.
1890-04-12: THE MUSICAL RITUAL. Worshipful Brother A. J. Drewe is actively engaged in the preparation of a revised edition of his "Masonic Musical Ritual."
1891-05-09: Masonic Musical Ritual. A publication, designed especially for the members of that important fraternity, the Freemasons, has been forwarded to us, which, apart from the purpose for which it is particularly designed, will be found of great interest by many who - though not belonging to the mystic brotherhood - regard all that is made known concerning the rights of this ancient order with the fascination which generally surrounds any subject upon which fall particulars are reserved for the initiated; and, further, will afford profitable study to all musical people, and especially to those who delight in music for the harmonium. This work has been arranged by the Worshipful Brother A. J. Drewe, Grand Director of Music for the Masonic Order in New South Wales, and in a brief preface the object of the publication and the causes which have made the work more extensive than was at first contemplated are well set forth. The compilation has evidently been a labour of love, but must nave involved considerable study and skill, independent of the musical ability which has been enlisted in its production, and is most creditable to the editor and his co-workers. The Ritual includes compositions by 20 musicians in the following proportions: Augustus Ghede, grand organist, contributes 32 numbers; Joseph Massey, grand mark organist, 28; G. Lardelli, F.C.O., 21; Arthur J. Drewe, Grand Director of Music, 11; Alfred A. Smith, five; Henry Smith, four; N. J. Gehde and Edward J. Gehede, two each; Handel, Holly, E. J. Hopkins, Turle, Rev. R. R. Chope, F. Buck, Theodore Tourriar, Camidge, Gauntlett, Troyte, G. R. Allpress, P.G.D.M., and Charles Huenerbein one number each, which, with "Auld Lang Syne," and 11 anonymous numbers, make a true of 149 compositions exclusive of responent and short phrases which have no number attached. It will be seen that by far the greater portion is the work of local composers, all of whom are, it appears, brethren of the order, and there is much merit and talent comprised in the collection; the gems of local works will be found in those of Brothers Lardelli, Augustus Gehde, Joseph Massey, and Arthur J. Drewe, many of which are exceedingly interesting. Those adapted to words by T. E. Spencer, P.G.W., deserve special notice. The verses apparently lend themselves well to the musical setting, and these comprise the most felicitous of the vocal numbers. The different requirements of the various lodges exact several adaptations of the same portion of the Ritual, and three or four settings are given occasionally by one musician, or four musicians adapt the same words according as they are to be used by different orders of the brotherhood. It is beyond our province to detail the several advantages which the publication must afford to the fraternity, but we repeat that, apart from its Masonic merits, it will be found a welcome to any musical library. Handel's Dead March in "Saul," "A Hymn to the Season" (Reginald Heber), "Where the Brightest Sun" (Spencer), music to the words of W. H. Ore, Grand Bard, and a good march, need no Freemasonry to make them interesting. Messrs. Geo. Murray and Co. are the publishers of the production, which is highly creditable to them; and the editor intimates, in a circular, that single copies will be sold at half-a-crown, and a liberal allowance be made to purchasers of larger numbers. The Ritual comprises music for the whole of the three degrees in full, installation ceremony, laying foundation-stone, consecration of new lodge, dedication of Masonic Temple, various Masonic odes and anthems, Funeral Anthem, solos, marches, etc.; and as nearly all is composed in four-part harmony for male voices, it will therefore meet a much desired and greatly felt want.
"SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 April 1880), 8
"MASONIC", Australian Town and Country Journal (12 April 1890), 31
"Masonic Musical Ritual", The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (9 May 1891), 1028
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 May 1921), 8
"Obituary", Watchman (9 June 1921), 2
Music for the ceremonies of the Masonic Order arranged by A. J. Drewe (Sydney: G. Murray, 1891)
DREWRY, Thomas (DREWERY, DRURY)
Musician, bandsman (11th Regiment)
Active Sydney, NSW, 1854
DREWERY, Thomas; Pte 11th 19.10 yrs, 5'7", fresh complexion, fair hair, grey eyes; enlisted 26.10.48 Dublin, musician, born Ballygawley; deserted at Sydney on 5.8.1854.
"GROSS OUTRAGE", Empire (30 January 1854), 5
"ROBBERY", Empire (1 February 1854), 2
Edwin Parker and Thomas Drewry, the former a private, and the latter a bandsman belonging to Her Majesty's 11th Regiment, were placed in the dock charged with stealing a silver watch and gold chain from Mr. James Murphy, in Hyde Park, on Friday night last ...
"SYDNEY QUARTER SESSION", Empire (18 February 1854), 4
"SYDNEY QUARTER SESSION", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 February 1854), 3
The jury acquitted both prisoners, and they were discharged.
Bibliography and resources:
B. & M. Chapman, 1st/11th (North Devonshire) Regiment of Foot [Australia]
Amateur flute player (pupil of Robert McIntosh)
Born Sydney, NSW, 1803
Died Sydney, NSW, 13 May 1868, aged 65
Son of John Driver (d.1810) and Elizabeth Driver
"MARRIED", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (17 July 1823), 3
"SUPREME COURT. Halloran v. Hall", The Australian (24 May 1826), 4
"LAW INTELLIGENCE", The Sydney Morning Herald (16 June 1851), 2
Richard Driver proved that he knew old McIntosh and his family from their arrival in the colony, in 1814; has heard old McIntosh call the defendant "my Bobby;" old McIntosh was witness's instructor on the flute; in answer to a question as to whether the family likeness of old McIntosh and the defendant was strong, the witness said, that like a knife, "the maker's name was stamped on the blade." On cross-examination, witness said that he was thirteen years old at that time, and that defendant was either ten or eleven; he was smaller than witness; this was in 1815; defendant appeared about two years younger than witness.
"DEATHS", Empire (13 May 1868), 1
"THE LATE MR. DRIVER, SENIOR", Empire (14 May 1868), 2
In our obituary notices yesterday was included the name of Mr. Richard Driver, senior, a well known colonist, and one of the first generation of natives. Mr. Driver, some years ago took a very active part in political movements in Sydney. In the first introduction of the elective element into our institutions, in 1843, and in the agitation against transportation a few years afterwards, as well as at the initiation of responsible government in 1856, Mr. Driver was one of our most active citizens. Always zealous in the cause of progress, he was invariably found on the liberal side ...
Soprano vocalist, blind musician (touring NZ from VIC)
"BLIND MUSICIANS", Grey River Argus (23 August 1898), 3
This talented Company will open for a season, commencing on Friday evening, at Bonnie's Hall. ... Miss Annie Drummond lost her sight when only six weeks old through a cold. She was trained at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, and developed a charming soprano voice, having made an excellent name for herself on the concert platform. Is also a good player on violin and piano.
DU BOULAY, Frank Houssemayne (Francis, F. H. DUBOULAY)
Professor of the English Concertina
Active Melbourne, 1872-78
Died Beverley, WA, 12 January 1913
DU BOULAY, William
Violinist (pupil of Sevcik)
DU BOULAY, Maggie (Madge)
Teacher of violin, concertina, mandolin, "mandoline"
1877: M. F. H. Du Boulay, by his really grand performance on the concertina, astonished the audience by the exquisite harmony and brilliant tone with which he executed "La Ricerdanza and [recte by] Rode," followed, as an encore, by "Home, Sweet Home," with variations, and by the "Fantasie sur le Carnival de Venise," by Ernst. The audience were delighted by this beautiful performance.
1905:Mr. F. H. du Boulay introduced his several novel instruments, the symphonion or English concertina, the Xylophone, and the Corillan, the solos on the first two being re-demanded.
1910: Mr. F. H. du Boulay, a gentleman who has lived beyond the allotted span of life, put on an entertainment with a number of different instruments, which gave pleasure to his audience. He was encored for his aeola (concertina) and xylophone selections, and finished up with a corillon solo, "Home, Sweet Home," which delighted the house.
1913:An exceptional advantage now offered to violinists, the school having secured the services of William du Boulay as Professor. Mr du Boulay is a brilliant pupil of the renowned Sevcik (Prague), and will devote himself to making known the Sevcik method of violin playing.
"IMPORTS", The Perth Gazette (4 August 1871), 2
[News], The Argus (30 July 1872), 5
[News], The Argus (21 December 1872), 5
"CONCERT", Border Watch (7 May 1873), 2
[Advertisement], The Argus (29 June 1874), 12
"Music and the Drama", Australian Town and Country Journal (17 February 1877), 13
"THE MELBOURNE GERMAN LIEDERTAFEL", The Argus (21 August 1878), 10
"MARRIAGES", The Australasian (7 June 1879), 26
"ST. GEORGE'S HALL. POPULAR CONCERTS", The West Australian (10 August 1905), 6
[Advertisement], The West Australian (16 October 1909), 8
"KALGOORLIE TOWN HALL. THE DU BOULAYS", Kalgoorlie Miner (24 November 1910), 6
[Advertisement], Freeman's Journal (6 March 1913), 21
"IN MEMORIAM", The West Australian (13 January 1915), 1
DUCROS, John Henry
Musician, music seller, musical instrument maker, flutina player
Born Dublin, Ireland, baptised 29 December 1817
Active Sydney 1840-1851
Died Ballarat, VIC, 7 June 1877
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=John+Henry+Ducros+1817-1877 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
Ducros was working as a gas-fitter in Sydney by late 1840, when he first advertised as being "recently from the City of Dublin", and giving his business address as Francis Ellard's music saloon. In April 1841 he and his partner William Jones advertised that they had previously "fitted in Dublin, Manchester, and Stockport, with great satisfaction", and in August they were licensed as agents for the Australian Gaslight Company. Nevertheless, they dissolved their partnership in September, at which time a Ducros and his wife were granted leave to sail for Auckland, New Zealand. Mrs. Ducros arrived back in Sydney from Auckland during 1843. Having meanwhile spent some time working for Francis Ellard, John Ducros opened his own new business as a "Musical Instrument Maker", at 23 Hunter Street, in March 1847.
A satirical article in Bell's Life in February 1849 mentions an event that featured music from "the Band of the XIth, superior to any arrived in this quarter of the Globe - not forgetting the beautiful Band of the St. Patrick Teetotallers, and Ducro's private and influential chamber ditto", which, given that the other two bands were real institutions, suggests that he might well have directed his own band (or it might refer to some mechanical musical instrument, several types of which Ducros advertised for sale).
Ducros appeared in the orchestra for John Philip Deane's concert in March 1849, and again for John Deane in April 1850. At fellow music retailer James Grocott's concert in September 1850, Ducros played a solo on the patent flutina. For another of Grocott's entertainments in April 1851, it was advertised that, the theatre being closed that night, he was able to include in his band a number of regular theatre players. Since Ducros appears in the list, he may well have been a member of the theatre band at this time. He probably needed the extra income anyway, for in October he was listed as a new insolvent. He was a listed soloist for concerts by the Gautrots in January 1852. In February 1854, he briefly advertised the reopening of his music instrument making and repairing business, but thereafter disappears from professional record. His son John James Ducros, active in Melbourne, is probably the "J. Ducros" in the 1878 advertisement.
Baptism register, St. Werburgh (COI), Dublin; Irish church records
[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (15 April 1841), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (27 September 1841), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (28 September 1841), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 March 1847), 1
"BETSY PUMPKIN'S LETTER", Bell's Life in Sydney (3 March 1849), 1
[News], Sydney Chronicle (26 August 1848), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (7 February 1849), 3
[Advertisement], Bell's Life in Sydney (24 March 1849), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (23 March 1850), 1s
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 September 1850), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 April 1851), 1
"NEW INSOLVENT", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 October 1851), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 January 1852), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (11 February 1854), 1
[Advertisement], The Age (1 October 1878), 4
"Marriages", The Age (15 September 1888), 7
DUDEMAINE, Florentine (NICOLAS, Madame FARRELLY)
Professor of music, singing and dancing, composer
Born France, c.1813
Arrived Sydney, by end of June 1843
Married Andrew Farrelly, Sydney, October 1849
Departed Sydney, 11 July 1861 (per Nile, for England)
Died Lancashire, early (January-March) 1891, aged 78
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Florentine+Dudemaine (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Madame+Farrelly (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
Madame Dudemaine had perhaps been in Sydney for some weeks or months before she first advertised, on 1 July 1843, as a "Professor of Music, Singing, French, and Dancing", since she indicated that it was "at the request of several of her friends" that she was commencing a twice weekly "Dancing Class for Young Ladies" at her residence at the corner of Goulburn and Elizabeth Streets. (Concerning both the time of her arrival and the "request" of friends, note that Charriere recommended his dancing students to John Clark when he left Sydney in January 1843.) Another dancing teacher, Signor Carandini had first offered to teach the newly fashionable polka news of its vogue reached Sydney late in 1844, and in February 1845 he introduced the dance itself to Sydney theatre for the "first time in the colony".
In July, Dudemaine offered to teach "THE TRUE POLKA ... Madame D. having been a pupil of the celebrated master MONSIEUR COULON, the first who introduced THE POLKA DANCE in the fashionable circles in Paris." Dudemaine may, at a pinch, have been taught by Jean-François Coulon (1764-1836) in Paris, but perhaps more likely by his son Eugène Coulon (from 1844 or earlier London based). Nevertheless, her only known composition was not a polka, but Le pittoresque quadrille, a full set of five figures published by Francis Ellard in June 1846 and respectfully dedicated to Mrs. Bland, formerly Mrs. Eliza Smeathman, who married William Bland in February that same year.
At 35 or so, Dudemaine herself married Andrew Farrelly, a building contractor and brother of a local Catholic (Benedictine) priest, Patrick (Serenus) Farrelly, at St. Mary's Cathedral, in October 1849. She gave birth to a son in August 1850, and a second son (Serenus Michael Ernest) died, aged 9 months, in 1853. Having, as Madame Farrelly run a weekly quadrille night and regular dancing classes during the 1850s, she and her surviving eldest son, Charles Andrew Farrelly (1850-1885), but without husband (? had he died), left for England in 1861. She is listed in the 1881 British census as French-born widowed music-teacher, aged 67, living in lodgings in Liverpool, and reportedly died there during the first quarter of 1891 aged 78.
Andrew Farrelly, twice insolvent in Sydney, may not yet have been dead however. An Andrew Farrelly was in Queensland by 1862 when, on 29 July, he married the twice widowed Faithful Ezbery Hastings (c.1824-1915). In 1864, he took up a government appointment as poundkeeper at Gayndah. One of the oldest surviving pioneers of the Maryborough district, he died in 1898.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 January 1844), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 June 1845), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (15 June 1846), 1
NEW MUSIC. JUST PUBLISHED, THE PITTORESQUE QUADRILLES. Composed and arranged for the Pianoforte by Madame Dudemaine, To be had at her residence, 24, Park-street; or at Mr. Ellard's, George-street.
"MARRIED", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 October 1849), 3
MARRIED. By special license, by the Rev. J. C. Sumner, in St. Mary's Cathedral, Mr. A. Farrelly, brother to the Rev. P. Farrelly, to Florentine Dudemaine, of Park-street, Sydney.
NSW 293/1849 V1849293 96 gives her family name as Nicolas
"BIRTH", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 August 1850), 8
Mundy 1852, vol. 1, 53 (and in later editions)
Certain it is that the "poor players" get a fairer share of applause than the same performances would secure at home. It would be a lesson to the used-up man of the world, to witness the raptures with which some of the public favourites, and their efforts histrionic, musical, and saltatory, are received and rewarded. Oh! it is delicious to mark the gratified countenances, and to hear the thundering plaudits which are especially awarded to the latter branch of theatric art. Well may Madame * * *, the Sydney Columbine and Maitresse de Danse, most spherical of Sylphides, bounce like an Indian-rubber ball; well may Signor * * * *, Harlequin and Dancing-master, half kill his fatted calves in acknowledgment of so much flattering approbation!
[Mundy is discussing the Sydney theatre here, since his arrival in 1846, and refers to Signor [Carandini]; but for Madame, his ellipses syllabically suggest it is not Madame Torning he has in mind, but perhaps Madame Dudemaine (Farrelly), albeit that she was never billed as appearing on stage or otherwise connected with the theatre.
"DIED", Empire (24 May 1853), 2
"INSOLVENT COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (8 October 1855), 4
"INSOLVENT COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 November 1855), 5
"INSOLVENCY COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 October 1858), 5
[Advertisement], Empire (25 June 1861), 7
. . . HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE. C. ADRAIN has received instructions from Madame Farrelly, in consequence of her leaving the colony, to sell by auction, on the premises, Bathurst-street, between Pitt and Castlereagh streets, on FRIDAY, 28th June, The whole of the household furniture, comprising - A first class pianoforte, double action, by Allison and Allison, cost eighty guineas . . .
"DEPARTURES FOR ENGLAND", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 July 1861), 9
"EPITOME", The North Australian (16 February 1864), 1 Supplement
1881 UK census
116 Stanley Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool, Florentine Farrelly, lodger, widow, aged 67, music teacher, born France
"Mr. Andrew Farrelly . . .", Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (19 April 1898), 2
"Old Chum" [Joseph Michael Forde], "OLD SYDNEY", Truth (27 April 1912), 10
Well, in the mid-fifties, Madame Farrelly used to hire the old "Poly" for ball purposes, and many a good dance I had there. Madame had her class in Mrs. Hill's old house, corner of Park and Pitt streets, but her big dances were in the old "Poly." John Clark, too, used to engage the old place for quadrille parties (they call them socials now). I was at one of Madame's parties, in 1857, the night the Catherine Adamson was wrecked, and a wet night it was. I think the old place was built [? not] long after Macquarie's time.
[J. M. Forde (1840-1829) was about 17 at the time]
"Old Chum" [Joseph Michael Forde], "OLD SYDNEY", Truth (25 August 1912), 12
. . . Teddy McLean married Miss Shapter. She was a very capable Columbine in the old days. Time was when I used to dance with her at Madame Farrelly's, Wm. Clark's, &c. . . .
"Old Chum" [Joseph Michael Forde], "Old Sydney", Truth (8 November 1925), 20
Le pittoresque Quadrille, pour le piano forte, par Madame Dudemaine, respectfully dedicated to Mrs. Bland (Sydney: F. Ellard, )
Brodsky 1962, 105
Late bandmaster (49th Regiment, India)
Died Mount Nelson, TAS, 12 December 1886
1886:William Duffy, signalman at Mount Nelson, died this morning at the advanced age of 74 years ... Deceased had been 28 years at the Mount Nelson station, and was previously in the army some 20 odd years, and had attained the position, of bandmaster at the time of his discharge.
"THE MOUNT NELSON SIGNALMAN", The Mercury (13 December 1886), 2
"Deaths", The Mercury (13 December 1886), 1
"TASMANIAN INTELLIGENCE", Launceston Examiner (13 December 1886), 3
DUFFY, Thomas (alias FERGUSON) ("Old Tom the fiddler")
Violinist, fiddler, convict
Arrived NSW, 20 August 1849 (convict per Randolph, from England, 24 April 1849)
Active Maitland, by September 1849
Died Nemingha, NSW, 5 August 1879
"DRUNKENNESS", The Maitland Mercury (5 September 1849), 2
... Thomas Duffy, a ticket-of-leave holder per Randolph, who had been apprehended on the race-course for being drunk and noisy, and having no authority about him for being in this district, was ordered to be forwarded to Sydney, and his ticket recommended to be cancelled; Duffy's statement was that he had been hired by a gentleman in Sydney, and was on his way up the country, when he was offered £2 by a publican to go and play the fiddle in one of the booths.
"BOGGABRI", Australian Town and Country Journal (19 July 1879), 38
The band is getting on wonderfully well; and if it be only able to retain the services of the present band-master, it will be quite a musical ornament to the town ... A musician, known by the name of Tom the Fiddler, is in town, accompanied by another who plays the bones, penny-whistle, and triangle at one time. How he does it is as follows: he hangs the triangle on his tongue, blows the whistle with his nostril. The rest can be understood. Any one would give him a half-crown not to do it. What won't people do for money!
"TAMWORTH", The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (12 August 1879), 7
On the 5th instant, at Mrs. M. A. Greer's Golden Sheaf Hotel, Nemingha, an inquest was held before Mr. D. W. Irving, District Coroner, and a jury consisting of Messrs. W. M'llveen, James Ballantine, Alex. M'Clelland, Richard Dempsey, and Lawrence Hinds, on view of the body of one Thomas Duffy, otherwise Ferguson. The deceased was known to many residents of this district as "Old Tom the Fiddler." He died in bed on the night of the 4th or morning of the 5th instant. From the evidence of John Lorimer, W. T. Smith, and Mrs. M. A. Greer, it appeared that deceased, who had been drinking somewhat heavily for several days, complained of palpitation of the heart. Dr. Wood, Government Medical Officer, deposed to having discovered, by means of a post-mortem examination, that the deceased suffered from fatty degeneration of the heart, considerable ossification of the aortic valves of the heart, traces of pleurisy, schirrhosus of the liver, and enlargement of the kidneys. All this disease was sufficient to account for death suddenly. The jury found "That Thomas Duffy, otherwise Ferguson, came to his death on the night of the 4th or morning of the 5th of August, 1879, in the Golden Sheaf Hotel, Nemingha, from disease of the heart."
THE DULY FAMILY
Active Tasmania, 1839-52
DULY, Abraham Philip (Mr. A. P. DULY)
DULY, George Frederick (Mr. G. F. DULY)
DULY, Agnes (Miss DULY)
See Duly family mainpage
DUMOULIN, Gustave Frederick
Violinist (pupil of Vieuxtemps, and tutor of Jenny Claus)
Active Melbourne, by 1874
Pianist, teacher of music
Violinist (pupil of Jenny Claus)
February 1875:The Peoples Concert at the Temperance hall was densely crowded on Saturday evening and a highly enjoyable programme was gone through. The overture from "Il Trovatore" and duet from "Lucia di Lammermoor" on the violin and pianoforte by the Brothers Dumoulin were pleasingly rendered and met with an enthusiastic reception.
August 1876:Mr. Dumoulin played a violin fantasia, by Singelée, from "I Puritani." He produces a weak, sweet tone from the instrument, and is not great in the execution of passages requiring rapid fingering and brilliant execution.
[Advertisement], The Argus (24 November 1874), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (13 February 1875), 12
[News], The Argus (15 February 1875), 5
[Advertisement], The Argus (3 November 1875), 1
[Advertisement], The Argus (6 November 1875), 12
"MARRIAGE", The Record and Emerald Hill and Sandridge Advertiser (11 February 1876), 2
"THE MELBOURNE GERMAN LIEDERTAFEL", The Argus (16 August 1876), 10
"BIRTHS", The Argus (19 January 1880), 14
Active Sale and Port Albert, Gippsland, 1862-70
The Gippsland Times in May 1862 announced the publication of three compositions by "the Misses Duncan, of Kelvin Grove, whose talents as both performers and composers have, for some time, been known to a private circle of friends". In the same issue, the local music seller, J. D. Leeson, begged to announce "the following NEW LOCAL MUSIC, composed and arranged for the PIANOFORTE by the MISSES DUNCAN (Kelvin Grove, Sale), The Avon Waltz, dedicated to Mrs. Robert Thomspon (Clyde Bank), The Lindenow Schottische, dedicated to Mrs. John Davidson Smith (Lindenow), [and] The Gippsland Galop." The three works were published in Melbourne by Joseph Wilkie.
[News], Gippsland Times (23 May 1862), 3
[Advertisement], Gippsland Times (23 May 1862), 2
[Advertisement], The Argus (14 June 1862), 3
"We have reveived three pieces [...]", The Argus (18 June 1862), 5
[Advertisement], The Argus (1 July 1862), 3
"AMATEUR CONCERT AND SIREE IN AID OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND AT PORT ALBERT", Gippsland Times (16 January 1863), 3
[News], Gippsland Times (14 September 1869), 2
"PORT ALBERT WESLEYAN CHURCH", Gippsland Times (29 March 1870), 3
DUNCAN, William Augustine
Amateur musician, choral singer, arranger, songwriter, music reviewer, antiquarian, newspaper editor
Born Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 12 March 1811
Arrived Sydney, ? 1837
Active Maitland, 1838-39; Sydney 1839-46; Brisbane, 1846-59
Died Petersham, Sydney, 25 June 1885
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=William+Augustine+Duncan (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-635286 (NLA persistent identifier)
A convert from Presbyterianism, Duncan was one of Sydney's leading Catholic laymen from 1839 to 1846. He was recruited by William Ullathorne to come to Australia as a Catholic schoolmaster (see 1889: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115381251). Again, with Ullathorne's support and encouragement, in 1839 he became founding editor (and virtually sole contributor) of the politically progressive Catholic party newspaper, Australasian Chronicle, and from July 1843 of his own Weekly Register, of Politics, Facts and General Literature, both of which included prominent, it generally conservative, coverage of music and music making. Duncan's enthusiastic publicity pieces prior to music events, and his thoughtful and informed reviews afterward, are important sources of information on Sydney concert and theatre music, performance and reception, and especially on the activities of musicians and composers Dr. James Reid (who also became one of his press correspondents and agents on Norfolk Island in 1840 at a time when he and Ullathorne were strongly supporting Alexander Maconochie's penal reforms), the Bushelles, Deanes, and Gautrots, and Isaac Nathan (early rehearsals for whose first Australian opera Merry Freaks, Duncan reported attending). He also reprinted in the papers biographies of major European composers and musical news from Europe.
Duncan wrote lyrics for two of Nathan's published songs, in 1841 for the "new national anthem" Long Live Victoria (adapted to the music of a pre-existing English work, Long Live our Monarch, words: H. W. Montagu, published London, 1830, copy at British Library Music Collections H.1678.(7.)), and in 1842 for the "national song" Australia the wide the free. In December 1842, Duncan's review of Sydney composer Frederick Ellard's The Sydney Corporation Quadrilles, criticising the use of a diminished chord, resulted in a lively published defence from Ellard (citing precedent in the music of Weber), and further comment from Duncan. Duncan was also an amateur singer, probably a member of St. Mary's Cathedral Choir from as early as 1839, and certainly still in 1842, when December at a Requiem Mass at St. Mary's for the Duc d'Orleans his own paper reported: "In the choir the solemn Gregorian Missa pro defunctis was beautifully chaunted by the Very Rev. Vicar General Murphy, as cantor, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Magennis, Mr. Duncan, and Mrs. Curtis, and a select choir, and accompanied on the organ by Mr. Worgan." Probably specifically for use at St. Mary's, Duncan also arranged, edited, and published adaptations of classical sacred music. In particular two numbers of his projected serial The sacred minstrel appeared in March and April 1841, containing adaptations of music by Mozart, Haydn, Pergolesi, Gluck, and Cramer. In April 1842, he published his Adoro te devote ("adapted to ... the prayer in Rossini's Moise in Egito"); in May a Kyrie Eleison ("adapted to a morceau in A minor of Karl Heinrich Graun, and arranged for four voices and chorus, with An Accompaniment for the Organ or Pianoforte, by W. A. Duncan"); and in June he advertised "A Mass", "In the press, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, from Mozart, with an easy, compressed accompaniment. Also a complete Vespers service", though none of these survive, and they may well not ever have been printed. Copies of neither number of The sacred minstrel appear in the bibliographic record (plausibly, some copies were consumed in the great fire at St Mary's in 1865), so if anyone knows of the existence of copies of these lost Duncan prints I'd be extremely pleased to hear from them.
Duncan was also later involved with amateur music making in Brisbane, where in 1851 he was president of the Moreton Bay Amateur Musical Society, and in 1859 supported plans to form a choral society. A sale catalogue of his library issued after his death lists some music, but most of the valuable music collection he originally brought to Australia was reportedly sold in the mid 1840s when he was in financial difficulties. Even if it was reprinted from a homeland British source (though if so I have so far been unable to identify it), the verse doggerel description of "my music library" in the Chronicle in May 1842 probably reflects the breadth of his reading, parallelled in the colony at the time only by his friend Nathan.
[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (27 March 1841), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (30 March 1841), 3
"NEW PUBLICATIONS", Australasian Chronicle (30 March 1841), 2
[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (8 April 1841), 1
"NEW PUBLICATION: THE SACRED MINSTREL NO. II", Australasian Chronicle (10 April 1841), 2
[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (23 June 1842), 1
"NEW MUSIC", The Sydney Herald (4 April 1842), 2
"NEW MUSIC", Australasian Chronicle (5 April 1842), 2
and [Advertisement], same issue, 1
"MUSIC", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (5 April 1842), 2
"NEW MUSIC-JUST PUBLISHED: ADORO TE DEVOTE", The Australian (5 April 1842), 2
see also, "Sydney Philharmonic Society", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 July 1855), 5
"THE DESCRIPTION OF MY MUSICAL LIBRARY. A Doggrel", Australasian Chronicle (21 May 1842), 3
[Acknowledgement], The Australian (26 May 1842), 2
"New Music", The Sydney Herald (30 May 1842), 2
[Advertisement]: "SACRED MUSIC. Just published", Australasian Chronicle (9 June 1842), 3
[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (23 June 1842), 1
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31736313 [also quotes review from the Observer]; [Advertisement], same issue, 1
[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (23 June 1842), 1
"NEW PUBLICATIONS", Australasian Chronicle (17 December 1842), 2
[Letter from Frederick Ellard]: "To the Editor", Australasian Chronicle (22 December 1842), 2
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31738297 [includes Duncan's reply]; "THE LATE DUKE OF ORLEANS", Australasian Chronicle (13 December 1842), 2
"MORETON BAY AMATEUR MUSICAL SOCIETY", The Moreton Bay Courier (24 May 1851), 2
"A CHORAL SOCIETY", The Moreton Bay Courier (1 January 1859), 2
"Death of Mr. W. A. Duncan", Australian Town and Country Journal (27 June 1885), 42
Correspondence between the Rev. Mr. Stack, Protestant minister, and W. A. Duncan, Catholic schoolmaster, Maitland: with remarks on Mr. Stack's lecture upon the Man of Sin, delivered in the English Church, Maitland, March 6, 1839 (Sydney: Abraham Cohen, 1839)
"Notes of a ten years' residence in New South Wales", Hogg's Weekly Instructor [Edinburgh] 5 (1847; repr. 1850), 129-33, 147-50
Catalogue of the Rare and Valuable Library of the Late William Augustine Duncan ([Sydney]: A. Lewis, )
On the above, see: Bathurst Free Press (26 August 1885), 3
The Sydney Morning Herald (14 November 1885), 16
Other musical works (arrangements):
While no copies of the 1841 prints The Sacred Minstrel have been identified, several similar arrangements by Duncan of short liturgical items set to the music of the classical masters (Mozart, Gluck, Haydn, Webbe, &c.) survive entered by him as manuscript additions on unprinted pages of his copy of the printed anthology A Selection of the most favorite motetts, hymns, solos, duetts, &c. (London: Novello, [? 1860]), now in the Veech Library, Sydney; full details at
Bibliography and resources:
Michael Roe, Duncan, William Augustine (1811-1885), Australian dictionary of biography 1 (1966)
Margaret Payten, William Augustine Duncan 1811-1885: a biography of a colonial reformer (MA Thesis, University of N.S.W., 1967)
Peter Cochrane, Colonial ambition: foundations of Australian democracy (Melbourne University Press, 2006), especially 54-57
DÜNE, Jacob (DUNE)
Bandsman (Burton's Band)
Active, SA, 1856
"MOUNT BARKER", South Australian Register (7 November 1856), 3
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.
DUNLOP, Eliza Hamilton
Poet, songwriter, recorder and translator of Indigenous songs
Born Armagh, Ireland 1796
Arrived Sydney, NSW, February 1838 (per Superb)
Died Wollombi, NSW, 20 June 1880
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Destitute musician, "Lascar"
Arrived Sydney, 25 July 1838 (per Lady Hayes, from China)
"ARRIVALS", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (26 July 1838), 2
"DUPLICITY", The Sydney Monitor (19 December 1838), 2
Samuel Dunn, one of the Lascars per Lady Hayes, who chose to stop here instead of proceeding home with his countrymen, accosted a gentleman in the street the other day, with the most piteous tale of distress, weeping as he told it, and declaring that to relieve himself from the burthen of life, he contemplated putting an end to his existence. He said he was destitute and friendless, in a strange country, and unable to procure a subsistence, being a musician, and unable to work or find employment of any kind. The party addressed took him to a gentleman of a charitable character, who volunteered to pay five shillings weekly for a lodging for him, and ordered a jacket, trousers, and shirt to be supplied, on condition that he was not an impostor. The person commissioned accordingly made enquiries the following morning, when the object of charity made his appearance at the Police Office, accused of assisting a mob in fighting two dogs in the streets the previous night, with being intoxicated, and with refusing to go away when ordered by the constable.
DURAND, Rosalie (Mrs. Frederick LYSTER)
Soprano vocalist (Lyster's company)
Arrived Melbourne, 1 March 1861 (per Achilles, from San
Died Sydney, 8 December 1866
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[News], The Argus (2 March 1861), 5
"IN MEMORIAM ROSALIE DURAND", Bell's Life in Sydney (15 December 1866), 3
"NOTES OF THE WEEK", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 December 1866), 2
Professor of the Cornet-à-Piston and Clarionet
Active Sydney, Maitland, and Melbourne, April-September 1853
advertised as a teacher or cornet and clarinet in Sydney in March 1853,
and appeared in concert with Winterbottom's Band in April. His solo in
Ernesto's The Duke of Cambridge Galop
proved popular and
was programmed nightly, Henry Marsh having also published a sheet
edition in April (The Duke
of Cambridge Galop "as performed by Mr. Durant with Immense
Success"). Durant took his benefit on 17 May, and later travelled with
the band to Maitland and Melbourne. He was variously billed as
"Principal Cornet-a-Piston, Royal Italian Opera, and her Majesty's
private band", and "Principal Cornet-a-Piston, Jullien's Band", <
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (5 April 1853), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (19 April 1853), 1
[Advertisement], Empire (25 April 1853), 3
"PROMENADE CONCERTS A LA JULLIEN", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 April 1853), 3
"PROMENADE CONCERTS", Empire (28 April 1853), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 May 1853), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (17 May 1853), 2
[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (11 June 1853), 3
[Advertisement], The Argus (25 August 1853), 8
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Argus (1 September 1853), 4
DURRANTO, B. F.
Bandsman (50th Regiment)
Active Sydney, NSW, 1868
"WATER POLICE COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 March 1868), 2
Corporal Mather of the 50th Regiment deposed that prisoner did not belong to the Regiment, but that he now wore the uniform which belonged to a bandsman. B. F. Durranto, the bandsman, identified the uniform as his, and stated that whilst he and prisoner were in a public-house together drinking, he allowed prisoner to put on his uniform. Prisoner left him down by the Parramatta steamer. Prisoner was discharged.
Late bandmaster (46th Regiment)
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 20 September 1847 (per Thomas Lord, from New Zealand, 4 September)
"Shipping Intelligence", Colonial Times (24 September 1847), 3
"MARRIAGES", Empire (12 September 1861), 1
[Advertisement], The Mercury (4 April 1885), 1
JAMES DUST, Band Master 46th Regiment, died in Hobart in about 1848. Persons knowing anything of above are requested to communicate with Mr. JOHN WILLIAMSON, Solicitor, Williamson's Chambers, 163, King Street, Sydney. Expenses paid.
More:James DUST, 46th regiment of foot, married Agnew Radford in Ireland in 1835; a daughter, Elizabeth, was born June 1841 (she married in Sydney, 1861); they sailed from Plymouth per Blenheim arriving in New Plymouth NZ, 1842 (family history online). The 46th Regiment had served in NSW 1814-17, when the bandmaster was Robert McIntosh, well before Dust's time. He presumably left the regiment before emigrating to NZ.
DUTERRAU, Jane Sarah
Musician, music teacher, governess
Arrived TAS, 17 August 1832 (free per Laing)
Departed TAS, 1839 (for Glasgow)
Died Torquay, England, 1885
Jane Sarah Duterrau (Sarah in ADB; Sarah Jane, ? incorrectly, in DAAO) was the only daughter of the artist Benjamin Duterrau (1767-1851). A London agent for Ellinthorp Hall, Mr. and Mrs. George Carr Clark's Tasmanian private girls school, offered Benjamin and Jane positions there teaching drawing, music and French. But although these positions were duly filled by Henry Mundy, the Duterraus sailed for Tasmania nevertheless. Jane probably never taught music publicly in Hobart, since in October 1832 she was appointed governess to the children of Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur. She married a merchant, John Bogle, in February 1838 and returned to Britain the following year.
"MARRIED", The Hobart Town Courier (9 February 1838), 2
"BIRTHS", Colonial Times (27 October 1840), 7
"BIRTHS", The Cornwall Chronicle (14 September 1850), 604
"AN HISTORICAL PAINTING. Work of Benjamin Duterau", The Mercury (18 July 1928), 10
Bibliography and resources:
A. Rand, Duterrau, Benjamin (1767-1851), Australian dictionary of biography 1 (1966)
G. F. Stilwell, "Mr. and Mrs. George Carr Clark of Ellinthorp Hall", Tasmanian Historical Research Association 11/3 (April 1963), 72-109 (83)
DUTTON, Francis Stacker (also ? Francis H. DUTTON)
Amateur pianist, vocalist, concert organiser (Melbourne Amateur Concert), composition prize judge (Gawler music prize)
Born Germany, 1818
Active Melbourne, NSW (VIC), mid 1840 Active Adelaide, 1840s (later Premier of South Australia)
Died London, 25 January 1877
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For the Gawler Institute, on 4 November 1859, Dutton was a member of the judging committee of four (the others Holden, Ewing, and Chinner) that awarded the first prize for musical setting of The Song of Australia to Carl Linger. At a concert in June 1850, Frederick Ellard's Sudaustralischer Galop was "Compose et dedie a M. Francois Dutton".
[Advertisement], Port Philip Gazette (14 November 1840), 2
In aid of the Funds of the Episcopalian Church.
AT a Meeting held at the Adelphi Hotel,
on Friday the 13th Instant, Francis Dutton, Esq., in the chair.
It was unanimously resolved - "That a Concert for the above purpose should take place as soone as the necessary arrangements can be made.
Resolved - "That the following gentlemen, namely Messrs. Dutton, Sandford, Darke, Pullar, and Smith, be a Committee appointed for carrying out the arrangements, will full power to add to their number.
Resolved - "That an advertisement, signed by the Chairman of the present meeting be inserted in the puhlic Journals, requesting parties desirous of contributing their assistance to announce their intention to the Chairman of the Meeting without delay, stating what instrument or part in the performance they are capable of taking, or who can furnish a loan of Music to the Committee for the occasion.
Resolved - "That a deputation consisting of Messrs. Smith; Cavenagh, and Darke, be requested to wait upon the Rev. Mr. Forbes to ask the loan of the Presbyterian School-room, for holding the amateur Concert in aid of the funds of the Episcopalian Church.
Resolved - "That the same deputation be requested to wait upon his Honor the Superintendent and Mrs La Trobe soliciting the favour of their patronage.
Resolved - "That this Meeting be adjourned to Tuesday next, at the same hour and place." FRANCIS H. DUTTON. Chairman.
"THE CORPORATION", South Australian Register (25 June 1842), 2
"AMATEUR CONCERT", South Australian (1 July 1842), 3
"LOCAL NEWS", South Australian (20 December 1848), 2
"MECHANICS INSTITUTE", South Australian (2 November 1849), 2
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (7 October 1859), 1
"GAWLER MUSIC PRIZE", South Australian Register (5 November 1859), 2
"MR. FRANCIS S. DUTTON", The Argus (30 January 1877), 6
"OLD-TIME MEMORIES", South Australian Register (10 August 1891), 6
. . . Then on June 10  old musical friends came to the fore, and gave a concert in White's Rooms in aid of the same [Indian Mutiny Relief] fund, when Mr. F. S. Dutton, who formulated the ninth Government of the colony, and was afterwards the first Agent-General, took part in playing a duet on the pianoforte from "Les Huguenots" with Mr. A. Newing, of the Commissariat Staff Department, the other performers being Madame Carandini and Signori Grossi and Laglaise.
Francis Dutton, South Australia and its mines, with an historical sketch of the colony (London: T. and W. Boone, 1846), 144
Amateur concerts are also of frequent occurrence, many being given for charitable purposes, at which the first ladies in the colony do not consider it beneath their dignity to assist.
Geoffrey Dutton, "Dutton, Francis Stacker", Australian Dictionary of Biography 1 (1966)
Violin player, convict
Born England, 1808/9
Arrived Van Diemen's Land, 1828 (per William Miles, sailed from England 15 March 1828)
William Henry Dutton, alias BARLTHRUP, aged 16 years, was convicted of stealing a handkerchief at the Old Bailey, London, on 30 June 1835. He was at Kirkham, NSW, by early in the 1830s. A transfer notice in 1834 describes him as "violin player". The previous year, W. H. Dutton of Kirkham was signatory to minutes of a meeting of "Gentlemen, Graziers, and others, residing in the Districts of Appin, Minto, and Cook"
[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (3 October 1833), 3
"LIST OF TRANSFERS of Male Convicts, made in the Month of January last", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (12 April 1834), 3s
Dutton, W. H. [of] Kirkham, violin player, [transferred from] G. M. Slade"
Bibliography and resources:
DUVALLI FAMILY (COUTTS DUVALLI)
Dancers and musicians
DUVALLI, Rosalie (HALL DUVALLI)
Operatic and Acrobatic Danseuse
Died 12 June 1912
DUVALLI, Heloise (COUTTS DUVALLI)
Operatic and Acrobatic Danseuse
Died Darlinghurst, NSW, 16 May 1904
COUTTS, Charles (COUTTS DUVALLI)
Died Darlinghurst, NSW, 4 June 1912, aged 67
DUVALLI, Rosalie Coutts (COUTTS DUVALLI)
Active by 1891
[Advertisement], The Argus (3 December 1869), 8
[Advertisement], The Mercury (21 January 1890), 3
"MECHANICS' INSTITUTE", Launceston Examiner (4 February 1890), 3
[News], The Argus (2 January 1891), 5
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 May 1904), 4
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (5 June 1912), 18
"FUNERALS", The Sydney Morning Herald (5 June 1912), 17
"IN MEMORIAM", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 June 1913), 8
See also:Harry Duvalli (Cartwright): "Deaths", < em>The Argus (23 February 1884), 1
Related works: The Rose of England (A Society Skirt Dance as danced by Mdlle Rosalie Coutts Duvalli. Composed By Dr. J. Summers) (Melbourne: W. H. Glen & Co. )
Actor, comic vocalist
Arrived Sydney, by 3 January 1833
Active Adelaide, until 1847
An actor in Sydney Theatre from 1833 and into the early to 1840s, Dyball was often also billed as a singer, especially of comic songs. He left Sydney for Adelaide in January 1844, and in 1846 was "Acting Manager" in the theatre there.
"SYDNEY THEATRE", The Sydney Herald (3 January 1833), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (15 July 1833), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (26 February 1838), 3
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Australian (9 January 1844), 2
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (28 October 1846), 1
Active Sydney, NSW, 1835
Summary: Dyer was listed as a violinist for the forthcoming season at Sydney's Theatre Royal in May 1835.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (4 May 1835), 3
Professor of dancing, flute and violin
Born England, 1795/6
Arrived Fremantle, January 1830
Arrived Hobart, by April 1839
Active Hobart and Launceston, until 1850
Died Brighton, Tasmania, 14 November 1875, in his 80th year
A family historian traced Dyer from his departure from London in 1829 on the Wanstead to his arrival in January 1830 in Fremantle Western Australia, his arrival in Sydney in 1833, his marriage, and his later move to Tasmania. Dyer was new in Hobart when he advertised in April 1839 his intention to open a "Dancing Academy", having been "for upwards of Twenty Years ... engaged in his profession, in conjunction with his brothers in Lincolnshire and the adjoining counties." He also offered to teach flute and violin. In 1842 he advertised that, presumably by post, he had "just received from his Brothers (Professors of Dancing in England) that much-admired Finishing or Breaking-up Dance, as now danced at Her Majesty's Balls" offering to give in instruction in it and "the Victoria Quadrilles". He held a Tradesman's Ball in Hobart on 31 December 1849, but thereafter appears to have changed professions. He was appointed postmaster at Brighton in 1861.
"ARRIVALS", The Sydney Herald (25 February 1833), 2
[Advertisement], Colonial Times (16 April 1839), 3
[Advertisement], The Courier (28 January 1842), 1
[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Courier (17 January 1840), 1
[Advertisement], The Courier (16 January 1847), 6
[Advertisement], Colonial Times (18 May 1849), 3
"THE GAZETTE", The Mercury (13 August 1861), 2
"DIED", The Mercury (16 November 1875), 1
Active Melbourne & Adelaide, 1847
Possibly related to the above, "Mr. J. Dyer, from the Hobart Town, Launceston, and Melbourne Theatres", also billed as "the unrivalled Hornpipe Dancer" appeared at the Royal Adelaide Theatre in December 1847. He is probably the same Mr. Dyer who danced at the Queen's Theatre, Melbourne, in March 1847.
"Queen's Theatre Royal", The Melbourne Argus (9 March 1847), 2
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (4 December 1847), 1
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (11 December 1847), 2
Journalist, lecturer on music, amateur vocalist
Active Sydney, by 1853
Dyer was a reporter on the Sydney Empire by July 1853, and in August and October 1854 gave lecture on British ballads at the Mechanics' School of Arts, where from 1855 he was secretary. He was secretary of the Sydney Vocal Harmonic Society in 1858, of the University of Sydney Music Festival in 1859, and later of the Sydney Philharmonic Society. He was also editor of The Sydney Magazine in 1859, to which he probably contributed two articles on music, "Music for the People" (109), and "The Music Festival" (229)
"LAW INTELLIGENCE", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 July 1853), 2
[Advertisement], Empire (26 August 1854), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 December 1858), 1
"SCHOOL OF ARTS", Empire (30 August 1854), 5
[Advertisement], Empire (14 October 1854), 8
"MARRIED", Empire (9 April 1855), 4
"THE SYDNEY UNIVERSITY MUSIC FESTIVAL", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 June 1859), 2
Fiddler, violinist, violin player, convict
Active Sydney, NSW, 1826
"THE POLICE", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (1 March 1826), 3
William Dynes, prisoner of the crown, found fiddling at a late hour in a house on the rocks, on Saturday night last, and when taken into custody and on his way to the watch-house, violently and wantonly broke the fiddle, the properly of another person. - 25 lashes.
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