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A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–J
Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)
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Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney),
"A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–J",
Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):
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JACKSON, Charles James
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 1865
Died Haberfield, NSW, 19 May 1920, aged ? 80
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 February 1866), 8
TO CLERGYMEN and ORGANISTS. C. J. JACKSON, Organ Builder, Manufactory, Richmond, Melbourne. Mr. J. during his stay in Sydney will be glad to examine and give estimates for re-building, enlarging, &c, or for cleaning, re-voicing, and tuning of organs. Mr. J. would call the attention of clergymen and organists to having, on his previous visit to Sydney, tuned and regulated the organ of St. John's, Parramatta, All Saints', ditto, and St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney. All communications addressed to Mr. CORDNER, Organist of St Mary's Cathedral, 135, Bourke street, Woolloomooloo, will receive prompt attention.
"ORGAN RECITAL IN SYDNEY", The Maitland Mercury (25 June 1870), 2
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (20 May 192), 6
"MR. C. J. JACKSON", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 May 1920), 10
Mr. Charles James Jackson, whose death occurred last week, at an advanced age, was for many years in business in Sydney as an organ builder, several large instruments having been produced at his factory in Newtown-road. He arrived here from England in 1865, and the first organ which he built was at the Exhibition Building, for which he was presented with a silver medal and a certificate. Amongst other organs which he built were those at the Garden Place, which was destroyed by fire, St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Mark's Church, Darling Point, the Pitt-street Congregational Church, the old Methodist Centennial Hall in York-street, and the Congregational Church at Glebe.
JACKSON, George Forbes
Amateur tenor vocalist, tailor
Died Glebe, NSW, 27 March 1900, aged 63
JACKSON, Rachel (Miss CLARKE; Mrs. Frank FOWLER)
Soprano vocalist, pianist, teacher of piano and singing
REILOFF, Madame (Madame REILOFF JACKSON)
Rachel Clarke, of Sydney, married the visiting English journalist Frank Fowler (1833-1863) on 9 February 1856. The pianist and composer Frank Henry Fowler (1857-1893) was their son. After her first husband's death in London, Rachel and her children returned to Sydney, where on 23 April 1868, she married Sydney amateur vocalist George Forbes Jackson.
Previously George had written the words for Eliza Wallace-Bushelle's new song, The destruction of St. Mary's, which he first sang at the Orpheonist Society's concert in aid of the cathedral restoration fund in August 1865. At a Christmas Night Oratorio in the Prince of Wales Opera House in 1869, one of Charles Packer's early appearances after his release from prison, George sang in extracts from Creation and Elijah, as well as from Packer's Crown of Thorns, and thereafter the couple often appeared in Packer's concerts.
In London, Rachel had been a pupil of pianist and composer Bennett Gilbert (1833-1885), and in September 1875, she (as Mrs. G. F. Jackson) and her son Frank Harry Fowler advertised jointly in Sydney as teachers of singing and piano.
After Charles Packer's death, George, who was a pallbearer at his funeral, served as a committee member of the Packer Memorial Fund, with August Huenerbein junior and clarinettist Sebastian Hodge.
Update (May 2013):
I shall let the above summary stand for the time being. However, I must introduce variously Mademoiselle or Madame Reiloff, who, from 1867, appeared regularly in concerts with Jackson, and who, in June 1869, was styled Madame Reiloff Jackson, whereafter she disappears from record. I find, too, that George Forbes Jackson (re)married Agnes Roache in 1878, and as his widow she indeed advertised an in memoriam in 1904 giving her name as Agnes.
But were Madame Reilloff and Rachel Fowler the same person, or was Reilloff perhaps Jackson's sister?
A Madame Reiloff, meanwhile, was active in London in 1866.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 December 1864), 1
[Advertisement], Empire (2 August 1865), 1
"CONCERT" The Sydney Morning Herald (3 August 1865), 4
Mr. G. F. Jackson, who is getting rid of the mannerism that used to beset him, sang with feeling and effect "Annie, dear, good-bye", as well as "My heart's first home", and we think that by continued careful study and practice this gentleman will become a valuable acquisition to our concerts ... Mr. Douglas Callen was accompanyist, and played in his usual careful and effective style, greatly aiding the amateurs in their singing.
"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (13 May 1868), 1
"AMATEUR PERFORMANCE", Empire (22 June 1869), 2
"TEMPERANCE-HALL CONCERTS", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 July 1869), 5
"HERR SIPP'S CONCERT", Empire (19 October 1865), 4
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (21 November 1868), 6
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (22 December 1869), 8
"Centenary Musical Festival in the Exhibition Building", Australian Town and Country Journal (8 October 1870), 5
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 August 1883), 2
"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 March 1900), 1
[Advertisement], The Musical Standard (15 September 1866), 169
[Advertisement], Empire (4 May 1867), 1
"MASONIC HALL", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 June 1867), 4
To that succeeded the ever fresh "Wapping Old Stairs," sung by Madame Reiloff in a way that elicited a rapturous encore, when Madame Reiloff substituted Franz Abt's beautiful cuckoo song, and afforded her auditory a rare musical treat by the pure taste and perfectly clear articulation which distinguishes her delivery of the words of the songs that she executes. The public may be congratulated on possessing so excellent a vocalist.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (1 April 1868), 10
"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (6 November 1868), 9
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (21 June 1869), 8
"DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT AT THE SCHOOL OF ARTS", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 June 1869), 4
Key bugle player
Active Sydney, NSW, 1832
"POLICE INCIDENTS", The Sydney Herald (24 September 1832), 1s
JACKSON, John Dettmer Dodds
Violinist, pianist, composer, band leader
Active McIvor, VIC, by 1866
Died Mansfield, VIC, 28 January 1872
"ENTERTAINMIENT IN AID OF THE MECHANICS' INSTITUTE", The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (24 August 1866), 2
... Previous to the rising of the curtain, the band under the direction of Mr. Jackson played in fine style the promised overture, in which the soft full notes of Wilson's flute reminded old habitues of former times ... Mr. Jackson's original piece of music, the "rose of Heathcote Polka" was well rendered by the composer. He also played some rapid and brilliant variations in a most masterly manner, and so pleased were the audience that he was recalled amid the most deafening applause ...
"MR. ADAMSON'S CONCERT", The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (16 November 1866), 2
"AMATEUR CONCERT IN AID OF THE FUNDS OF THE HEATHCOTE HOSPITAL", The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (23 August 1867), 3
"DEATH OF MR. WILLIAM JACKSON", The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (2 February 1872), 2
Many of our readers who knew Mr. Jackson when he undertook to form and instruct the Heathcote Amateur Band, will be extremely sorry to hear of his death, which occurred at Mansfield on the 28th of January. We are indebted to Mr. J. B Morris, of Alexandra for the intelligence. It appears that Mr. Jackson, on New Year's Day, met with an accident in stepping out of a buggy; he broke his leg above the ankle. On the 28th of January it was considered necessary to take the limb off, but the patient expired before the operation was performed. Mr. Jackson was the only son of a highly respectable couple of old identities on McIvor, who have enjoyed the friendship and respect of a large circle of acquaintances since the earliest days of gold digging in this locality, and much genuine sympathy is felt for them in their bereavement. There was that about William Jackson that made him welcome everywhere; his good natured smile, his musical talent, as shown by the manner in which he handled the violin and bow; his choice collection of songs which he used to sing in public; his frank manner and good temper, all combined to make him a general favorite while here.
JACOBI, Charles Julius (JACOBIE)
Violinist, ? guitarist
Active Beechworth, VIC, 1857
"FALSE CHARGE OF MURDER", The Goulburn Herald (24 May 1856), 4
... On Saturday evening, a gentleman named Charles Julius Jacobi, by birth a Prussian, but who is an excellent scholar and linguist, having travelled over the principal continental countries of Europe, and through England, called at Goulburn ... Mr. Jacobi, having been duly handcuffed, was conducted across the mud to the watch house and searched. But he had neither stiletto nor pistol--no poignard encrusted with blood. No, besides a trifle of cash, he only had about his person a small guitar, which he carries with him in his travels for an occasional evening solace; some valuable rings, a letter, and some official documents written in foreign languages.
"POLICE COURT", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (8 May 1857), 2
... The plaintiff swore that he had been engaged by the Bailiff (then in possession) and the defendant conjointly, to play the violin, and to amuse them with an occasional song in the evenings. During the day he was permitted to act as cook.
Pianist (pupil of Thalberg; Pianist to HRH the Duchess of Gloucester)
Active Melbourne, VIC, by October 1852, until after 1883
According to the The Metropolitan (1845, 529), Jacobs's debut "will create no small sensation ... [Jacobs] has been for some time engaged in giving private lessons on the pianoforte in families of distinction, by whom his talents as a professor of music are held in the highest estimation"; the writer had "repeatedly heard him in private" and had "no hesitation" in declaring him a most able pianist. Nevertheless, by October 1851, "Coleman Jacobs, Hill-st Walworth, Surrey, teacher of music" was before the insolvency court.
A year later still, in October 1852, he was in Melbourne, co-presenting with Henry De Grey a "Grand Masquerade" and fancy dress ball "A La Jullien". He moved in Sydney by April 1853 when he appeared with John Winterbottom in a concert for the relief of the survivors of the wreck of the Monumental City. According to the Empire:
But the great treat of the evening, to the musician, was the pianoforte solo by Mr. Coleman Jacobs. Mr. Jacobs is a pupil of Thalberg, and has acquired much of the style of that great master. The brilliancy of his fingering in rapid passages, and the feeling and taste with which he brought out the air, created quite an excitement. The effect of his performance was much assisted by the beautiful grand pianoforte, by Erard, which was kindly lent by Mr. Thomas Woolley, of the Glebe, for this occasion.
In October 1853 W. J. Johnson published an edition of Talexy's Mazurka brillante as "Performed by Mr. Coleman Jacobs at his Farewell Concert" (he spent much of 1854 in Tasmania).
Two years later, in June 1855, Henry Marsh advertised a Mazurka brillante ("by Coleman Jacobs") as no. 5 of his The Australian cadeau, but no copy of this has been identified. Jacobs's Domain polka was played for the first time by the German Band on Sydney's Domain in February 1856. By April, however, the press reported that, after giving "a few musical entertainments" at the City Theatre, Jacobs had "become non est, and that he had victimised his creditors to a large amount".
In October, Jacobs advertised to warn the public against confusing him with Wizard Jacobs, and in December moved on to Adelaide. There, after a promising early reception in January, he was again indigent. "Having failed in his profession since his arrival in Adelaide ... with his wife and family destitute", he was reduced to working under a pseudonym, Gerard Jones (or was it his real name?), pasting circulars for a small business, for which he was arrested for defacing public property, and sent to City Gaol in April. He had moved on to Ballarat by June, where in July he advertised that he was the "nephew and pupil of the great composer and vocalist, Henry Russell".
Thereafter he disappears from record until mid 1860 when he advertised in Melbourne that he had "returned to his profession". He was still teaching pianoforte and singing in Melbourne in 1883. His only surviving work is The young hero schottische, published in Melbourne in July 1878 and dedicated to "Thomas Pearce, the Gallant Survivor" of the wreck of the Loch Ard, in aid of the Loch Ard fund.
"INSOLVENT DEBTORS", The Jurist (11 October 1851), 365
[Advertisement], The Argus (19 October 1852), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (21 March 1853), 7
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (16 April 1853), 1
"MONUMENTAL CITY", Empire (6 June 1853), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (23 February 1856), 1
[News], The Maitland Mercury (3 April 1856), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (10 October 1856), 1
[News], South Australian Register (24 December 1856), 3
"MR. COLEMAN JACOBS'S CONCERT", South Australian Register (5 January 1857), 3
"POLICE COURTS", South Australian Register (2 April 1857), 3
"NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS", The Star (29 June 1857), 2
[Advertisement], The Star (4 July 1857), 3
"OPENING AT KEW ATHENAEUM", The Argus (9 May 1860), 5
[Advertisement], The Argus (25 July 1878), 8
""PUBLICATIONS," The Mercury (6 August 1878), 2
[Advertisement], The Argus (20 July 1860), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (28 July 1883), 1
JACOBS, Jacob Lewis (John Lewis JACOBS; Wizard JACOBS; Professor JACOBS)
Entertainer, magician, dancer, vocalist, teacher of dancing
Born Canterbury, England, c.1813
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), by March 1834
Died Melbourne, VIC, 1897
"DANCING", Adelaide Times (30 October 1848), 2
We are requested to direct attention to Mr. Jacob's advertisement for teaching this accomplishment. From his well-known efficiency in the various branches of dancing, and his assiduity in teaching, pupils will find it advantageous to engage his services.
On his return to the Sydney stage in 1865, Bell's Life in Australia wrote (quoted Levi):
After an absence of seven years, Wizard Jacobs was back and we enjoyed the society of the Great Magician who has added to his former catalogue of delusions of more modern inventions and still more wondrous amazing the public again as a ventriloquist with his puppet and as improvisator, extemporising a song on any subject.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (12 June 1865), 1
Bibliography and resources:
Levi 2013, These are the names, 360-61
Active Melbourne, VIC, 1857
"POLICE. CITY COURT", The Argus (3 June 1857), 6
Samuel Jacobson, a musician, was charged with lunacy. He was so violent that he could not be brought into Court, and had to be taken from his house in Bouverie-street, North Melbourne, for the safety of his wife and children. His madness was stated to be the effect of almost constant drunkenness.
JAFFA, Madame (Rebecca)
Born London, ? 22 September 1839
Arrived (1) Sydney, NSW, by 1855; departed Newcastle, November 1866 (per Golden Sunset, for San Francisco)
Arrived (2) Sydney, NSW, December 1888 (from San Francisco); departed August 1889 (for NZ and San Francisco)
Died ? San Francisco, 1911
According to later reports, Jaffa has studied in Brussels. She and her husband Henry (Herzl) were in Australia by 1855 when their eldest daughter was born in Sydney. She was playing in public by 1857, whereafter she had a considerable teaching and concert career into the mid 1860s. She left for San Francisco with her husband and three children late in 1866, and arrived safely though their ship was wrecked.
She made a return tour of Australia in 1889.
Two compositions by her are documented, both lost. Sweet and low (words: Alfred Tennyson; composed expressly for the occasion for Sara Flower) was published ([Sydney: Mader; Wilkie, Elvy and Co., 1863]), and The message ("the music ... composed by Madame Jaffa; [sung] by Mr. Charles Stewart" [MS, July 1864].
"SYDNEY PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 April 1857), 4
"THE PHILHARMONIC CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 January 1859), 5
"MADAME JAFFA", Empire (30 August 1859), 5
"MADAME JAFFA'S CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 July 1864), 4
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (16 August 1862), 1
"NEW SONG", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 April 1863), 4
"MADAME JAFFA'S CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 September 1866), 4
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Maitland Mercury (15 November 1866), 3
"LOSS OF THE GOLDEN SUNSET. PRIVATIONS OF THE PASSENGERS AND CREW. (From the Newcastle Chronicle.)", The Mercury (24 July 1867), 3
"ARRIVAL OF THE ENGLISH MAIL AT AUCKLAND", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 December 1888), 8
"SHIPPING", The South Australian Advertiser (11 January 1889), 7
[News], The South Australian Advertiser (22 January 1889), 4
"MADAME JAFFA' S RECITAL", The Mercury (30 March 1889), 3
"PIANOFORTE RECITAL", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 July 1889), 8
[News], The Argus (1 August 1889), 5
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Argus (5 August 1889),4
Bibliography and resources:
Northern California Composers (Finding Aid, San Francisco Public Library)
According to a Californian history, Ruby [sic] Jaffa was daughter of violinist Myer Marks Hurwitz. From family history notes: Herzl (Henry S.) and Rebecca S. Jaffa emigrated from the Pale of the Settlement around 1850, via Warsaw. Four children were born in Sydney, including Fannie (1855) and Rachel Alice (1860). By 1872 the Jaffa family was living at 730 Howard in and Henry and Rebecca were teaching music and languages at the French Spring Valley Grammar School for the San Francisco School District. By 1885 the family had moved to 2420 Bush Street, and both Fannie and Rachel had also become music teachers. Rachel using the name Rose Alice Jaffa was also a pianist. Henry naturalized under on 10 Aug 1875, giving his country of origin as Germany.
JAGER, Ernest A.
Professor of music, violinist and viola player, band leader, concert annotations (program note) writer (president, Musical Artists' Society)
Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1867
Died Ascot Vale, VIC, Melbourne, 21 April 1921, aged 74
Passenger lists show that Jager was playing in George Loder's orchestras as early as 1864 (for the Rainfords) and 1865 (Lyster's company), and he was a member of the Victorian Musical Association in November 1867. While advertising as a professional music teacher, he was leading band rehearsals for the Melbourne Exhibition in November 1872. He was elected a member, along with Julius Herz, of the Musical Association of Victoria in July 1876, and was viola player of the Melbourne Quartett Society in September. He was president of the Musical Artists's Society by April 1878 and in June the Argus noted a significant innovation:
The musical artists have sent us a copy of the annotated programme with which they will present their visitors on Monday night. It is highly creditable to the annotator, Mr. E. A. Jager, the president o£ the society, and will be found to be a most valuable adjunct to the enjoyment of the music by those who will be present at the concert. This programme heralds the introduction here of an excellent plan which is carried out in London and the larger cities on the Continent.
And again, in July 1879:
The annotated programme which they distribute amongst their visitors is a most interesting and valuable production, of great use to the audience and highly creditable to the "E. A. J." whose initials are appended at the foot of it, a musical artist whom we have no difficulty in identifying as Mr E. A. Jager, the energetic and intelligent president of the Society ...
In March 1890, the Argus published a detailed précis of his lecture, "The Orchestra, its Material, and How to Listen to it".
"CLEARANCES", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 April 1864), 4
"CLEARANCES", Empire (16 August 1865), 4
[News], The Argus (27 September 1867), 5
[News], The Argus (2 November 1867), 4
[Advertisement], The Argus (2 November 1872), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (2 January 1874), 8
[News], The Argus (25 December 1875), 5
[News], The Argus (26 July 1876), 4
[Advertisement], The Argus (23 September 1876), 12
[News], The Argus (1 April 1878), 7
[News], The Argus (1 June 1878), 6
"THE MUSICAL ARTISTS' SOCIETY OF VICTORIA", The Argus (11 July 1879), 6
"ROYAL SOCIETY. LITERATURE AND ART SECTION", The Argus (4 March 1890), 3
"UNIVERSITY CONSERVATORIUM. TO THE EDITOR", The Argus (10 September 1908), 7
"DEATHS", The Argus (26 April 1921), 1
"MUSICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA", The Argus (17 March 1926), 26
Mollie Darling ([by ? W. S. Hayes or John Hill] "transcribed for pianoforte by E. A. Jager" (in The Australian Musical Magazine (Christmas number, 1875) (Melbourne: Nicholson and Ascherberg)
Musician (of a strolling band)
Active Sydney, 1856
"CENTRAL POLICE COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 September 1856), 2
Henry James was charged with having wilfully and maliciously broken a lamp, of the value of 25s., the property of Robert Watts. Complainant is a cab owner and driver residing in Pitt-street; defendent is a musician of a strolling band. On Saturday the band was performing in front of defendant's house when he drove up, requested them to give him passage, which they refused; he drove on and they were under the necessity of standing aside; defendant took up a music stand and made a blow at complainant, which missed him but smashed the carriage lamp. Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to pay the damage or to be imprisoned for forty-eight hours.
Professor of Music (from Bath), teacher of pianoforte and violin
Arrived Melbourne, May 1839
[Advertisement], Port Phillip Gazette (8 June 1839), 1
MR. JAMESON, (From Bath,) PROFESSOR OF MUSIC, BEGS to acquaint the Ladies, Families, and others desirous of receiving Lessons on the Pianoforte, and Gentlemen who may feel disposed to learn the Violin, that should sufficient encouragement offer, he will remain in Melbourne to teach the above. Pianofortes tuned, repaired, and old ones however broken or out of order made equal to new. For Cards of Address apply at the Gazette Office.
Bibliography and resources:
Alexander Sutherland, Victoria and its metropolis, past and present (Melbourne: McCarron, Bird, 1888), 173
In May 1839 there arrived our first professor of music, Mr. Jameson, from Bath, and next year Mons. and Mme. Gautrot took up their quarters in Little Collins-street and began a series of instrumental and vocal concerts ...
JAMIESON, Mr. J.
Music copyist, school teacher
Active Maitland, 1846
[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury (22 August 1846), 3
MUSIC COPIED at 3d. per page, by Mr. J. Jamieson, Teacher, Wesleyan School, West Maitland.
JANSZ, Claes ("t hooft" [the head])
Chief trumpeter (Batavia)
Active WA, 1629
Bibliography and resources:
Csilla E. Ariese, Databases of the people aboard the VOC ships Batavia (1629) and Zeewijk (1727) - An analysis of the potential for finding the Dutch castaways' human remains in Australia (Fremantle: Australian National Centre of Excellence for Maritime Archaeology, 2012)
Ralph J. G. Henssen, Trompetters en tamboers in de Zeeuwse zeevaart ten tijde van de Republiek: plichten en Praktijken (thesis, Utrecht University, 2011)
JEFFERIES, Richard Thomas
Violinist, conductor, composer, music-seller
Born Hoxton, England, 2 November 1841
Arrived Queensland, late 1871
Died Brisbane, 4 August 1920
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1462525 (NLA persistent identifier)
[Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (1 February 1872), 1
[News], The Brisbane Courier (10 June 1876), 5
[Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (21 August 1876), 1
"Mr. R. T. Jefferies' Farewell", The Queenslander (21 May 1887), 820
"Social Gossip", The Queenslander (21 August 1920), 8
The death of Mr. R. T. Jefferies has removed an old and respected citizen, who laboured during long and strenuous years to advance the cause of good music in Brisbane. He was one of the founder of the Musical Union, and for years its conductor. Born in 1842, Mr. Jefferies early showed his taste for music, and was educated in London. Arriving in Brisbane in 1871, he established a music warehouse in Queen-street, and for some years carried on business successfully, part of the time on his own account, and at a later date in partnership with Messrs. Paling and Kaye. When he retired he still continued to practise his profession, and took a prominent part in festivals, concerts, and music generally, For years, in association with his daughters, he devoted himself to the cultivation of public taste for chamber music, and the Jefferies quartette was as well known as it was popular. Perhaps the latest musical event at which he was present was a rehearsal of the Verbrugghen Orchestra, and this was the more noteworthy, in that in 1893 the gifted leader was conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra in London, which Mr. Jefferies himself had conducted in 1871. A thoroughly, sound musician, it would be impossible to overestimate the good effect of his teaching and his earnestness in the earlier days of musical development in Brisbane.
"RICHARD T. JEFFERIES", The Western Champion (28 August 1920), 15
"R. T. JEFFERIES. AN APPRECIATION", The Brisbane Courier (4 September 1920), 12
Australian Anthem (Words by Brunton Stephens) (Brisbane: Paling, Kaye, & Jefferies, [1877-84]) [composed by 1876]
Bibliography and resources:
Robert K. Boughen, "Jefferies, Richard Thomas (1841-1920)", Australian dictionary of biography 9 (1983)
Barbara J. Hebden, Life and Influence of Mr. Richard Thomas Jefferies (M.Mus. qual. thesis, University of Queensland, 1980)
Image: From Orchard 1952
JEFFERIES, Arena Massie (Enie; Mrs George G. MULLER, 1897)
Violinist, violin player, vocalist
JEFFERIES, Felix Mendelssohn
Viola player, "musically undistinguished" (Boughen, ADB)
JEFFERIES, Richard Beethoven
"musically undistinguished" (Boughen, ADB)
JEFFERIES, Mary Massie
Violinist, violin player, cellist, cello player
JEFFERIES, Vada Massie
Died Kangaroo Point, QLD, 21 December 1952
1884-09-20: Although mentioned last, the trio for viola and two violins, performed by Mr. R. T. Jefferies and his two little daughters, was by no means the least. Many elder violinists would hesitate to publicly attempt the performance of a Sonata by Beethoven, but the Misses Jefferies not only, attempted, but with their father playing the violin, succeeded admirably despite the almost undue length of the piece.
1889-12-10: A friend has handed me the programme of a concert given at Betchworth, in Surrey, on 4th October last, at which our old friend Mr. R. T. Jefferins and his talented family were the principal performers. The opening number was a string quartet with Miss Jefferies as first and Miss Vada Jefferies as second violin, Mr. Jefferies viola, and Miss Mary Jefferies violoncello. Miss Jefferies played a violin solo, "Lombardi," by Vieuxtemps, and Miss Mary Jefferies a 'cello solo by Romberg. The other numbers by the family were two string trios and trio for piano, violin, and viola, by Mozart.
1891-07-14: Miss Mary Jefferies's contributions were two delightful compositions of marked difference in style, a reverie by Bottosini and Popper's ever-pleasing gavotte. The execution in the latter was especially good; the harmonics in particular-of which the writer introduced not a few being very skilfully produced. A little more confidence in the attack would in some places have improved matters. Recalled, the young artist played, though not quiet so effectively, a Canzonetta by Gillot. In the allegro - the first movement from Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto Op. 63, Miss Jefferies had ample opportunities for the display of her ability, and she may fairly be said to have taken advantage of them to the fullest possible extent. The difficulties of this movement are more than considerable, and to say that they were not evident in the porformance is a high tribute of praise to the executant. The audience was deeply impressed, it was obvious, and an encore could not be avoided. To repeat the allegro was out of the question, and Miss Jefferies substituted with excellent judgment a serenade from the pen of Gounod, which, in its quiet and tender strains, formed a fitting sequel to the passionate fervour of the previous selection.
1939-04-28: WOMEN'S CLUB EVENING. CHRYSANTHEMUMS decorated the Brisbane Women's Club last evening, when a musical programme, arranged bv Miss Vada Jefferies was presented. The guests were received by the president (Miss Gwen Hughes). Instrumental trios were played by Misses Vada and Mary Jefferies and Miss V. Delugar. Miss Delugar was also heard in pianoforte numbers, and Miss Sabina Crales sang.
Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (27 August 1881), 1
[Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (1 September 1881), 1
"The Orchestral Society", The Queenslander (20 September 1884), 472
"MUSICAL ECHOES", The Brisbane Courier (10 December 1889), 7
"MONDAY POPULAR CONCERTS", The Brisbane Courier (14 July 1891), 5
"MARRIAGES", The Brisbane Courier (16 March 1897), 4
"THE BLIND AND DEAF AND DUMB INSTITUTION", The Brisbane Courier (14 November 1901), 4
[Advertisement], The Courier-Mail (24 June 1935), 2
"LAW REPORT", The Brisbane Courier (13 October 1906), 11
"WOMEN'S CLUB EVENING", The Courier-Mail (28 April 1939), 3
"TAXI-MAN GUILTY OF HARM CHARGE", The Courier-Mail (19 November 1848), 5
Bibliography and resources:
"A TRIBUTE TO VADA JEFFERIES", The Canon6 (1952), 332.
JENKINS, William Stitt
Poet, songwriter, choral singer (Corio Total Abstinence Society chorus)
Born England, 30 June 1812
Arrived VIC, ? 1850s (late of Liverpool)
Died West Melbourne, VIC, 1 August 1878
[News], The Argus (2 August 1878), 5
Mr. Stitt Jenkins, a colonist well known by virtue of his so called poetical productions, died at Rosslyn-Street, West Melbourne, yesterday, at the age of 66 years. Mr. Jenkins was for many years a resident of Geelong, and was a steady contributor to the "poets corner" of the local press, chronicling with much assiduity every possible social event in verse. Latterly he removed to Melbourne, and was for a short time private secretary to Mr. Berry. He will be buried at Geelong on Saturday next.
"A Rhymester's Will", Australian Town and Country Journal (12 July 1879), 26
William Stitt Jenkins, Australian anthem (Geelong: Printed by James Curtis, 1858)
Bibliography and resources:
JENSEN, Robert (Bob)
Musician, conductor, pianist, teacher of voice production and pianoforte, musical adjudicator
Born Campbell's Creek, VIC, 1868
Active Castlemaine, VIC, 1880s
Died Albert Park, VIC, 14 September 1934
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Robert+Jensen+1868-1934 (TROVE public tag)
Summary (from information supplied by Robert's descendent, James Ashburner, October 2016)
Robert was the eldest of eight; his two brothers were musical, singing in church choirs, and one also in the Campbell's Creek Brass Band; all five sisters were also musical (piano and singing), two were visual artists, three were organists, and the eldest married a singer and raconteur Jack Greaves (J. C. Greaves). Their mother Christina (McBeath) owned a harmonium ("the finest organ in the district"), and probably taught her children. She had arrived in Melbourne aged 8, on the Marco Polo's maiden voyage in 1852, and her family went to the Diggings and never left. Robert is said to have studied orchestration and conducting with George Marshall-Hall.
"ITEMS OF NEWS", Mount Alexander Mail (18 December 1889), 2
A concert was held at Campbell's Creek on Monday night, at Appel's Assembly Rooms, in aid of the instrument fund of the Campbell's Creek Brass Band. Mr T. Elliott (the Mayor of Castlemaine), presided. The band opened each part of the programme with a selection of music, under the leadership of Mr. R. Jensen, in very good style. Songs were well-rendered by the Misses Cowling, Langham, Turton, and Messrs George, Brown and Greaves. Clarionet solos by Messrs. Rackstraw and Cowling were very well performed. Recitations were given by Messrs Banfield and Brown, and were well received. The accompaniments were ably played by Mr. R. Jensen, and the singing of the "National Anthem" brought the enjoyable entertainment to a close.
"ITEMS OF NEWS", Mount Alexander Mail (9 July 1907), 2
Mr Robert Jensen, a native of Campbell's Creek, who some years ago left the banking profession in Castlemaine to go in for the musical profession, for which he was eminently fitted, has made rapid strides in his profession. Several years ago he proceeded to Tasmania, where he is now the conductor of the Launceston Choral Society, and also of the Christ Church choir . . .
"DEATHS", The Argus (15 September 1934), 15
Teacher of Music, composer, piano tuner and repairer, poet (? Wesleyan minister)
Active Hobart, TAS, by November 1858
Died Germantown, NSW, 31 May 1896, aged 86
"METHODIST FREE CHURCH", The Hobart Town Daily Mercury (20 October 1858), 3
[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Daily Mercury (17 November 1858), 1
[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Daily Mercury (27November 1858), 1
[Advertisement], The Mercury (10 June 1865), 1
"MASONIC FESTIVAL", The Mercury (19 July 1866), 2
[Advertisement], The Mercury (15 January 1874), 1
"FATA MORGANA", The Mercury (5 November 1881), 2
"Deaths", The Mercury (9 June 1896), 1
AMO: a masonic song (words and music by Henry Jephson; (Hobart Town: J. Walch & Sons; Launceston: Walch, Brothers & Birchall, [1860s?] (Hobart: M.L. Hood, Lith.) ("Suggested by certain slanderous reports being circulated against the Ancient and Honorable Order of Masons; Affectionately dedicated to his brethren of 345 by Henry Jephson")
Literary work (NB: not by Henry Lorenzo Jephson)
Fata morgana; or, the Bristol sculptor's idol (Hobart: T. L. Hood, 1881): downloadable PDF
See review in Melbourne Review 7/26 (April 1882), 224-25
Vocalist, ? pianist
Active Sydney, NSW, 1844-45; ? 1867
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (10 June 1844), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (25 June 1844), 3
"PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS", The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature (24 August 1844), 91
... Mrs. Jervis sang The May Rose in a pleasing style ...
[Advertisement], The Australian (29 May 1845), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (8 June 1867), 5
JERVIS, Harry Cooper (Harry Cooper JERVIS; Henry Cooper JERVIS)
Engraver, printer, music engraver
Born ? England, c.1816
Married Jane Edward Wessen, St. James's, Bath, 17 December 1839
Arrived Adelaide, SA, by 1841
Arrived Sydney, NSW, April 1843
Died Sydney, NSW, 3 December 1862
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1486412 (NLA persistent identifier)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Harry+Cooper+Jervis (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
Among the services Jervis offered in one of his first Sydney advertisements was "Music Title pages Engraved, each ... 0 7 6". He appears to have done so for his colleague, Thomas Rolfe, who published a local edition of Charles Edward Horn's Child of the earth with the golden hair, probably around this time, with a titlepage engraving signed by Jervis. Press reviews seem to suggest that, in the case of two prints he himself printed and published in 1845, Jervis engraved not only covers, but also the music.
Printed music and music titlepages
Child of earth with the golden hair, cavatina ... composed by Charles E. Horn
(Sydney: Published by T. Rolfe, Hunter St., n.d. [c.1843])
Jervis signed titlepage, and probably engraved that only
Lady O'Connell's waltz composed ... by her Ladyship's very humble servant, T. Stubbs
(Sydney: Engraved, printed & published by H. C. Jervis, Pitt St. N., n.d. )
Hail to thee mighty one! song of Australia and chorus composed by S. H. Marsh ...
(Sydney: Engraved & printed by H. C. Jervis, Pitt St. n.d. )
[Advertisement], The Dispatch (9 December 1843), 3
"MUSICAL EXAMINER. HAIL TO THEE MIGHTY ONE", The Examiner (16 August 1845), 13
"LADY O'CONNELL'S WALTZ", Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer (20 September 1845), 3
... It has been engraved on steel by Mr. Jervis of Pitt-street, and both the composition and execution of the engraving are alike creditable to the musician and the artist.
Bibliography and resources:
Neidorf 1999, 183
"Jervis, Henry Cooper", DAAO
JOEL, Mrs. C. (? Caroline; Miss DAVIS)
Soprano vocalist, widow
Born ? UK, 1813
Active Sydney, NSW, by 1860 (previously Goulburn, NSW)
Died Sydney, NSW, 9 May 1868, aged 54 and 9 months
"ACCIDENT AT WATSON'S BAY", The Sydney Morning Herald (1 October 1860), 5
"MRS. C. JOEL'S CONCERT AT THE MASONIC HALL", Bell's Life in Sydney (11 April 1863), 2
"MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT", Empire (15 April 1863), 4
A new candidate for public favour makes her debut before a Sydney audience this evening. Mrs. C. Joel has for a long period been known in this city as an amateur vocalist of considerable ability. She will give her first professional concert at the Masonic Hall, this evening, and will be assisted by Madame Sara Flower, Madame Flora Harris, Mrs. W. J. Cordner, Messrs, Sussmilch, Banks, and a gentleman amateur. The programme consists entirely of vocal music, from the popular works of the day. Mrs. Joel herself is ardently partial to the compositions of Bishop; she will sing, "Should he upbraid," and "Lo, here the gentle lark," and with Madame Sara Flower, the duet, "As it fell upon a day."
"CONCERT AT THE MASONIC HALL", Empire (16 April 1863), 5
Mrs. Joel selected an unfavourable period for her debut in Sydney as a vocalist. The theatre, occupied by a good company, is attracting large audience; whilst the musical portion of the community devote their attention to the Christy Minstrels. These causes, added to the fact of Mrs. Joel being unknown to the general public, had the effect of a very limited attendance at the concert last evening. The debutante belongs to the old school of vocalists - the bravura florid style, and her voice is sufficiently flexible to meet all the requirements of this class of music. It is also very powerful, and Mrs. Joel infuses considerable taste and spirit in her execution. An apology was again made for Madame Sara Flower, on the score of indisposition, and Mr. Banks did not make his appearance for the "kindly promised" buffo song. The audience, which no doubt, composed many personal friends of Mrs. Joel, were enthusiastic in her favour, and she was consequently (very deservedly) encored in Bishop's "Should he upbraid," (substituting the ballad, "I'll follow thee,") and in the same composer's "Lo, here the gentle lark," (substituting Lavenu's "Cushla Machree.") Bishop's "Blow, gentle gales," commenced the concert, and his "Indian drum," formed the termination.
"MRS. C. JOEL'S CONCERT", Bell's Life in Sydney (18 April 1863), 3
"SYDNEY SUMMARY", Goulburn Herald (18 April 1863), 2
A new vocalist, Mrs. Joel, formerly residing in Goulburn, made her debut on Wednesday, and well spoken of.
"MUSIC AND THE DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 April 1863), 3
"BENEFIT OF MR. AND MRS. CHARLES JONES", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 June 1863), 4
"INSOLVENCY COURT", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 March 1864), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (8 June 1864), 1
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 May 1868), 1
Drums and triangle player (Royal Lyceum)
Active Sydney, NSW, 1861
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (5 August 1861), 1
Active Hobart, TAS, 1853
"POLICE COURT", The Courier (28 March 1853), 3
Charles Johnson, free, musician, was charged, under the now Hiring and Servants Act, by Mr. Hand, proprietor of the Waterman's Arms, with non performance of his engagement. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Mr. Hand deposed that he had engaged the defendant to sing for two hours every night at his Melophonic Concert, at a weekly salary of £1, in addition to his board; that the defendant would sometimes be absent for two or three nights together ... The defendant argued in his defence, that being a professional man he could not be tried as a servant.
Flute player, piccolo player
(? relative of Henry JOHNSON)
Active Melbourne, VIC, 1861-63
[News], The Argus (14 December 1861), 5
Selection of Irish Melodies (with solos) Johnson; Clarionet Mr. Johnson; Piccolo Mr F. Johnson; E flat Clarionet Mr Clerke; Cornopean Mr Richardson; Trombone Mr Berg.
[Advertisement], The Argus (1 October 1863), 8
Song, "Lo! here the Gentle Lark," Bishop - Miss O. Hamilton. Flute Obligato - Mr. F. Johnson.
Band master (Band of the 40th Regiment; Volunteer Rifles), clarinettist, composer
Born Kent, England, c.1813
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 1852 (with regiment)
Died Melbourne, VIC, 10 June 1895, aged 82
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Henry+Johnson+d1895 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
At the time of his marriage at Norwich in 1833, Johnson was a trumpeter with the 7th Hussars. In 1843 he transferred to the Grenadier Guards and on discharge in 1846 became bandmaster of the 40th Regiment. In May 1856 he celebrated his tenth anniversary in that post as reported in Melbourne papers. Post Office Directories for 1863-1864 list him as a Professor of Music living in Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.
In a Grand Military Concert at the Exhibition Building in January 1857, Johnson introduced his Grand Battle Sinfonie ("Descriptive of British Troops Leaving their Native Shores for the Seat of War"), consisting of 20 separate numbers, according to the Argus, "his clever ... composition in which all the sounds incidental to an engagement, even the dead silence of suspense, were described in music". Also documented in band programs are Polka, "Maria" (Johnson) [June 1856], Selection, "Irish melodies" (Johnson) [February 1864], and Selection, "Ecosse" (Johnson) [March 1864].
[Advertisement], The Argus (13 November 1852), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (20 April 1853), 10
[News], Colonial Times (3 December 1853), 2
[Advertisement], The Argus (28 June 1856), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (16 January 1857), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (22 January 1857), 8
"MR. JOHNSON'S MILITARY CONCERT", The Argus (23 January 1857), 5
"JOURNAL OF LITERATURE AND ART", The Illustrated Journal of Australasia 2 (1857), 95
"CONCERT AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS", The Argus (14 March 1859), 5
"THE BAND IN THE BOTANICAL GARDENS. TO THT EDITOR", The Argus (28 November 1860), 5
[News], The Argus (12 February 1864), 5
[News], The Argus (8 March 1864), 5
"DEATHS", The Argus (12 June 1895), 1
"PASSED AWAY", Prahran Chronicle (6 July 1895), 4
AN OLD PIONEER IN THE MUSICAL WORLD. MR HENRY JOHNSON. [BY A. H. WILLIAMS.]
"Nothing can we call our own but Death!"
There recently died at his residence in Toorak-road, South Yarra, a gentleman whose connection with music in Melbourne from the early fifties up to a few years ago, is worthy of more than passing notice. Possessed of a decided talent and great enthusiasm, the late Mr. Henry Johnson arrived here as a clarionetist with the band of the 40th regiment, whose fine playing was always a subject of admiration, and took a leading part in all musical matters; in fact no event of any importance was considered complete without his assistance. On the breaking out of the Ballarat riots the regiment was ordered there, including the band. Mr. Johnson remained behind to complete his engagement with the excellent orchestra then playing at the Salle de Valentine [Salle de Valentino], at the corner of Bourke and Spring-streets, opposite the Old White Hart Hotel - then a building of much more modest pretentions than the present one. The proprietor of both the institutions, Mr. James Ellis, was also promoter of the Cremorne Gardens on the Yarra at Richmond, and had a large Venetian gondola built for the purpose of taking people there by the river from Princes Bridge. That old veteran, the Hon. Geo. Coppin, succeeded him as lessee. The Salle de Valentine was a circular structure of canons and boards, the exterior appearance of which altogether belied the character of the entertainments given within, which where of the highest class. Mr. Johnson was associated with many celebrities who appeared there, such as the Carandinis, Olivia Hamilton [Octavia Hamilton[, Lavanu [Lavenu], and M. Fleury, the latter a brilliant violinist and leader of the orchestra. Of him it is related that on one occasion a member ("Daddy" Reed) had scored a piece for the orchestra in which there was a pause immediately followed by a cadenza ad libatum for the leader. Fleury had been told that then he had a free hand, but the liberal manner in which he interpreted the order utterly astonished the top-booted orchestra and audience, for the cadenza comprised the whole of one of De Beriot's airs with variations. It may appear strange that a band should appear in top boots, but at that stage of Melbourne's existence there were no paved streets, and in wet weather it was absolutely necessary to wear them, and not an uncommon occurrence to leave one behind in the mud. Shortly after Mr. Johnson entered into engagement with the late Mr. Geo. Chapman, who inaugurated a series of promenade concerts in the vestibule of the old Criterion Hotel in Collins-street W., where the Union Bank now stands. There also appeared many notables whose names are still green in the memories of not a few of to-day. On the 40th Regiment leaving for New Zealand about I860, Mr. Jonhson retired from it, and the famous Head Quarters Band was then organised by Colonel Pitt, Mr. Johnson becoming bandmaster. This existed for some years, and its playing was always delightful to listen to. He assisted in the orchestra at the opening of the first exhibition held here in a building on the site now occupied by the Law Courts, and also at the many concerts held there. The old Philharmonic Society's performances were given in the same place, Mr. Johnson being a leading member of the band. For many years he assisted the oldest amateur instrumental organisation in the city, viz.: the Melbourne Amateur Orchestral Society, conducted for a long term by that able musician Julius Siede, and later by Julius Herz and others. Mr. Johnson was compelled to give up the clarionet through a contraction of the muscles of the hands preventing him manipulating the keys with his usual dexterity, he then took up the trombone until ill-health and advancing years necessitated his ceasing playing entirely. There are not many living now whose names are so closely connected with the history of music in Melbourne from its early days to a comparatively recent period. Within the last few years death has claimed as victims such old identities and sterling musicians as Ed. King, Elsasser, Chas. Horsley, Sidney Hart, Julius Budee, Hardman, Keeley, Madame Carandini, and others. In these times of high pressure living, and with such a bewildering and constantly changing variety of entertainment offered to us, we are apt to overlook the claims such names have upon our respect and notice. It may be here remarked that the musical entertainments given from twenty to forty years ago were of such excellence that they do not suffer by comparison with those of later years. The orchestras then were not quite so large as at present, but almost every member of them was a skilled performer. Mr. Jonnson in addition to being a skillful executant, was an adept in arranging music for the band, and was universally estemmed in and out of the profession. He lived a life full of interesting experiences, and reached the ripe old age of eighty-two years.
Another correspondent kindly contributes the following: -
One by one - and often two by two - the old identities are passing away, one of the latest being Mr. Henry Johnson, of South Yarra, who was bandmaster of the 40th Regiment and one of our best musicians. When the regiment arrived here at the end of 1852 it was quartered on part of the railway reserve, at the corner of Spencer and Latrobe-streets, and a delightful roadway given to Melbourne residents, by reason of the band of the regiment playing on certain evenings on Batman's Hill, under the direction of Mr. Johnson. I lived at the time in King-street, Melbourne, and was able to attend the playing. The then Governor Latrobe was constantly in attendance, appearing on horseback, also on horseback was Mr. Edward Wildon, part proprietor of the Argus, his implacable foe, for he (Mr. Wilson) placed in the paper day by day an advertisement, "Wanted a Governor." Mr. Wilson's captain was Mr. Lauchlann Mackinnon, and a brass to his memory has been erected in All Saints' Church. Another constant attendant at the band-playlng was one of our oldest residents, Mr. W. P. Firebrace, then a stripling, he had first been appointed to the Prothonotary's office, and, by sheer merit, rose to the rank of chief, and is now drawing a pension as prothonotary. The 99th Regiment arrived here at the end of 1852 [? recte 1856] from Tasmania after many years of foreign service en route for England, and camped on the vacant piece of ground on which the Mint now stands. I heard its band play occasionally, but it was, as might be expected through its long absence from England, not to be compared, as regards efficiency, with that of the 40th Regiment. One of the instruments used by the former was, I recollect, the long discarded serpent. When the 40th Secnment was ordered to New Zealand, Mr. Johnson elected to remain in Melbourne, and he afterwards collected an excellent body of instrumentalists, termed "The Head Quarters Band," who often delighted Melbourne listeners by their superior playing, till one day Sir Graham Berry, in a fit of retrenchment, ordered it to be disbanded, to the grief of a large body of lovers of music. For some time I noticed Mr. Johnson's health gradually giving way, and it is not to be wondered at when it is considered he had reached the ripe old age of 82.
Bibliography and resources:
B. and M. Chapman, "Band Master Henry Johnson", Australia's red coat regiments
Juvenile alto vocalist
Active Melbourne, VIC, 1858-61
[Advertisement], The Argus (22 December 1858), 8
[Advertisement], The Argus (12 December 1859), 8
[News], The Argus (27 March 1860), 5
[News], The Argus (4 July 1860), 4
The Philharmonic Society's third subscription concert in the Exhibition Building, last night, was less numerously attended than those which have preceded it. Perhaps the influenza had something to do with the circumstance, and perhaps the absence of the names of Miss Octavia Hamilton and Mr. Farquharson from the programme had also something to do with it ... The attraction of the evening was, of course, the first performance of a new sacred cantata by Herr Elsasser, which had been for some time expected by the musical world ... It is entitled "Praise the Lord", and contains three quartetts in the compass of a not very long work, airs for tenor, bass, and contralto voices, and some well-written choruses ... The contralto air, "My heart is glad," in the absence of Mrs. Button, was capitally taken in alto by a Master Johnson, who was honoured by the only encore awarded.
[Advertisement], The Argus (25 January 1861), 8
JOHNSON, Jack (Moolbong; Kiitya)
Born Kaliyarrkiyalung, Wiradjuri man, Lachlan River district, NSW, c.1868
Died Condobolin, NSW, 24 June 1943
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1466985 (NLA persistent identifier)
JOHNSON BROTHERS OF SYDNEY
JOHNSON, William Jonathan (W. J. JOHNSON)
See Johnson brothers mainpage:
JOHNSTONE, Mr. H. C.
Precentor, conductor of psalmody (at a salary of £10 a year)
Active Mortlake, VIC, 1866
Bibliography and resources:
J. E. Murdoch, Fifty years of Presbyterianism in Mortlake, 1847-1897 (Mortlake: Printed at the Dispatch Office, 1917)
Musician, blind violin player
Died North Melbourne, VIC, 20 January 1857, aged 30
"SUICIDE", The Argus (22 January 1857), 6
An inquest was held yesterday ... on the body of a man named William Jolly, a musician, thirty years of age, who shot himself at North Melbourne on Tuesday last ... Thomas Jolly, father of the deceased, said: The deceased was my oldest son, and was by profession a violin player. He had been blind from three weeks from his birth. For the last four or five months his mind had been much disturbed, and he appeared quite melancholy. He often said that he wished something would kill him or run over him. He has been in the habit of carrying loaded pistols about him since arriving at the period of maturity. He was in the habit of staying out late at night from his professional attendance at parties, and it was with an idea of defending himself at such times that he carried the pistols about with him ...
"SUICIDE OF A BLIND VIOLIN PLAYER", Bendigo Advertiser (23 January 1857), 3
Music teacher, organist, pianist
Born Braunschweig, Germany, 8 December 1817
Arrived Victoria, June 1855 (per Marco Polo)
Died Mount Gambier, SA, 13 May 1902
"AMATEUR CONCERT IN AID OF THE NEEDHAM MEMORIAL WINDOW FUND", Border Watch (25 January 1868), 2
The Deutsche Liedertafel did excellent service upon the occasion under the leadership of Mr. Jonas. Since we last heard them we could hot fail to observe a marked improvement, and the increased number of tenor voices, rendered their singing everything that could be wished.
"HERR JONAS' CONCERT", Border Watch (11 August 1877), 2
"DEATH OF HERR M. JONAS", Border Watch (17 May 1902), 2
Herr Moritz Jonas, an old and highly respected resident of Mount Gambier, passed away on Tuesday night at the residence of Mrs. Gerloff, Wehl-street, after a period of four years of failing health. In February of 1898 the deceased gentleman, who had up till then enjoyed robust health, had a severe seizure of apoplexy, caused by the intense heat that then prevailed. For several months he lay it was thought at the portals of the grave, but his strong constitution, aided by careful medical attention and nursing, enabled him to get over the attack. His great age, however, prevented his complete recovery of health, and from that time he was ailing and weak, and gradually failed until death ensued! Herr Jonas was a native of Braunschweig, Germany, where he was born on December 8, 1817. He was thus in his 85th year when he died. In June, 1855, he came to Melbourne on the ship Marco Polo, and for 12 years thereafter lived at Hochkirk, near Hamilton, in Victoria. He came to Mount Gambier in 1867, and for four years or so conducted a German and English school in the town. On relinquishing that he entered upon the occupation, of a music teacher, which he continued until the apoplectic seizure put an end to his work. For many years Herr Jonas was leader of the German Liedertafel here, and till his serious illness in 1898 was organist and choir leader of the Lutheran church. He was also a Freemason, and for a long time was organist of the lodge. Although he thus took a part in the musical and social affairs of the town during his 35 years residence, and in every case, by his genuineness and integrity, won the esteem and regard of all with whom he had to do, the deceased took no part in the more public business of the community. He was never married, and had no relations in Australia. But in his declining years there were kind friends here - notably Mr. J. M. Jens and Mrs. Gerloff, sen. - who ministered to his needs and smoothed his path to the grave. The funeral was held on Thursday afternoon ...
"MOUNT GAMBIER", The Advertiser (17 May 1902), 8
Bandsman, ? band sergeant (Band of the 51st Regiment)
Departed Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), August 1846
Died India, 1846/47
See also Band of the 51st Regiment
[News], The Courier (12 August 1846), 3
"THE 51ST REGIMENT IN INDIA", The Courier (15 May 1847), 2
We regret to record that, since the arrival of the head-quarters of this fine regiment in the China and Agincourt, at Bangalore, there have been many deaths, among whom we may mention ... sergeant Jones (of the band,) ... Kelly (of the band,) Simpson (of the buglers.)
JONES, Mr. (from London)
Professor of Dancing, the violin, double bass, quadrille parties attended with violin and harp
Active Melbourne, VIC, 1852
[Advertisement], The Argus (15 November 1852), 7
Active Sydney, NSW, 1842 (Isaac Nathan's concert)
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (24 May 1842), 3
Itinerant musician, fiddler
Active Bendigo, VIC, 1873
"YOUNG AND OLD IN CRIME", Bendigo Advertiser (30 September 1873), 2
Charles Jones, an itinerant musician - a well known character, often to be seen marching through the streets with an old fiddle and a basket of confectionery, crying "pies, cakes, lollies, and music" ...
Harpist, harp maker
Active Victoria, 1865
At St. David's Day celebrations in 1865, it was reported that "and a new harp, manufactured by David Jones, of Williamstown, was presented to Mr. Thomas Morgan, an amateur harpist."
[News], The Argus (2 March 1865), 4
"CELEBRATIONS OF ST. DAVID'S DAY", The Australian News for Home Readers (18 March 1865), 5
JONES, Edward ("Bardd y Brenin")
Welsh harpist, composer, music editor and collector, author, recorder of (Australian) Indigenous music
Born Llandderfel, Wales, March 1752
(Never in Australia)
Died Marylebone, London, England, 18 April 1824
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1531236 (NLA persistent identifier)
Jones never came to Australia. But he was the earliest known European to make a words and music transcription of an Australian Indigenous song. Having earlier benefitted from the patronage of Charles Burney, Jones was harp-master to the prince of Wales (future George IV) when, in London in 1793, he took down A Song of the Natives of New South Wales from the singing of Bennelong and Yemmerrawanne (Yammroweney). Since, however, he did not publish his transcription until 1811 (see Jones 1811), it was not the first example of Indigenous music to appear in print, preceded as it was by "A New-South-Wales Song", in a so far unidentified print, nevertheless reliably dateable to c.1805-10.
The 1793/1811 song was reprinted at least twice during the 19th century, by Carl Engel in 1866, and (from Engel) by James Bonwick in 1870. It appears to have been overlooked in 20th-century literature.
[Advertisement], Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser (21 March 1811), 1
This day is published, price 10s. 6d
MUSICAL CURIOSITIES; or, a Selection
of the most characteristic National Songs, and Airs;
many of which were never before published: consisting of
Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Danish, Lapland, Malabar,
New South Wales, French, Italian, Swiss, and particularly
some English and Scotch National Melodies. To which are
added, Variations for the Harp, or the Piano-forte; and
most humbly inscribed, by permission, to her Royal Highness
the Princess Charlotte of Wales.
By EDWARD JONES,
Bard to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent; and Author
of the Musical and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bard,
Minstrel Serenaders, &c.
London: Printed for the Author; and sold at Messrs.
Birchall's Music-shop, No. 133, and at Chappell and Co's,
124, New Bond-street; at Goulding's Music Warehouse, Soho- square; and at Clementi and Co's, No. 26, Cheapside.
Bibliography and resources:
Tecwyn Ellis, Edward Jones: Bardd y Brenin (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1957) [in Welsh]
Joan Rimmer, "Edward Jones's Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards, 1784: a re-assessment", The Galpin Society Journal 39 (1986), 77-96
Meirion Hughes, "Edward Jones 'bard to the king': the crown, Welsh national music, and identity in late Georgian Britain", in Paul Rodmell (ed), Music and institutions in nineteenth-century Britain (Burlington: Ashgate, 2012), 267-284
"Edward Jones (harpist)", Wikipedia
Tecwyn Ellis, "Jones, Edward (Bardd y Brenin; 1752-1824)", Dictionary of Welsh biography/Y Bywgraffiaduer Cymreig (1959/2009)
JONES, Frederick William
Pianoforte maker, composer
Active NZ, by 1877
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Frederick+William+Jones (TROVE public tag)
[News], New Zealand Herald (29 March 1877), 2
Mr. Thomas Macffarlane has been appointed creditors' trustee in the estate of Frederick William Jones, pianoforte maker, of Auckland.
[News], Press (3 June 1891), 6
WELLINGTON, June 2. In "Banco" to-day Frederick William Jones moved for an injunction to restrain M. J. Brookes, manager of the Dresden Piano Company, from publishing or selling any piece of music with the title of "A Barn Dance," as published in this colony, and said he was proprietor of the copyright in the title, as well as in the piece of music. For the defence it was contended that the pieces were dissimilar, and Justice Richmond dismissed the motion, holding that the title "Barn Dance" was a general description, and was not copyright.
[News], Evening News (22 August 1891), 6
We have received a copy of a musical composition by F. W. Jones entitled the "Barn Dance." The barn dance is a recent ballroom novelty, and Mr. Jones's music for it is lively and appropriate, but there are a few literal errors in the piece which should be corrected. It is published by Nicholson and Co.
"The Barn Dance", Evening News (1 September 1892), 6
In the Equity Court, before Mr. Justice Owen, an injunction was asked for on behalf of Frederick Wm. Jones, of Wellington (N.Z.), to restrain the defendants, Messrs. Nicholson and Company, from publishing and selling a piece of music known as "The Barn Dance." The case is really an interesting one, involving as it does an important point in copyright law. The plaintiff (Jones) published the music in Wellington in 1890, and after some time, finding that no copyright was available in N.Z., he sought and obtained copyright at Stationers' Hall, London. The defendants (Nicholson and Company) bought another copyright in Melbourne, and under the latter published the music. The plaintiff now sought to restrain them from doing this claiming the prior rights which he believed himself to enjoy under the London copyright. The point at issue really was whether the copyright which plaintiff secured in London held good in New Zealand. The defendants have already paid for one copyright, but they now allow the case to come before the court simply, with the object of obtaining a ruling on the subject. After some arguments by counsel on either side his Honor postponed the further consideration of the matter until October 17, when it will again come before the court on a motion for a decree, affidavits on either side to be filed in the meantime. Coats to remain in the cause.
"The Barn Dance. IMPORTANT COPYRIGHT JUDGMENT", Evening News (5 November 1892), 6
"SONG, STAGE, AND STORY", Auckland Star (19 November 1892), 11
"New Music", Australian Town and Country Journal (15 April 1899), 17
Messrs. W. H. Paling and Company send us for review a copy of their new publication, entitled "Jones's Second Barn Dance," by the composer of the original dance; which proved so successful. The present composition has a catchy, melody, is very easy to read, and the rhythm is well marked, so that it is likely to become as popular as its predecessor.
Barn Dance, by F. W. Jones (first Australian edition: Sydney: Nicholson & Co., )
JONES, Harriet (Miss GOODEN; Mrs. William Lloyd JONES; Mrs. LOVE; Mrs. KNOWLES; Mrs. Conrad KNOWLES
Mrs. OLLIFE; Mrs. Harry LAMBERT)
Married William Lloyd JONES, London, 1820
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 25 November 1825 (free per Mountaineer, from Plymouth, 25 April)
Active South Australia, until 1848 Died SA, 1871 (SA-BDM 1871 40/481)
In London in 1820 Harriet Gooden married William Lloyd Jones, a comedian and actor. William was found guilty of receiving stolen goods (shoes) in 1825 and was transported on the Minstrel to New South Wales. Harriet Jones followed him, sailing with their son Thomas Lloyd Jones, aged 6, and daughter (d. Sydney, 9 July 1826) on the Mountaineer. In January 1826 William petitioned the governor for freedom so that he could better support his wife and children, and was briefly employed by Frederick Hely before volunteering to go to Moreton Bay. In January 1827 Harriet petitioned the governor requesting assistance, as her husband's salary was insufficient to support her family.
Meanwhile, Harriet claimed a professional benefit during the 1826 Amateur Concerts, the first female vocalist in the colony to do so. The committee of the Amateur Concerts responded by advertising:
that the Benefit announced ... for Mrs. Jones ... is entirely without their sanction or approbation, they having rejected her application, upon the ground that she had been amply remunerated for her services, by the payment of £3 per night, for performance, and that too, upon the express understanding she would dispense with a benefit.
Jones reportedly responded by:
[throwing] herself on the liberality of the public, and [preparing] an evening's entertainment independent of the Amateur committee.
Favourable comments on her lower range and criticism of her higher suggest she was perhaps a contralto. She later appeared in a concert at Nash's in Parramatta in April 1827. If not earlier, William had returned to Sydney by the end of 1831, when, in a fit of jealous rage, he loaded a pistol intending to shoot Harriet, but shot himself instead.
At Sydney theatre in April 1833, Harriet Jones and Conrad Knowles "sang the comic duett of Pretty Polly Hopkins" between the plays. A few days later (according to Oppenheim) she and Knowles also appeared instead as Mrs. Love and Mr. Cooper. By 1837 she was appearing as Mrs. Conrad Knowles (though they never married), and, following Knowles's death in 1844, by 1846 she was active in Tasmania and later Adelaide as Mrs. Ollife. Though mainly an actor, she also sang in several interesting musical works including Charles Nagel's Mock Catalani in 1842, and as Medora in the second performance of G. F. Duly's opera Conrad the Corsair in Launceston in October 1846. Among other vocal notices, at Mr. Lewis's concert in December 1834, her singing of Rose-bud of Summer was "simple, unaffected but expressive"; and as Fatima in The Illustrious Stranger in May 1835 she sang Bishop's (inserted) song Love has eyes "very prettily".
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (28 November 1825), 2
[Deaths], The Australian (12 July 1826), 2
"FOURTH CONCERT", The Monitor (11 August 1826), 5
"MR. EDWARDS'S BENEFIT", The Monitor (25 August 1826), 5
Mrs. Jones sang the old Ballad No, my Love, no, with great simplicity and sweetness of style; this lady is we hear a ci-devant daughter of the Thespian Muse, and in the event of the erection of a Theatre, we are inclined to think she will find herself as much at home as in the Concert Room.
"Sydney Amateur Concert", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (26 August 1826), 3
"The Concerts", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (30 September 1826), 3
Mrs. JONES, then, was welcomed by the most cordial greetings of the audience ... on her appearance; and throughout the two songs allotted to her, Rest thee, Babe, and The Garland of Love, both of which were rapturously encored, fully sustained, and even enhanced, the opinions formed of her on her former appearances. The grace and propriety of her manner, the sweetness of her tones, and the deep compass of her voice altogether, but most particularly in the lower notes, establish her as really a most charming songstress, and one who, there cannot be the least doubt, must rise progressively in public favour.
"MR. SIPPE'S BENEFIT CONCERT", The Monitor (13 October 1826), 5
Cease your Funning, by Storace, was very unaptly allotted to Mrs. Jones. We, in common with the company, felt surprised that a song so entirely out of her line of singing, should have been selected for this lady. It was doing her real talents an injustice.
[News], The Monitor (20 October 1826), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (28 October 1826), 1
[Advertisement], The Australian (28 October 1826), 1
"AMATEUR CONCERT", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (1 November 1826), 3
The Concert. on Monday evening last, for the benefit of Mrs. Jones, was most respectably attended. Wealth, beauty, and fashion were congregated together ... Home sweet home by Mrs. Jones [was] sweetly sung and encored.
"TO THE EDITOR", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (25 November 1826), 3
TO THE EDITOR ... I did intend taking 50 Tickets, in aid of the Benevolent Funds, for my Friends, at the coming Amateur Concert, but understanding that Mrs. Jones, from illiberal and gross private pique, mixed up with envy, is not allowed to bear part in the amusements of the evening ...
Petition of Harriet Jones (wife of William Lloyd Jones, to governor Ralph Darling, 3 January 1827, NSW Colonial Secretary, letters relating to Moreton Bay & Queensland (SLQ)
"To the Editor ... Parramatta", The Australian (7 April 1827), 2
"LOVE AND SUICIDE", The Australian (30 December 1831), 3
A young man passing under the name of William Lloyd Jones, in a fit of conjugal jealousy, loaded a pistol, it is said with an intention to shoot his wife, but finally shot himself, near the King's wharf, on Sunday evening last, but not dead, for he still lingers in the general hospital, Sydney. If this be jealousy, it is strange, the unlucky Benedict was never jealous before!
[News], The Sydney Monitor (23 March 1833), 2
"THEATRE", The Sydney Monitor (17 April 1833), 2
"THEATRE", The Sydney Herald (22 April 1833), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (13 July 1833), 1
[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (18 July 1833), 2
"COURT OF REQUESTS", The Australian (6 January 1834), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (27 March 1834), 1
"Mr. Lewis's Concert", The Sydney Monitor (20 December 1834), 2
"THEATRE", The Sydney Monitor (30 May 1835), 2
"PROJECTED DEPARTURES", The Sydney Monitor (24 May 1837), 2
"ARRIVALS", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (4 October 1838), 2
"THE VICTORIA", The Sydney Herald (23 January 1839), 2
"The Theatre", The Sydney Monitor (18 March 1839), 3
One of our most generally useful actresses, is Mrs. Knowles; for although in tragedy or genteel comedy she is not at home, in domestic dramas she is equal to any other actress, while in low comedy she has no equal; she can dance well, sing tolerably, has a genteel carriage on the stage, and is always well dressed, by which we do not mean that she wears the most expensive clothes, but that she dresses to the proper costume of the character she is to assume. Mrs. Knowles is also industrious and punctual ... She is now very seldom seen; and when the public do get a glimpse of her, it is in the most trilling characters she can be put into. One reason that we have heard suggested for this is, that Mrs. Knowles is a dancer, and that Mr. Lazar, with parental partiality, is desirous to keep his daughter exclusively before the public ...
"ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. To the Editor", The Australian (9 June 1842), 3
Sir, Feeling an interest to witness the representation of the "Mock Catalani", I attended the Theatre on Tuesday evening last, having first provided myself with the pamphlet of the piece, as published at Tegg's. With this before me, I could not help feeling surprised at the extraordinary extent to which the performers carried, what, in theatrical parlance is named, cadging; or, in other words, substituting their inventive phraseology for that of the Author's ... The most ludicrous transmutation was that by Mrs Knowles, in the song entitled The pretty bark hut in the bush, who instead of singing "With his corps 'tis quite clear we can't tarry"!, actually mumbled forth "With her corpse, &c."
"PORT PHILLIP THEATRICALS", The Sydney Morning Herald (17 June 1844), 3
"THE THEATRE", Launceston Advertiser (27 December 1844), 3
"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (2 August 1845), 2
[Advertisement], The Australian (29 July 1845), 2
"OLYMPIC THEATRE", The Cornwall Chronicle (28 October 1846), 831
[Advertisement], South Australian (22 January 1847), 4
[Advertisement], South Australian (6 October 1848), 3
"SUPREME COURT", South Australian Register (20 May 1850), 3
[Mrs. Lambert] Was married, but not for the first time. Had separated from her first husband, because he fired a brace of pistols at her. She then lived with a Mr. Knowles until his death, and would have been married to him, but there was no ecclesiastical court in New South Wales to grant a divorce from her husband, although there was a formal separation from her husband, sanctioned by the magistrates. She (witness) had since been married to Harry Lambert. She played with Mr. Lazar for several years in New South Wales, and for three years in this colony ...
Bibliography and resources:
"AUSTRALIAN STAGE. FAMOUS PLAYERS OF THE PAST", The Sydney Morning Herald (16 November 1912), 7
"EARLY DAYS IN ADELAIDE", The Advertiser (14 March 1916), 9
Another actor of note was Mr. Harry Lambert, who was associated with a clever young actress, named Miss Olive [? Ollife].
Bibliography and resources:
H. L. Oppenheim, "Knowles, Conrad Theodore (1810-1844)", Australian dictionary of biography 2 (1967)
Cantor, reader (Hobart Synagogue)
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 4 January 1837 (per Isabella)
Departed TAS, after 1863 (for NZ)
"OPENING OF THR SYNAGOGUE ARGYLE STREET", The Observer (8 July 1845), 3
"OPENING AND DEDICATION OF THE JEWS' SYNAGOGUE", The Courier (9 July 1845), 3
... Mr. H.Jones officiated as reader; his chanrts were given with admirable intonation. The orchestral department combined the talent of Messrs. Gautrot, Curtis, Duly, and Singer, ably led by Mr. Reichenberg. The choir was exceedingly effective, the principal parts being admirably given by Mr. M. Simeon, who possesses a falsetto voice of good quality and rarely met with ...
Bibliography and resources:
Levi 2013, These are the names, 383-84
JONES, Stephen (Master JONES)
Dancer, actor, vocalist
Born Sydney, NSW, 1826
Active Sydney, NSW, 1837
JONES, Matilda (Tilly JONES; Miss M. JONES; Miss JONES; Mrs. CRANE; Mrs. John CRANE)
Dancer, actor, vocalist
Born NSW, 1828
Married John CRANE, 1843
JONES, Emma (Miss E. JONES)
Born NSW, 1832
Not the children of Harriet Jones (aka Mrs. KNOWLES) of the theatre, but of a former convict Stephen Jones, and his wife Matilda Jones. As was evidently well known in Sydney at the time, Edward Geoghegan wrote his musical play The currency lass specifically for Matilda, who was herself a currency lass. However, she did not play in the production, having already left the stage to marry John Crane in 1843.
"THE THEATRE", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (6 June 1835), 2
Master Stephen Jones was also deservedly encored in Ladies, how d'ye do which he sang in the character of Bombastes - he is a clever little fellow and should not be lost sight of.
[News], The Sydney Monitor (7 May 1836), 3
Mr Lane, and The Australian Roscius, as Master Stephen Jones is foolishly styled, take a joint benefit at the Theatre this evening. Master Jones is a boy of considerable talent, and is deserving of patronage. Many characters have been played by him in a style that reflected great credit on those persons who had taken the trouble to instruct him.
"DRAMA", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (15 December 1836), 2
A "Pas Deux" was danced by Miss M. and Master Jones; really these children do wonders.
"THE THEATRE", The Australian (24 March 1837), 2
Master Jones, the Australian, danced a horn pipe very satisfactorily.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (17 February 1842), 3
"NEW COLONIAL PLAY", The Australian (30 May 1844), 3
On Monday night a new Colonial play by the author of the Hibernian Father, called the Currency Lass, was produced with considerable success at the Victoria Theatre, and was repeated the following night. The incidents are common-place enough, but when it is understood that the author originally intended the principal character for a real, bona fide Currency Lass, the versatility of whose dramatic talents would have done ample justice to the part—we need scarcely say we allude to Miss M. Jones—the general interest of the piece loses none of its contemplated attractions ...
"Sydney Sixty Years Ago", Australian Town and Country Journal (19 June 1897), 24
There were infant prodigies too, Master Stephen and Miss Tilly Jones, who in the thirties were great favorites.
"MUMMER MEMOIRS", Sydney Sportsman (25 October 1905), 3
JONES, Thomas Henry
Born Williamstown, VIC, 20 September 1856
Died Perth, WA, 14 July 1929
"A FORMER CITY ORGANIST", The Advertiser (22 July 1929), 11
Mr. Thomas Henry Jones, former Adelaide city organist, died in Perth last week. Mr. Jones, who was 74 years of age, was one of the outstanding figures in the musical life of South Australia for more than half a century. Teacher, composer, lecturer, organist, and pianist, he wielded much influence in the development of the higher branches of music, and he trained many students, who are now professional musicians. Born at North Williamstown, Victoria, on September 20, 1855, Mr. Jones was educated at St. Paul's Grammar School, Melbourne, and the German School, Adelaide. He graduated at the Adelaide University in 1869, being the first to receive the degree of Mus. Bac. in an Australian University. From then on he played a prominent part in music in Adelaide, four churches having benefited by his activities. His first appointment was to the Baptist Church, Norwood, when he was only 13. He subsequently went to the Tynte-street (North Adelaide) Church. After 19 years' service there he transferred to the Congregational Church in Brougham-place. In August, 1902, he joined the Pirie-street Methodist Church as organist, remaining there for 25 years. During his period of service at that church he collaborated with the Rev. Dr. Henry Howard in the writing of a cantata. The latter wrote the words, and Mr. Jones composed the music. The cantata was sung by a Methodist choir of 600 voices, the choristers coming from various parts of the State. Mr. Jones always maintained that the preaching of Dr. Howard had been an inspiration to him as a teacher. From 1917 until 1923 Mr. Jones was city organist, and he inaugurated a series of recitals which did much to raise the standard of music among the public. He had a preference for orchestral music, and he lost no chance of developing it. Visits to Europe and constant reading kept him in touch with progress abroad. His own work obtained international recognition. He took a practical interest in orchestral movements in Adelaide, and always found time to attend to their needs. He was conductor of the Adelaide Harmonic Society, which, during the nineties, produced Offenbach's "Grand Duchess" and other works. At one time he was grand organist of the Order of Freemasons, an honorary post conferred only on a distinguished musician. One of Mr. Jones's most pleasant memories was the first appearance of Dame Nellie Melba in public. It was a concert in Melbourne, at which he assisted. As a teacher of music in Adelaide the career of Mr. Jones dated back to 1898, when he joined Mr. H. Riemann in the College of Music. That became the nucleus of the Elder Conservatorium, to which Messrs. Reimann and Jones went when the institution was opened. The latter resigned from the Conservatorium in 1927. During his long association with it he won the affection of students and everyone else with whom he was associated. Recently he had resided in Perth.
Bibliography and resources:
"Jones, Thomas Henry (1856-1929)", Obituaries Australia
JONES, Thomas Frederick Fitzsimmons
Professor of Music, composer
Active Parramatta, NSW, 1854-57
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (9 August 1854), 1
PARRAMATTA QUADRILLES. Just published by the undersigned, the Parramatta Quadrilles and Waltz, dedicated to Miss Greenup. H. MARSH and CO., 490 1/2, George-street; Mr. MASON, Parramatta.
"PARRAMATTA QUADRILLES", The Sydney Morning Herald (22 August 1854), 3
PARRAMATTA QUADRILLES. A very spirited set of Quadrilles and a Waltz have just been issued from the Press, "Composed for and dedicated to Miss Greenup." They are generally attributed to Mr. Jones Professor of Music, residing in this town, and, from the favourable opinions expressed respecting their merits, there is every reason to believe that they will become very popular.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (5 February 1856), 2
NOTICE is hereby given that by Indenture of Assignment bearing date the first day of February one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six made between Thomas Frederick Fitzsimmons Jones of Parramatta in the colony of New South Wales professor of music of the first part George Doust of Parramatta aforesaid draper and Richard Harper, of the same place pork butcher two of the creditors of the said Thomas Frederick Fitzsimmons Jones and trustees for the purposes thereafter mentioned of the second part and the several other persons whose names are thereunder written and seals affixed respectively ...
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 November 1857), 1
"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (10 December 1857), 8
Active Adelaide, SA, 1855
"LAW AND CRIMINAL COURTS", South Australian Register (19 November 1855), 4
... This was an action to recover £60 for the services of a band of musicians at the East Torrens election ... 17 musicians at £2 each a day
Amateur musician, organ builder, cellist, violinist
Born Bocking, Braintree, Essex, England, 23 January 1802
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 1852
Died Launceston, TAS, 20 June 1877, aged 75
Summary (after Maidment):
Sixth of 15 children on Benjamin Joscelyne, cabinet-maker at Braintree since 1778. Samuel was at Sudbury, Suffolk listed as a cabinet-maker at Market Hill in the 1830 and 1844 county directories. His son, Charles Walter Joscelyne, was born in 1848. It is not known whether Joscelyne made organs at this time.
In 1852, Joscelyne emigrated to Australia, first to Melbourne, shortly afterwards to Launceston, Tasmania, where he established a furniture warehouse in Charles Street and later in St John Street. He sold both imported and made "colonial furniture" on the premises, and also acted as an undertaker. Joscelyne was a committee member of the Launceston Mechanics Institute (where the Charles Brindley organ in the Albert Hall was initially housed), an organist, and also a performer on the viola, violoncello and double bass.
His son, C. W. Joscelyne, became the Launceston agent for George Fincham, Melbourne organbuilder, and his grandson Stan Joscelyne ran a music shop in Launceston and was music critic until his death in the 1970s.
Joscelyne built at least three pipe organs, notably that at Bothwell Church, making most of the wooden pipes, parts and casework himself, but obtaining the metal pipes from Britain.
[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (6 October 1855), 1
"NEWS OF THE WEEK", Launceston Examiner (2 October 1869), 2
"GRAND CONCERT AT THE MECHANICS' INSTITUTE", The Cornwall Chronicle (4 September 1872), 2
"PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS", The Cornwall Chronicle (25 January 1875), 3
"DEATHS", The Cornwall Chronicle (6 July 1877), 2
Bibliography and resources:
John Maidment, "Samuel Joscelyne (1802-1877), 19th century Tasmanian organbuilder", OHTA News 7/ 4 (October 1983), 24-26 (minor changes)
JOSEPHSON, Joshua Frey
Pianist, flautist, organist, composer, judge
Born Hamburg, Germany, 1815
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 1820 (free per Morley to join his convict father Jacob JOSEPHSON)
Died Bellevue Hill, NSW, 26 January 1892
http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Joshua+Frey+Josephson (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1462577 (NLA persistent identifier)
THIS ENTRY IS A STUB
[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (16 July 1836), 4
At Mr. Wallace's late concert, we understand the brilliancy of Mr. Josephson's execution on the pianoforte, was particularly admired, as well as his intonations of the flute. Mr. J. first studied under Mr. Sippe, musical professor. Mr. J. is an example of the precocity of talent of our native youth where care has been taken to nurture it, and occasion given to call it forth.
Bibliography and resources:
H. T. E. Holt, Josephson, Joshua Frey (1815-1892), Australian dictionary of biography 4 (1972)
Active Sydney, 1859
[Advertisement], Empire (2 July 1859), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 November 1859), 1
JOSSELIN, Marie Louise Adelaide de (Mrs. James TODD) (DE JOSSELIN)
Teacher of Pianoforte and French (pupil of C. S. Packer, R.A.M.)
Born Sydney, 5 May 1864
"BIRTHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 May 1864), 1
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (25 July 1883), 2
"Marriages", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 June 1884), 1
JUDE, W. H. (William Herbert)
Pianist, organist, vocalist, entertainer, hymn writer, evangelical revivalist, composer
Born Westleton, Suffolk, England, September 1851 Arrived Adelaide,
SA, 25 May 1891 (per Victoria)
Also visited New Zealand, October-November 1892
Departed Adelaide, 17 January 1894 (per Arcadia, for England)
Died London, 8 August 1922
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1191431 (NLA persistent identifier)
Jude arrived on same steamer as Charles Halle, and returning Australian music students Ernest Hutcheson and Gulielma Hack.
[News], South Australian Register (22 May 1891), 4
"MUSICAL CELEBRITIES", South Australian Register (26 May 1891), 6
"MR. W. H. JUDE'S ENTERTAINMENT", The Argus (9 June 1891), 6
"MR. W. H. JUDE'S ENTERTAINMENT", Evening News (10 August 1891), 2
[Advertisement], The Advertiser (18 January 1894), 2
"AROUND THE CAMPFIRE-AUSTRALIAN SONG AND STORY", The Inquirer (19 January 1894), 27
"MR. W. H. JUDE", Border Watch (20 January 1894), 2
[News], Barrier Miner (10 April 1894), 3
"MUSIC & THE DRAMA", Launceston Examiner (8 August 1894), 3
Mr W. H. Jude, the musical composer, who was converted whilst visiting Australia, is devoting himself to mission work. He was much impressed, it seems, originally by a sermon by Mr Moody on "What think ye of Christ?" He was again influenced by a sermon on the same text which he had heard in Yorkshire, and was ultimately converted in Sydney after hearing a third address on the same text by a female Salvation officer.
Bibliography and resources:
Professor of music
Arrived Sydney, by December 1878
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 December 1878), 4
Mr. C. JUNGHENN, an experienced teacher of music, lately arrived from Germany, begs to announce to the inhabitants of Sydney and suburbs that to intends giving lessons in the art of pianoforte-playing.
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (9 January 1879), 3
"TO THE EDITOR", The Sydney Morning Herald (23 October 1879), 3
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (2 April 1880), 2
[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 April 1880), 1
Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1860
Died Hawthorn, VIC, 24 July 1899, in his 61st year
"Members of the newly-formed Fitzroy Musical Union ...", The Argus (11 May 1860), 4
"PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY'S CONCERT", The Argus (27 September 1869), 6
"CHORAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT", Williamstown Chronicle (8 October 1870), 5
"HAWTHORN AND KEW HARMONIC SOCIETY", The Argus (6 August 1881), 7
"DEATHS", The Argus (25 July 1899), 1
JUPP, Mrs. Edward
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 5 October 1849 (per Trafalgar from London)
Active Adelaide, SA, 1849-54
"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (6 October 1849), 2
"MECHANICS INSTITUTE", South Australian (2 November 1849), 2
"MR. GALE'S CONCERT", South Australian (16 November 1849), 2
[Advertisement], South Australian (20 November 1849), 3
"MR. GALE'S CONCERT", South Australian (23 November 1849), 2
[Advertisement], South Australian (9 July 1850), 3
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (8 April 1851), 4
"MRS. JUPP'S CONCERT", South Australian Register (11 April 1851), 2
"DIED", South Australian Register (17 January 1853), 2
[Advertisement], South Australian Register (1 August 1854), 1
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