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A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–V

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–V", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 29 April 2017

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VALERA, Senora de (La senora de VALERA; Signora VALERO)

Vocalist (late Amateur, pupil of Madame E. Wallace Bushelle)

Active Sydney, NSW, late 1864 and early 1865 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


"THE CONCERT AT THE AUSTRALIAN LIBRARY", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 December 1864), 4 

"THE CONCERT AT THE AUSTRALIAN LIBRARY", Sydney Mail (17 December 1864), 2 

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (17 December 1864), 8


... it will not be out of place to say a few words as to one of the chief sources of musical attraction, La Senora di Valero, to whose merits we regret not to have been able to do justice on her recent appearance, owing to the crowded state of our columns. This lady emerged from the privacy of her domestic relations for the purpose of gratuitously assisting in a charitable object. Entirely unknown here, her appearance resulted in one of the most extraordinary and enthusiastic successes ever known. The audience seemed entranced. Instead of one piece, she sang four. But La Senora di Valero must not be supposed to be a mere amateur, however talented. Connected with a high and noble and, at the same, very musical family of old Spain, she received a musical education from the first masters, in order, as in the case of Piccolomini, to humour her desire for adopting the career of an artist. Subsequent to the tuition in her native land, she received, in Paris, instruction from Duprez, and, in London, from Arditi. Enjoying the friendship of a lady high at the Court of Spain and connected with the Imperial family of France, she was introduced to the notice of the Emperor Napoleon and the Empress Eugenie, and had the honour of singing before them at St. Cloud. Engagements having been offered her for her Majesty's Theatre and other opera houses, she would undoubtedly have appeared, but that domestic arrangements prevented her adoption of the stage professionally. Senora di Valero is merely passing through Sydney, having made the transpacific voyage in company with her husband, a gentleman of high standing in one of the learned professions; and the good fortune is thus accorded to a Sydney public to hear this artiste before her return to Europe.

"MUSIC AND THE DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 December 1864), 4

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (29 December 1864), 8

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 January 1865), 7  


Amateur organist, organ builder

Arrived Tasmania, 1839 (per Derwent)
Died Campbell Town, TAS, 2 December 1876, aged 68 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


"ROYAL SOCIETY", Launceston Examiner (22 May 1858), 2

Dr. Bedford reminded the meeting that Huon pine organ pipes sent to the London Exhibition of 1851 by Dr. Vallentine, of Campbell Town, had been spoken of in the highest terms.

"ORGAN FOR THE LAUNCESTON TOWN HALL", The Mercury (22 March 1878), 2

"DEATHS", The Mercury (4 December 1876), 1

"OBITUARY", The Mercury (23 December 1876), 3s

Mr. Valentine, a gentleman of considerable fame in Tasmania, and particularly in the neighbourhood of Campbell Town where he resided, died in that township on the 2nd December, rather unexpectedly, although he had been suffering a good deal and had been confined to his bed. Mr. William Valentine was an Englishman by birth, and became a L.S.A., London, in 1829. Subsequently he held the position of surgeon of the Nottingham Infirmary, where he improved on, and was the first Englishman to successfully apply the French invention for crushing stone in the bladder. At that time, had he removed to London and practised his profession, he might have made a fortune; but unfortunately for his future prospects, he turned his attention to botany, which he studied very zealously, partly because he was fond of the pursuit, and partly because he hoped to obtain the secretaryship of the Linnaean Society. It was not a profitable occupation; however, and in 1839 he was induced by Captain Langdon, who was a very great friend of his in England, to go to Tasmania, and he came out with his family in the Derwent, commanded by Captain Riddell. After living a few months in New Town, he removed to Campbell Town, where he has resided ever since, practising the medical profession. Had he followed that profession with the zeal which he brought to bear in other matters, he might have done well; but he was a man somewhat diversified in his pursuits. Possessing excellent mechanical talents, he spent much time and money in making two organs. The first he did not like; and it was accordingly put on one side; and though more successful with the second, on the very day that he had finished it, it was lost in the fire that destroyed his house in 1864. ... As one of the moat zealous advocates for the discontinuance of transportation, Dr. Valentine's name will long be remembered; while his strong opposition to ritualism and his epistolary warfare with the present Bishop, are fresh in the memory of our readers ...

Bibliography and resources:

David Shield, "The organ at 'The Grange', Campbell Town, Tasmania, the residence of Dr. William Valentine", OHTA news 37/1 (2013), 23-29


Baritone-tenor vocalist (co-artist with Ali-Ben Sou-Alle)

Arrived (1) Melbourne, VIC, by June 1853
Departed Sydney, NSW, 20 February 1855 (for Auckland)

Arrived (2) Sydney, 28 May 1855 (from Auckland)
Departed ? Sydney, after June 1855


"ALI-BEN-SOU-ALLE", The Argus (26 July 1853), 5

"CLEARANCE", The Sydney Morning Herald (21 February 1855), 4

"ARRIVALS", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 May 1855), 4

"MORE CONCERTS", The Moreton Bay Courier (16 June 1855), 3

"ALI BEN SOU ALLE", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 June 1855), 5

VALLACE, Edward (Neddy, VALES)

Bell-ringer, bellman

Died (murdered), Parramatta, NSW, 4 October 1829


"HORRIBLE CATASTROPHE", The Australian (7 October 1829), 3

On Sunday evening last a man named James Poole [McManus], who is known to have been deranged for some years, in one of his usual fits commenced flinging stones at the windows of St John's Church in Parramatta. The bell-ringer who was employed at the time on a peal stepped outside to discover who was committing the sacriligious devastation, when he was seized upon bones and body, by the maniac, flung on the ground, and speedily disburthened of his head by an axe, with which the infuriated wretch chanced to be provided. With demoniacal vengeance the madman next plucked out the eyes of his victim from the severed head. He was shortly after taken into custody, and when discovered, was in a state of nudity. This horrible affair has created no ordinary sensation.

"CORONER'S INQUEST", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (8 October 1829), 2

HORRID MURDER. An Inquest was held at Parramatta on Monday evening last, on the body of Edward Vallace, found murdered in the lodge of the church yard at Parramatta. The deceased resided in the place as bellman of the church and keeper of the keys ...

"MURDER BY A MANIAC", The Australian (16 October 1829), 3 

Before Mr. Justice Dowling, James Macmanus was indicted for the wilful murder of Edward Vales at Parramatta, on the 4th of October ...

Bibliography and resources:

"Going on ahead", Blog, Dictionary of Sydney (28 September 2011)

"Every picture tells a story", Blog, Dictionary of Sydney (12 September 2013)

H. W. Burgin's trick photo, c.1870, possibly features later members of the McManis family


Violinist, publican (Britannia Hotel)

Active Beechworth, VIC, by 1857
Died Beechworth, 29 August 1875, aged 63


Teacher of the pianoforte (late pupil of Professor Schott, R.A.M.)

Active Beechworth, 1875


[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (29 January 1857), 1

Britannia Hotel, Upper Woolshed ... Grand Concert & Ball Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday ... A Full Band Every Evening. ORCHESTRA. 1st violin, Mons. Myer Fransie; 2nd ditto, Herr Vandeberg; Concert Flute, Herr Varherr; Clarionet, Herr Schlu; Cornet-a-piston, Mr. Fitzhenry; Harp, Mr. Wicks; Basso, Herr Martin; Leader of the Band, Her Weishmann [Weichmann], from the Olympic Theatre, Melbourne.

"BEECHWORTH COUNTY COURT", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (14 August 1857), 3

"INSOLVENT COURT", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (23 July 1858), 2

"HERR SCHMIDT'S MONUMENT", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (1 February 1868), 2 

"BEECHWORTH ATHENAEUM", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (7 March 1871), 2 

[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (30 April 1874), 3 

[Advertisement, Ovens and Murray Advertiser (12 January 1875), 1 

"DEATH", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (31 August 1875), 2 

"MILAWA", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (18 November 1876), 4 


Professor of the Piano, Flute, Accordion, Singing

Active Sydney, 1856-57


Vocalist, choral singer, liturgical cantor

Active Sydney, NSW, by 1866; Melbourne, VIC, by 1868
Departed Melbourne, VIC, 1873 (for Holland)


{Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (23 February 1856),1 

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 February 1856), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (31 October 1857), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (12 May 1866), 1

[Advertisement], Advocate (1 February 1868), 1

'ST. PATRICK'S CHORAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT", Advocate (22 October 1870), 10 

1871 'ARRIVAL OF HIS LORDSHIP THE BISHOP", Advocate (28 January 1871), 5

"CATHOLIC INTELLIGENCE", Advocate (4 February 1871), 4 

"CATHOLIC INTELLIGENCE", Advocate (24 June 1871), 5 

"NEWS OF THE DAY", The Age (26 February 1873), 2 

VAN GHELE, Charles François (VAN GELE)

Conductor, composer

Born Gand, Belgium, 12/13 January 1825
Arrived Sydney, 1877
Departed Sydney, 1884
Died ? Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1885


Van Ghele worked as an opera composer an conductor in Belgium, France, Holland, and Algeria until 1866 when he left for North America. He came to Australia by September 1877 as conductor of the Emily Soldene company and left, late in 1884, with the Emilie Melville company. He was reported in the Australian press in December 1884 variously as dead from cholera in Calcutta, or confined to an asylum in Colombo. Again in 1889 in the Australian press it was reported as news that he had "died a lunatic in Batavia". His descendant, Robert Van Ghele, published research into Charles's life on the web, c.1999-2007.


[Advertising], The Sydney Morning Herald (11 September 1877), 2

"Emelie Melville's Company", Evening News (11 December 1884), 5

"Miss Nellie Stewart", Table Talk (12 April 1889), 6

... the troupe returned to Australia, and in the Christmas production of Sinbad the Sailor in 1879 Nellie Stewart sustained the leading part. Her singing was the success of the piece, and poor Van Ghele, who heard her, prophesied a brilliant future.

"THE STAGE IN AUSTRALIA. Notes by Scalfax. Melbourne, May 21", Otago Witness (30 May 1889), 28 

Bibliography and resources: 

VARLEY, Nugent

Concert manager (Winterbottom's Band)

Born England, 1827
Active Sydney, by April 1853

VARLEY, Violet


Born Talbot, VIC, 1871
Died Melbourne, VIC, 2 June 1895


Violet Varley (c.1895); Violet Varley (c.1890)


Nugent Varley, "late director of the Exeter Hall Concerts", was manager for John Winterbottom's band and concerts in Sydney and Melbourne in 1853. In Sydney in April he advertised:

... that he is instructed to engage the following artistes for a lengthened period, viz., eight first violins, eight second violins, four violas, two violoncellos, two double basses, two flutes, one flageolet, two clarionets, one oboe, one bassoon, two cornet-a-pistons, two horns, three trombones, one ophocleide, one side drum, kettle drum, and grosse caisse. Applications to be addressed care of Hy. MARSH and Co..

And on 9 April he advertised for "two carpenters, to erect a large orchestra".

Varley settled in the Victorian goldfields. His daughter, the operetta vocalist Violet Varley (Mrs. Joseph Tapley) was, through her mother Louisa (m.1851), grand-daughter of John Distin, perhaps the bandsman and musical-instrument-maker (1798-1863). Violet was touring in juvenile roles as early as 1883, and was later a pupil of Lucy Chambers. W. J. Turner composed the song The passing show in her memory.


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (6 April 1853), 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (9 April 1853), 8

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (29 April 1853), 2

[Advertisement], The Argus (19 August 1853), 8


? "VICTORIA", Launceston Examiner (10 January 1865), 3

"MARRIAGES", The Argus (14 April 1894), 1

[Advertisement], The Brisbane Courier (24 March 1883), 1

"DEATH OF MISS VIOLET VARLEY", The Argus (4 June 1895), 6

[News], The Argus (26 June 1895), 5

Web: Related DAAO


Professor of music and dancing

Active Albury, NSW, 1861


? "SCENE IN A NEW-YORK POLICE OFFICE", The Perth Gazette (27 March 1841), 3

"NEW SOUTH WALES", Launceston Examiner (8 June 1861), 4


Instrumentalist (theatrical orchestra), ? kettle drummer

Active Sydney, NSW, 1845-50

VAUGHAN, Robert (VAUGHAN junior)

Instrumentalist (theatrical orchestra), flautist

Active Sydney, NSW, 1850-54


Vaughan senior, a member of the theatre band during the 1840s, and Vaughan junior appeared together in the band for John Deane's concert in Sydney in April 1850. A pupil of John Gibbs, Robert played a solo, The Swiss boy with variations, at the theatre in August 1852, and in September 1854 for Catherine Hayes:

The flute obligato of Mr. Vaughan, to Miss Hayes's song of the Happy Birdling, was a great triumph to a young musician who has had so few opportunities or advantages of taking such a prominent position. He played sweetly and correctly; and the "Sydney natives" may be well proud of their "fellow" so distinguishing himself.


"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (12 April 1845), 2

[Advertisement], Morning Chronicle (28 May 1845), 3

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

[Advertisement], Bell's Life in Sydney (24 March 1849), 3

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (2 April 1850), 1

"Royal Victoria Theatre", Bell's Life in Sydney (21 August1852), 2

"MISS CATHERINE HAYES", Bell's Life in Sydney (30 September 1854), 2

[Advertisement], Empire (2 July 1859), 3

VAUGHAN, Charles

Musical amateur
Born Liverpool, England, 1811
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 1839
Died Melbourne, VIC, June 1864


"THE LATE HON. CHARLES VAUGHAN", The Argus (10 June 1864), 5

He was born in 1811, in Liverpool, where his father was a merchant draper, and in his school days he had for tutor Mr. La Trobe, afterwards Superintendent of Port Phillip, and subsequently the first Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria. ... He was, as well as his painter, widely known in musical circles as an enthusiastic amateur, and was a member of the Philharmonic Society and Orpheus Union.

VAUTIN, James Theodore



? Musician

Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 26 October 1842 (per Janet Izat, from London, 24 June)
Active Hobart, TAS, until 1852 or later
James died Stoke Newington, England, 15 November 1857, in his 82nd year


James Vautin (formerly of the Bank of England) and his son John Vautin arrived in Hobart Town in 1842. In 1844, one of them was noted, along with a Mr. Marshall and Joseph Reichenberg, as supporting the Hobart Town Choral Society. John Vautin was proprietor of the new Hobart Observer in 1845, and in September was advertising music for sale, apparently full orchestral scores of "Grand Concertos" by Moschelles, Steibelt, Hummel, Beethoven (3 separate titles), Dussek, and Kalkbrenner. In "O liberty" from Handel's Judas Maccebeus for the choral society in July 1846, "the violoncello obligato accompaniment of Mr. Vautin, was marked by peculiar neatness and excellent judgment".

The musician is perhaps more probably the elder James Vautin, who was a Clerk in the Audit Office in Hobart in 1850, when John was in Launceston.


"ARRIVED", The Courier (28 October 1842), 2

"To the Editor", The Courier (29 October 1844), 3

[Advertisement], The Observer (19 September 1845), 1



"THE CHORAL SOCIETY", The Courier (18 July 1846), 2

"MARRIED", Launceston Examiner (16 August 1848), 6

"CHORAL SOCIETY", The Courier (6 April 1850), 2

"THE MUSICAL LECTURE", Colonial Times (13 February 1852), 3

"DEATHS", Launceston Examiner (13 March 1858), 2

"ROYAL SOCIETY", Launceston Examiner (22 May 1858), 2



Dancers, actors

See main entry Jane and Olivia WILLIAMSON - Madame and Miss VEILBURN

VERDI, Guglielmo (William GREEN; Signor VERDI; also referred to as George VERDI)

Baritone vocalist, opera company manager

Born Baltimore, USA, 1854
Arrived Melbourne, 18 January 1879 (per Lusitania, from Europe via Cape Town)
Departed Australia, ? early 1889


Guglielmo Verdi, 1880



Verdi and his wife, and fellow Lyster artist Ugo Angieri and his wife, arrived together in Melbourne on the Lusitana. On his first appearance for Lyster in March 1879, Verdi was advertised as "From the Strackosh [Strakosch] Opera Company, America, and the principal opera-houses of Europe". His last advertised Melbourne appearance was in his namesake's Il Trovatore and Maritana in December 1888. In June 1890 he and Emilie Melville were reported in the Australian press to have been playing comic opera at Kimberley in the Cape Colony. He was sometimes referred to in the press as "George Verdi". Historian Alan Atkinson (Atkinson 2014, 378 and 464 note 3) refers to him as "George Verdi (real name William Green), 'Australia's Favourite Baritone'", and suggests, plausibly, that he was popular enough for children to be named after him.

1879-03-15: The particulars of Mr. Lysters English and Italian Opera season for 1879 are now announced. The principal artistes are Madame Rose Hersee, Miss Agnes Palma, Signora Link and Messrs Francis Gaynor, G. Verdi, Ugo Angieri, Arthur Howell, and the old Melbourne favourite Mr Armes Beaumont.

1879-03-24: LA SONNAMBULA ... We come now to a name which is destined to hold foremost rank in our notices of the new seaaon of opera in Melbourne. We mean that of the new baritone singer, Mr. G. Verdi. We use the English title to the Italian patronymic just as we find it in the bills. It is at once a surprise and a delight to listen to him - surprise to find him travelling so far from those great musical centres which exist in the older parts of the world, and a delight that never palls on the ear to listen to the typical manly voice - the baritone - so richly endowed as this is with the noble attributes of compass, power, sweetness, and that quality of sympathetic expression which is the highest form of eloquence in music. Mr. Verdi is the happy recipient of a great many good gifts. He is great in stature, and of the massive form and easy carriage which temper dignity with grace. He is young looking, and necessarily - on the stage - good looking. He sings with ease, and with a distinct delivery of words (English) which enhances the value of every line he utters by making it intelligible, and he sings also with a fervour which bespeaks warmth of heart and even enthusiasm for the art which he is so well fitted to illustrate and and adopt. It is not a great part to play - that of Count Rodolfo - but Mr. Verdi made of it all that was seemly and proper in action, and musically lifted it into higher prominence than it has ever enjoyed here before. His performance, even to the minutest detail of the cavatina "As I view now these scenes so charming," had a surprising effect upon his hearers. As the grand tones of his voice rolled out in final cadence, increasing always in richness of sound and extent of compass until the climax was reached, the audience were first spell-bound in silence and then there arose from them such a storm of applause as has been rarely heard even amongst the many good musical events that most of us remember. The piece was encored, and Signor Verdi was at once acknowledged as a rarely gifted artist ...

1880-09-11: MR. G. VERDI, OF THE OPERA-HOUSE. MR. GUILLAUME VERDI, the popular baritone of the Lyster Opera Company, is an American by birth, having been born at Baltimore in 1854. He studied music in Baltimore under local masters, and had also the advantage of tuition from an Italian master. At the age of 19 he left for Italy on a pleasure excursion, but when there he determined to devote himself to the study of music, and placed himself under the great Lamperti, of Milan. After six months he went to Switzerland, and made his debut at Lugano as Belisario, in Donizetti's opera of that name. Two months afterwards he returned to Italy, and studied there at intervals for three years, occasionally making public appearances. He played last in Italy at the Theatre Bellini, at Palermo, in 1874, and then played a long engagement in Austria, Poland, and Russia. He was next engaged by Mr. Max Strakosch, the great impressario, for a protracted tour in the United States, where he sang as baritone in 1877 and part of 1878. After this he went to London for a rest, and there met Mr. Lyster, who, having heard of him in America, engaged him for Australia as one of the Rose Hersee company. He opened in Melbourne in March, 1879, in 'Sonnambula.' Although only 26 years of age, Mr. Verdi can sing in 40 operas.

1883-11-09: NEW INSOLVENT. Guglielmo Verdi, of Hotham street, East Melbourne, actor. Causes of insolvency - Losses sustained in working an Italian opera company of which he was manager. Liabilities, £1,013 19s. 3d.; assets £469; deficiency, £544 19s. 3d. Mr. Halfey, assignee.

1883-12-13: Signor G. Verdi, an insolvent appeared on an examination summons before his Honour Judge Noel yesterday. Mr. Sabelberg appeared for the insolvent. Mr. PURVES said he was instructed to appear on behalf of the creditors to examine the insolvent. The insolvent being sworn, Mr. PURVES asked him what was his name.
Insolvent: Guglielmo Verdi.
Mr. PURVES: Is that your real name?
Insolvent: That is my English name translated into Italian.
Mr. PURVES: What is your real name is what I want to know.
Insolvent: Is it the judge's opinion I should give this? I have been generally known in my profession as Guglielmo Verdi for the last 10 or 12 years.
His HONOUR: It maybe necessary to know what your real name is and therefore you had better state what it is.
Insolvent: It is William Green.
To Mr. PURVES: My father is alive. His name is Robert F. Green. He lives in Baltimore, United States. I have been away from home for five years. He is in business there. When I left home my father was a wholesale wine and spirit merchant. He held landed property at that time as the absolute owner. I think his property consisted of dwelling houses. I first became insolvent about the 11th of August, the first week of my operatic season. I was able to pay my debts up to the 11th of August ...

1886-03-24: Miss Emilie Melville and Signor Verdi have arrived at Brisbane from Calcutta, and will come on to Melbourne,

1888-01-19: On the return of the Emelie Melville Dramatic Company from Gympie, they will on Monday night tender a benefit to Mr. Frank Ward, the well-known theatrical agent of this town, who for the last six mouths has been laid upiu bed with a severe illness. The piece for the occasion will be the 'Colleen Bawn,' interspersed with the beautiful songs and music of Sir Jules Benedict's elegant composition 'The Lily of Killarny,' in which Miss Melville and Mr. G. Verdi will be heard to advantage in a number of solos and duetts. One or two leading amateurs will probably join in, and a good entertainment is sure to be provided.

1895-08-22: Rhoda's Letter. London, 12th July 1895 ... Among those I have seen in town during this week are Annie Mayor, just over from America ... and Signor G. Verdi, once the idol of Melbourne stage-land. The latter has grown very stout ...


"ARRIVED", The Australasian (25 January 1879), 14

[News], The Argus (15 March 1879), 7

"THE OPERA", The Argus (24 Mar 1879), 7

"MR. G. VERDI, OF THE OPERA HOUSE", The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil (11 September 1880), 228, 230

"NEW INSOLVENT", The Argus (13 November 1883), 9

"INSOLVENCY OF SIGNOR VERDI", The Argus (13 December 1883), 11

"The Opera in India", Table Talk (4 March 1886), 14

"INTERCOLONIAL", Daily Telegraph (24 March 1886), 2

"LOCAL NEWS", Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (19 January 1888), 2

[Advertisement], Table Talk (20 July 1888), 12

"Table Talk", Table Talk (6 June 1890), 1

"Miss Emelie Melville", Table Talk (19 June 1891), 16

"Rhoda's Letter", Melbourne Punch (22 August 1895), 10

"GENERAL GOSSIP", Referee (28 September 1910), 16 


Operatic vocalist

Active Australia, 1877

VERNON, Bertha

Soprano vocalist

Active Melbourne, 1877


VERNON, Howard (John; Jack LETT)

Tenor vocalist, actor, comedian

Born Batman's Swamp, Melbourne, VIC, 20 May 1848
Active Melbourne, VIC, by December 1872
Died Windsor-Prahran, VIC, 26 July 1921  (NLA persistent identifier)


Howard Vernon, 1882


1921-07-27 (Argus): The many friends and admirers of Mr. Howard Vernon, the veteran actor, will learn with regret of his death, which occurred yesterday in a private hospital at Windsor. Mr. Vernon was born 73 years ago, on the site of Scott's Hotel, in Collins street. He made his first stage appearance in Melbourne as a tenor in a concert programme, singing, "A Bird There Sat On a Hawthorn Spray," with a violin obbligato by John Kruse, then but a boy. Referring to the incident some years afterwards, Mr. Vernon said:

"There was a glow on Kruse's face that was the nearest thing to heavenly inspiration I have ever realised. I knew that the tremendous applause that followed was his, and said, 'Go on, Jack, it's yours.' Then hard upon the heels of a sigh of envy came an impulse of mischievous humour, and I went on with him and shared in the applause. The audience was laughing, I was laughing, everyone but the boy violinist saw the humour of it, and as we came off George Coppin remarked to me, 'My boy, you are a comedian.'"

Later, Mr. Vernon made his reputation as the happy interpreter of the most difficult of Gilbert and Sullivan's roles. He played and sang in many parts, and adventured as a manager in India and the East with a three-sided company, the star of which was the Shakespearian actor Bothroyd Fairclough, whose Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and other Shakesperian tragedy roles were the sensation of his day. Mr. Vernon was as closely and continuously associated with Gilbert and Sullivan's operas in Australia as was George Grossmith with the Savoy originals in London. They took the tame parts. for his Ko Ko in "The Mikado", his Bunthorne in "Patience," his Shadholt, the gaoler, in "The Yeomen of the Guard," and other Gilbertian roles, Mr. Howard Vernon won a very high place in the esteem of Australian playgoers of his period. While the principals were frequently changed in the first Gilbert and Sullivan productions, Mr. Vernon went on to the end. Each new opera in its turn had the one character which was his by inheritance of right and merit. His parts he took were made for him, he for them just as indubitably as in the case of Grossmith. In "The Mikado," where he reached the pinnacle of his stage fame, he played with Alice Barnett, the original of the Katisha roles at the Savoy, and from time to time others who had won a London reputation dropped in, but Howard Vernon's monopolistic right to certain parts was never questioned, and his association with William Elton, as lack Point - which George Lauri afterwards played in a somewhat different vein - was perhaps the happiest of them all. Mr. Vernon leaves a widow, two sons, and two married daughters. One of the sons is Mr. Victor Prince, the comedian, and the other is a resident of Box Hill. Before his health failed completely, Mr. Vernon assisted in conducting a book business at Richmond.


[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (18 December 1872), 10

"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 September 1906), 4

"STAGE VETERAN DIES", The Argus (27 July 1921), 8

"HOWARD VERNON", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 July 1921), 12

"STAGE VETERAN DIES", The Argus (27 July 1921), 8

"DEATH OF HOWARD VERNON", The Australasian (30 July 1921), 31 

Bibliography and resources:

Joan Maslen, "Vernon, Howard (1848-1921)", Australian dictionary of biography 12 (1990)

Howard Vernon's memoirs [Press cuttings from newspapers, 1923-1926, glued into blank book]

VERSO, Joseph

Trombone and horn player (Lyster's orchestra, Melbourne Philharmonic)

Born Dublin, 18 September 1825
Arrived VIC, 1854
Died Northcote, VIC, 10 June 1899, aged 73


[Advertisement], The Argus (23 December 1862), 8

[Advertisement], The Argus (19 December 1864), 8

[Advertisement], The Argus (22 December 1865), 8

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (28 November 1866), 8

[Advertisement], The Argus (4 May 1867), 8

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (5 May 1868), 8

"THE ITALIAN OPERA", The Argus (29 April 1872), 5

"THE OPERA. BARBE BLEU", The Argus (10 June 1873), 6

"DEATHS", The Argus (12 June 1899), 1

"THE LATE MR. JOSEPH VERSO", Evelyn Observer (23 June 1899), 5

Mr. Verso was a native of Dublin, Ireland, and was born in 1825. He came to this colony in 1854. By occupation he was a builder, but also was an ardent musician, being a member of the orchestra of the Lyster Opera Company for a great many years.

Bibliography and resources:

VINCENT, George (I) (George VINCENT)

Bandsman (Brunswick Band, Schrader's band)

Born ? UK, c.1817
Arrived Adelaide, 5 July 1858 (assisted emigrant, steerage, per Westminster, from London and Plymouth)
Died Norwood, SA, 5 September 1879, aged 62


Bandsman (contra bass player, West Adelaide Band, 1862)

VINCENT, George (II)

Musician, brass player (cornet, trumpet)

Born Adelaide, SA, 1860
Died Ceduna, SA, 12 July 1937


"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (8 July 1848), 3

"GAWLER TOWN RURAL FETE AND PICNIC. THE BAND CONTEST", The South Australian Advertiser (7 November 1862), 3

"MACCLESFIELD", The South Australian Advertiser (18 March 1865), 3

"TOPICS OF THE DAY", The South Australian Advertiser (12 July 1866), 2

"COMPLIMENTARY DINNER TO MAJOR BAKER", South Australian Register (22 May 1867), 2

"FUNERAL OF THE LATE MR. G. LODER", South Australian Register (17 July 1868), 2

"DIED", South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (6 September 1879), 4 

VINCENT. - On the [blank] September, at Alfred street, Norwood, after a short illness, George Vincent, ironworker, aged sixty-two years.

"NORWOOD TOWN HALL", South Australian Register (4 August 1885), 5 

... Mr. C. P. James was encored for his song "The Death of Nelson," to which Mr. G. Vincent played a trumpet obbligato ...

"ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S SCHOOLROOM", Evening Journal (6 September 1889), 4M 

... During the evening an orchestra under Mr. G. Vincent played an overture, a valse, and a march.

"DEATHS", The Advertiser (16 July 1937), 18 

On the 12th July, at Ceduna, George, dearly loved eldest son of the late George and Jane Vincent, of Norwood.

"OBITUARY. THE LATE MR. GEORGE VINCENT", West Coast Sentinel (16 July 1937), 4 

On Monday last, Mr. George Vincent, of Ceduna, passed away. Mr. Vincent had been some twelve years in Ceduna and was a most interesting personality. He was a musician of a very high order, indeed there were few in the Commonwealth who could rank with him. He had been associated with many great orchestras, among them being Sir Frederic Cowen's of 1888-9, considered by many to have been the finest ever heard in Australia. It was composed largely of English artists, but Mr. Vincent was specially chosen from Australia. This, in itself, testifies to the musical ability of the gentleman who has, alas, left us ...


Musician, bandmaster

Died Sydney, September 1885, aged 37


"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 September 1885), 1

"FUNERALS", The Sydney Morning Herald (29 September 1885), 16

VINCENT, John Rimmer

Professor of music, pianist, composer

Active Castlemaine and Daylesford, Victoria, 1861-62
Died Greymouth, NZ, 23 November 1866, aged 32

(1861): "Amongst other pieces the Castlemaine Band played a march composed expressly for the corps by Mr. Vincent"



"NEW INSOLVENTS", The Star (21 October 1862), 3

"DEATHS", The Australian News for Home Readers (27 December 1866), 16

VITELLI, Giovanni (John WHITTLE)

Professor of Music, Professed Trainer of public and Amateur Singers

Arrived Melbourne, by 8 July 1854
Died Richmond, Melbourne, 20 April 1859, aged 34

VITELLI, Annie (Miss DAY; Mrs. Charles THATCHER; Lydia HOWARDE)

Vocalist, pianist, teacher of singing and music

Baptised London, England, 7 May 1837
Arrived Melbourne, 23 September 1854 (per Oliver Lang, from Liverpool, 29 June)
Departed Australia for England, 1870
Returned Melbourne, VIC, by 1889
Died Moonee Ponds, VIC, 18 June 1917


The Launceston Examiner in December 1851 reported the English news:

Signor Giovanni Vitelli, "professor of music," having got into the insolvent court, turns out to be "John Whittle"!

Whittle had been before the court in London in June:

From the examination of the insolvent it appeared that he was a professor of music, elocution, singing, &c. and he had gone by the name of Signor Vitelli. To aid him in obtaining celebrity in his professional pursuits he had published a treatise on the voice. The printer sent him the books when printed, and he sold them. He paid 14/. for the first thousand, and after that 5/. for the following thousand. He had only 2,000 printed, and had sold 800 copies in all. He had sold them at a profit, but his object was by no means to gain a livelihood. He bought some copies at 1/. a hundred, and sold them at the rate of 4/. a hundred. He meant to make as large a profit as he could to enable him to advertise. He had sold 1,200 to booksellers, music-sellers, and his pupils. He would sell copies to any one who would pay for them ... he had written the MS., had it printed, paid for the copies, and made a profit by selling them.

The book in question was a 16-page pamphlet, Vitelli's Art of singing and new system for the cultivation of the voice, which, by April 1853, he claimed to have sold to Cramer, Beale and Co., and to which he was now adding new "Monthly Numbers".

It was this same book that was to be reprinted on subscription in Melbourne in 10 August 1854, to accompany his public lectures. Advertising that he was "of the Royal Academy of Music ... late Choir Master of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal", and author of "several books" on singing, Vitelli and George Allan announced in July 1854 the launch of their singing classes at Melbourne's Mechanics' Institute.

In August Vitelli advertised a lecture on the art of singing, "Accompanied with Vocal and Instrumental Illustrations by Mr. Vitelli, also Miss O. Hamilton, Herr Elsasser and M. Winterbottom".

The singer, Annie Day married Vitelli in Melbourne in July 1855. She had arrived in Melbourne with her parents in September 1854, and already in October was in Tasmania as pianist with Ali-Ben Sou-Alle. With flautist Creed Royal and his wife, the Vitellis gave a concert in April 1856, and, as Madame Vitelli, Annie was a featured artist at Henry Coleman's Lyceum in June. During 1857 and 1858 Vitelli regularly presented concerts variously marketed as "cheap" and "grand", as well as continuing teaching, while Annie was a popular star on the Victorian goldfields.

Vitelli died on 20 April 1859, but by mid-May Annie was back in Ballarat, appearing under Alfred Oakey with "the inimitable Local Comic Singer THATCHER". Annie married Charles Thatcher in February 1861, and continued to appear onstage as "Mrs. Charles Thatcher". They toured New Zealand extensively, and left for England in 1870, however, Charles having died in 1878, Annie was back teaching in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, in 1889. George Thatcher, musician, was their son.

My thanks: To Kurt Ganzl (January 2017) for bringing to my attention Annie's later career under the name of Lydia Howarde.


"PROTECTION CASE. Re JOHN WHITTLE", The Law Times 18/443 (27 September 1851), 10

"MISCELLANY", Launceston Examiner (17 December 1851), 6

[Advertisement], The Musical Times (1 April 1853), 161

"ERRATUM", The Musical Times 5 (1 May 1853), 187

"THE ART OF SINGING", The Argus (8 July 1854), 5

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

[Advertisement], The Argus (10 August 1854), 8

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Argus (25 September 1854), 4

"THE TURKOPHONE", The Courier (13 October 1854), 2

"SINGING CLASSES AT PRAHRAN", The Argus (11 October 1854), 5

 "MARRIED", The Argus (16 July 1855), 5

[Advertisement], The Argus (26 April 1856), 8

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

"DEATHS", The Argus (3 May 1859), 4

[Advertisement], The Star (12 May 1859), 3

[Advertisement], North Melbourne Advertiser (9 February 1889), 2

[Advertisement], North Melbourne Advertiser (4 October 1889), 2

Bibliography and resources:

Hugh Anderson, "Thatcher, Charles Robert (1831-1878)", Australian Dictionary of Biography 6 (1976);

Robert H. B. Hoskins, "Vitelli, Annie", Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. TeTe Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 1-Sep-10


Pianist, composer

Born Hermannstadt, Transylvania, 24 January 1852
Active Australia, June 1881 to December 1885 (for the USA)
Died New York, USA, 10 June 1916 (NLA persistent identifier)

VOGRICH, Alice (Alice REES) ("The Australian Nightingale")

Soprano vocalist

Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1877
Died Brighton, Melbourne, VIC, 29 December 1923

Image (Alice):

Image (Max):

Joseph Gillott, Melbourne 1890: Sir - In your to-day's issue there is a short criticism upon the abovenamed oratorio. Perhaps it may be of interest to the very numerous musical readers of The Argus to know that "The captivity" was composed in Australia. The Argus criticism does not say in what form the work has again reached this country, but I presume it to be a compressed instrumental score with voice parts in full. The work was composed in Sydney during the year 1885, the last year that Mr. Vogrich spent in Australia. During one of my visits to his temporary residence at Annadale he spoke of his oratorio. I expressed a desire to see it. He produced the MS, and finally took his place at the piano and went through the whole of it, his wife, whom we all knew as Miss Alice Rees, singing the soprano vocal part, the composer and myself assisting as far as our limited powers of vocalisation would permit us. The work is very dramatic and powerful, combined with such an amount of originality as to amount to real genius. I beg to endorse every word which your critic says of this work, the product of one of the two or three greatest musicians which have visited Australia. On another occasion about the same time, Mr. Vogrich, his wife, and myself went through a MS. opera entitled "Guinevere," founded on Tennyson's "Idylls of the King," also by Mr. Vogrich. This work was composed in Australia, and I suppose we may shortly hear of its production in America or elsewhere. The libretto was also by the composer being an adaptation in German. Mr. Vogrich has attained a great reputation in America as a composer of church music and the firm of Schirmer and Co. accept his numerous pianoforte compositions with much profit to both composer and publisher. - I am &c. JOSEPH GILLOTT. Dec. 2.

Tchaikovsky, New York (Letter 16 April 1891): We heard an oratorio, The Captivity, by the American composer Max Vogrich. Most wearisome.


"MR. SIEDE'S BENEFIT CONCERT", The Argus (1 October 1877), 6

"THE CALIFORNIAN MAIL. AUCKLAND", The Argus (27 June 1881), 5

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (29 June 1881), 2

"THE WILHEMMJ CONCERTS", The Sydney Morning Herald (14 July 1881), 5

[News], The Age (18 December 1882), 6

"THE MELBOURNE MUSIC FESTIVAL", The Argus (28 December 1882), 6

"AMUSEMENTS. PROTESTANT HALL", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 September 1883), 6

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (4 October 1883), 2

"The Theatres", The Australasian Sketcher (16 December 1885), 199

"Reported Death of Miss Alice Rees", Camperdown Chronicle (24 March 1888), 4

"THE CAPTIVITY. AN ORATORIO BY MR. MAX VOGRICH", The Argus (2 December 1890), 7


"DEATHS", The Argus (14 June 1916), 1

"PERSONAL", The West Australian (27 June 1916), 7

"DEATHS", The Argus (1 January 1924), 1

Musical works:

Grand festival march and chorus (for the Melbourne Music Festival, December 1882)

Staccato caprice ("for the piano; To my friend W. H. Paling") (Sydney: W. H. Paling, [1883])


Cellist, violoncello player, teacher of music

Arrived Adelaide, SA, 7 April 1891 (on the Braunschweig) Died Sydney, NSW, 3 May 1907, aged 45"Gerard+Vollmar" (TROVE search)



Vollmar worked as a chamber and orchestral musician in Britain in the early 1880s, in combination with other players from the continent, as noted in the rather incontinent, but alas far from unique, diatribe of 1885 (London) quoted below.

1881 (London): The programme of the last of the four Concerts of Herren Laistner, Mahr, and Vollmar, which was given on Thursday evening at St George's Hall, contained as its chief items trios by Goetz and Raff, and a sonata for piano and violoncello by Rubinstein (The Athenaeum (1881), 730)

1883-02-08: Liverpool. Am 20. Januar Kammermusik-Concert. (Ausführende Fräul. Dora Schirmacher, die Herren Schiever, Harmer, Speelmann und Vollmar). Klavierquintett Op. 114 (Cdur) von Rheinberger, Streichquartett (Bdur) von Haydn ...

1885 (London): Herr Richter is conductor; Senor Sarasate, solo violin; Mdme. Albani and Mdme. Trevelli are the principal singers, and the band-list is dotted, speckled, and tatooed with such pure Anglican names a Slapoffshie, Strelitskie, Hachenberger, Schnitzler, Von der Finck, Windisch, Krause, Stehling, Grosshelm, Silberberg, (alas, that the proud Briton should be forced to draw on Jewry for musicians as well as statesmen!), Van de Velde, Vollmar, Van Leeniven, Progatsky, Vorzanger, Svendsen - and so on through all the peoples of Europe. We fear the insidious foreigner will soon undermine the stately fabric ... (The Musical Standard (1885), 146)

1891-04-15: In musical circles the news that an experienced European violoncellist has come to settle in Adelaide will be received with great favor. Herr Gerard Vollmar, who arrived by steamer a week ago, was engaged by Mr. Cecil Sharp in London to come out and join the staff of the Adelaide College of Music as teacher of the 'cello and the pianoforte. Our new arrival received his first instruction in the violoncello at the Conservatoire in the Hague, where he was born, and finished his studies in Rotterdam and Brussels. In the last town he received lessons from Joseph Servais, the son and pupil of Francois Servais, the greatest master of the 'cello, and was a pupil for pianoforte and composition of Friedrich Gernsheim, one of the leading composers of the present day. At the age of 17 Herr Vollgar [sic] obtained his first engagement as principal violoncellist at Utrecht, where he resided for four years as teacher at the College of Music there, and gave concerts at nearly all the towns of Holland. Being ambitious to see London, he arrived there and found such notable men as Brahms, Joachim, Sarasate, Max Bruch, and others display a friendly interest in him, and he performed with them at concerts. He remained in London for three seasons, and in the winter months played in Liverpool and all the northern towns of England and Scotland. Going to Amsterdam for a couple of years, he passed on to Berlin and did good work there, and then took an engagement for a couple of seasons in Italy, and then travelled to South America, back to Switzerland and London, and thence to Australia. Herr Vollmar should be a valuable acquisition to our musical ranks, and Herr Reimann informs us that he is making arrangements for the new violoncellist and the teachers of the college to be heard at a concert in the Town Hall shortly after Mr. Sharp's return, who is expected to arrive in Adelaide again next week.

1907-05-08: Gerard Vollmar, who has just passed away, will be remembered by musical Australia with such other great names as Ernest de Munck, Edgar Strauss, and Jean Gerardy. To Herr Vollmar, who first visited Australia some 20 years ago with M. Ovide Musin, chamber music owes no less than it does to Mr. George Rivers Allpress, now in Europe. Vollmar was a musician to his finger tips, and was never more the artist than when he played under the baton of the orchestral leader, subordinating his intense personality to the demands of the concerted ensemble. In the "old country" he had been associated musically with Dr. Hans Richter, Servais, Von Bulow, Tamagro, Victor Maurel, and Ovide Musin. He was not only a great artist and a solo-'cellist of the first water, but be was also the teacher of many brilliant pupils, among whom not the least is Miss Florence Taylor, now (on Paderewsky's recommendation) a learner at the feet of that Gamaliel of the pianoforte, Leschitzsky [Leschetizky], of Vienna.


"Eingesandte Concert-Programme", Musikalisches Centralblatt 3/6 (8 February 1883), 66

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (8 April 1891), 4

"A MUSICAL ACQUISITION", The Advertiser (15 April 1891), 7

"DEATHS", The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (8 May 1907), 1217

"GERARD VOLLMAR", The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (8 May 1907), 1163 

VOLPI, Francesco

Clarionet player, clarinet player

Active NSW, 1855-56


"PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (11 September 1855), 5

PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE. Last evening, his Excellency the Governor-General, Lady Denison, and family, honored this Theatre with their presence on the occasion of Miss Catherine Hayes' third appearance in English opera, as Arline, in M. W. Balfe's "Bohemian Girl". The house, as on the two previous evenings when this opera was produced, was crowded by thousands of delighted auditors. The band of Her Majesty's XIth Regiment assisted on the occasion, and the national airs of England and France were performed amidst enthusiastic applause. The opera throughout was admirably sustained ... In Mr. Balfe's piquant instrumentation, the orchestra, under M. Lavenu's direction, did ample justice. The obligato accompaniments of M. Couat, violin; M. Tranter, double bass; and M. Francesco Volpi, clarionet, demand especial attention.

[Advertisement], The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (17 June 1856), 3

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (9 July 1856), 1

OUR LYCEUM THEATRE ... THE BAND, under the able management of Mr. WINTERBOTTOM, will be found the most efficient in the colonies, and will include the following gentlemen.- M. Chas. Eigenschenck, leader, Messrs W Tranter, Beans, Wilkinson, Strong, Seymour, Volpi, Sharpe, Richardson, &c., &c.


Cornet player, circus bandmaster

Active Australia, 1880s-90s


"GENERAL NEWS", The Express and Telegraph (5 June 1884), 2 

"JAPANESE VILLAGE", Border Watch (31 August 1887), 2 

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (7 November 1889), 2 

[News], Morning Bulletin (13 June 1890), 4 

"OLD SYDNEY", Truth (13 February 1910), 11 


Musician, concert flute player

Active Adelaide, SA, 1854; Beechworth, VIC, 1857


[Advertisement], South Australian Register (1 September 1854), 5

GRAND HARP CONCERT. The Vorherr Family have the honour to announce their FIFTH GRAND HARP CONCERT will take place at the Blenheim Hotel, This Evening. 

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (4 September 1854), 1

"UNCLAIMED LETTERS", South Australian Register (18 June 1855), 3

[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (29 January 1857), 1

"BEECHWORTH COUNTY COURT", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (14 August 1857), 3

[1] H. Worheer v. J. V. De Berg. Amount claimed £6 for services as musician. The defendant denied the services being performed. Verdict for defendant. [2] W. Martin v. J. V. De Berg, No appearance. Struck out. [3] H. Worheer v. W. Hill. No appearance. Struck out.

"LETTER LIST", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (8 May 1858), 2s


Professor of music, conductor, composer

Active Melbourne and Sydney, 1891-93


[Advertisement], The Argus (15 August 1891), 16

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 April 1893), 2

"NEW MUSIC", The Argus (1 June 1893), 3

"AMATEUR ACTORS", Evening News (8 July 1893), 5

"New Music", Australian Town and Country Journal (16 September 1893), 43

"Births", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 September 1893), 1

"Paling's Christmas Annual", Evening News (19 December 1893), 3

"AUSTRALIAN MUSICIANS IN LONDON", The Inquirer (7 February 1896), 8

"THE AUSTRALIAN XI", The Mercury (28 June 1909), 6


The Australian Waltz (composed by Carl Vorzanger) (Sydney: Elvy & Co., [1893])

VOSPER, Laura Mary (Miss Laura WOODWARD)

Teacher of music, singing and piano, soprano vocalist, pianist

Active Goulburn, by 1880 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


"CONCERT", The Goulburn Herald and Chronicle (10 November 1880), 2 

Last night a musical and literary entertainment was given in the mechanics' hall, Goulburn, by the members of the Church of England Working-men's Literary Association, assisted by a number of ladies and gentlemen. The object of the entertainment was to raise a sum of money to be given in aid of St. Saviour's cathedral building fund. Despite the inclemency of the weather a goodly number of persons assembled in the hall, the front seats and gallery being well filled ...Tell Me My Heart was very well sung by Mrs. Vosper, who, being encored, sang a serio-comic song, "They Won't Propose", for which she was applauded ... Barney O'Hea, a simple music-hall song, was capitally sung by Mrs. Vosper, and the audience being highly delighted with it, demanded an encore, when "Who's that Tapping at the Garden Gate" was sung nicely.

[Advertisement], Goulburn Evening Penny Post (14 July 1881), 3 

MRS. VOSPER HAVING REMOVED to Sloane-street, next door to Railway Hotel, continues to RECEIVE PUPILS FOR THE PIANOFORTE AND SINGING.

"Good Templar's Entertainment", Goulburn Evening Penny Post (20 September 1881), 4 

A pianoforte duet, by Mrs. Vosper and Miss Flora Hancock, one of her pupils who is about seven years of age (The Osborne Quadrilles) were played next; the manipulation of the keys of the instrument by the child showed that care was exercised in her tuition. On the last occasion the same piece was played by the same ladies, but not so nicely. The audience in an outburst of applause showed their delight at the finish.

"THE PRESBYTERIAN ENTERTAINMENT", Goulburn Evening Penny Post (29 September 1881), 2 

Mrs. Vosper sang very sweetly "We're A Noddin'," and on being encored responded by giving the well-known Scotch solo "Coming Thro' the Rye."

"GOULBURN POLICE COURT", Goulburn Evening Penny Post (12 November 1881), 6 

G. J. Vosper was charged with threatening the life of his wife, and was also called upon to find sureties to keep the peace ...

Laura Vosper deposed: I reside with my father, Mr. Woodward; on the morning of the 9th November prisoner came to my room; I screamed, and my brother came in; prisoner said, "I will be the death of you, and have come to perform a second East Lynne;" my husband has on several occasions molested me in the street; I get my own living by giving lessons in music; I am afraid of the prisoner; on Friday last he caught hold of my wrist and hurt me; I think unless he is bound over to keep the peace he will do me some grievous bodily harm; we have been living apart for some time ...

"GOULBURN POLICE COURT", Goulburn Herald (27 July 1882), 2 

"THE LATE CASE OF ATTEMPTED MURDER", Goulburn Herald (12 October 1882), 2 

George James Vosper, who on Sunday evening attempted to murder his wife Laura Vosper at the residence of her father in Sloane-street, is now in custody, having given himself up ... We learn that Mrs. Vosper is gradually recovering, but is hardly yet out of danger. Last night Dr. McKillop reported that the patient was considerably better.

"GOULBURN", Australian Town and Country Journal (14 October 1882), 38 

The most tragic occurrence was that of Mrs. Vosper, a lady well known and respected here for her musical abilities, which she was allays ready to use for the public benefit. From unhappy causes she was living apart from her husband, who on Sunday night attacked her with a tomahawk, and attempted to murder her; she lies in a precarious state ...

"GOULBURN POLICE COURT", Goulburn Herald (26 October 1882), 2 

"I.O.G.T. CONCERT", Goulburn Evening Penny Post (13 February 1883), 4 

Miss Percival sang '"When Swallows Homeward Fly" very prettily, and in response to a warm recall, "Robin Adair," also very effectively. Mrs. Vosper accompanied both songs; In the second part Miss Percival very pleasantly sang "Wings."

"GOULBURN CIRCUIT COURT", Goulburn Evening Penny Post (19 April 1883), 2 

"TEMPERANCE ENTERTAINMENT", Southern Argus (13 October 1883), 2 

In connection with the Ark of Peace Division, Daughters of Temperance, and under the patronage of the Good Templars, a tea and musical entertainment will be given in the Temperance Hall on Tuesday evening next. The musical arrangements being entrusted to Mrs. Vosper, is sufficient guarantee that a treat is in store for all who attend.

"VOLUNTEER CONCERT", Bowral Free Press and Berrima District Intelligencer (31 December 1887), 2 

Undoubtedly the gems of the evening were contributed by Mrs. Vosper and Mr. Warrington. The first named well known in former years as Miss Laura Woodward, has been heard in Berrima and Mittagong before, but so long ago that to most her appearance had all the charm of a first. Always a great favourite in times past, she has only again returned to gain fresh laurels and plaudits. On Monday evening the encores to her numbers were most pronounced and if the temper of the audience had been considered Mrs. Vosper would have been on the stage the whole evening, however as that was impossible they rendered the homage of a perfect silence during her performance. Reuben and Rachel was sung very gaily by this fair singer and Mr. Dawson, both of whom thoroughly entered into the spirit of the words. This style exactly suits Mrs. Vosper, whose action is very good and very taking. I recollect hearing these singers sing exactly the same duet some ten years ago, and I must say time has only mellowed their voices and improved their style. The duet "Very suspicious," was given in response to a tumultuous encore.

"LAW REPORT, SUPREME COURT ... VOSPER V. VOSPER.", The Sydney Morning Herald (30 October 1889), 5 

VOSPER V. VOSPER. Mr. Ralston appeared for the petitioner, Laura Mary Vosper, in the suit against her husband, George James Vosper, and upon his application the issues were settled as marriage on the 7th May, 1879, at Sutton Forest, adultery, and cruelty. Suit to be tried at the next sittings, before his Honor without a jury.

"Vosper v. Vosper", Goulburn Evening Penny Post (23 November 1889), 4 

"Supreme Court", Evening News (24 February 1890), 6 

... Evidence of adultery with co-respondent having been given a decree nisi was granted.

"LAW REPORT", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 September 1890), 4 

VOSPER v. VOSPER. On the motion of Mr. Ralston, who appeared for the petitioner, Laura Mary Vosper, the decree nisi of the 24th February last, for the dissolution of her marriage with George James Vosper, was made absolute, and the marriage accordingly declared dissolved; petitioner to have the custody of the child.

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