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Joseph Reichenberg and family

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


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Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "Joseph Reichenberg and family", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 16 February 2019


Master of the band of the 40th Regiment, professor of music, clarinet-player, composer

Born Santa Teresa, Naples (Italy) c.1789/92
Married (1) Angelica ? (d. 1843), ? Italy, ?
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 27 October 1824 (per Mangles, with headquarters of regiment, from Portsmouth 13 July)
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), ? 8 February 1826 (per John, from Sydney, 26 January); ? or 15 February (per Medway, from Sydney, 4 February)
Married (2) Eliza Frances O'MEAGHER (c.1819/20-1899), St. Joseph's, Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 16 October 1843
Died Hobart, TAS, 31 January 1851, aged 59 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier)

REICHENBERG, Angelica (Mrs. Joseph REICHENBERG (1) )

Died Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 23 January 1843 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

REICHENBERG, Eliza Frances (Eliza O'MEAGHER; Elizabeth Frances; Mrs. Joseph REICHENBERG (2) )

Choral singer (St. Joseph's Choir)

Born Dublin, Ireland c. 1819/20
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), by 1836
Married Joseph REICHENBERG, St. Joseph's, Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 16 October 1843
Died Hobart, TAS, 9 June 1899, in the 80th year of her age (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


REICHENBERG, Angela (Miss Angela Jane REICHENBERG; RICHENBERG; Angela Augusta; Angela Augustine)

Choral singer, pianist

Born Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 18 September 1844
Died Hobart, TAS, 18 October 1923 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Organist, vocalist

Born Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 18 December 1845 (registered 1846)
Died Sandy Bay, TAS, 8 July 1932, aged 86 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

REICHENBERG, Cecilia Frances

Born Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 29 June 1847
Died Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 24 June 1848


Artist, teacher of drawing and painting

Born Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 15 May 1849
Died Hobart, TAS, 23 October 1899 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


This page is under construction; as of January 2019, documentation is largely complete up to 1830 and from 1850 onwards

Military service (1809-1829)

Joseph Richenberg, discharge from 40th Regiment, 24/25 December 1829; UK National Archives, WO 97/565/81 

His Majesty's Fortieth Regt. of Foot, 8/9/30 . . . These are to Certify

I. THAT Joseph Richenberg born in the Parish of St. Teresse in on near the Town of Naples in the County of Naples was enlisted for the aforesaid Regiment at Messina in the Kingdom of Sicily on the 27th Day of May 1809 at the age of Twenty for unlimited service.

Cha[sseurs] Britanniques / [from] 28 April 1809 / [to] 24 July 1814 / [private] 5 yrs 122 days
40th Foot / [from] 30 Aug't 1814 / [to] 24 Dec. 1829 / [Serjeant] 15 yrs 116 days
Waterloo / 2 yrs
Total of service / 22 yrs 238 days

III. That by authority . . . he is hereby discharged in consequence of Inguinal hernia of several years standing

IV. That he is not . . . incapacitated by the Sentence of a General Court Martial, from receiving Pension.

V. That his general Conduct as a soldier has been Very Good Served on the Peninsula North America and Waterloo.

VI. That he has received all just demands of Pay, Clothing, &c. . . .

VII. I, Sergt. Joseph Richenberg do hereby acknowledge that I have received all my Clothing, Pay, Arrears of Pay [&c. . . .] Certified by W. Dalrymple, Capt'n 40th Reg't

VIII. Description . . . He is about Forty Years of Age, is five Feet Six Inches in height, Lt. Brown Hair, Hazle Eyes Dark Complexion, and by Trade of Occupation a Musician

Under my hand . . . at Hobart Town this 25th Day of Dec'r 1829
[signed] Wm. Turton Major 40th Reg't.

Horse guards 17 Jan 1830, confirmed . . .

Sydney, NSW (27 October 1824 to January 1826)

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27 October 1824, Reichenberg arrived Sydney, NSW, per Mangles, with headquarters of the 40th regiment, from Portsmouth 13 July

[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (28 October 1824), 2 

Colonel THORNTON, of H. M. 40th Regiment, with the Headquarters of that fine body of men, has arrived per the Mangles. The disembarkation took place yesterday afternoon at three o'clock. The detachment of the 40th already here, paraded under arms on the king's wharf, in order to welcome their "brethren in arms" on the distant shores of Australia. The 3d Regt, and other Troops, were drawn up in Barrack Square to welcome their companions.

"AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL LODGE, 260", The Australian (30 December 1824), 3 

Monday being St. John's day, the brethren of the above lodge assembled, according to custom, at two o'clock at brother Payne's. They went in procession to St. James's church, where a sermon was preached by the Rev. R. Hill, and a collection entered into for charitable purposes. They were attended to and from church by the band of the 40th Regt. When they returned from church they proceeded to Mr. Hill's, and there discussed the merits of a good dinner, prepared for the occasion by the hostess. The masonic and usual routine toasts were drank, and the company separated at a late hour; the band having remained during the evening. In the course of the evening the health of Mrs. Macquarie was drank with every testimony of respect.


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23 April 1825, St. George's day and king's birthday, band of the 40th Regiment

"SAINT GEORGE'S DAY - THE KING'S BIRTH DAY", The Australian (28 April 1825), 3

Saturday last was the Anniversary of our Patron Saint, and of the Natal Day of our respected Sovereign . . . Unwilling to allow the illustrious 23d of April, commemorative as it is of two great events, to pass over unnoticed, the principal Gentlemen in the Colony, who resided in or near Sydney, met, and dined at, Hill's Tavern, in celebration of both. Nearly seventy persons were present. The Sheriff, who had interested himself a good deal in bringing the party together, presided on the occasion. The Treasurer was Vice. To mention the names of all who did honor to the day, would be an endless and a superfluous task. The Officers of the Russian ship, the Captain of the Slaney, were there; as also, the Colonial Secretary; the Officer in Command; the Attorney and Solicitor General; the Master in Chancery; the Registrar; the Naval Officer; Sir J. Jamison; the Surveyor General; several Military and Naval Officers; Commanders of some of the ships in the Cove; many of the Gentlemen Merchants, &c. &c. The band of the fortieth regaled the company with music, after Mrs. Hill had regaled them with a good dinner. Good humour existed in perfection. When the cloth was removed, St. George, as might be expected, received every attention: the mention of his name was hailed with enthusiasm; and an elder and very important branch of his Saintship's family was duly honored in the glass; the band striking up an appropriate air. The King was drank in proper style; then followed the usual public toasts. The "Currency Lasses" were bumpered three times three, as we hope they always will be. The Rausunne performed its circumvolutions round the table till a late hour. Nothing whatever interrupted the universal harmony, or gave any one reason to regret the appropriation of that portion of his time.

[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (28 April 1825), 2 

28 April 1825, announcement of Richenberg's Australian quadrilles

Advertisement for Joseph Reichenberg's Australian quadrilles, The Sydney gazette (28 April 1825, 1

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (28 April 1825), 1

MR. REICHENBERG, Music Master of the 40th Regiment, respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Colony, that he has composed a first Set of Quadrilles for Australia, with proper figures adapted to it, for the Pianoforte, Flute, or Violin; as also, for a full Band. The same may be had in Manuscript, from Mr. REICHENBERG, at the Military Barracks; or at Mr. CAMPBELL's, No.93, George-street, by giving one Day's Notice. - Price 6s.

Advertisement for Joseph Reichenberg's Australian quadrilles, The Australian (28 April 1825), 1

[Advertisement], The Australian (28 April 1825), 1

"SERIOUS ACCIDENT", The Australian (28 July 1825), 4 

A very melancholy accident happened on Monday morning by the overturning of the Eclipse Coach, on leaving Sydney. The coach was proceeding down the Brickfield Hill at rather a quick pace, when a bullock cart suddenly crossed the road. The coachman endeavoured to avoid it by, pressing forward at an encreased rate, but was unable to effect his purpose. The coach came in contact with the cart, and after hanging on a balance for a short distance, fell over with a tremendous crash which broke in the side. One man, a musician of the band of the 40th, was killed almost on the spot; for he died within a very short time after he fell - his skull being fractured. Another is not expected to survive; and three or four more are most dreadfully bruised. There were sixteen persons on the outside, and six inside. Eleven of them were of the 40th's band, who were proceeding to assist in the ceremony of laying the first stone of the Mills and Steam Engine Buildings about to be erected by Mr. John Raine, in that neighbourhood . . . Not a single person it is said except the guard escaped without receiving more or less of injury. The musician who was killed was a very valuable man, and is much regretted by Colonel Thornton. It is a great misfortune that the act of kindness on the part of the Colonel should have been attended with such fatal results; but it is quite impossible to attach the most remote blame to him for consenting to lend the services of the band on the occasion ... A Coroner's Inquest was held at Hill's Tavern on Tuesday and Wednesday last, upon the body of James Wade, belonging to the band of the 40th. The man died after being removed to the General Hospital, after the accident. Verdict - accidental death.

[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (28 July 1825), 2 

28 September 1825, Sydney race week, Turf Club ball

"TURF CLUB BALL", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (3 October 1825), 3 

This Entertainment took place on Wednesday evening last, at Hill's Rooms, Hyde Park, under the management, we believe, of Colonel MILLS and Mr. MACKENZIE. - The few Ladies at this time in Town, and the Races occurring so soon after the Ball given to Baron De BOUGAINVILLE, and the french Officers, it was doubted whether such an assemblage of Ladies could be collected as to make the Ball in the least fascinating, and it was not till Monday last that the invitations were sent out, consequently there was no time to invite the up-country folks; and His EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR, Lady BRISBANE, and Miss MACDOUGALL, could not attend, owing to the recent calamity in the Family. - Notwithstanding these difficulties (and the Club wishing the Ball to be kept as originally intended), we are enabled to sat, that there was a most abundant dsiplay of Beauty and Fashion, without the least crowd or confusion; there was about 60 persons present; one-third of whom were Ladies; one-third Military Officers; and the residue Civilians. - The Dancing commenced at 9 o'clock; after Supper at 12; after which Dancing was resumed, and kept up till day-light. The band of the 40th, assisted by Captain PIPER's Band, played most enchantingly during the evening.

22 November 1825, masonic address to the departing governor

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (28 November 1825), 2 

[Advertisement], The Australian (1 December 1825), 1 

ADDRESS FROM THE LEINSTER MARINE LODGE OF AUSTRALIA. TUESDAY the 22nd 3 p.m. being the hour fixed by His Excellency the Governor for receiving the deputation from the Leinster Masonic Lodge, of Australia, the Following Address was presented and most graciously received . . .

To his Excellency Major General Sir Thomas Brisbane, K. C. B. - C. M. F. I. &c., &c. Governor in Chief of New South Wales and its dependencies, &c., &c.
We, the Masters, Wardens, Officers, and Brethren of the Leinster Marine Lodge of Australia, No. 266, held under Warrant from the Grand Lodge of Ireland, conjointly with the subscribed Masonic Brethren residing in the Colony, beg leave, upon the eventful moment of your Excellency's departure from hence, very respeclfnlly to tender you our sentiments and feelings of respect, and esteem for yourself and family; and grateful admiration of the rules and principles which have universally guided and directed your Excellency's administration . . .

. . . your Excellency's most respectful obedient and humble servants,
. . . J. Richenberg, 284 . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: Reichenberg is listed as having been received into lodge No. 284. Shakespeare Lodge Number 284 was originally established in 1792 in Norwich by the Warwickshire Militia, based there at the time, and relocated with the militia's to Warwick in 1808.

9 December 1825, funeral of John Ovens

"THE LATE MAJOR OVENS", The Australian (15 December 1825), 3 

On Friday morning last the remains of the late Major Ovens, the Chief Engineer, were interred in the new burial ground. About quarter past six o'clock the funeral procession moved off from the late residence of the deceased in Bent-street. The military party which was destined to pay their last tribute of respect, consisting of about three companies from the 57th and 40th regiments, commanded by a field officer, marched first in sections with their arms reversed; these were followed by the regimental staff, the bands of the 3rd. and 40th regiments, which continued playing, alternately, slow and solemn airs in unison with the melancholy occasion they were met to celebrate. The Archdeacon in his canonicals, supported on either side by the clergymen of St. Philip's and St. James's, preceded the hearse containing the body . . . military, and civil officers in pairs - many private friends of the deceased, carriages, &c. closed the procession. As the group defiled along Tank-street, Hunter-street and George-street, towards the burial ground, the low plaintive strains of the military music, the hollow beat of the muffled drums, the troops' slow but steady march, were calculated to produce the most melancholy sensations . . .

19 December 1825, reception of governor Ralph Darling

"Government and General Order", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (19 December 1825), 3 

GOVERNMENT HOUSE, SYDNEY, 18th DECEMBER. 1825. AS HIS EXCELLENCY LIEUTENANT GENERAL DARLING, Captain General and Governor in Chief &c. &c. &c. of this Colony and its Dependencies, has arrived, and will land at Four o'clock To-morrow Afternoon, at the King's Wharf, His Honor the LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR requests the Whole of the CIVIL and MILITARY OFFICERS will be pleased to assemble at that Point to receive His Excellency on his Landing, and to follow in Procession to Government House . . .

The Band of the Buffs will assemble at the King's Wharf and will precede His Procession, playing Marches until they reach the Gate leading to Government-house. The Band of the 40th Regiment, with a Guard of Honor, consisting of One Captain, Two Lieutenants, Two Serjeants, and Fifty Rank and File of the Buffs, will be formed on the Inside the Entrance Gate to Government-house, and will receive His Excellency with the Compliments due to his distinguished Rank . . .

"GOVERNOR DARLING", The Australian (22 December 1825), 3 


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Hobart Town, VDL (TAS) (February 1826 onward)

8 February 1826, arrival in Hobart Town, per John (from Sydney, 26 January) of part of the band of the 40th Regiment

15 February 1826, arrival in Hobart Town, per Medway (from Sydney, 4 February) of the remainder of the band of the 40th Regiment

"New South Wales", Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser (10 February 1826), 4 

Letters and Newspapers have reached us to the 30th, inclusive, by the John, in which vessel arrived part of the band and of the corps of drummers, and a detachment of the 40th Regiment, under the command of Captain Stewart. - The remainder, we understand, may be daily expected in the Medway. Although a considerable numerical addition is made to our Military force, yet it is but little effectively increased; for when the band, the drummers, the taylors, and all the other non-combatant odds and ends of a regimental head-quarters are taken into the account, we believe that when the detachment of the 57th goes away, we shall not have so many bayonets for field use, as we have at present. But the great point will be gained - the object which we have all along perfectly understood. We now have a Regiment here! . . .

"Dinner to Major Abbott", Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser (10 February 1826), 3 

On Wednesday, a splendid Entertainment was given at Stodart's Hotel, by the Gentlemen of Hobart Town, to this Veteran Officer and truly-respected Colonist, on the occasion of his appointment by His Majesty to be Civil, Commandant at Launceston . . . Several excellent songs were given by different Gentlemen, particularly by Mr. Roberts and Mr. Deane, who with some other amateurs, sung favourite catches and glees, in a manner which afforded ample compensation for the want of the newly arrived Band of the 40th Regt., which, we lament to say, was refused . . .

[News], Hobart Town Gazette (11 February 1826), 2 

"THE BAND", Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser (24 March 1826), 3 

We are sorry to observe that the Band (of the advantages of which so much was said) is not permitted to perform any longer on the Sunday evenings. We understand that the sanctity of the day was considered to be interrupted. We hope His Majesty will adopt this arrangement at Windsor, and that the Bands of the Guards will not longer be permitted to entertain the Terrace visitors, according to long established, but obviously improper custom.

[Advertisement], Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser (31 March 1826), 4 

Waterloo Store. MR. JOHN P. DEANE begs to inform his Friends, that he is now Selling off, in addition to his former Advertisement, the under-mentioned GOODS . . .

. . . The first set of Australian Quadrills, arranged for the Piano Forte, by J. Richenberg, Music Master of the 40th Band, and a variety of other Music . . .

25 April 1826, the king's birthday, St. George's day (from 23 April)

"EXTRACT OF A LETTER DATED HOBART TOWN. APRIL 26, 1826", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (10 May 1826), 3 

. . . Yesterday was quite a gay day in Hobart Town. There was a very numerous levee at Government house in the fore noon, and in the evening a very large party sat down to dinner in the long room. The entertainment is described as both sumptuous and elegant, and the greatest glee and cordiality of sentiment prevailed. After the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were drank, at each of which the excellent Band of the 40th, played an appropriate air; you will be pleased to learn that his Excellency gave the prosperity of your Colony, as being the elder sister, before that of our own was drank . . .

22 May 1826, incident concerning Edward Moriarty

"SUPREME COURT. MONDAY, MAY 22", Hobart Town Gazette (27 May 1826), 2 

. . . Court was interrupted towards evening by one of the Jury being suddenly obliged to attend at the Barracks in consequence of a melancholy occurrence. Edward Moriarty, a handsome red haired man, who played the French horn in the band of the 40th Regiment had by accident or otherwise, a knife thrust in his mouth to such an extent as to cut the jugular vein, and his life is despaired of.

7 September 1826, Hobart Town Concert

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"Hobart Town Concert", Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser (29 September 1826), 3 

Hobart Town Concert - Yesterday evening, the first Public Concert which this Island has as yet known, took place at the Court-house. The plan of the Concert has been organised by a Committee of Gentlemen, and supported by the patronage of His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Arthur. Notwithstanding the unpropitious state of the weather, and the wretched condition of the streets, which were almost impassable, there was a numerous assemblage of Ladies and Gentlemen present - several of whom were from various parts of the country. The number of persons could not have been less than 250 or 300, and the effect of the coup-d'-oeil of the whole was most brilliant. The Band of the 40th Regt. were in their elegant and chaste new uniforms. They were placed in three rows, each row a little elevated in height above the other. The trumpets and horns in the hindmost row, each side of what was the Judge's bench, the trombone in the centre. An excellent grand piano forte was in front, a little on one side - at which Mr. J. P. Deane, the Conductor, presided. The Gentlemen who were kind enough to lend their vocal powers in aid of the evening's amusement, had places assigned to them immediately in front of the whole, to which they passed from their seats amongst the audience, & re-passed at pleasure. We have not time for a detailed account of the performances - we can only say, that they were such as would have astonished and delighted the most fastidious ear of the London critic, scarcely escaped from the fascination of Hanover-square. Amongst the distinguished individuals present, were His Excellency and Mrs. Arthur, Chief Justice and Mrs. Pedder, Colonel Balfour, the Attorney-General, the Solicitor General, the Colonial Secretary; the Rev. Messrs. Bedford, Knopwood, Robinson, and Garrard, and their families; Captain and Mrs. Montagu, Mr. and Mrs. Oakes, Mr. and Mrs. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Neilly, Mr. and Mrs. Sorell, most of the Officers of the 40th, the Sheriff, the Surveyor-General, &c. &c. We subjoin a list of the evening's performances copied from the hand-bills.


La Fête du Village.....Overture.
Glee......Glorious Apollo.
Song......The Sun that Lights.
Concerto.....Piano Forte.
Glee ....Fair Flora.
Song.......In this Cottage.


Le Nozze di Figaro......Overture.
Glee ......Here in cool Grot.
Recitative and Air......Death of Nelson.
Quintette......The Surprise.
Song ......Dearest Maid.
Glee......The Witches.
Song........ The Wolf.

Messrs. Deane, Swan, and Langford sung the Glees - "Glorious Apollo," "Fair Flora," and "The Witches." Mr. Swan sung "The Sun that Lights the Roses," and "The dearest Maid," the latter in a most masterly style. The Songs, "Death of Nelson" and "In this Cottage," were sung by Mr. Widowson; "The Wolf" by Mr. Deane; the Glee "Here in cool Grot" by Messrs. Smith, Deane, and Swan.

"HOBART TOWN CONCERTS", Hobart Town Gazette (7 October 1826), 4 

HOBART TOWN CONCERTS. - The first Concert took place on Thursday last, at the Court House, agreeably to the advertisement, and was numerously and fashionably attended. We sincerely rejoice at so auspicious a commencement of this rational and delightful species of recreation. Van Diemen's Land has always shewn a disposition not to be behind-hand with the elder colony in improvement of every kind. Concerts have for some months past been established in Sydney, and several gentlemen here of the first respectability conceiving that many inhabitants of Hobart Town possessed equal, if not superior musical talents, set on foot a plan for introducing the same source of enjoyment amongst us also; and in this, the first attempt, they have succeeded beyond expectation.

The upper end of the Court House was well fitted up with an orchestra of very respectable appearance, in which, the full Band of the 40th Regiment dressed in their new uniform, was admirably disposed. There was sufficient space in front, on a raised stage, for a grand upright piano, and for eight or ten performers, vocal and instrumental. The room was splendidly lighted, and the entire space before the orchestra fitted with benches for the audience. Before 8 o'clock, there were between 2 and 300 ladies and gentlemen assembled.

For the excellent disposition of the Band of the 40th, we have principally to thank Mr. Reichenberg, the Master, who has taken great interest in the Concert, and to whose exertions, during the evening, much of its success was due. Mr. Deane's powers as a musician are too well known to require our commendation. His concerto on the piano was skilfully and tastefully executed, and loudly applauded. "Here in cool Grot" the celebrated prize Glee for four voices, by Lord Mornington, was the most effective, and elicited a warm encore. The Songs, "In this Cottage," "The Death of Nelson," and "Dearest Maid," were also most deservedly encored. The gentleman who sang the two former has a remarkable fine, natural, and most powerful voice. The gentleman who favoured us with "Dearest Maid," has powers of a different cast. Its peculiar character is flexibility and sweetness, and is improved by much taste. The following is a list of the pieces performed :-


La Fete du Village Voisins, Overture...Boildeu.
Glee, Glorious Apollo.............Webbe.
Song, The Sun that Light...............Williams.
Concerto, Piano Forte..............Dussek.
Glee, Fair Flora................Dauley.
Song, In this Cottage...........Braham.
Concerto, Clarionet............Don Costa Franco.


La Nozze di Figaro, Overture...... Mozart.
Glee, Here in cool Grot...........Lord Mornington.
Recitative and Air, Death of Nelson............Braham.
Quintette, The Surprise...............Haydn.
Song, Dearest Maid...............Slape.
Glee, The Witches ................M. P. King.
Song, The Wolf.........Shield.
The whole concluding with "God Save the King" in full Chorus.

Circumstances having prevented our reporter from being present at this elegant entertainment, we were not able to obtain the above particulars but at too late an hour for insertion in our last number. We have been kindly favoured with the names of the audience, but when we have said that His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Mrs. Arthur and family honoured it with their presence, we consider, that without further mention, we have sufficiently stamped its character, and the high respectability of the large and numerous company which composed it. The applause and general sentiments of unanimity and satisfaction with which the Concert was received will, we doubt not, induce the principal promoters to renew so chaste and rational a recreation at regular intervals, and we have heard, that a Concert of equally elegant and classical composition is proposed quarterly.

30 November 1826, St. Andrew's day

"St. Audrew's Day", Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser (1 December 1826), 3 

Yesterday being the Anniversary of St. Andrew, the Titular Saint of Scotland, the Van Diemen's Land St. Andrew's Club dined together at the British Hotel. The Club were kindly favoured by Colonel Balfour with the Band of the 40th Regiment, which played during dinner. After the cloth was removed, the following toasts were given: -
"The King" - Tune, " God save the King."
"Duke of York and the Army" - Tune, " Duke of York's March."
"Duke of Clarence and the Navy" - Tune, "Rule Britannia."
"Colonel Arthur, and thc Prosperity of Van Diemen's Land" - Tune, "Speed the Plough."
"General Darling, and New South Wales". - Tune, " Australian March" . . .
"The Memory of St. Andrew, the Titular Saint of Scotland," in silence - Tune, "Aauld Lang Syne."
"The Land of Cakes." - Tune, "Charlie is my darling."
"Old England." - Tune, "The tight little Island."
"The Emerald Isle." - Tune, "St. Patrick's Day."
"The Clergy" - Tune, "Christ Church Bells."
"Currency Lasses and Sterling Payments," by the Vice President, Mr. Hood. - Tune, "Britons strike Home."
"Colonel Balfour, and the 40th Regiment." - Tune, "The 40th March."
"Colonel Sorell." - Tune, "Because he was a bonny Lad."
"Sir Walter Scott." - Tune, "The Lady of the Lake."
"The Memory of Wallace and Burns" - Tune, "Scot's Wha hae."
"The Kirk." - Tune, "Kiss my Lady."
"The Beggar's Bennison." - Tune, "Ken more."
During the evening, many other excellent Toasts and Songs were given; and, in short, we never witnessed a more happy and convivial Meeting.

"ST. ANDREW'S CLUB", Hobart Town Gazette (2 December 1826), 2 

. . . A meeting of its chief supporters was held on Thursday, being St. Andrew's Day, at the British Hotel, Liverpool-street, and the Members partook of a very elegant and sumptuous dinner, enlivened by the excellent music of the band of the 40th Regiment . . .


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[Advertisement], Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser (25 May 1827), 4 

Distressing Case. THE distressing circumstances, under which the family of the late Captain LAUGHTON, have been deprived of a Husband and a Father . . . [sums subscribed] . . . Reichenberg, Mr. - 1 0 0 . . .


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[Editorial, John Campbell Macdougall], The Tasmanian (29 February 1828), 3 

We have received a very long communication, on the subject of the concourse of people who assemble on Sundays, in consequence of the performance of the military band on that day. Disagreeing as we do with the writer, in much of his letter, (which on other accounts is not calculated to meet the public eye,) we, nevertheless, are of opinion, that this practice would be "more honoured in the breach than the observance." It is impossible to witness the licentious assemblies which the attractions of the band and of the barracks call together on Sundays, without feeling convinced, that, however unobjectionable such may be in the Mother or other countries, yet, in a Colony such as this, these are the most powerful objections to it. No one can look at the description of persons, who assemble at the barracks on these occasions, but must be convinced of the extreme impropriety of such congregations at all in such a place, to say nothing of the day on which it takes place. At Sydney, we perceive that the military bands perform twice a week, (on weekdays,) in a public place in the centre of that great town; but neither in the barrack; nor on Sunday, are these exhibitions permitted. We can, if we feel it necessary to continue this subject, be more particular in our objections to its continuance.

1828 "EXTRACTS FROM A JOURNAL (Intended for Publication,) kept by a Country Gentleman, during a short visit to Hobart Town", The Hobart Town Courier (22 March 1828), 3 

Tuesday, March 18 . . . This evening the spacious apartments recently erected in the Barrack-square, were thrown open by the Officers of the 40th Regiment, to a numerous and fashionable assemblage of their friends, for a splendid Ball and Supper, to which most of the principal inhabitants had received cards. The rooms filled soon after 10 o'clock; and quadrilles and Spanish dances were kept up during the whole night with great spirit. The Mess room was appropriated to dancing. It was brilliantly illuminated, and the floor was well and very tastily painted. In one part of the room was a handsome transparency. At the upper end were the present colours, whilst over the transparency were placed the old and venerable relics of those, which formerly accompanied the regiment to so many fields of glory. The Band was stationed outside, in a balcony, at one end of the room . . . The arrangement of the whole reflected the greatest credit upon the hospitality of the regiment, and the taste of the managing committee . . .

23 April 1828, the king's burthday

"THE KING'S BIRTHDAY", The Tasmanian (25 April 1828), 2 

The magnificent assemblage of Ladies and Gentlemen at Government House, in tne evening, displayed a collection of beauty and fashion, never before equalled in either of the Austral-Asiatic Colonies . . . It would be injustice to the excellent band of the 40th, not to add that the music was of the first discription [sic] . . .

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Courier (3 May 1828), 3 

PIANO FORTE BY BROADWOOD. TO BE SOLD, A Very fine-toned Six Octave PIANO FORTE, with rounded corners and turned legs, made by Messrs. Broadwood, expressly for this climate not two years ago. It is parted with for no fault, and to save, trouble the lowest price is Fifty Guineas; Cash. For particulars apply to Mr. Reichenberg, Master of the Band of the 40th Regiment.

Advertisement for Joseph Reichenberg's quadrilles, The Tasmanian (8 August 1828), 3

[Advertisement], The Tasmanian (8 August 1828), 3 

JOSEPH REICHENBERG, Master of the Band of the 40th Regiment,
begs leave to inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of this Colony,
that they now can have Manuscript Copies of his Hobart Town Quadrilles.
The Figures are as follows, viz: -
The Safe Arrival; the Scotch Settler; the English Settler; the Irish Settler; and the Union;
all adapted to the style of the three different Nations,
and to the Figures of Payne's 1st Sett of Quadrilles.
J. REICHENBERG has also composed
another Sett for the 40th, which also may be had of him.
The Figures areas follows, viz:-
La Peninsula; La Waterloo; La Paris; L'Australia; and La Tasmania;
adapted to the Figures of the Lancers' Sett.

"FUNERAL of MR. COMMISSARY ASHTON", The Tasmanian (22 August 1828), 3 

ON Tuesday, about 3 o'Clock, the remains of MR. D. A. C. G. ASHTON, whose death we announced in our last, were interred in the Church Yard with the usual military honours, the funeral procession moved from his residence at Mount Pleasant . . . Band of the 40th Regiment, Drums muffled, playing the solemn Dead March in Handel [sic] . . .

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Courier (23 August 1828), 1 

MUSIC FOR SALE, At Deane's Circulating Library, THE following MUSIC is offered for Sale, on the most reasonable terms, viz: . . .
New Quadrilles - Webster.
Hobart town, do - Reichenberg.
Tasmanian do. - Deane . . .

25/29 September 1828, departure from Hobart Town of the 40th Regiment, with band (per Phoenix, for Bombay)

"SUPREME COURT", The Britannia and Trades' Advocate (14 December 1828), 4 

Criminal Sittings. Before His Honor the Chief Justice. Tuesday, December 5. Jury. - M. Dawson (foreman), S. J. Board, J. Livinstone, R. S. Waterhouse, J. Perkins, J. Deane, J. Oxford, S. Ridler, E. Wilkinson, E. Allison, W. Turner, J. Richenburgh . . .

"SUPREME COURT. THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 1828", Hobarton Guardian, or, True Friend of Tasmania (6 December 1828), 2 

. . . the folowing jury sworn: - Mr. Michael Dawson, foreman, Samuel Beard, R. G. Waterhouse, James Levingston, John Perkius, John Dean, George Orford, Samuel Riddler, Edward Wilkinson, Edward Allison, William Turner and Joseph Richenburgh . . .

[2 advertisements], The Tasmanian (19 December 1828), 3 

MRS. CLARK'S Establishment at Ellenthorpe Hall will re-open on Monday the 2nd of Feb. . . . terms include the expence of every branch of useful and ornamenial education, with the exception of Music, Singing, and the Italian language, which are taught by Mr. Richenburgh at the annual charge of Music £10 10s. Singing £10 10s. Italian ££6 6s . . .

MR. REICHENBURGH, late Band Master of the 40th Regimet, returns his sincere thanks to the Officers of the above Regiment, and to those Ladies and Gentlemen who have patronized him during his residence at Hobart Town, and begs leave at the same time to inform them, that he shall, in the early part of the ensuing year, remove to Ellenthorpe Hall, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. CLARK, where he intends to give Musical Instruction in all its branches; also in also in Singing and the Italian Language.
Mr. R. has been teaching Music for twenty years, years, and with the experience he has acquired during that time, flatters himself that all those Ladies who may be the placed under his instruction cannot fail to make rapid progress, particularly as he intends devoting the whole of his time to their improvement.
TERMS - - £ s. d.
MUSIC - - 10 10 0
SINGING - - 10 10 0
ITALIAN - - 6 6 0
N.B. - Piano Fortes Tuned by the Year, at a distance of 60 miles.
Those persons who wish to have them Tuned will be pleased to send notice to Mr. R., at Ellenthorpe Hall.


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"WHERE WE ARE", The Hobart Town Courier (31 January 1829), 2 

. . . Our concerts, which not long ago were got up with such taste and spirit have now fallen into oblivion. Mr. Reichenberg, the late leader of the Band of the 40th, now promulgates his favourite science among his pupils at Ellinthorpe Hall, and Mr. Deane also, much occupied in teaching the elements, is unable of himself alone to cultivate harmonics for public ears. Hobart town may now be said to be out of tune, and even the mice, it is said, by eating the bellows of the organ, have militated against the melody of St. David's.

[News], Colonial Times (27 February 1829), 2 

On Wednesday morning last, the Grenadiers, the 4th, the 6th (and the privates of the 3d) Companies of the 40th Regt., embarked on board the Prince George, to join the Headquarters of that Regiment at Bombay.

On Monday evening, His Excellency Lieutenant Governor ARTHUR gave the Officers of the 40th Regiment a Farewell Dinner, at the Government House, previously to their departure for Head-quarters at Bombay - marking his high sense of their strict military discipline.

[News], The Hobart Town Courier (21 March 1829), 3 

. . . The departure of Mr. Reichenberg, late Master of the Band of the 40th Regiment, will be severely felt by the families in Hobart town where he has been teaching so long with such success. The accession of so valuable a teacher however to Mrs. Clark's establishment at Ellinthorpe hall must be highly prized by those who have children at that seminary.


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"Extract of a letter from Hobart-town, Jan. 4, 1830", The times [London] (1 July 1830), 4

Such an improvement has taken place in the musical world in Van Dieman's Land, that my present musical teacher can do much better than remain with me, although he has 200l. per annum, with a cottage to live in, free of expense, besides having every thing found him and his family that my country house affords. He has only to teach from ten till one, and from three till six o'clock every day. Many, I should think, would gladly accept such liberal offers. In fact, there is amply employment in the island for three music-masters, two dancing, two French, and one drawing master.



[Advertisement], The Tasmanian (14 January 1832), 3 

Guitar. FOR Sale, the best Spanish Guitar in the Colony. - Apply to Mr. Richenberg, Barrack-street. January 13, 1832.

"Domestic Intelligence", The Tasmanian (10 August 1832), 5 

On Tuesday the lovers of music were regaled by Mrs. Davis's Concert. The performance commenced soon after eight o'clock, long before which time scarcely a seat in the spacious Court-house was left vacant. Mrs. Davis and Mr. Russell were evidently the favorites, and their performances well merited the reception they each received.

The Concert commenced with the overture of the "Caliph of Bagdad," which was performed by the Band of the 63d Regiment, in a masterly manner . . . The quintetto was passable only - indeed we might here mention, that the whole of the instrumental music was badly selected, and could not be compared to Mr. Deane's usual treats - the whole attraction intended was evidently Mrs. Davis, and little else was thought of by the manager, or the selector of the scheme. Messrs. Richenberg, Deane, Russell, and Marshall, although all performed as well as possible, made no effect; indeed, the nature of their parts would not allow them . . .

"Domestic Intelligence", The Tasmanian (7 December 1832), 5 

Mr. Richenberg and Mr. Russell contemplate affording an evening's amusement very shortly of vocal and instrumental music, to conclude with an exhibition entirely novel in this Colony. It is to be hoped they will meet with encouragement, particularly that veteran Mr. Richenberg, whose goodness of heart alone has stimulated him upon this occasion, for the benefit and encouragement of that rising young performer Mr. Russell, whom some parties, as it is said, have hitherto endeavoured to keep in the back ground. - From a Correspondent.

[Advertisement], The Hobart Town Courier (28 December 1832), 1 

MESSRS. REICHENBERG & RUSSELL respectfully announce to the inhabitants of Hobart town, that a Juvenile Fete will be given (by permission) at the Court House, on Friday evening Dec. 28, 1832, the amusements to commence with a Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music, and conclude with the exhibition of a splendid Phantasmagoria, introducing illustrations from history, and a great variety of humorous subjects. Admission for children under 10 years of age 3s., above 10 5s. each. Tickets to be had of Mr. Wood, Liverpool street, and of Mr. Dean, at his Circulating Library. Doors to be open at a quarter before 7 o'clock, and Concert commence at half past 7.


[Advertisement], The Tasmanian (4 January 1833), 1 

To The Public.
MESSRS. Richenberg and Russell beg to return their grateful acknowledgement, to their young friends and the public, for the very liberal patronage they met with on Friday evening last; and having been requested by the heads of several families to repeat the Juvenile Fete, they beg to announce their intention of so doing, at the close of the present vacation, with the additional assistance of a Lady of musical talent, lately arrived from London, and as great a variety of appropriate novelties, as the Colony will produce.
Jan. 4th, 1833.

[Advertisement], The Tasmanian (1 February 1833), 3 

Colonial Secretary's Office, January 30, 1833.
DEEDS of grant in favor of the undermentioned individuals, as notified in the Gazettes of the 2d of November last, and the 18th instant, are now remaining unclaimed in this office : - . . .
Joseph Richenberg . . .


Ross's Van Diemen's Land Annual and Hobart Town Almanack for the year 1834 (Hobart Town: James Ross, 1834), 30

Besides various private teachers, - Mr. Green and Mr. Lewis have each Dancing Academies, and Mr. Reichenberg, Mr. Deane, Mr. Russel, Mr. Peck are established Teachers of Music . . .

Edward Markham (1801-1865), journal entry, February 1834; State Library of New South Wales; ed. Stieglitz 1952 (DIGITISED)

[Hobart, February 1834]: I met a German music master who had married a Neopolitan, an ugly Diva. But he was pleased to find another person who understood something of his language.


23 October 1838, convict Pietro Callegari assigned to Reichenberg

Piedro Calligana [sic], convict record; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1378562; CON31/1/7$init=CON31-1-7p412 

ASSOCIATIONS: Pietro Callegari; on 11 February 1839 Callegari was accused of insolence towards Angelica Reichenberg



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2 January 1843, census, VDL

Joseph Reichenberg; Van Diemen's Land, Census of the year 1843; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:481875; CEN1/1/52 (DIGITISED)

22 January 1843, death of Angelica Reichenberg

1843; Deaths in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1185177; RGD35/1/1 no 1336 (DIGITISED)

1336 / Angelica Reichenberg / female / 50 years / Music Masterr's Wife / Enlargement of the Liver / Joseph Reichenberg, Husband, No. 25 Davey Street . . .

"DEATH", The Austral-Asiatic Review, Tasmanian and Australian Advertiser (27 January 1843), 2 

After a continual series of illness for a long time, at her residence, Davey-street, on the 22nd instant, Mrs. Angelica Reichenberg, wife of Mr. James Reichenberg, professor of music in Hobart Town, (and formerly band master of the 40th Regt.) much lamented by her husband and friends.

16 October 1843, marriage of Joseph Reichenberg and Eliza O'Meagher

1843; Marriages in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:826719; RGD37/1/3 no 480 (DIGITISED)

480 / 16th October 1843 in the Church of St. Joseph / Joseph Richenberg, full age, Music Master / Eliza O'Meagher, do. / [by] John Joseph Therry . . .

"Married", Colonial Times (31 October 1843), 2

On the 16th instant, at St. Joseph's Church, by the Reverend J. J. Therry, Mr. Reichenberg, Professor of Music, to Eliza, second daughter of Mr. O'Meagher, of Hobart Town.


12 August 1844, naturalisation of Joseph Reichenberg

Naturalisation document; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:447701; SC415/1/1 pages 34-37 (DIGITISED)

14 September 1844, birth of Angela Reichenberg (d. 1923)

1844, births in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1068781; RGD33/1/2/ no 512 (DIGITISED)

512 / 14th September / [un-named] female / Joseph Reichenberg, Professor of Music, 25 Davey Street (father) / Eliza Reichenberg, formerly O'Meagher / . . . [baptised] Angela Jane . . .


18 December 1845, birth of Jane Reichenberg (d. 1932), registered 1846

1846, births in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1069712; RGD33/1/2/ no 1451 (DIGITISED)

1451 / December 18th, 1845 / [un-named] female / Joseph Reichenberg, Professor of Music, Father, No. 25 Davey Street / Eliza Reichenberg formerly O'Meagher . . .



29 June 1847, birth of Cecilia Reichenberg (d. 1848)

1847, births in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:951980; RGD33/1/3/ no 122 (DIGITISED)

122 / June 29th / [un-named] female / Joseph Reichenberg, Professor of Music, Father, No. 25 Davey Street / Eliza Reichenberg formerly O'Meagher . . .


24 June 1848, death of Cecilia Reichenberg

1848, deaths in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1187794; RGD35/1/2 no 2009 (DIGITISED)

2009 / June 24th / Cecilia Frances Reichenberg, female / twelve months / Professor of Music's child / Croup / Joseph Reichenberg,Father, Davey Street . . .


15 May 1849, birth of Rosalie Reichenberg (d. 1899)

1849, births in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:953379; RGD33/1/3/ no 1513 (DIGITISED)

1513 / May 15th / [un-named] female / [daughter of] Joseph Reichenberg, Professor of Music / Eliza Reichenberg, formerly O'Meagher / Jos. Reichenberg, father, Davey St. . . .


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"CAVEAT BOARD. WEDNESDAY, 15th MAY, 1850", Hobarton Guardian, or, True Friend of Tasmania (18 May 1850), 3 

APPLICATION made by the Very Rev. William Hall, and Messrs. William Kenny, and Joseph Reichenberg, for a Grant of one rood and thirteen and one-half perches of land, in the city of Hobart Town, being the land on which St. Joseph's Church in Macquarie street, with the priests' dwelling and School House, are erected . . .

[Advertisement], The Courier (22 June 1850), 1 

Colonial Manufactures.
THE undersigned, returning thanks to his numerous patrons nnd friends for past favours, begs to intimate that specimens of his manufacture may be seen at the Music Rooms of Mr. Reichenberg, Davey-street, and Mrs. Elliott's, Macquarie-street, where there are three different sorts; also at the Stores of C. J. Weedon, Esq., Launceston.
These instruments are kept in tune one year free of any expense, and exchanged if not approved.
Musical instruments of all descriptions tuned and repaired.
J. WILLIAMS (from Broadwood's), Elizabeth-street, Hobart Town.

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (12 November 1850), 4 

Cottage Pianos for Sale.
MR. REICHENBERG begs to inform his friends and the public, that he has two COTTAGE PIANOS for Sale, which are of a good tone, and handsomely finished, in the newest style, of 6 3/4 octaves. Davey-street, opposite the Barracks, November 12, 1850.


31 January 1851, death of Joseph Reichenberg, Davey Street, Hobart Town

1850-51, deaths in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1189222; RGD35/1/3 no 513 (DIGITISED)

513 / January 31 / Joseph Reichenbreg / male / Fifty nine / Musician / Disease of the Kidneys / F. O'Meagher, brother in law, Milton Street. . .

"DIED", Colonial Times (31 January 1851), 2

Died: This morning, at his late residence, Davey-street, Mr. JOSEPH REICHENBERG, Professor of Music, aged 59 years. Friends are respectfully informed that his funeral will take place on Monday next, the 3rd February, from St. Joseph's Church, Macquarie-street, at 3 o'clock p.m.

After 1851

"SACRED CONCERT", The Mercury (7 July 1874), 2 

. . . Miss Richenberg very ably presided at the organ.

9 June 1899, death of Eliza Frances Reichenberg (O'Meagher)

1899, deaths in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1143148; RGD35/1/68 no 952 (DIGITISED)

952 / 1899, Macquarie St. / Eliza Frances Reichenberg, born Ireland / Female / 80 years / Widow of the late Joseph Reichenberg / Fatty heart, Jaundice , Dr. Wolfhagen . . .

"DEATHS", The Mercury (10 June 1899), 1 

REICHENBERG. - On the 9th inst, at her residence, 182 Macquarie street, Eliza Frances, widow of the late Joseph Reichenberg, in the 88th year of her age, and fortified by the rites of the Holy Catholic Church. No flowers.

"DEATH OF AN OLD COLONIST", The Mercury (13 June 1899), 2 

On Friday last, Mrs. Elizabeth Frances Richenberg, an old and esteemed colonist, who had resided in Hobart 68 years, died at her residence. Macquarie street, aged 79 years. The mothet of the deceased also died in this city at the advanced age of 89 years. Mrs. Richenberg was the widow of the conductor of the first Catholic church choir in Hobart, when Mass was celebrated in the Argyle Rooms, Liverpool street, upon the site of which the Carlton Club Hotel now stands. This was before the first Catholic church, properly so called - St. Joseph's, Macquarie street - was built by the late Rev. J. J. Therry. For many years past, Mr. and Mrs. Richenberg's daughter, Miss Jane Richenberg, has been organist of St. Joseph's Church. The deceased lady's mother was the friend of the first Catholic missionary or chaplain in Tasmania, the Rev. Philip Connolly. On Sunday evening the remains of Mrs. Richenberg were removed from her residence to St. Joseph's Church, where they were placed in the nave, in front of the high altar, till the funeral took place yesterday morning. At vespers on Sunday evening the Rev. T. Kelsh, who occupied the pulpit, paid a feeling tribute to the memory of the deceased and her husband, and spoke of the valuable services rendered to St. Joseph's Choir by their daughter. At the conclusion of the service the Dead March from Saul was played on the organ by Master J. R. McCann. Yesterday morning a solemn High Mass and Requiem coram cadavere, was celebrated at St. Joseph's for the repose of the soul of the deceased. Tho celebrant of the mass was the Very Rev. P. R. Hennebry, the deacon, the Rev. T. Kelsh, the sub deacon, the Rev. P. O'Reilly, and the master of ceremonies, the Rev. M. W. Gilleran. The Rt Rev. Dr Delany, Bishop of Laranda, presided, and offered up the last prayers at the coffin. The Gregorian music of the service was rendered with artistic and devotional effect by the choir. The funeral, which was attended by a representative body of citizens, took place at Queenborough Cemetery.

"ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH", The Mercury (10 October 1899), 2 

23 October 1899, death of Rosalie Mary Reichenberg

1899, deaths in the district of Hobart; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:1143403; RGD35/1/68 no 1208 (DIGITISED)

1208 / 1899, 182 Macquarie St. / Rosalie Mary Reichenberg, born Tasmania / Female / 49 years / Spinster / Malignant disease of omentum, Dr. Wolfhagen . . .

"DEATHS", The Mercury (28 October 1899), 2 supplement 

REICHENBERG - On October 23, at her late residence, Macquarle-street, Rosalie Mary, youngest duughter of the late Joseph and Eliza Reichenberg; after a long and painful illness.


Miss Janie Reichenberg's 50 years association with the choir of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church was marked by a complimentary concert and presentation at the Town Hall last night, when a large audience assembled . . .


"ORGANIST'S UNIQUE RECORD", The Mercury (1 September 1923), 15

A record, probably unique for Australia, has been achieved in Hobart by Miss Jane Reichenberg, who a few days ago completed 55 years of service practically without a break, as organist of St. Joseph's Church. In the year 1866 Miss Reichenberg and her sister, both natives of Hobart, joined the choir of St. Joseph's as vocalists, and two years later the younger of the two was appointed organist in succession to the late Mr. Edmund Roper, who later took a similar position at St. Patrick's, Sydney. Under the conductorship of the late Mr. Henry Hunter, Miss Reichenberg had an excellent training in the high-class sacred music which was so well rendered by the small, but efficient choir of St. Joseph's Church, as to earn some fame for it even beyond Tasmania, and the young organist became a proficient exponent of the church music of Mozart, Haydn, Gounod, and other masters. Notwithstanding such long service, Miss Reichenberg is still capable of efficiently rendering such difficult compositions. Her career, like the history of the church in which she has spent so much of her life, has some interesting associations with the musical history of Hobart. Her father, Mr. Joseph Reichenberg, who died in 1851, was band-master of H.M. 40th Regiment, and conducted the first musical concert of which there is a record in Hobart as far back as 1826. In 1841, when the church of St. Joseph was first opened, he became its first choirmaster and organist, and among his successors prior to his daughter taking her position were the late Charles Packer, uncle to the well-known musical family of that name and a musician of the highest degree; also Mr. Edmund Roper, Mr. Hook, and other musicians of 60 years and more ago. Past and present congregations of St. Joseph's have initiated, and the musical community of Hobart generally is heartily co-operating in a movement to celebrate in a worthy manner Miss Reichenberg's most worthy record. This is to take the form of a musical festival to be held in the Town-hall, at which the artists of the city, professional and amateur, will appear. The event will be under the patronage of His Excellency the Administrator, their Graces the Archbishop of Hobart, Dr. Delany, and the Coadjutor Archbishop (Dr. Barry), the Mayor, all the church organists of Hobart, and representatives of musical organisations. Further particulars will be announced in a few days.


18 October 1923, death of Angela Reichenberg

"DEATHS", The Mercury (20 October 1923), 1 

RICHENBERG. - On October 18, 1923, at her residence, Mountview, Macquarie-street, after long suffering, Angela Augustine, eldest daughter of the late Joseph Richenberg, aged 79 years. Requiescat in pace.

15 August 1928, Jane Reichenberg, 60th anniversary as organist of St. Joseph's, Macquarie Street

"MUSIC & MUSICIANS. Miss Janes Reichenberg. Sixty Years Organist", The Mercury (15 August 1928), 5 

On August 15, 1868, Miss Jane Reichenberg first took up the post of organist at St. Joseph's Church, Hobart, and she has held it without a break ever since. This term of sixty years given to the highest ends which music can serve is unmatched in the whole Commonwealth if not indeed throughout the world.

Miss Reichenberg, who was born at Hobart Town 82 years ago, is still bright and active and recalls many interesting memories of musical life in the early years of the settlement. One of the leading musicians of that time was her own father, Mr. Joseph Reichenberg, who was born at Naples and educated at Palermo in what before the achievement of Italian unity was ths Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. He joined the army at Messina as bandmaster of the Chasseurs Britanniques as the regiment is styled in his papers. He left Italy to join the 40th Infantry in England and came out with a detachment to Sydney and in 1825 to Hobart Town where he left his regiment and settled down as a music-teacher. He played piano-forte, harp, violin, flute, oboe and bassoon. He read with ease in all the clefs formerly used in choral works and could play a mass stialght from the full score. He arranged music very capably and filled many books with copies of music for diffeient voices and instruments. He founded the choir of St. Joseph's Church and among the papers which Miss Reichenberg has hoarded is a bundle of receipts and letters concerning the church funds. There is a quaint touch about a note dated "Hobart Town, the 10th October, 1843" and in which the Very Rev. John Joseph Therry requests one of the churchwardens William Insley "to call on Mr. Reichenberg for whatever collection money may remain in his hands and to pay the amount to such of the Church Workmen as may appear to be most in need of it." Mr. Reichenberg was the first organist at St. Joseph's where he plaved for more than 14 years. The instrument used in the early days, as in other Tasmanian churches of the time was the Seraphine, a kind of small harmonium. Miss Reichenberg still remembers how her father used to take her as a very little girl up with him into the choir, which was over the altar, and was screened off with red curtains. In that same choir Miss Reichenberg's mother sand. This lady was born in Dublin, a daughter of Patrick Meagher, a close friend of Father Connolly, Tasmania's first priest.

MISS REICHENBERGS TEACHERS. Miss Reichenberg's first teacher was Mr. Frederick Packer, organist at St. David's Cathedral, Hobart. He laid a good foundation. Later lessons were with Mr. Samuel Tapfield, organist of St. Andrew's Church, who came from Cambridge (England), and founded a glee club, which Miss Reichenberg's sister joined. Both of them entered St. Joseph's choir under Mr. Henry Hunter, who was an architect and a very good conductor. At that time a Mr. Hook was organist, and the choir emjoyed a reputation reaching beyond Tasmania for capable singing of the best music. This body of musicians did much to set up a high standard of musical art in Hobart.

"The way I came to play the organ," said Miss Reichenberg during an interesting talk, "was by having to take the post over when our organist, Mr. Edmund Roper, who followed Mr. Hook, left for Sydney. I had to learn the organ at the same time. We began very quietly, with only three sopranos, but my sister was a very good leader, who read music well. We both belonged to the movement organisted by Mr. Frederick Packer to give concerts to raise funds for an organ at the Town Hall. We used to love singing at these concerts. Mr. Packer had a very brilliant style of choosing music. Then we belonged to Mr. Tapfield's Orchestral Society, and later to Herr Schott's Orchestral Union, in which I was the organist. We gave many concerts for different objects such as the support of orphanages in the country and the building of churches. Under Herr Schott the orchestra played several fine overtures, such as Egmont, Semiramide, and Wilhelm Tell. Herr Schott played the oboes very well and took the oboe part in Wilhelm Tell. Herr Schott was the finest conductor we ever had. After his time, with Mr. Hamilton Maynard as condutor we had a very fine cabinet organ and the orchestra played Schubert's Mass in F at the Town Hall. Mr. Biggs, the organ tuner played the bassoon. At one of Mr. Packer's concerts some one threw him a penny which he stuck into the opening at the top of his insliument to the great delight of the onlookers, who cheered and cheered. Mr. Packer used to get his concerts up very nicely. The ladies wore uniforms, rose-pink for the sopranos and pale green for the altos. The gentlemen wore evening dress. Mr. Packer was the one who started the movement to get an organ at the Town Hall. He had concerts year after year until he had riased £500, and then the Corporation of Hobart found the rest.

ST. JOSEPH'S ORGAN. The organ on which Miss Reichenberg played for the past sixty years was built by Bishop, Starr, and Richardson, the builders of the organ at St. George's, and of the original organs at All Saints', and at St. David's. St. Joseph's organ is virtually as it was when first set up, except that it shows signs of wear and tear, particularly in the pedals, which are worn hollow. One of Miss Reichenberg's earliest memories is that of seeing the cases in which the parts of the organ came from England standing in the schoolyard and hearing her father remark that as the instrument had a pedal board he would have to find some one to teach him the art of pedal playing. The instrument has many interestlng peculiarities. Thus the compass of the pedal is only from G to D, an octave and a half, and there is no separate pedal organ, all voices being borrowed from the manuals. The upper manual is a so-called tenor swell running from C to F, where as the lower manual (great organ) begins a fourth lower at G, and runs to F, not quite four octaves.

SPECIFICATION. The organ has the following draw knobs -
Hautboy - 8 feet
Principal - 4 feet
Open Diapason - 8 feet
Double Diapason - 16 feet
Mixture - 2 ranks
Coupler: Swell to Great
Flute (beginning at C) - 4 ft.
Principal - 4ft.
Clarabella - 8 ft.
Dulciana (beginning at C) - 8ft.
Open Diapason - 8 ft.
Stopped Dlapson bass - 16 ft.

Among the masses that Miss Reichenberg has accompanied on this organ are Mozart's 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 12th; Haydn's 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 12th, and 16th; four of Gounod's and others by Weber, Schmidt, Winter, Liebl, and von Bree. Some of the works that sound best on the instrument are Handel's Largo, Batiste's Andante in G, and the Dead March in "Saul."

Speaking of her personal taste in music, Miss Reichenberg said that she was very fond of Schubert's songs and that her mother had always encouraged both her and her sister to cultivate the best music. She also expressed her gratitude to Mr. Henry Hunter under whom she began to sing in St. Joseph's choir 60 years ago. He had been trained in Nottingham Cathedral choir, knew all the services and taught the singers right through. He used to sing at the Town Hall in the Messiah at Christmas, "Comfort Ye" and "Every Valley." Miss Relchenberg recalled this with especial pleasure and added, "He had a very fine voice and sang these things very well. I have never heard anyone sing them better." The time passed very quickly as one musical subject after another was discussed and the parting words of the enthusiastic veteran artist were: "It has been a thorough pleasure to me to take part In music."

"MISS REICHENBERG'S JUBILEE. Gathering of City Organists. Guest's Wonderful Record", The Mercury (16 August 1928), 3

Miss Jane Relchcnberg yesterday completed 60 years of service as organist of St. Joseph's Church, and at the suggestion of Mr. George A. Jackson the unique occasion was commemorated at a meeting of the organists of the city churches held at the Grotto during the afternoon.
All denominations were represented as follows: - Church of England: St. George's (Mr. George A. Jackson), Holy Trinity (Miss Ida Morris), St. John's, Goulburn Street (Mrs. Eltham), St. James's (Mr. G. Bingham), St. Stephen's (Mrs. Foster), St. Peter's (Mrs. Cranstoun).
Roman Catholic: St. Mary's Cathedral (Mrs. Roper), St. Joseph's (Miss Reichenberg), Sacred Heart (Miss Freeman).
Congregational: Memorial (Mr. James Marsh), Davey Street (Mr. E. Watson), New Town (Mr, J. G. Long).
Methodist: Davey Street (Mrs. Purchas), Sandy Bay (Mrs. Bennett).
Presbyterian: St. Andrew's (Mr. J. D. Tanner), St. John's (Mrs. Saunders), New Town (Miss Williams).
Baptist: Tabernacle (Miss Marsh), Sandy Bay (Miss Clements).
Apologies were received from Mr. J. Scott-Power (St. David's Cathedral), Miss Evershed (All Saints'), St. John's, New Town (Mr. A. Watt), Miss Daisy White (Melville Street Church), Miss Smith (New Town Methodist Church), and Mrs. Edwards (Swan Street Methodist Church).
Mr. James Marsh, In proposing a toast to the guest of honour, said that Miss Reichenberg's name had always stood for the best of music and the best of service. As a lad, before he had taken on choir work, he used to go and listen to her. "We all know," he said, "what an organist's work is, and what great patience and self-sacrifice it entails. In my early time Miss Reichenberg's choir was the model choir for the whole city." (Applause.) Although there was now only a remnant of the original choir, the speaker said, people still went to St. Joseph's for the music, and got it. Referring to the large gathering, he said that Mr. Frank Bowden and he had often wished to get the organists together once a month for tea and a little talk, and he hoped that all present would consider the notice which was to be sent out, and try to fall in with the Plan. He hoped that Miss Reichenberg would be with them for many years. The toast was drunk to the singing of "She's a jolly good fellow."
Mr. George A. Jackson said that Miss Reichenberg had never once missed a Christmas service in 60 years. As a boy, he had heard her play, and had wondered whether he would ever be able to play like her. It was astonishing how many people had had something kind to say about her this last week, things of which most people had known nothing, her charitable disposition, and her great kindness. Her work, enthusiasm and tact, had held the choir together, and Archpriest Hennebry had once said that there had never been any occasion for a difference of opinion. To fit in with the service and to suit the clergy was, the speaker said, no small thing. Nobody else but Miss Reichenberg could play St. Joseph's organ, whlch had a G compass and a G pedal. She was now working to get a motor. He hoped that she would get it in time for her diamond jubilee.
- Mr. J. D. Tanner brought best wishes from the Presbyterian churches, and hoped that Miss Reichenberg would long be spared to carry on the good work that sho had been doing for so many years.
Miss Reichenberg, who spoke very, feelingly, said that she had not thought that there were so many organists in Hobart. She thanked them most sincerely for their kindness.

8 July 1932, death of Jane Reichenberg

"DEATHS", The Mercury (9 July 1932), 1

REICHENBERG. - On July 8, 1932, at Mount St. Canice, Sandy Bay, Jane F. C. Reichenberg, aged 86 years. R.I.P.

"OBITUARY. MISS JANE REICHENBERG", The Mercury (11 July 1932), 6

The funeral of Miss Jane F. C. Reichenberg, organist of St. Joseph's Church, Hobart, for more than 60 years, who died at Mt. St. Canice, Sandy Bay, on Friday, took place at Cornelian Bay Cemetery on Saturday morning. Following a short service at Mt. St. Canice, the body was conveyed to St. Joseph's Church, where a service was conducted by the Rev. Father J. H. Cullen (archpriest). Among the gathering were several musicians and others who had been associated with Miss Reichenberg in her work. The service at the graveside also was conducted by Father Cullen. Owing to the fact that Miss Reichenberg had no relatives living in Hobart it was left to church friends to make the necessary arrangements for the interment, and the gathering at the graveside consisted of her old friends. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. Alex. Clark and Son Ltd.

"THE LATE MISS REICHENBERG", The Mercury (13 July 1932), 6

With deep regret the death of Miss Jane Reichenberg is recorded. She was born at Hobart Town in 1846, her father being Mr. Joseph Reichenberg, who was at one time bandmaster of the Chasseurs Britanniques at Messina, and left Italy to join the 40th Regiment in England. He came out with a detachment to Sydney, and in 1825 to Hobart Town, where he left his regiment and settled down as a music-teacher. He founded St. Joseph's choir, and was the first organist. In the choir Miss Reichenberg's mother sang. This lady was born in Dublin, a daughter of Patrick Meagher, who was a close friend of Father Connolly, Tasmania's first priest. Miss Reichenberg began to sing under Mr. Henry Hunter in St. Joseph's choir 69 years ago, and was organist of that church for well over 60 years. She was a foundation member of the Choirmasters' and Organists' Fellowship, and was greatly esteemed by all with whom she came into touch.

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Bibliography and resources

Fitzpatrick 1865

[Columbus Fitzpatrick], "REMINISCENCES OF CATHOLICISM IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE COLONY", Freeman's Journal (25 November 1865), 741 

. . . In 1825 there were a great number of soldiers in this country and as it happened, the Bandmaster (Mr. Cavanagh) of the 3rd Buffs was a Catholic, as also the Bandmaster (Mr. Richenberg) of the 40th Regiment, an Italian and a great musician. Both regiments were stationed in Sydney at that time, and as Mr. Richenberg was only a hired bandmaster to the 40th regiment he used to devote all his leisure hours to the instruction and formation of a real good choir and I can say with truth that his exertions were crowned with success, for he had taught us to sing with his bandsmen, and it was a common thing to have five or six clarionets, two basoons, a serpent, two French horns, two flutes, a violincello, a first and tenor violin, and any amount of well-trained singers, all bursting forth in perfect harmony the beautiful music of our Church. Oh! it makes my heart thrill when I think of those happy days. I have since then heard the organ of St. Mary's; I have seen Dr. Reid, who was a great man, assisted by his sisters and Miss Lane and a great body of singers, but they could not equal the choir formed by Richenberg. I never heard anything like it except once, that was the day on which our venerated Archbishop first landed in Sydney. On that occasion Dr. Ullathorne, now Bishop of Birmingham, had made every preparation for a grand High Mass, and poor Cavendish (who was drowned with his sister off Bradley's Head in after years) had charge of the choir; he exerted himself to the utmost and secured the assistance of a great cantratrice (Mrs. Rust) who happened to be in the colony at the time. Mr. Clarke the architect, who was a fine singer, also lent his aid, and these with the assistance of the regular choristers quite astonished the, Bishop. Dr. Polding was only bishop, at that time and he did not expect to hear Mozart's Mass sung in Botany Bay, and well sung too: he was accompanied by several rev. gentlemen, some of whom were fine singers, amongst these were the Rev. Mr. Spencer, who afterwards went home, and the Rev. Mr. Sumner, who was the first priest ordained in these colonies. He could sing very sweetly at that time, but neither these nor the Rev. Mr. Watkins, who took charge of the choir, could ever equal Mr. Richenberg's choir, for he had so many bandsmen, and they played with such precision that finer music could not be found out of Europe. There being as I said before two Catholic bandmasters in Sydney at that time, there was a spirit of emulation in the bands to see who could, do most for the Church, and as Mr. Cavanagh the band master of the Buffs was a fine singer, he gave us the benefit of his voice in addition to playing the violincello. Such choruses I have never since heard; we used to disturb Archdeacon Scott who used to officiate at times with Parson Hill at St. James's, for our services were performed in the schoolroom in Castlereagh-street, which is quite close to Saint James's, and although Archdeacon Scott and Parson Hill did all that men could do to seduce by promises of payment, by Government patronage or any other means, they never could induce one of our singers to apostatize, and although the bandsmen were allowed so much extra per day if they played in the church they would sooner play in the chapel for nothing, and; I never knew of but one man who turned recreant, and even he got ashamed and came back after a while. I well remember how poor Pearson the organist of St. James's used to look after having his puny choir disturbed by one of our choruses, perhaps of a Christmas Day when our Gloria would be given with all the strength of the choir. Rich and poor, government officials and independent Protestants all came to hear the singing at Catholic Chapel, and often have I heard them say "Well, really it is wonderful how these people can manage to get such a fine choir - we can't come near them." - Nor could they; Father Therry had such a persuasive manner that if there was a man or woman worth having he would get them and that without payment too; for out of the men and women who played or sung I never knew but one man who accepted and remuneration for their services and that was poor old Charlie Kelly, and he got very little, for Father Therry got but little for himself in those days, yet his funds were like the widow's oil - they never became exhausted . . .

Mercury 1883

"THE FIRST CONCERT IN HOBART", The Mercury (11 October 1883), 2 supplement 

Jacques 1905

"HOBART CHURCHES. ST. JOSEPH'S (by 'Jacques')", The Mercury (8 July 1905), 11 

. . . The foundation-stone was laid by Father Therry on July 10, 1840, and upon that occasion acknowledgement was made by the priest of the liberality of a member of the Jewish persuasion, who permitted the church to acquire the site upon the same terms as those upon which he purchased it, "at a considerable sacrifice of personal interest." The church was opened on Christmas night 1841, with solemn mass, chanted by Father Therry, in the presence of a crowded congregation, the choir being under the direction of Mr. Joseph Richenberg . . .

Mercury 1927

"TASMANIA'S EARLY DAYS", The Mercury (7 March 1927), 3 

From Dr. James Ross's "Hobart Town Almanack" . . . We then arrive at Ellenthorpe Hall, in Chatsworth parish, at a distance of about 20 miles from Oatlands, or 70 from Hobart Town. This is the residence of Mr. G. C. Clarke, where is that useful and well-conducted seminary for young ladies, kept by Mrs. Clarke, a lady whose long and successful experience in teaching, both here and in England, gives general satisfaction to parents, and whose school may be considered, a valuable acquisition to the colony, being situated in so central, convenient, and healthy a part of the island; music is very ably, taught in this seminary under the direction of Mr. Reichenberg, late bandmaster of the 40th Regiment . . .

Mulhall 1927

"OLD HOBART. A 90-Year Resident's Reminiscences", The Mercury (4 July 1927), 3 

Art in Australian 1942

"Australia's first music", Art in Australia (June 1942), 56, 7, and 5 pages supplement (fascsimile) 

Incorrectly conflates Reichenberg's lost 1825 quadrilles with the coverless copy of Ellard's The much admired Australian quadrilles (1835) in the State Library of New South Wales (facsimile as 5-page supplement)

Hall 1951

James Hall, "A history of music in Australia [3]: early period - New South Wales: 1818-1826", The canon: Australian journal of music (March 1951), 375

. . . In the same year (1825), Mr. Reichenberg, music master of the 40th Regiment, composed a set of "Australian Quadrilles" . . .

Wentzel 1962

Ann Wentzel [Carr-Boyd], "Early composers of music in Australia", Quadrant 6/2 (Autumn 1962), 29-36

Stilwell 1963

G. T. Stilwell, "Mr. and Mrs. George Carr Clark of 'Ellinthorp Hall'", Papers and proceedings: Tasmanian Historical Research Association 11/3 (April 1963), (72-109), 82-83;dn=81114276306;res=IELAPA (PAYWALL)

Bowden 1964

Keith M. Bowden, Captain James Kelly of Hobart Town (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 1964), 87

. . . Surviving accounts record the lessons given to Sophia and Mary Ann Kelly on the pianoforte by one Joseph Reichenberg, who also tuned the cottage piano. They list twelve guineas for six months tuition, six shillings for two sets of nocturnes - less three pounds because Reichenberg omitted to give thirteen lessons at 4s. 8d. a time . . .

Covell 1967

Roger Covell, Australia's music, 1967, 8-9, 292

Cumes 1979

J. W. C. Cumes, Their chastity was not too rigid: leisure times in early Australia (Melbourne: Longmans Cheshire, 1979), 65, 109, 195

Brownrigg 2006

Jeff Brownrigg, "Music", The companion to Tasmanian history (Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies, 2006) (ONLINE)

. . . European music came with the first settlement in 1803 in the diverse groups of early settlers: convicts, their guards, sealers and other free settlers. In 1822 John Deane (1796-1849), an English violinist, teacher and organist, came to Hobart as a bookseller and entrepreneur. In 1825 Australia's first pipe organ was installed in St David's Church in Hobart where Deane became organist. Prior to this the choir was accompanied by a small band of wind instruments augmented with low strings. Deane encouraged and assisted Italian-born British Army musician (40th Regiment bandmaster) Joseph Reichenberg (1790-1851) in his musical activities. In 1826 Reichenberg's public concerts included an arrangement of Haydn's Surprise Symphony arranged for string quintet. The previous year he published, in Sydney, what he called 'the first set of Quadrilles for Australia'. These pre-dated 'Sydney Quadrilles' by William Ellard, published in the 1830s. Reichenberg's other compositions include 'The Hobart Town Quadrilles' and pieces for military band. In 1829 he moved to a girls' school at Ross where he continued to encourage musical activities, and taught singing and Italian. Deane and Reichenberg were mainstays of music-making in Hobart in the 1820s and 1830s . . .

Skinner 2011

Graeme Skinner, Toward a general history of Australian musical composition: first national music, 1788-c.1860 (Ph.D thesis, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, 2011), 73-80 (DIGITISED)

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