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George Sippe

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


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Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "George Sippe", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 18 August 2018

SIPPE, George

Master of the band of the 57th Regiment, Professor of Music, clarinettist, pianist, violoncellist, director (Sydney Amateur Concerts), leader of the theatrical band, licensed victualer

Born UK (? Edinburgh, Scotland, or Kerry, Ireland), ? c.1793
Married (1) Mary Ann BANTON (1795-1837), St. George Colgate, in the city of Norwich, 25 December 1814
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 21 March 1826 (per Sesostris, from Portsmouth, 30 November 1825)
Retired from regiment, Sydney, NSW, by 1 March 1831
Married (2) Frances SMITH, Sydney, 1837
Died Sydney, NSW, 10 April 1842, aged "41" [sic] (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

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[Advertisement], Caledonian Mercury (17 March 1787), 1

ST. CECILIA'S HALL. On WEDNESDAY, March 21, 1787, will be performed A CONCERT Of VOCAL & INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, For the Benefit of Mr. SCHETKY ... ACT I ... Faber's Favourite Concerto on the Oboe, Mr. SIPPE ...

Register of marriages of the city of Edinburgh, 1787

1787, July 18. John Andrew Sippe, musician in the 56th regiment, High Kirk p., and Susannah, same p., d. of Balthasar Knie, weather-glass maker.

Marriages solemnized in the parish of St. George Colgate, in the city of Norwich, in the year 1814, page 14, no 40

George Sippee of this parish bachelor, and Mary Ann Banton of this parish spinster, were married in this church by banns this 25th day of December in the year 1814 ...

"MARRIED", The Suffolk Chronicle (31 December 1814), 4

Sunday last, at St. George's Colgate, Norwich, Mr. G. Sippe, Master of the East Norfolk Band, to Miss M. A. Banton, of the same place.

Mary Ann (BANTON), born Norwich, England, 29 April 1795; died Sydney, NSW, 14 February 1837

Baptisms solemnized in the parish of Great Yarmouth in the county of Norfolk in the year 1816, page 278

No. 2224, 16 June, George, s. of George and Mary Sippe, Yarmouth, Musician ...

George Sippe, junior, died Dungog, NSW, 18 January 1889

"TRALEE, JAN. 27.", Dublin Evening Post (30 January 1817), 2

This was the day appointed for a meeting of the inhabitants ... to consider the best means of affording relief to the poor ... the Rev. Mr. Day was handed two letters, one from Mr. Lacy, offering the gratuitous aid of his Company and the Theatre, for a night's performances, for the benefit of the Poor; the other from Mr. Sippe, master of the Kerry Band, expressive of their wish to attend gratuitously to play during the night of Performance, if Mr. Lacy's offer was accepted. Mr. Lacy and Mr. Sippe are both strangers in this town.

George's father, Andrew Sippe

Baptisms solemnized in the parish of Great Yarmouth in the county of Norfolk in the year 1817, page 47

No. 371, 18 April, William Thomas, s. of George and Mary Ann Sippe, Yarmouth, Musician ...

[Advertisement], Norfolk Chronicle (6 September 1817), 2


[Advertisement], Bury and Norwich Post (10 September 1817), 3

[Advertisement], Bury and Norwich Post (27 September 1817), 2

[Advertisement], Bury and Norwich Post (8 October 1817), 3

As above

[Advertisement], Norfolk Chronicle (11 March 1820), 2

THE NORWICH AND NORFOLK HARMONIC SOCIETY CONCERTS ... the Third Concert will take place at the Assembly Rooms, on WEDNESDAY EVENING, March 15th, 1820 ... PART I.
GLEE - THYRSIS - Dr. Callcott.
SONG, Mr. FISHER - "And has she then fail'd - Bishop.
CONCERTO - Geminiani.
DUET - Mrs. CARD and Mr. C. FISHER - "Together let us" - Dr. Boyce.
SONG - Mr. FRENCH - "The Tempest" - Horsley.
OVERTURE - "Le Jeune Henrie" - Mehul. (Never Performed in Norwich.)
Cherubini's Celebrated OVERTURE to ANACREON
GLEE - "Queen of the Valley" - Dr. Callcott.
SONG - Mrs. CARD - "Come hope, thou Queen" - Dr. Arne.
Divertimento Clarionett Obligato - Mr. Sippe.
SONG - Mr. FISHER - "The Soldier's Dream" - Attwood.
GLEE & CHORUS - (Finale) - "When through life" From Irish Melodies - E. Woodward ...

[Advertisement], Suffolk Chronicle (5 August 1820), 2

YARMOUTH grand Musical Festival, 1820 ... PRINCIPAL INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMERS: First Violin, Mr. EAGER; Second Violin, Mr. COOPER; Violoncello, Mr. LINDLEY; Double Bass, Mr. GILKES; FLute, Mr. CARD; Clarionet, Mr. SIPPE; And Trumpet, Mr. VINCENT; Harp and Grand Piano Forte, Miss EAGER. Mr. BUCK will preside at the Organ ...

[Advertisement], Bury and Norwich Post (9 August 1820), 3

"YARMOUTH, Aug. 17. MUSICAL FESTIVAL", Norfolk Chronicle (19 August 1820), 3

... The Instrumental Band, although it had not the advantage of being aided by many London professors, was fully equal to its arduous duties, and was very ably conducted by Mr. Eager. The gentleman's Obligato accompaniment in Guglielmi's beautiful song "Ah compir," received loud applause. Mr. Sippe also, in "Gratias agimus tibi," deserves great praise. We have now to speak of Mr. Lindley's exquisite Concertos on the Violoncello ...The arrangement of the different selections was most judicious; due attention was given to the difference of tastes in musical hearers, and an agreeable intermixture of grave and gay was perceivable throughout. One fault they had, they were too long. This is impolite in a single performance; in a series of Concerts it is still more so ...

P. A. Guglielmi's Gratias agimus tibi, with clarinet obligato; vocal score, US edition: (DIGITISED)

[Advertisement], Norfolk Chronicle (7 April 1821), 2

MR. CARD RESPECTFULLY informs the Nobility, Gentry, and the Public in general, that his BENEFIT CONCERT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CONCERT ROOM, SAINT GEORGE'S BRIGHT, On FRIDAY, April 15th, 1821 ... Leader of the Band - Mr. FISH. Principal Second Violin, Mr. PERRY. FLute, Mr. CARD. Clarinet, Mr. SIPPE. Violoncello, Mr. TRORY. Double BASS. Mr. WOODWARD.
GRAND SINFONIA - MS - No. 12 - Perry.
GLEE, Four Voices - "When wearied Wretches." Bishop.
SONG - Mr. WILLIAMS - "Gentle Lyre" Horsley.
DUET - Miss GASKILL and Mrs. CARD - "Sull' aria" Mozart.
AIR with Variations - Violoncello Obligato - Mr. TRORY - Muntsberger.
CAVATINA - Mrs. CARD - "Di piacer mi balza il cor." Rossini.
The celebrated Sestett, from the Pirates - "Hear Oh Hear." Storace.
GLEE, Five Voices - "Blest pair of Syrens." Stafford Smith.
SONG, Mr. FRENCH - "Fast into the Waves." Bishop.
CONCERTO FLUTE, MS. - Mr. CARD, In which will be introduced the the favorite Scotch Air of "Ye Band and Braes of bonny Down" - Card.
DUET, Mrs. CARD and Mr. WILLIAMS - "This fond Sorrow." Storace.
SONG, Miss GASKILL - "Lo here the gentle lark." - Bishop.
GRAND FINALE to the first Act, of Don Giovanni ...

[Advertisement], Norfolk Chronicle (11 August 1821), 3

ASSIZE WEEK. RANELAGH GARDENS ... MISCELLANEOUS CONCERT OF Vocal & Instrumental Music ... LEADER OF THE BAND, Mr. T. P. WATKINS, From His Majesty's Concerts of Antient Music and Covent Garden Theatre; Assisted by Persons of known reputation ... FOR THE MORNING CONCERTS, Mr. CARD has kindly undertaken to PLAY a CONCERTO ON THE FLUTE. Mr. SIPPE will also play A CONCERTO ON THE CLARINETT ...

Burials in the parish of Great Yarmouth in the county of Norfolk in the year 1822, page 118

No. 944, Matilda Sippe, Yarmouth, February 10, Inf. ...

Matilda, d. of George and Mary Ann Sippe, had been baptised on 5 February

[Advertisement], Norfolk Chronicle (31 August 1822), 2

NORWICH Grand Musical Festival OCTOBER SESSIONS WEEK, 1822 ... GRAND MISCELLANEOUS CONCERTS At The THEATRE ROYAL ... A SELECTION OF SACRED MUSIC From the Works of the most eminent Masters And on Thursday Morning, Handel's celebrated Serenata, "ACIS & GALATEA" ... Leader of the Band, Mr. Henry Smart. Principal Second Violins, Mr. WAGSTAFFE & Mr. C. FISHER. Violas, Messrs. F. WARE & WATKINS. Violoncello, Mr. PIELE. Double Bass, Mr. NUNN. Flute, Mr. CARD. Clarionet, Mr. SIPPE. Bassoon. Mr. DENMAN. ORGAN - Mr. BUCK, Grand Piano-Forte - Mr. E. PETTET ...

[Advertisement], Norfolk Chronicle (7 September 1822), 2

As above

[Advertisement], Norfolk Chronicle (12 October 1822), 3

NORWICH Grand Musical Festival OCTOBER SESSIONS WEEK, 1822 ... ON THURSDAY EVENING, Oct. 17, a Grand Miscellaneous Concert, AT THE THEATRE ... ACT 2 ... CONCERTO - CLARIONET AND BASSOON OBLIGATO - Mr. SIPPE and Mr. DENMAN - Danzi.

"YARMOUTH, Oct. 24", Norfolk Chronicle (26 October 1822), 3

... Mrs. Salmon was rapturously encored in "Cease your Funning," - "Bid me discourse," - "My Lodging," & "Gratias agimus tibi," the accompaniment to the latter song for the clarionet were sweetly played by Mr. Sippe ...

"YARMOUTH, Oct. 28", Bury and Norwich Post (30 October 1822), 3

As above

On Eliza Salmon (1787-1849), singing Guglielmi's Gratias agimus in London, 8 March 1820; see:

Concerts of Antient Music, under the patronage of his majesty, performed at the New Rooms, Hanover Square, 1820 (London: Printed for G. Wilding, [1820]), 

[Advertisement], Norfolk Chronicle (26 July 1823), 3

RANELAGH GARDENS. ASSIZE WEEK. JULY 20, 1823 ... MISCELLANEOUS CONCERT OF VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC ... PRINCIPAL INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMERS: Mr. WATKINS, Leader. SECOND VIOLINS, Messrs. JOHNSON, WOOD, & ZERBIN, OF THE OPERA HOUSE. VIOLONCELLOS, Mr. FISHER & MR. RICHARDSON. Clarinetto, Mr. SIPPE. FLUTE - Mr. WM. FISHER. The whole Concert Band, consisting of twenty-four persons, is selected from the vicinage of Norwich, of corresponding taste and talent ...
The Military Band will perform in the Front of the Orchestra.
Wednesday Morning CONCERT will consist of the following: -
OVERTURE - "Tancredi" - Rossini.
SONG - Mr. PYNE - "And has he then fail'd in his truth" - Bishop.
SONG - Miss HOLDOWAY - "Highland Laddie."
CONCERTO - M. P. King.
SONG - Mr. PYNE - "Sigh not for love."
DUET - Mr. PYNE and Miss HOLDOWAY - "I love thee" - Bishop.
OVERTURE - "Cendrillon" - Rossini.
SONG - Miss HOLDOWAY - "Bid me discourse" - Bishop.
OVERTURE - "Clemenza di Tito" - Mozart.
SONG - Mr. PYNE, "Nelson" - Braham.
SONG - Miss HOLDOWAY - "We're a'noddin" - Hawes.


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21 March 1826, arrived Sydney, NSW, with Band of the 57th Regiment

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (22 March 1826), 2 

Yesterday morning arrived from England, with 147 male prisoners on board, having lost three on the voyage, the ship Sesostris, Captain Drake. She sailed from Portsmouth the 30th of November, and comes direct. The Surgeon Superintendent, Dr. Dalhunty, R. N. The guard comprises a detachment of the 57th Regt, under orders of Major Campbell and Ensign Benton. The Band of the 57th joins its Corps by this opportunity . . .


June 1826 to January 1827, Sydney Amateur Concerts

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17 March 1827, public dinner

"ANNIVERSARY OF SAINT PATRICK", The Australian (20 March 1827), 3 

. . . The Champagne having gone its rounds, and done its duty with universal satisfaction, on the cloth being removed, Mr. Wentworth, in becoming form, with a bumper, "are you all charged gentlemen," and four times four proposed THE KING. "The King" - tune, God save the King;
the Duke of York and the rest of the Royal Family (Duke of York's march);
the Army and the Navy (Rule Britannia).

Mr. W. again rose, and displaying a full glass of Irish whiskey, requested all present to charge their glasses with the precious liquor, in a similar manner . . . to the memory of that great patron of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Loud, unamimous and enthusiastic chearing followed this, toast - the 57th's band, which remained in waiting, struck up the saint's' favourite air - Patrick's day in the morning. Encore, encore, was again and again repeated, with bursts of cordial applause, which would scarce have failed to gratify the Saint, could he but have been present, and continued until it was intimated that the Rev. Mr. Power requested a hearing. The Rev. Gentleman regretted much and sincerely, that he was not one among the favored few, who could thunder with the eloquence of a Cicero, convince with the strong energetic arguments of a Demosthenes, or copy the smooth and copious language of a Livy; but he was one who possessed the warm, frank, and kindly feelings of an Irishman; who prized those virtues and the individual in whom they centred, such a one was he whose health the Rev. Gentleman was about to propose being drank - it was that of the prince of sorry - he to whom should the laurel and the lyre be given - with all the trophies of triumphal song - "Thomas Moore - the bard of the Isles." We need not repeat how enthusiastically this toast was received and drank. An Irish melody, performed in fine style by the 57th's band, under the direction of Mr. Sippe, added powerfully to the effect . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: D'Arcy Wentworth (chariman of the public dinner); Daniel Power (Roman catholic chaplain)


9 November 1827, Australian Turf Club dinner

"TURF CLUB DINNER", The Monitor (12 November 1827), 6 

AT an early hour on Friday evening, Mr. Cummins's Hotel became the arena for discussing a most important subject in the eyes of every Englishman, viz. a good dinner. A numerous assemblage of naval, military, civil, and law officers, with many private gentlemen, bore a spirited part in the said discussion. W. C. Wentworth Esq. was unanimously requested to accept the chair; and a more competent chairman could not have been selected. Among the guests were Colonel Shadford, who, with the politeness for which he has already distinguished himself, brought the fine band of his regiment to promote the hilarity of the evening. The cloth being removed, and some bottles of Champagne having gone the way of all the earth, the following toasts were given with three times three throughout:
- The King - Air - "God save the King."
The Lord High Admiral - "Rule Britannia."
The Army - "George the Fourth's grand March" . . .

. . . Mr. W. concluded by proposing "The health of Sir Thomas Brisbane!" It was drunk with the most unbounded enthusiasm, the shouts of applause lasting for several minutes. Air "Auld lang syne," which was played exquisitely, as if the band had been animated by the eloquent delivery of Mr. W's sentiments. The Governor and the Colony - Tune - "Over the Hills and far away."
The Ladies of the Colony - "Queen Caroline's Waltz."
The Turf with all its consequences - "Gallop."
The Jockey Club of England with all the fun and frolic attendart on it - "Sydney Lasses."
Success to the Sydney Races "Black Joke."
Col. Shadford and the 57th Regiment: - "Rond de Leon," or "57th quick step."

After an excellent song, Dr. Douglass proposed "The health of the Chairman, as a principal promoter of the objects of this Society by his excellent breed of Horses" . . .
Air - "Australian Troop" by Mr. Sippy, band master of the 57th . . .

A few extellent songs were sung, and the party broke up at an early hour, having spent the evening in the utmost harmony and conviviality.

ASSOCIATIONS: William Charles Wentworth (chairman of the dinner)


November 1827, sectarian dispute between Edward Smith Hall and Robert Howe over the band of the 57th and the church parade

"DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE", The Monitor (15 November 1827), 8 

We have been given to understand that the fine choir of the Roman Catholic Chapel has for the last few Sundays ceased their labours in aid of Catholic devotion for want of accommodation. The Government have promised to fit up the old Court-house for the purposes of Catholic worship, but the work goes on slowly. Col. Shadforth of the 57th, kindly and discreetly gave permission to such members of the 57th Band as were Catholics, to attend with their instruments during the whole time of the service, but some Officers of the Corps having complained of the want of these musicians to "play the Regiment home," they are now compelled to arise from the midst of their devotions to comply with of this (we consider) very dispensable duty. The tunes which our Protestant bands play both on comning to Church and returning from it, exhibit as much bad taste as they do of all reverence for the worship of God. Of the multitude of sweet, pathetic, and solemn airs by the first Composers, why play tunes of merriment more resembling country dances? In our opinion, if the Troops marched to Church as we once saw the Scotch Greys and other Troops in a Garrison-town in England without any trumpeting and tweedle-dum at all, it would have a much better effect, whether public decency be considered, or good taste.

[Editorial], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (19 November 1827), 2 

The Monitor would fain dictate to Colonel Shadforth, of the 57th, as to the dismemberment of his very fine Band, purely because, we suppose, he, Mr. Roman Catholic Hall, might be favored with more congenial music when offering up his lately conceived orisons to that Deity, whom he, in days that are gone, addressed in a purely Calvinistic strain. The poor man "once saw the Scotch Greys in a garrison town in England marched to Church without any trumpeting and tweedle-dum at all." The truth of the matter is, Colonel Shadforth allowed his excellent Band to be dismembered, for the accommodation of the Roman Chapel, until that of the 39th arrived, when the latter was marched to Church in its full number; whilst the 57th had the mortification of being eclipsed by the 39th Band, as well in numbers, as in point of execution, owing to the diminution occasioned by that portion which was distributed at the Roman Chapel. Now, we cannot see why that Chapel should be any more favored than the Scots or Wesleyan Places of Public Worship, and we happen to know they are as much in want of instrumental music as the Monitorial convert to Romanism. If the Bands of the Regiments are to be divided, per force, or by right, in the name of justice, let them be scattered into as many parts as there are places of worship, and then we shall all be satisfied. What say ye to this, good Padre? In the mean time we can only say that the Band-master, Mr. SIPPE, never allows any tune to be played, either to or fro, on the way to Church, that may not be considered perfectly innoxious to the "good taste" of Mr. Hall, and altogether inoffensive to any other Monitorial Franciscan.

[Editorial], The Monitor (26 November 1827), 8 

"BROTHER HOWE," in commenting upon our observations relative to the fine Band of the 57th, has mistaken their gist. We did not intend to dictate to Col. Shadforth, whose liberality in every thing that regards the regiment under his command and the inhabitants of the Colony, is such, as to render any suggestions from us needless; particularly in a case where liberty of conscience is concerned. We only expressed our regret, that it should be deemed of such consequence to play home the Military from Church, as to compel a portion of them to quit their devotions for the purpose. "Brother Howe's" attempt to rank Mr. Sippe on his side, by hinting that our views toward him were ill natured, when decrying the universal practice of playing jigs and lively airs going to and coming from divine worship, is futile, since they applied generally, the practice being general. Decorum would certainly not he violated by a silent procession to and from the House of God upon the Sabbbath; - as the sudden transition from sacred to profane music, is likely to divert the serious thoughts which the former never fails to excite, in the hearts even of the most obdurate. We agree with Mr. Howe, that the dissenting protestant soldiers as well as the Roman Catholic, should be allowed to attend that place where the doctrines of his religion are explained.

ASSOCIATIONS: Edward Smith Hall (editor, The Monitor); Robert Howe (editor, The Sydney Gazette)


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March 1828, Dettmer pianos by the Albion

[Advertisement], The Australian (7 March 1828), 2 

NOTICE. LANDED FROM THE SHIP ALBION. Six Cases, (supposed to be Piano Fortes) marked C. S. [sic] shipped at London, by William Dettmer, and deliverable to order, and one trunk, directed John Smith. Any person who can produce a sufficient claim for the same, may apply to A. B. SPARK, George-street.

[Advertisement], The Australian (14 March 1828), 2 

FOUR FINE TONED PIANOFORTES. FOR SALE AT MR. GEORGE SIPPE'S, No. 21, Castlereagh-street. Four fine toned PIANOFORTES, five and a half and six octaves, by Deltmer [sic] and Son, London.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (5 May 1828), 3 

NOW on SALE, at Mr George SIPPE's, No. 21, Castlereagh St, Two five-toned PIANOFORTES, by Dettmer, late foreman to Broadwood and Co. As they are to close a Consignment, they will be sold very cheap.

ASSOCIATIONS: William Dettmer (piano maker)


"THE RACES. SECOND DAY", The Australian (8 October 1828), 3 

The course on Friday [3 October] was in better condition than on the Thursday preceding, and it was more thronged with visitors from Sydney; the streets of which, about noon, were almost altogether deserted of passengers. . .

. . . The next [race] was for the Maiden Plate - value fifty pounds - heats - once round; which was run for, and won in the order following; viz.
Mr. Iceley's b.g. Lawyer - - 1 1
Mr. Lawson's b.f. Princess - - 2 2
Mr. Sippe's c.f. Meg Merrilies - - 3 3 . . .


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[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (2 June 1829), 2 

We are sorry to announce an unfortunate accident which befel Mr. and Mrs. Sippe with their child, on Saturday evening last. It appears they were returning, in a chaise, from Parramatta, and the vehicle was upset by coming in contact with a heap of stones in King street, which the darkness of the night prevented Mr. Sippe from guarding against. A great want of precaution is manifested by most of our builders in allowing anumber of stones to remain in the street, without placing something to give notice of the same. In London it is customary to place a lantern before any rubbish or stones that may be dangerous, and we would advise our Sydney builders to adopt the same precaution.


"MUSIC", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (20 June 1829), 2 

This elegant accomplishment is greatly on the increase with our Australian fair, being now considered, as it ought to be, an indispensable branch of a good education. The number of piano-fortes imported and sold within the last two or three years, is a gratifying proof of the growing estimation in which it is held. It having long been a very general complaint that music books are so seldom to be purchased, we are pleased to observe that Mr. SIPPEY, the skilful teacher of sweet sounds, is now offering a quantity for sale.


[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (2 July 1829), 2 

Mr. SIPPE, the teacher of mu«ic, had the misfortune the other day to fall from his horse, and was considerably bruised in the face.


20 August 1829, concert, Royal Hotel, George Street, Sydney

"MR. LEVEY'S CONCERT", The Sydney Monitor (22 August 1829), 3 

MR. LEVEY'S Theatre was well filled on Thursday night. The sound of the Theatre is better than that of the School room in Castlereagh-street, where the former Concerts were held. The Theatre was very neatly decorated and sufficiently lighted with wax candles. The Grand Overture in Lodoiska was not so well executed as could be wished; but the deficiency of stringed instruments being irremediable in this Colony, it is in vain to regret the loss of them. The first song, by Miss Cooney, "O, No! We never mention him!" displayed the clear and powerful voice of this young lady, and was loudly called for a second time, but the rules of the Concert forbade her complying with the wish of the audience so early in the evening. "O, Lady Fair!" a Glee, next followed, and was very well executed. The counter tenor voice of Mr. Layton pleased those well who listened to his notes. This Glee was also loudly encored. The Flute quartette was very sweet - Master Josephson took part in this, and evinced much improvement. The Overture of "The Lord of the Manor," was executed better than Lodoiska. Miss Cooney than sang "Ye Banks and Braes, &c." and gave universal satisfaction. We heard a thorough judge of vocal talent say, that this young lady only required lessons from the first masters, to become a first-rate singer, fit for the London stage. The "Canadian Boat Song," then followed, and pleased every body as usual, being correctly sung. Master Josephson accompanied Mr. Sippe on the piano in performing a Fantasia, with considerable taste and skill. Mr. Levey sang a comic song in lieu of "The Boatswain's Shrill Whistle," and he concluded the night's entertainment, by singing "The King! - God Bless Him!!"

The audience were in excellent spirits, and seenmed delighted with Mr. Levey'd exertions to please them. Mr. Sippe conducted the Band with his usual talent, and made the most of it. It has beein shggested; that no refreshments should be allowed to pass out of the Saloon, save oranges. Jellies, & porter were profusely taken by the company in the boxes. Segars also were attempted to be smoked too near the boxes. Mr. Levey will find it necessary to appoint a sort of master of ceremonies in this respect. A respectable box keeper, however, would put these things to rights.

"THE CONCERT", The Australian (26 August 1829), 2 

Thursday evening's musical divertisement drew together a tolerably crowded house. The front central door of the Royal Hotel gaped on its hinges at seven, displaying the entrance to Mr. Levey's saloon, which was lighted up, in some respects, brilliantly. On a table, which ran the length of the saloon, were spread various confections, interspersed with solids and liquids, and
"All that mote delight a dainty palate."
One end displayed a portrait of that once venerable father of the Colony - good old Macquarie. This saloon is lofty, wide, spacious, and by no means ill-proportioned. Few rooms, so far as rooms go, could be better adapted for "la belle assemblèe." Here might be led down the merry dance. But whilst a gloomy spirit of mistrust does stalk abroard, scattering far and wide the seeds of corruption, and helping to loosen every bond that knits human kind, people can never hope to live prosperously, much less feel that confidence, and enjoy that degree of innocent hilarity so essential to the enjoyment of social intercourse. It is vain to talk of public assemblies, or public diversions, though never so harmless, recreative, and rational, whilst a vile system of espionage takes the place of that mutual confidence, candour, and universal principle which are the heart-strings of rational society.

What shall we say for the despicable policy which has brought things to such a wretched pass? But let us drop a curtain upon the pitiable scene. Of the saloon already mentioned, the farther end opens upon the entrance to the pit of the theatre, which gradually became occupied with respectably dressed persons. The lower tier of front and side boxes appeared to be more filled than the pit, and the upper boxes had their share. On the whole, as the evening advanced, there was what might be called a full house. Considering the limited dimensions of this little abode of Thespis for a Concert Room, it answered every reasonable expectation; and were our saintship to be shocked with theatricals, it would answer all needful purposes at present, quite as well as most of the provincials in Britain. The proscenium displayed a green curtain, surmounted by various devices, and flanked on the side doors with painted figures, which the artist intended should represent Thalia and Melpomene. A box set apart for the Judges, represented Justice blinded, another for the Chief, some device else, - but on a third box, which stood there designed for the reception of a subordinate functionary, family, suite, and so forth - there was not painted, as some folks have had the audacity to avow, a churn. The house was pretty well lighted. It did not want many minutes to eight o'clock, when up rose the curtain, displaying the whole host of vocal and instrumental talent. A grand overture to Lodoiska opened the billet. Next followed the song, "Oh no, we never mention him." Glee - "Oh Lady Fair, where art thou going." A Quartetto of flutes and horns, and another overture, which closed the First Part. After a tolerable interval, during which jellies, custards, & oranges, and with solids and liquids of a more substantial sort were discussed, with the merits of the performance, again appeared to the drop scene, a flight of steps leading to a lofty temple in the distance, gave place to the second part, beginning with an Overture to the Lady of the manor [sic], Song, "Ye banks and braes of Bonny Doon." Glee, "Faintly as tells the evening chime," song, comical, "The Beautiful Boy," and the whole wound up with a finale "The King, God bless him," one of the finest chorus songs extant. Mr. Sippe, band master of the 57th, led, and conducted in his usual good style. The female vocalist, who thrilled her notes with most natural sweetness, was Miss Cooney. Her voice, which does not want depth and compass, might be made a great deal of by proper management and instruction. Young Mr. Josephson's admirable execution on the concert and the octave flute, was in a great measure drowned amid the drawing of corks, tingling of glasses, nut cracking and chattering in pit and boxes. The saloon is the fit place for these passtimes. Porter swilling in a theatre may rank with smoking of cigars in a drawing or ball room. "Pray you avoid it." We hope this well intended hint will be taken in good part. Among others Mr. Levey himself added much to the hilarity of the evening by his droll personification of the "beautiful boy," - not less than the finale. A little after ten the company parted - a majority like the faithful shears - to meet again. A good many, we have no doubt, staid away, expecting the first night there would be an over-flowing house, but who will with pleasure visit the next concert this time two or three weeks. But for the sake of comfort, and for good company's sake, let all confections and liquids from brown stout to l'eau de vie be discussed in the saloon and not the theatre.

We are glad to hear a sufficient posse of the constabulary kept good order without doors, as the voice and instruments kept harmonious chime within.

But when will the Saints confess there may be morality in dramatic exhibitions?


16 September 1829, concert, Royal Hotel, George Street, Sydney

"THE CONCERT", The Australian (18 September 1829), 2 

Last Wednesday evening's Concert went off, as we anticipated, in a highly creditable manner. The house was very respectably filled, and the whole performance was conducted with a degree of spirit and decorum, which has proved highly creditable. In the lower tier of boxes there appeared the Chief Justice, and Mr. Justice Dowling with his family; the Attorney General, Messrs. Sydney and Francis Stephen, with their ladies; Mr. Keith and lady; Mr. and the Misses Garling; Messrs. Moore; Colonel Dumaresq; a few civil and a few military officers, &c. &c. &c. There was a tolerably well fitted pit, and the upper tier of boxes also contained a goodly number. On the whole, however, there was rather a paucity of females, which took somewhat from the fascination the scene might otherwise have had, though it tended not at all to dim the monopoly of charms which the house in various parts displayed. On a former occasion we ventured to dissert upon the proscenium, and a few of the subordinate decorations - we shall not therefore tread over the same ground again, observing by the way that the special box described in our last as being deficient of a churn, continued for some time fall of emptiness, the "illustrious" functionary for whose use it has been set apart, being probably too. deeply engaged about the threatened ensuing races, to sanctify the box by his presence; but to proceed -
"It was (not) as the watchmen say, a cloudy night,
Past six - perhaps still nearer seven."

But it was one of those mild translucent evenings which unhappily occur for three quarters of the year here to spoil our summer harvests. The house gradually filled, as we have stated, and many rather anxiously waited the rising of the curtain. At length about eight, the performance commenced with one of Mozart's Overtures from the wind and stringed instruments. This was followed by a glee "The Bells of Saint Michael's Tower," which was well supported by Messrs. Aldis and Clarke, who took the counter tenor part, whilst Mr. Edwards chimed in with his naturally full, rich, and sonorous base. Mr. Josephson, Junior, ran over a brilliant little divertisement on the flute. Mr. J.'s taste arid execution reflect much credit upon himself, and his style and management of the instrument upon his instructor, who was Mr. Sippi, Master of the 57th Band. "Sigh, not for Love," by a female, whose name we have not ascertained, - a Duet by two violins, one taken by Mr. Spyer, the other by Mr. Edwards, - A second Glee and an Overture of Bishop's, concluded the First Part. The interval was filled up by Mr. Levy, who sung with inimitable drollery "Birch the Pastry Cook." The second Part was also diversified by another comic song, "The Mail Coach," and about Eleven the finale, a Glee, "Lightly tread this hallowed ground," between three voices, Messrs. Clark, Edwards, and Aldis, concluded the evening's entertainment.

"TO THE EDITOR", The Sydney Monitor (19 September 1829), 3 

SIR, The Australian, in noticing Master Josephson's platying on Wednesday evening, ascribes it to the intructions of Mr. Sippe. Mr. S. was undoubtedly the teacher of Mr. J. until Mr. Edwards's late return from the Country, and without wishing to detrart from Mr. S's merits as a teacher, it comes to my knowledge, that the new style of playing adopted by Master J. at the last Concert, whether an improvement or not, was entirely owing to the rehearsals and special instructions which Mr. Edwards conducted proviously to the Concert, yours &c.


"DIED", Cork Constitution [Ireland] (1 September 1832), 3

In Tralee, of cholera, Mr. Andrew Sippe, for many years Master of the Band in the Kerry Regiment of Militia. Mr. Sippe was a native of Germany, and had attained considerable proficiency in the science of Music.


[News], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (21 February 1833), 2

We lately observed, in a contemporary, a notice of the death, at Tralee, in Ireland, of Mr. Andrew Sippe, professor of music, and for many years master of the band of the Kerry Militia. We have been since informed that the deceased was father to our respectable fellow-colonist, Mr. Sippe, of Sydney. The Dublin playgoers - and we among the rest - well remember the elder Mr. Sippe as principal oboe player in the orchestra of the Theatre Royal. His performance on that instrument had arrived at a pitch of excellence never excelled, if equalled, by any other player; and we have no doubt that there are many in the colony who will bear us out in stating that the applause which he used to receive when playing solos on the oboe was enthusiastic in the extreme. Indeed it was rarely that an overture was written by a local composer, without the introduction of a solo for the oboe, in order to afford an opportunity for a display of Mr. Sippe's talents. We were not personally known to him in Ireland, but we are enabled to state that we believe he was much respected.


"Death", The Sydney Herald (16 February 1837), 3 

On Tuesday last, at her residence, Castlereagh-street, Mrs. Sippe, wife of Mr. George Sippe, late Bandmaster of H. M. 57th regiment, in her 36th year.

Marriages registered at Sydney, 1837; 315/1837 V1837315 75

George Sippe, and Frances Smith


"PLEASANT AMUSEMENT", The Sydney Herald (17 May 1838), 2 

Mr. Sippe, the violincello player, summoned Mrs. Levy at the last Court ot Requests for the sum of £9, being three weeks salary, which became due after the old Theatre closed. The Commissioner gave Mr. Sippe a judgment, so that Mr. S. by this means will be enabled to receive his salary for the full term of hia agreement, the same as if the Theatre had remained open. On Monday Mrs. Levy served Sippe with a notice to attend the Theatre as usual; accordingly, Mr. S. went, and being supplied with a light ind music-books, after a few preliminary flourishes, played the violincello parts of half a dozen overtures. About eleven o'clock it was announced that the play was over; and Mr. Sippe was allowed lo takehis leave. We understand that Mr Sippe will be called upon to play his part four times a week, the same as if the regular performances were going on and in default of doing so his salary will be discontinued.

"AUSTRALIA", Hampshire Advertiser [UK] (29 September 1838), 4

We have received our usual file of Australian papers; the following is an abridgment of the principal topics of interest: - ...
"PLEASANT AMUSEMENT. - Mr. Sippe, the violoncello player, summoned Mrs. Levey at the last Court of Requests for the sum of 9l, being three weeks' salary, which became due after the old theatre closed ....


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11 September 1838, concert, Eliza Wallace Bushelle (benefit)

[Advertisement], Commercial Journal and Advertiser (11 September 1839), 1 

Royal Victoria Theatre. PITT-STREET.
BEGS to inform her Friends and the Public that her
CONCERT OF Vocal and Instrumental Music,
will take place at the Theatre Royal, on WEDNESDAY, the 11th instant;
she will be assisted by Monsieur and Madame Gautrot, and Mr. Bushelle; Mr. W. Stanley, Pianist; Mr. S. W. Wallace; Mr. Peck; Mr. Leggatt; Mr. Wallace, Senior; Mr. Sippe; Mr. Curtis; and all the Theatrical Band, and by the kind permission of Colonel Wodebouse, the Band of the 50th Regiment . . .


September 1838, annual report, Australian Floral and Horticultural Society

"ABSTRACT OF REPORT FOR YEAR ENDING", Commercial Journal and Advertiser (21 September 1839), 2-3 

. . . The following are the officers of the Society for the ensuing year: - . . . [3] President - Mr. Joseph Kenyon . . . Committee of Management - Messrs. Sippe, McCalloch, Webb, J. Edrop, W. Brown . . .


"Miss Fernandez' Concert", The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (23 September 1839), 2 

This lady's Concert was held in the Old Court House, Castlereagh-street, on Friday, and we were happy to see a full room . . . We have always been of opinion, and we once a said, that your first-rate players cannot play simple and pathetic airs either to time, or with proper feeling. This was exemplified at Mrs. Bushelle's concert; Mr. Wallace, whose skill on the flute we acknowledge to be first-rate, attempted the Scotch sir of "Within a mile of Edinburgh Town." We never heard it worse played. Any one of Mr. Sippe's pupils, who had taken a year's lessons, would have played it better. Mr. W. murdered the poor autheor. His long notes he played short, and his short ones long. It was not the author's air; it was Mr. Wallace's parody . . .

"MR. PECK'S CONCERT", The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (4 October 1839), 2 

Mr. Peck had the good fortune to see "a good house" on Wednesday evening, which, considering the numerous demands lately made on the public for their time and money on behalf of musical recreation, was almost more than we expected . . . Look, for instance, at Mr. Wallace's Erin go Bragh. This gentlemann has no feeling, but, in lieu, a most inordinate quantity of self-complacency . . . had the author of Erin go Bragh been present, and had had a sillalah in his hand, he would certainly have broken every bone in Mr. Wallace's skin. Any one of Mr. Sippe's pupil's, with a year's lessons, would have played this exquisite air better.


18 December 1839, concert, Eliza Wallace Bushelle (benefit)

[Advertisement], The Colonist (18 December 1839), 4 

Royal Victoria Theatre. MRS. BUSHELLE
BEGS to inform her Friends and the Public that her CONCERT
Of Vocal and Instrumental Music,
On the same extensive scale as her last one, will take place at the Theatre Royal,
THIS EVENING, December 18.
She will be assisted by Madame Gautrot; Miss Deane; Mr. Bushelle and Amateurs; Monsieur Gautrot; Mr. S. W. Wallace; Mr. Leggatt; Mr. Deane; Mr. Worgan; Masters J. and E. Dean; Mr. Wallace, senior; Mr. Sippe; Mr. Curtis; Mr. Walton ; several Amateurs; all the Theatrical Band; and by permission of Colonel Wodehouse, the Band of the 50th Regiment . . .



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3 March 1840, concert, Elizabeth Clancy (benefit)

[Advertisement], The Australian (3 March 1840), 1 

Under the Patronage of Lady O' Connell. MRS. CLANCY HAS the honor to announce that her Concert will take place in the Old Court House, Castlereagh-street, on Tuesday Evening, March the 3rd, 1840, on which occasion she will be assisted by Madame and Monsieur Gautrot, Mr. Worgan, Mr. Deane and Family, Mr. Leggett, Mr. Curtis, Mr Sippe, and the Cecilian Society, who have kindly offered their assistance. Leader of the Orchestra, Mr. S. W. Wallace; Pianoforte, Mr. Johnson; who have also kindly offered their assistance . . .


26 May 1840, concert, Eliza Wallace Bushelle (benefit)

[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (26 May 1840), 1 

CONCERT. Under the patronage of Lady Gipps, Lady O'Connell, Lady Dowling, Mrs. Deas Thompson, Mrs. Plunkett, Mrs. Hely, and several other ladies of distinction. MRS. BUSHELLE has the honour to announce, that her Concert will take place on TUESDAY, the 26th instant, at the Theatre Royal; she will be assisted by Miss Deane, Mr. Worgan, Mr. Deane and Sons, Mr. Leggatt, Mr. Sippe, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Walton, Mr. Parbury, all the members of the Theatrical Orchestra, Mr. Wallace, Mr. W. Wallace, and Mr. Bushelle. Several amateurs have also kindly offered their assistance.


8 July 1840, concert, John Philip Deane (benefit)

[Advertisement], The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (8 July 1840), 2 

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE. GRAND CONCERT. UNDER THE DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE OF LADY GIPPS, LADY O'CONNER, MRS. DEAS THOMSON, MRS. GIBBS, AND OTHER LADIES OF DISTINCTION. MR. DEANE begs to inform his Friends and the Public, that under the above distinguished Patronage his Concert. of Vocal and Instrumental Music, will take place at the THEATRE ROYAL on WEDNESDAY, July 8th, 1840, He will he assisted by MRS. BUSHELLE, MADAME GAUTROT, MISS DEANE, MRS. CLANCY, MR. BUSHELLE, MONSIEUR GAUTROT, MR. WORGAN, MR. WALLACE, MR. E. DEANE, MR. SIPPE, MR. CURTIS, WR. WALTON, MR. PARBURY, MR. J. DEANE, of Parramatta. All the Members of the Theatrical Orchestra, and several Amateurs who have kindly proferred their assistance. Leader of the Orchestra, Mr. Wallace. Conductor, Mr. Leggatt . . .


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10 February 1841, concert, John and Eliza Bushelle (benefit)

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (10 February 1841), 1 

Under Distinguished Patronage. GRAND CONCERT, at the Royal Victoria Theatre, on WEDNESDAY, 10th February, 1841. MR. and MRS. BUSHELLE, at the solicitation of several families of distinction, haye fixed their Concert for the above-named day, which is also that appointed for the Floral and Horticultural Exhibition. They will be assisted by the proressionals of Sydney, several distinguished Amateurs, by a young Lady a Pupil of Mrs. Bushelle's, Messrs. Wallace, Leggatt, Deane and Son, Sippe, Flaherty, Partbury, Downes, Puppin, Westrop, and the rest of the Theatrical Band . . .


24 March 1841, concert, Maria Prout (benefit)

[Advertisement], The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (24 March 1841), 3 

GRAND CONCERT UNDER THE DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE OF LADY GIPPS, LADY MITCHELL, MRS. DEAS THOMPSON, MRS. BARNEY, And several other Ladies of Rank, who have all signifled their intention of being present. MRS. J. S. PROUT, Pianist, begs to announce that her CONCERT of Vocal and Instrumental Music will take place at the ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE, THIS EVENING, the 24th instant. She will be assisted by Mrs. Bushelle, Mr. Bushelle, Mr. Worgan, several Vocal Amateurs, Mr. S. W. Wallace. Mr. T. Leggatt, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Deane, Mr. E. Deane, Mr. Sippe, Mr. Walton, Mr. O'Flaherty, Mr. Curtis, Mr. Portbury, Mr. Pappin, Mr.. Downes, and other Members of the Theatrical Orchestral [sic]. Colonel French has also kindly allowed the use of the excellent Band of the 28th Regiment. Leader, Mr. S. W. Wallace; Conductor, Mr. Leggatt . . .


30 June 1841, oratorio, St. Mary's Cathedral

"The Oratorio", The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser (2 July 1841), 2 

This Festival, to which the musical portion of the community of the colony had been looking forward for so long a time with the greatest interest, took place in St. Mary's Cathedral, on Wednesday the 30th ultimo . . . we give a list of those artists by whom it was executed . . . VOCAL PERFORMERS . . . INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMERS. Mrs. Prout, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Leggatt, Mr. Deane, Mr. John Deane, Mr. Edward Deane, Mr. William Deane,. Mr. Wallace, sen., Mr. O'Flaherty, Mr. Portbury, Mr. Sippe, Mr. Meyer, Mr. Strong, and Mr. Walton; with the kind assistance of the gentlemen amateurs from the Cecilian Society, and (by permission of Colonel French) of the Band of the 28th regiment. Leader, Mr. Wallace; Conductor, Mr. Leggatt. The whole under the entire management of Mr. Nathan, who presided at the organ . . .


14 July 1841, concert, John Philip Deane (benefit)

[Advertisement], The Australian (13 July 1841), 1 

. . . MR. DEANE begs to inform his Friends and the Public, that under the above distinguished Patronsge, his CONCERT of Vocal and Instrumental Music, on a very extensive scale, will take place at the Theatre Royal, TO-MORROW, July the 14th, 1841. VOCAL PERFORMERS - Mrs. Bushelle, Miss Deane, and Mrs. Emanuel (being her first appearance), Mr. Bushelle, Mr. Griffihs, Mr. Allen, and several other Gentlemen Amateurs. INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMERS - Mrs. Prout, Miss Deane, Mr. Emanual, Mr. Deane and Sons, Mr. Wallace, Mr. Sippe, Mr. Portbury, Mr. Walton, and other Gentlemen, who have kindly offered their assistance. Leader of the Orchettra - Mr. Wallace. Conductor - Mr Leggatt. By the kind perminlon of Colonel French, the Band of the 28th Regiment will assist . . .


22 September 1841, concert, John and Eliza Bushelle (benefit)

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (22 September 1841), 1 

. . . FAREWELL CONCERT, Royal Victoria Theatre, WEDNESDAY, 22nd September, 1841, which day is also appointed for the Horticultural and Floral Exhibition. MR. AND MRS. BUSHELL will on this ocasion make their last public appearance in Sydnev, and respectfully solicit the same patronage and liberal support they have for so many years experienced from the gentry and inhabitants of New South Wales. Vocal Performers: - Mrs. Clancy, Mrs. Bushelle, Signorina Emilia, Mr. Bushelle and Amateurs. Instrumental Performers: - Mrs. Prout, Mr. S. Wallace, Mr. Leggatt, Mr. Deane, Mr. J. Deane, Mr E. Deane, Mr. Wallace, sen., Mr. Sippe, Mr. Walton, Mr. Emanuel, Mr. Portbury, Mr. Downes, Mr. Pappin, Mr Westrop, the rest of the Theatrical Orchestra, and, by kind permission of Colonel Baker, a select number from the far-famed BAND of the 8Oth REGIMENT, under the superintendence of Mr. Egerton. Leader, Mr. S. W. Wallace; Conductor, Mr. Leggatt . . .


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21 Febuary 1842, opening of season, Royal Victoria Theatre

[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (17 February 1842), 3 

Royal Victoria Theatre. FIRST NIGHT OF THE SEASON. Stage Manager, MR. SIMMONS. Acting-Manager, MR. SIMES. IN ANNOUNCING the re-opening of the above Establishment for the ensuing Season, the Proprietor feels gratified in being able to state the various Alterations and Improvements that have been effected both before and behind the Curtain, during the short recess, will be found conducive to the comfort and convenience of his friends and the public . . . THE ORCHESTRAL DEPARTMENT WILL CONSIST OF MR. S. W. WALLACE, LEADER, Mr. Deane, Master Deane, Mr. Leggatt, Mr. Wallace, Senr., Mr. Walton, Mr. Portbury, Mr. Pappin, Mr. Sippe, Mr. Robertson, Master Strong, Mr. Boyle, &c, &c. . . .


23 Febuary 1842, concert, Eliza Wallace Bushelle (benefit)

[Advertisement], The Australian (22 February 1842), 3 

UNDER DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE. GRAND CONCERT, AT THE ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE, TO-MORROW, 23rd February, 1842, which day is also that fixed for THE FLORAL AND HORTICULTURAL EXHIBITION. MRS. BUSHELLE, AT the desire of several families of distinction, who were unnble to attend her last Concert, respectfully announces to the inhabitants of Sydney, who so favourably noticed, on former occasions, her exertions to merit their patronage, that she is induced to appear once more before them. Confidently anticipating their liberal support, she solicits their attendance on this occasion, when she will be assisted by Mrs. S. W. Wallnce, Mr. Bushelle, and Amateurs, in the vocal department; and by Mrs. J. S. Prout, pianiste, Mr. S. W. Wallace, leader, Mr. Leggatt, conductor of the concert, Mr. Denne, Mr. Wallace, senior, Mr. Sippe, Mr. Edward Deane, Mr. Walton, Mr. Portbury, Mr. Pappin, nnd the rest of the Theatrical Orchestra, as instrumental performers . . .


8 and 9 April 1842, Royal Victoria Theatre

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (8 April 1842), 2 

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE. THIRD NIGHT OF GUY MANNERING. THIS EVENING, April 8, 1842, Will be performed the successful Operatic play, with all the original Songs, Glees, and Chorusses called GUY MANNERING or, THE GYPSY'S PROPHECY. In which Mr. and Mrs. Bushelle, and Mrs. S. W. Wallace will sustain principal characters. A variety of entertainments. The whole to conclude with the admired Drama called THE BEAR HUNTERS or, THE FATAL RAVINE . . .

[Advertisement], Australasian Chronicle (9 April 1842), 3 

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE. FIRST NIGHT OF DOUGLAS AT HALF PRICE. THIS EVENING (Saturday), April 9, 1842, will be performed PEDLAR'S ACRE; OR, THE WIFE OF SEVEN HUSBANDS. Comic Negro Song, by Mr. Phillips. - A variety of Entertainments. To conclude with the Tragic Play called DOUGLAS. Glenalvon - MR. NESBITT; Douglas - MR. SIMMONS; Lady Randolph - MRS. THOMPSON.


10 April 1842, death

"DEATH BY APOPLEXY", The Sydney Herald (11 April 1842), 2 

At the close of the performance at the Victoria Theatre, on Saturday night, Mr. Sippe, one of the musicians connected with that place of amusement, was suddenly seized with apoplexy and was carried home insensible, where he expired yesterday morning. Mr. Sippe was well known as a member of the musical profession in this Colony, where he arrived as band-master of the 57th Regt., which he left on its leaving the Colony. He was the first leader of the Orchestra of the Old Theatre Royal, George-street, and since then has always been a member of the Theatrical band.

"SUDDEN DEATH", Australasian Chronicle (12 April 1842), 2 

. . . On the same evening Mr. Sippe, one of the musicians of the Victoria Theatre, was seized, at the close of the performances, with a sudden illness, and was carried home in a state of insensibility. Medical aid was procured, and he was bled, but all efforts to recover him proved unavailing, and he expired early on Sunday morning.

"INQUESTS", The Sydney Herald (12 April 1842), 3 

Yesterday morning an inquest was held at the Cricketers' Arms, Pitt-street, on the body of Mr. Sippe, late of the Victoria Theatre, whose decease we noticed yesterday, when a verdict that death had been caused by apoplexy was recorded . . .


15 June 1842, benefit for Frances Sippe

"BENEFIT - ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (14 June 1842), 3 

We are happy to compliment the members of the above establishment on their liberality in coming forward gratuitously in support of the widow of an old member of that establishment - we allude to Mrs. Sippe, widow of the late Mr. G. Sippe, formerly leader of the orchestra, and for many years a member of that Theatre. We understand that her benefit is to be patronised by many of the elite of Sydney. The amusements are admirably chosen, being Tobin's admired play of the HONEYMOON, in which Mr. Nesbitt plays ihe principal character (the Duke Aranza). What we have said of that gentleman's acting in this character, we have sufficiently praised in a former number - it must be successful. The intermediate amusements of singing and dancing are well selected. The laughable farce of the UNFINISHED GENTLEMAN has long sustained its place on the British boards as an excellent piece, and if we may judge by the cast of the characters in the piece, taken from the "Bill of Fare" advertised in our columns, we have no doubt ample justice will bc done it. The respectability of the lady is sufficient to ensure her a crowded and most respectable audience.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (15 June 1842), 2 

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE, FOR THE BENEFIT OF MRS. SIPPE (Widow of the late Mr. G. Sippe,) formerly Leader of the Theatrical Orchestra, and for many years a Member of the Sydney Theatre. UNDER DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE. THIS EVENING, June 15, 1842. The public is respectfully informed that the acting proprietor having arranged with Mrs. Sippe for a Benefit at the above establishment, the Dramatic Company and the Members of the Orchestra have given their services gratuitously, on which occasion will be produced Tobin's admired Comedy, entitled THE HONEYMOON . . . Tickets also from . . . Mrs. Sippe, No. 2, Nash's Buildings, Castlereagh-street.


8 September 1842, sale of music and instruments

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (7 September 1842), 3 

Music and Instruments of the late Mr. Sippe, Formerly Master of the Band of H. M. 57th Regiment, and Leader of the Orchestre at the Theatre Royal, Sydney.

HOWARD AND WATSON have received instructions to sell by auction, at their Mart, Hunter-street, opposite the Olympic, on THURSDAY EVENING, 8th September, at half-past six o'clock,

The Library of Printed and Manuscript Music, together with, the valuable Violins, Tenors, Violoncellos, Flutes, Pianoforte, and other Instruments.


After 1842

[Insolvent estates], New South Wales Government Gazette (23 February 1844), 338 

In the Insolvent Estate of Frances Sippe, of Nash's Buildings, Castlereagh-street, Sydney, lodging house keeper ...

"BOMBAY", Morning Post [London] (8 March 1844), 7

[DIED] ... At Bombay, on the morning of the 22d January, of Cholera, William John, the [ ? ] son of Mr. C. A. Sippe, bandmaster 2d Light Cavalry, aged 21 months.

MARRIAGES, BIRTHS, AND DEATHS. BOMBAY", London Evening Standard (6 May 1847), 3

At Raikote, on the 10th instant [March], the wife of Mr. C. A. Sippe, the master of the band, 2d Regiment Light Cavalry, of a son.

? Son of a brother of George

Bibliography and resources

McGuanne 1901

J. P. McGuanne, "The humours and pastimes of early Sydney", The Australian Historical Society Journal and Proceedings 1 (1901), 41 (DIGITISED)

. . . When the Royal Hotel was opened in i826, Edwards and Sippe, musicians, assisted by Barnett Levy, Mrs. Jones and sonic amateur singers, gave a concert—on the 27th September in its concert room, of which the recording critic wrote, "it was a great SUCCESS. We liked Miss C. and Miss F. very much. There was a very large and respectable audience." You will note how the principals are ignored. The old Gazette, like its modern namesake, had no sense of humour. Most colored people are sad in their publications. Hence we are not indebted to Howe for our knowledge of the people‘s pastimes. The first concert, under Vice-Regal patronage, was given by Edwards and Sippe on 4th September, 1826. Self-indulgent Sydney was neither monetarily nor numerically strong enough to support a constant entertainment. On the 23rd August, 1832, Mr. Sippe gave a grand concert at which the band of the 17th Regiment played the overtures to The Slave and Guy Mannering; its bandmaster, Mr. Lewis, delighted the audience of two hundred persons with his clarionette solo. Mr. Edwards led the orchestra and Mr. Sippe conducted. Colonel Despard, as a patron of entertainments, gladly allowed the instrumental assistance . . .

. . . The foremost musicians were Edwards, Sippe, Josephson, Stubbs, and William Wallace, (the two latter were flute players, though Stubbs could play several instruments), all the bandmasters, and the Deane family . . .

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