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A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–U

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


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To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–U", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia): https://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-U.php; accessed 20 February 2020







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Introductory note:

The primary focus of the biographical register is musical personnel first active before the end of 1860, with a secondary focus on members of their circles - families, pupils, colleagues, and other important contacts - first active after 1860.

Beyond that, there has been no systematic attempt as yet to deal with musical personnel first active after 1860, and so far the coverage is selective.

A major upgrade of the contents of this page was completed in December 2019, and newly added documentation (including genealogical data) and Trove tagging now brings the page content up to 1860 close to completion.




UHR, William Cornelius (William Cornelius UHR; W. C. UHR)

Amateur vocalist, composer, songwriter, lawyer

Born ? England/Germany, c. 1818-20 (17 May 1819 in one family history; 1820 ? on gravestone, Ashfield)
Arrived Sydney, NSW, by 1842 (sailed for New Guinea, November 1842)
Active Sydney, NSW, 1850s
Died Fivedock, NSW, 6 March 1896, in his 79th year

https://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=William+Cornelius+Uhr+d1896 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

https://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-U.php#UHR-William-Cornelius (shareable link to this entry)

UHR, George Richard (George Richard UHR; George UHR; G. R. UHR)

Amateur composer, Sheriff of NSW

Born East London, England, 1822
Arrived Sydney, 24 July 1837 (per Abel Gower, from Portsmouth 28 March)
Died Concord, NSW, 11 September 1864, in the 43rd year of his age

https://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=George+Uhr+d1864 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

https://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-U.php#UHR-George-Richard (shareable link to this entry)

UHR, Georgina Mary Louisa (Georgina Mary Louisa UHR; Mrs. John Cash NEILD)

Pianist, organist

Born Sydney, NSW, 2 November 1853
Married John Cash NEILD, St. Paul's church, Redfern, NSW, 19 February 1880
Died Sydney, NSW, 24 December 1947

UHR, Nellie Elizabeth (Nellie Elizabeth TAIT; Mrs. Charles Innes Kerr UHR)

Pianist, organist

Married Charles Innes Ker UHR (1865-1930, son of W. C. UHR), St. Philip's, Sydney, NSW, 17 May 1901
Died Marrickville, NSW, 26 September 1926


Summary:

William and George Uhr were two the youngest sons of Johan Cornelius Fredirk Uhr (1769-1843), of Kungsgarden, Sweden, and his English wife Mary Louisa Agatha Ker (1783-1827).

William's sentimental song You love me not ("Air and Words composed by W. C. Uhr and dedicated to the Ladies of Sydney"), was published in Sydney by W. J. Johnson in August, 1853, having been "sung with Rapturous Applause" by Sara Flower and John Howson at the Royal Victoria Theatre.

Five years later, in 1858, Uhr and his song reappeared in the diary of the 15-year-old and ill-fated Blanche Mitchell (1843-1869), daughter of the late Sir Thomas Mitchell:

Wednesday 17 March 1858: St. Patrick's day . . . Campbell [her brother] brought Mr. Uhr home with him, and some shrimps . . . I shall never forget Mr. Uhr tonight singing. His affectation was extreme. I will describe his absurd songs. First "'Tis not on the battlefield", suitable song, I wrote to Alice [her sister], for present feelings, one line is particularly affecting: "A soldier knows how to brave a soldier's death." Do not scream so loud, Mr. Uhr, we will have the constable in to ask who is howling! Now change your song, that is right. After that affecting song about soldiers, certainly "Grim Death" is really too touching. What! is Grim Death too unsentimental, ah! "You love me not". Pray who are you addressing? Can't sing You love me not! poor fellow! his voice fails him, he recovers it again, but alas! Not to continue, the latter song was too touching. Sentiment now sings "I do not ask to offer thee". What? we are all anxious to hear. Please, we may accept it, but alas! a groan follows, then a screech, now a howl, and oh, what a hullabaloo. Hurrah! it has ceased. Praises resound (some from me). The flushing youth rises overcome, but is forcibly held down, and after a great many coughs, hems, and sounding chords, unfortunates sings "Those bells of Shenandoh". Well, something like it. At last he is finished. The last note echoes on the breeze, and inwardly we exclaim, what a blessing! . . .

W. C. Uhr also contributed words to a moving memorial song to another young Sydney debutante, In memory of Jane Elizabeth Balcombe ("who died in the eighteenth year of her age on the morning of the 26th day of December A. D. 1858"), set to music by Frederick Meymott.

A reference also exists to a musical work by his brother, George Uhr, then deputy Sheriff, later Sheriff of NSW: The Australian Rifle Corps march, also published by Johnson, in Sydney in 1854.

George's daughter, Georgina Marie Louise Uhr (1853-1947), a pianist and organist, married John Cash Neild on 19 February 1880


Documentation:

"Shipping Intelligence", The Australian (25 July 1837), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36854601

July 24. - The ship Abel Gower, Henderson, master, from Portsmouth 28th March, with merchandise. Passengers - Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson, Masters Robert Buckley and John Hodgson, Messrs. Joseph Pattison, George Sutton, Adam Young, and George Uhr.

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", The Australian (9 November 1842), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37114424

CLEARED AT THE CUSTOMS. The barque Juno, Banks, master, for New Guinea, with sundries. Passenger, W. C. Uhr.

"MUSICAL REVIEW", Bell's Life in Sydney (6 August 1853), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59757505

A copy of a pretty little ballad, composed by Mr. W. C. Uhr, and dedicated to the ladies of Sydney, has been politely sent to us. The title of the song is "You love me not!" and we understand that the said ladies have called a meeting of condolence and voted accordingly. "We pity Uhr case!" Considering, however, that to so unnatural a musical plaint a musical answer is requisite, they are about publishing, in the key of be natural, a bravura, to be entitled, "We never said we did!"

"YOU LOVE ME NOT", The Sydney Morning Herald (8 August 1853), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12947826

A very beautiful and very original ballad has been published by Mr. Johnson, bearing this title. The words and music are both by Mr. W. C. Uhr, an amateur, whose taste for sweet sounds, judged of by this little performance, must be exquisite. The melody is charmingly simple, but the time is still more charmingly irregular, and there is a little ritournella full of abandon, which none but a musical soul could have conceived. We can cordially recommend this song to every lady's drawing-room.

"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", Empire (12 August 1853), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article61326972

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE. Last night but one of Mr. and Mrs. Stark's engagement. THIS EVENING, Friday, August 12, 1853, will be produced Sir E. L. Bulwer's Play of THE LADY OF LYONS; OR, LOVE AND PRIDE. Claude Melnotte, Mr. Stark; Pauline, Mrs. Stark. Madame Sara Flower will sing a New Ballad (Words and Music composed by W. C. Uhr), entitled, "You love me not." To conclude with the laughable Farce of CAUGHT IN HIS OWN TRAP.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 August 1853), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12948319

THIS EVENING. Wednesday, August 24. ROYAL HOTEL. MESSRS. J. HOWSON and H. RICHARDSON beg respectfully to announce to their friends and the public that their Evening Concert will take place as above . . .
PROGRAMME . . . Part II . . . [6] Song - "You Love me Not," Mr. J. Howson, (written and composed by W. C. Uhr, Esq.) . . .

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (13 October 1854), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12957491

THE RIFFLE CORPS MARCH, by George Uhr, Esq. Published by JOHNSON and SON, 57, Pitt-street.

"NEW MUSIC", Bell's Life in Sydney (28 October 1854), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59759337

We have, delayed acknowledgment of a copy of "The Australian Rifle Corps March", composed and dedicated to Fatherland, by Mr. George Uhr, in the expectation of receiving a piano, the usual and necessary accompaniment of such presentation, whereby to test the merits of the composition. We have scarcely the presumption to hope that the instrument hallowed by the touch of the divine Catherine will be presented to us for the purpose, by Messrs. Johnson and Co.; but we confidently anticipate the arrival of a respectable "Cottage" or "Cabinet" from the establishment within the next week, when we shall be enabled to march into the "Rifle Corps March".

"DEATHS", The Sydney Morning Herald (27 December 1858), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13016112

On Sunday morning, the 26th December, at Napoleon Cottage, Paddington, Jane Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Thomas T. Balcombe, Esq., in the 18th year of her age.

"MARRIAGES", Empire (10 March 1860), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60406962

UHR - KINGHORNE - On Thursday, the 1st March, by special license, at St. John's Church, Parramatta, by the Rev. R. L. King, William C. Uhr, to Augusta Louisa, widow of the late James Kinghorne, Esq.

"DEATHS", Empire (12 September 1864), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60558978

UHR. - At his residence, Llewellyn, Parramatta River, on the 11th September, George Richard Uhr, Esq, late Sheriff of New South Wales.

"Deaths", The Sydney Morning Herald (7 March 1896), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14040318

UHR. - On 6th March, 1896, at his residence, Bickleigh Vale, Fivedock, William Cornelius Uhr, in his 79th year.

"MARRIAGES", The Sydney Morning Herald (15 December 1909), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15094163

UHR - BURTON-BRADLEY. - September 29, at St. David's Church, Surry Hills, by the Rev. George Brown, D'Arcy Roxburgh Sherwood, only son of W. G. L. Uhr, of Uhr Park, Abbotsford, grandson of the late William Cornelius Uhr, Esq., of Bickleigh Vale, Five Dock, and Sheriff's Department, Sydney, great-grandson of the late Captain John Uhr, Royal Navy, great grand nephew of the late Lieutenant-General Sir James Robert Henry Innes Kerr, Duke of Roxburgh, Earl Innes (English Peerage), and Marquis of Beaumont and Cessford, to Clare Burton-Bradley, youngest daughter of the late Burton-Bradley, Esq., solicitor, of Llewellyn, Lyons-road, Five Dock.

"MUSIC & MUSICIANS . . . BY G. LOVELL DWYER", Evening News (10 May 1924), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119214163 

"You Love Me Not." - The song is very rarely heard now, but an old copy turned up accidentally, just as old songs do sometimes, at a private gathering. Many Sydney people will remember the late Mr. W. C. Uhr, who was the first returning officer for East Sydney and Deputy Under-Sheriff for 15 years, and who died in 1896. He was very prominent in musical circles in the 50's and 60's. He had a baritone voice, and composed a number of songs, of which "You Love Me Not" was one. His son, Mr. C. I. K. Uhr, secretary of the Church of England Association of New South Wales, once found a copy of the song in a shop window.

Mr. W. C. Uhr sang at Government House in Sir Charles Fitzroy's time; and he received from his friends the title of "Bandbox Uhr," because he clung to the habit of wearing a top-hat.

Mr. Uhr was the author of verses written "In memoriam" of Miss Mary Jane Balcombe, daughter of Mr. W. A. Balcombe, who was an officer in the Treasury Department. This lady died on the morning of Boxing Day, 1858. Mr. C. I. K. Uhr has a copy of the song yet. The music was composed by Judge Meymott, who was a musician of taste. The Judge used to vary the dry court work when on circuit by playing the organs in the country churches.

The wife of Mr. C. I. K. Uhr is a pianist. She received her early lessons in Sydney from Mr. Charles d'Apice. Later she went to England, and had the benefit of lessons from Sir Julius Benedict and Sir Charles Halle. She appeared in Sydney on many occasions as a solo pianist. When 15 years of age she was the organist at St. David's Church, Dobroyde, now Haberfield.

ASSOCIATIONS: Charles d'Apice


Musical works:

You love me not, air and words composed by W. C. Uhr, and dedicated to the ladies of Sydney, sung with rapturous applause by Madame Sara Flower, and Mr. John Howson, the proceeds of this work to be given to the Benevolent Asylum (Sydney: W. J. Johnson & Co., [1853])

https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/19894175 

https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-166218765 (DIGITISED)

https://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=You+love+me+not+(Uhr) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

The Australian Rifle Corps march for the pianoforte; by George Uhr, Esq. (Sydney: Johnson and Son, [1854])

NO COPY IDENTIFIED.

In memory of Jane Elizabeth Balcombe, who died in the eighteenth year of her age on the morning of the 26th day of December A.D. 1858, lines written by William Cornelius Uhr and set to music by Frederic William Meymott [opening line: It was the morning past the day] ([Sydney]: [?], [1859])

https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/23568710 

http://digital.sl.nsw.gov.au/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3547698 (DIGITISED)


Bibliography and resources:

Blanche Mitchell diary, 27 January 1858 - February 1861; MLMSS 1611, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

http://archival.sl.nsw.gov.au/Details/archive/110367382 

http://digital.sl.nsw.gov.au/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=FL611238 (IMAGE 1)

http://digital.sl.nsw.gov.au/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=FL611240 (IMAGE 2)

http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/_transcript/2012/D15235/a1351.htm (TRANSCRIPT)

Uhr family correspondence, 1843-1873; State Library of New South Wales, MLMSS 946

http://archival.sl.nsw.gov.au/Details/archive/110362531  

On Elizabeth Balcombe, see:

Kathleen Thomson, "Balcombe, Alexander Beatson (1811-1877)", Australian dictionary of biography 3 (1969)

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/balcombe-alexander-beatson-2922

Edna Hickson (ed.), Blanche: an Australian diary 1858-1861: the diary of Blanche Mitchell (Sydney: John Ferguson, 1980), 57-58 (after original MS diary, as above)




UPSON, Charles A. (Charles UPSON; Mr. C. A. UPSON)

Tenor vocalist, minstrel, delineator (Howard's Serenaders), clown, actor

Active Sydney, NSW, by June 1850
Active Hobart, TAS, 1853

https://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=C+A+Upson+serenader (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

https://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-U.php#UPSON-C-A (shareable link to this entry)

UPSON, Mrs. C. A. (Mrs. C. A. UPSON)

Actor, vocalist

Active Sydney, NSW, and Hobart, TAS, 1853


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The People's Advocate and New South Wales Vindicator (15 June 1850), 16

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article251537331 

ETHIOPIAN SERENADERS. NOTICE. MESSRS. CHARLES V. HOWARD AND GEORGE B. HOWARD beg respectfully to inform their patrons and the public in general, that they have succeeded in forming a company of FOUR SERENADERS equal to any in the colony; and that in answer to the advertisement of Waterland and Reading in Thursday's Herald, they feel convinced it will be treated by a discerning and impartial public with the contempt it merits. The company consists of the following performers: - Charles V. Howard, tambourine; George B. Howard, the exquisite and unequalled flutina player; Charles A. Upson, the incomparable bone player; and Samuel T. Holmes, banjo player, and dancer of the celebrated Virginian Negro's break down. N B.— Solo, (Banjo) - Christ Church Bells - every night.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (14 January 1853), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12942863

HOWARD'S SERENADERS, Established in New South Wales in 1850. Re-appearance in Sydney. SECOND GRAND EVENING ENTERTAINMENT. On FRIDAY, January 14th, in the Saloon of the Royal Hotel, consisting of another favourite selection of Melodies by the above celebrated Minstrels and Delineators of Negro life and character, together with the surprising feats in SIGNOR BLITZ, PUPIL OF ANDERSON. Messrs. Howard in returning thanks for the patronage bestowed upon them on the occasion of their last performance beg to announce another pleasing entertainment on the above evening . . .
PART III. Overture - Company
Happy are we - G. B. Howard
Hub a little Dance - C. V. Howard
Darkies' Lament - C. A. Upson
Ole Tar Ribber - J. Brenni
Get up in de Morning - W. Howson
Jenny Lane - G. B. Howard
Darkie Youth - C. A. Upson
Gal wid de Blue Dress on - J. Brenni
Picayune Butler - C. V. Howard
To conclude with the RAILWAY GALLOP . . .

[Advertisement], Empire (2 March 1853), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60137453

[Advertisement], The Courier (28 May 1853), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2245681

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE . . . Mr. and Mrs. Upson and Mr. Frederick Howson, from the Sydney Theatres, having arrived, they will have the honour of making their first appearance in the course of the week.

[Advertisement], The Courier (2 June 1853), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2245143 

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE. Friday Evening, 3rd June. First appearance of Mrs. Upson, from the Sydney Theatre Royal . . . Negro Melody - Darkie Youth, (words by Mrs. C. A. Upson) Mr. Upson . . .

[Advertisement], The Argus (1 January 1873), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5878664 

ROYAL COLOSSEUM THEATRE . . . Charles Upson, the sweet tenor . . .




URIE, Louisa (Louisa URIE; Miss URIE; Mrs. Thomas TURNBULL)

Soprano vocalist, Scotch ballad singer

Born Loch Winnoch, Scotland, 4 July 1830
Active Melbourne, VIC, by July 1853
Married Thomas TURNBULL (1824-1907), ? VIC
Departed VIC, 1859/60
Died Wellington, NZ, 23 May 1915

https://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Louisa+Urie+vocalist (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

https://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-U.php#URIE-Louisa (shareable link to this entry)


Summary:

Louisa Urie, described in the Melbourne and Bendigo press as a popular Scottish vocalist, spent the years 1853-59 in Victoria, performing mainly on the goldfields, notably with Charles Thatcher.

She and her Scottish husband, the architect Thomas Turnbull (1824-1907) spent most of the 1860s in San Francisco, California, and settled finally in New Zealand in the early 1870s. As "Miss Urie", Louisa performed again in New Zealand during 1873 and 1874. She died in Wellington in 1915.


Documentation:

[Advertisement], The Argus (12 July 1853), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4794405 

OPEN Every Evening - Admission One Shilling -
Salle de Valentino, late Noble's Circus, top of Bourke-street, east.
Grand Promenade Concerts.
Conductor, Mons. Fleury.
Principal vocalists: Miss Graham, Miss Bourne, and Miss Louisa Urie, and Mr Barlow, the celebrated nigger melodist.
Instrumental solos every evening . . .
Proprietor and General Manager, Mr. JAS. ELLIS.

[Advertisement], The Argus (20 July 1853), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4794719 

The best band in Melbourne plays at the Salle de Valentino. Miss Louisa Urie will sing this evening. Barlow's original sketches at nine o'clock. Admission, One Shilling.

[Advertisement], The Argus (27 July 1853), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4794986 

OPEN every Evening, the Salle de Valentino.
Proprietor, Mr. James Ellis, of Cremorne Gardens.
Grand Promenade Concerts, a la Musard. Conductor - Mons. Fleury.
The following vocalists will appear this week -
Miss Louisa Urie, Miss Theresa Shirley, Miss Bourne, and Mr. Barlow.
Instrumental Solo Performers: Violins, M. M. Fleury and Paltzer, clarionet, Mr. Johnson; ophecleide, Mr. Hartigan, coronet-a piston, signor Maffei; sax-horn, Mr. Baker; flute, Mr. Murcell, contra basso, Mr. Hardman.
Programme for Monday, July 25, and during the Week.
PART I.
Overture - L'Italiana In Algeri - Rossini
Valse - A deux temps - Jullien
Song - On Monday, Wednesday and Friday - By Miss Louisa Urie
Song - On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - By Miss Bourne
Quadrille - Les Echos Suisses, with the original echo effect - Musard
Song - Mr. Barlow.
Solo, cornet - On Monday and Tuesday, Sig. Maffei.
Solo, clarionet - On Tuesday and Friday - Mr. Johnson
Solo sax-horn - On Tuesday and Saturday - Mr. Baker
Song - On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday - By Miss Theresa Shirley
Valse - Summer Flowers - Tinney.
Between the first and second parts, Mr. Barlow will introduce his popular entertainment Unlock the Lands, the Rock Harmonicon, etc.
PART II.
National and Patriotic Song of France - Signor Maffei, with chorus by the Corps d'Orchestre, Mourir Pour la Patrie - Varney.
Quadrille - Les diamans de la Couronne - Musard.
Song - On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - By Miss Louisa Urie.
Song - On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, by Miss Bourne.
Solo, ophecleide - On Monday and Thursday - Mr. Hartigan.
Solo, violin - On Tuesday and Thursday - Mons. Paltzer
Solo, horn - On Wednesday and Saturday.
Song - On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday - By Miss Theresa Shirley.
Galop - The Sturm March
God Save the Queen.
Doors open at 7 o clock, concert commoncei at half past 7, and concludes about 10 o'clock.
Admission to promenade, 1s; dress circle, 3s. 6d.

"THE QUEEN'S THEATRE", The Argus (15 October 1853), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4798157

We perceive that the popular, amusing, and really clever Barlow [gives a] vocal and instrumental concert at the Queen's Theatre this evening . . . Miss Louisa Urie, Mons. Paltzer Sivorini, Mr. Oakey, and other talented persons have been engaged . . .

[Advertisement], The Argus (7 December 1853), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article255612412 

LAST NIGHT.
Enterprise, Novelty, and Success.
The Magnificent Concert Hall . . . Lonsdale street,
GRAND MONSTER CONCERT
Introducing the following vocalists :-
Madame Carandlni (from the Victoria Theatre Sydney.)
Miss Graham,
Miss Urie,
Mr. Frank Howson, and Mr. Lavenu (from Her Mejesty's Theatre, Haymarket, London,)
A Band of nearly One Hundred Performers.
Conductor: Mr. Johnson. Leader: Mons. Fleury.v Director of the Vocal Department and Pianiste: Mr. Lavenu . . .
Admission - Half-a Crown. JAMES ELLIS, Manager.

[Advertisement], The Argus (31 August 1854), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4797070

SALLE DE VALENTINO .-To-night, Thursday. Grand Double Entertainment. Vocal and Instrumental Concert. Vocalists - Miss Urie, Mrs. Pendleton, Mr. Pendleton . . .

[Advertisement], The Argus (16 December 1854), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4801873

CONCERT ROOM, Union Hotel, Bourke-street.
Open every Evening Admission Free - Vocalists - Miss Urie, the celebrated Scotch ballad singer, Miss Bourne, from the Salle de Valentino, Mr. Golding, the celebrated Irish comic singer, Mr. Clifford from the English Opera Company, Theatre Royal, Drury-lane, and the Wednesday Evening Concerts, Exeter Hall; and Mr. Collins, the eminent pianist . . .

[Advertisement], The Argus (16 June 1855), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4809683

MUSIC HALL, Union Hotel.
Re-decorated, and brilliantly lighted with gas, will be reopened under entire new arrangements, on
Saturday evening the 16th instant, with a series of Vocal and Instrumental concerts, for which the following artistes are engaged,
MISS URIE, The celebrated Soprano.
MISS MINIE CLIFFORD, The Juvenile Pianiste,
MR. G. CLIFFORD, From the Exeter Hall Concerts, Tenor.
MR. T. KING, Bass and Instrumentalist.
Concert to commence at Eight o'clock.
Programme :
Overture - Auber.
Glee - Here in Cool Grot, - Miss Urie, Mr. King, and Mr. Clifford - Mornington
Song - Flowers of the Forest, - Miss Urie - Scotch
Duet - Flow gently, Deva, - Mr. Clifford and Mr. King - Parry
Solo - violin - Mr. King - De Berriot
Song - My Highland Home, - Mr. Clifford - Bishop
Song - Edwin, dear, O fare ye weel, Miss Urie - G. Hunter
Part Second.
Fantasia Brilliante - piano and violin - from Guillaume Tell, - Miss Clifford and Mr. King - De Berriot and Osbourne
Duet - I've wandered in Dreams - Miss Urie and Mr Clifford.
Song - Friend of the Boone, - Mr. King - Calcot
Solo - piano - Telexy's Mazourka, Miss Clifford.
Song - Auld Joe Nicholson's Bonny Nannie, - Miss Urie - Willson.
Song - Death of Nelson, - Mr. Clifford - Braham
Solo- clarionet - Adieu a Berne, - Mr. King - Bressant
Song - Will ye na come back again, Miss Urie - Scotch.
God Save the Queen!
Admission by Refreshment Ticket.

"PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS AT MELBOURNE", The Courier (22 June 1855), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2485812

. . . Mr. G. Clifford, from the Exeter Hall Concert, Miss Minnie Clifford, a juvenile pianiste, and Miss Urie, a celebrated soprano, were giving concerts at the Music Hall, Union Hotel . . .

"THE SHAMROCK HOTEL", Bendigo Advertiser (20 October 1855), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88047750 

We understand that Mr. Heffernan has in contemplation the erection of a splendid concert room, superior to any on the Bendigo . . . Beyond question, the Shamrock Hotel has one of the best musical companies in the district, and the large support it receives is well deserved. The engagement of Miss Urie still continues, and her excellent singing meets with the same popularity as ever. Under most disadvantageous circumstances this lady acquits herself remarkably well. Mr. Gibson, the favorite Irish singer, is also engaged at the Shamrock, and his humorous and pleasant style of singing is no small attraction. Mr. Dixon, the tenor, and Mr. Leman, bass singer, are well deserving of notice. The latter gentleman has a very fine powerful voice, which enables him to sing certain songs with striking effect. The place of Mr. White, who ably presided at the pianoforte, and whose accompaniments in no small degree contributed to the success of the evening concerts, is at present filled by Mr. Salaman, the former gentleman being on a visit to town . . .

"THE SHAMROCK CONCERT LAST NIGHT", Bendigo Advertiser (26 April 1856), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88049719 

. . . Miss Urie's Scotch songs were well received, and were sung with her usual spirit. This lady by the earnestness of her endeavours to please fairly challenges applause, and we always note with pleasure the hearty reception that is accorded her . . .

[Advertisement], Bendigo Advertiser (26 May 1856), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88050244

"WALLACE MONUMENT CONCERT", Bendigo Advertiser (14 April 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87998520

. . . Miss Urie's songs were, of course, highly applauded, and she was unmercifully encored. We can candidly say that she deserved all the applause she elicited, for her singing of the Scottish ballads was a treat to those who appreciate national music. She is intensely national herself, and enters into the soul of the singing with a fire and energy worthy of some Scottish amazon buckling on her son's armour for Bannockburn. Indeed, we wished that the gentlemen had shown some of her animation, especially in that glorious lyric, "Scots wha' hae." But Miss Urie also sings the plaintive and the humorous songs with great feeling and archness. Without any disparagement to the higher walks of singing, when we wish to hear a good Scottish national song, commend us to Miss Urie . . .

"HOMEWARD BOUND", The Age (28 August 1857), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154832182 

Who that has heard Miss Urie sing her native Scotch songs, has not been struck with the impassioned manner in which gushed forth from her lips the stirring strains of the clansman's song. There was nature - honest feeling in the efforts; she sang not only her native airs, but as the most obtuse might see her ardent love for her northern home. But this fair one's patriotism is to be our loss - she cannot stay away from the country, of which she so loves to sing - she is sighing for the glens and misty moors; and this morning's coach took away from us a singer than whom none has won more hearty or genuine applause; and whose absence every frequenter of the Shamrock will mark with regret. Miss Urie returns to her native country with a determinate to settle down there, and if the good wishes of those whose leisure hours she has beguiled be of any value to her, we will venture to say she has them in no stinted degree. - Courier of the Mines.

"A SCOTTISH HAMELY SANG", Bendigo Advertiser (15 December 1857), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87977491

A SCOTTISH HAMELY SANG.

I sat yestre'en where minstrels sing
I'th' bonnie Shamrock ha',
An' the full ha' rung while Miss Urie sung
0' the land that's far awa';
There Thatcher bright did sweetly strike
His local lyre sae gay,
An' the forte's thrill by Pollard's skill
Pass'd weel the time away.

But I've seen the thistle proudly rear
Its head on its native dale,
An' I've seen the flow'ry heather bear
Its bells in the scented gale:
I've sat at my mither's knee right fain
When she sang her native lays,
An' dear to my heart is the hamely strain
That speaks o' my early days.

Noo I've seen Australia's golden ore,
An' I've seen the nuggets shine,
As I've dug them frae their native lair
In the Bendigo gold mine;
I've seen the gaudy tinsel wave
'Hang the bright an' th' glitterin' thrang,
But naething half sic pleasure gave
As Miss Urie's hamely sang.

It touches the heart like a witchin' dart,
An' wafts it o'er the sea,
To the thistle dale an' the heather vale
While she sings bonnie Sootlan' o' thee:
I've heard sweet music fa' on the ear
Wi' a gentle pleasin' twang,
But it touch'd na the heart wi' a thrill sae dear
As Miss Urie's hamely sang.

Tho' Scotia's rills and heathy hills
I never mair may see,
The sweet lov'd lays o' early days
Will aye be dear to me;
When the day is gone an' work is done,
To the Shamrock I can gang,
An 'oor to wile an' care beguile,
And hear Miss Urie's sang.

Had Nature granted me a pen
As sweet's I'd wish't to be,
I'd tune a strain and sing again
Miss Urie a health to thee!
For I lo'e the strains o' Scotia dear,
Nor think the time was lang
Tho' I sat frae night till the mornin' light
An' hear thy hamely sang.

As I tune nae the lyre for love nor hire
But my tribute to record,
I may sing again when it suits the vein
Of your servant -
BON-ACCORD.

Windmill Hill, December 9, 1857.

"LYCEUM THEATRE", Bendigo Advertiser (6 December 1858), 3

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87985352 

As we anticipated, the announcement of the last night of performance - for some time at least - of Miss Urie and Mr. Small, drew a full attendance at the Lyceum on Saturday night. In consequence, however, of indisposition, Miss Urie was unable to appear, her place being supplied by Miss Clifford, who introduced the best selection from Miss Urie's repertory of Scotch melodies, in a style - although comparisons are generally objectionable - that made the absence of Miss Urie less of a disappointment . . .

"THE CONCERTS", Bendigo Advertiser (3 June 1859), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87989538 

. . . At the Shamrock Miss Urie's singing is as popular as ever, as also that of Mr. Leeman and Mr. Small . . .

[Advertisement], Wellington Independent (6 April 1874), 3

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WI18740406.2.21.2 

THEATRE ROYAL . . . MISS URIE, The Favourite Scotch Vocalist . . .

"DEATH", New Zealand Times (24 May 1915), 4 

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZTIM19150524.2.14.1 

TURNBULL. - On May 23rd, 1915, at her residence, 25, Talavera terrace, Louisa Turnbull, widow of the late Thomas Turnbull, F.R.I.B.A.; in her 85th year. Interment (private) at 10.30 a.m. Thursday, 25th inst.


Bibliography and resources:

"Turnbull, Thomas", Te ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand, online

https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/2t54/turnbull-thomas (ONLINE)

. . . In 1851 he emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, practising as an architect in the gold towns of Victoria. Perhaps his earliest remaining work is St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Beechworth, northern Victoria. He married Louisa Urie, also from Scotland, at Melbourne, probably in 1859 or 1860. In 1861 Turnbull moved to San Francisco, California . . . Failing health caused by 'the severe strain of conducting his business under pressure of American professional tactics' caused Turnbull to shift to New Zealand in 1871; within a year he was joined by his wife and five children . . . Thomas Turnbull died in Wellington on 23 February 1907, survived by his wife, four sons and one daughter. Louisa Turnbull died in 1915 . . .

"ST. ANDREWS UNITING CHURCH, 115 FORD STREET BEECHWORTH, INDIGO SHIRE"

https://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/117 (ONLINE)




URSO, Camilla (Camilla URSO)

Violinist, impresario

Born Nantes, France, 13 June 1842
Arrived (1) Sydney, NSW, 30 September 1879 (per R.M.S. Australia, from San Francisco, Honolulu and Auckland)
Departed (1) Sydney, NSW, 8 April 1880 (per Rotorua, for Auckland)
Arrived (2) Adelaide, SA, 2 May 1894 (per Ville de la Ciotat)
Departed (2) Melbourne, VIC, late November 1894
Died New York, NY, USA, 20 January 1902, aged 60

https://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Camilla+Urso (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

https://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-U.php#URSO-Camilla (shareable link to this entry)


Documentation:

"Camillo [sic] Urso", Evening News (13 September 1879), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107161435

By the next San Francisco mail there comes to us an artiste whose fame has for years resounded through the capitals of Europe, and wherever music finds an echo in the hearts of the people. Lady violinists are very rare, the difficulties to be overcome in attaining anything like proficiency in the art of playing this instrument being so great as to discourage any but those who have genius and a large share of patience and perseverance; and the number of those who have attained to eminence in the front rank of artistes is small indeed. The sisters Milanolo astonished the world 30 years ago. Mdlle. Neruda (now Madame Norman Neruda), has long been one of the reigning favourites of the musical world; later "our own" (as she was called, having been so great a favourite here), Jenny Claus, are the only names that can be recalled during the present age; but that of Camilla Urso has reached far and wide as one of the purest and most graceful players that has ever appeared in public. Musical papers speak of her as an artist by nature as well as by skill and culture; and the greatest masters of music have testified to her bright intellectual powers. Desirous of extending her conquests, Camilla Urso has arranged for a tour through Australia, and we shall very shortly have the opportunity of appreciating her merits.

"SHIPPING", Australian Town and Country Journal (4 October 1879), 36

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70973604

"MADAME CAMILLA URSO", The Mercury (28 October  1879), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8982738

"CAMILLA URSO", The Sydney Morning Herald (19 January 1880), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13450515 [biography]

"MUSIC AND THE DRAMA", The Sydney Morning Herald (9 April 1880), 8

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13457787

Madame Camilla Urso has just brought another brilliant and profitable series of concerts to a close; and, after a tour through New Zealand, is to leave us for America. Night after night of late, in the worst possible weather, the Masonic Hall was crowded by delighted listeners, who recalled the artiste again and again after she had performed the solos set down for her on the programme. Urso is undoubtedly the greatest violinist that has over visited Australia, and though to some of us Joachim, Ole Bull, and others of the phenomenal violinists of the age are memories, the lady has won from everybody cordial recognition of her earnest study and natural genius. Both qualities have combined to make her what she is, and both may be traced in the extensive range of her musical knowledge, and the power of intense expression, which add such a charm to her wonderfully accurate execution . . ..

"Shipping", Evening News (8 April 1880), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108733493

"ADELAIDE", The Argus (3 May 1894), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8663904

"MADAME CAMILLA URSO'S FAREWELL CONCERT", The Argus (28 November 1894), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8722612

"PERSONAL NOTES FROM ENGLAND", The Register (17 March 1902), 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55665400

"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Brisbane Courier (22 March 1902), 9

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article19150685


Relevant musical works:

Call me thine own (song; music by Halévy; Sung by Madame De Vere Sapio, at the Sapio-Urso concerts; violin obbligato arranged by Madame Camilla Urso) (Sydney: Nicholson & Co., [1894]) [cover image of the 2 artists]

https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/48577605


Bibliography and resources:

"Camilla Urso", Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camilla_Urso

Guide to the Camilla Urso Collection; Claremont Colleges

http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt4w10339d




USHER, Alfred (1) (Alfred USHER; Mr. A. USHER)

Violinist, theatre orchestra leader, composer

Born ? England, c. 1833; son of Richard USHER (1785-1843) and Mary Leonora WALLACK (1788-1862)
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, August 1856 (passenger per True Briton, from London, aged "23")
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 21 June 1857 (per City of Sydney, from Melbourne, 18 June
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, December 1859 (per City of Sydney, from Sydney, 14 December)
Died Invercargill, NZ, 20/21 June 1864

https://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Alfred+Usher+d1864 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

https://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-U.php#USHER-Alfred-d1864 (shareable link to this entry)


Summary:

As correctly reported in his Melbourne obituary (1864), the violinist Alfred Usher was a son of clown and theatre designer Richard Usher, and his second wife, Leonora Wallack, sister of Henry Wallack.

Usher arrived in Melbourne in August 1856, aged 23, on the True Briton. He is first documented as a member of the orchestra for Anna Bishop and George Loder's opera season at the Princess's Theatre in April 1857, by which time, according to The age, he was one of several "well-known" names.

He sailed for Sydney with the Bishop company, with which he was first billed to appear at the Royal Victoria Theatre in June. Thereafter, he appears to have remained in Sydney until late 1859, when, following a walk-out of actors and musicians at both the major theatres, he returned to Victoria.

He was in New Zealand by mid 1862, and died there in June 1864.

He does not appear to have been related to Alfred Usher (2) below.


Documentation:

1841 England census, Warwickshire, Birmingham, St. Martin; UK National Archives, HO 107/1142/8

https://www.ancestry.com.au/interactive/8978/WARHO107_1142_1143-0184/10965688 

Richard Usher / 60 / Clown
Leonora [Usher] / 52 . . .
Charlotte [Usher] / 18 . . .
Hellen [Usher] / 15 . . .
Alfred [Usher] / 8 . . .

? "DEATHS", Newcastle Courant (10 December 1852), 8

At NORTH SHIELDS . . . On the 3rd inst., James Alfred, son of Mr. Alfred Usher, musician.

[Advertisement], The Argus (8 August 1856), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7134493 

TO CAPTAIN E. A. REYNELL - We, the undersigned cabin and second class passengers by the ship TRUE BRITON, from London to Port Phillip, having at length reached our destination, do hereby tender to you our united thanks . . . Second-Class Passengers . . . Alfred Usher . . .

"MUSIC AND DRAMA", The Age (13 April 1857), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154823737 

THE PRINCESS'S THEATRE, as the Amphitheatre in Parliament place (late Spring street) has now been designated, is fast approaching to completion, and will decidedly be ready for use by Monday night, though the opera will not be opened till Thursday . . . The operatic corps includes Madame Anna Bishop, Madame Leon Naej, Madame Sara Flower, Mrs. Fiddes, Mons. Laglaise, Mr. Walter Sherwin, Mr. Norton, Mons. Del Sarte, Mr. Dickson, Mr. J. Pierce, Mons. Coulon, Mr. Farquharson, Mr. Gregg, Mr. Kitts, and Mr. Benham. The chorus will include no less than thirty well trained voices, and the band twenty-five performers, all carefully selected. Mr Geo. Loder is to be conductor and musical director, and Mr. E. King, leader of the band. This will include the well known names of Mr. Chapman, (double bass); Mr. Johnson, (clarionet); and Mr. Usher, (violin). The whole has been under assiduous rehearsal for several days, and cannot fail in rendering the opera in a style surpassing any former attempt in Victoria . . .

Reproduced in "MUSIC AND THE DRAMA IN Melbourne (from the Melbourne Age of April 13)", The Era [London, England] (14 June 1857), 12

"ARRIVALS", The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List (29 June 1857), 154

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161173222 

June 21. - City of Sydney (s.), 734 tons, Captain R. T. Moodie, from Melbourne, 18th instant. Passengers - . . . Mrs. Young, Mr. Loder . . . Mrs. Holder, and Messrs. Smith, Bridson, Rees, Crosby, Ross, Ward, Kirkwood, Laglaise, Usher, Thorn, Lister, Christoph, Bremner, Murphy, Watts, and 8 in the steerage. A. S. N. Company, agents.

[Advertisement], Empire (26 June 1857), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64985404 

. . . ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE . . . MADAME ANNA BISHOP to play a Farewell Engagement of EIGHTEEN NIGHTS . . . supported by the following Eminent Artistes . . . THE ORCHESTRA, complete and powerful, will be conducted by MR. GEORGE LODER, and will include MR. WINTERBOTTOM, MR. KOHLER, and MR. R. USHER [sic] . . .

"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE. THE OPERA", The Sydney Morning Herald (18 July 1857), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12998277 

At this popular establishment the opera continues the chief attraction . . . the orchestra, numbering among its members Messrs. Winterbottom, Usher, Eigenschenck, Kohler, Wheeler, Tranter, &c., is under the direction of Mr. G. Loder, a name familiar to every connoisseur, by its association with so many lyric triumphs on the European stage . . .

"GRAND CONCERT. PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE", The Sydney Morning Herald (26 August 1857), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12999780 

Madame Anna Bishop, who, during this her farewell engagement in Sydney, has performed in a series of operatic entertainments, and also been the originator of the finest Oratorio we have had in our city, appeared last night as a concert singer . . . The programme commenced with the overture (Septette) Il Barbiere de Seviglla, and was well executed by the compact orchestra, ably led by Mr. Usher . . .

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (27 August 1857), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12999828

PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE - Grand Benefit Concert in aid of the destitute children left unprovided for by the late J. G. GRIFFITHS (formerly manager of the Sydney Theatre), given by Madame ANNA BISHOP, THIS (Thursday) EVENING, August 27th.
PROGRAMME. Part I. OVERTURE (Septerte) "La Poupé de Nuremberg" (Adam), Messrs. Usher, Gribbe, Rice, Tranter, Siede, and George Loder . . .
PART II. OVERTURE (Septette), "La Part du Diable," Auber . . .

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 September 1858), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28631333

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE . . . The orchestra is under the able superintendence of Mr. Alfred Usher . . . JAMES SIMMONDS, lessee and manager.

AUSTRALIAN THEATRICALS. SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, JAN. 24, 1859 (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT)", The Era [London] (3 April 1859) 10

THE VICTORIA THEATRE is under the management of Mr. James Simmonds (who was the introducer of low prices to the colony,) . . . Leader of the band, Mr. A. Usher . . .

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

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60403136

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY MUSICAL FESTIVAL. On TUESDAY, July 19th, and THREE FOLLOWING DAYS, a series of GRAND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES will be held, to celebrate the opening of the HALL of the Sydney University . . . FIRST VIOLINS. Mr. John Deane, Conductor of the Philharmonic Society
Mr. Eigenshenck, leader of Orchestra at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Mr. Alfred Usher, leader of Orchestra at the Victoria Theatre . . .

"ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE", Empire (3 October 1859), 5

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64090815 

For three weeks this house of amusement has been closed for repairs; it was re-opened on Saturday evening, a temple worthy the representation of the dramatic art . . . A compact little orchestra suitable to the requirements of the establishment is placed under the care of Mr. Usher . . . In the course of the evening the compact little orchestra, under Mr. Usher's lead, played some overtures with great spirit, showing a great improvement in this department . . .

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (24 November 1859), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28627832

. . . The Second MONSTER CONCERT, for the Benefit of the Dramatic and Musical Artists, late of the Victoria and Prince of Wales Theatres, will take place THIS EVENING, Thursday, November 24th, at the SCHOOL OF ARTS, when the following combination of talent will appear. Pianist - Mr. C. Packer; Leaders - Messrs. Usher and Eigenschenck . . .

"CLEARANCES. DECEMBER 13", Empire (14 December 1859), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64094387 

City of Sydney, steamer, 391 tons, Captain Moodie for Melbourne, Passengers . . . Mr. A. Usher . . .

"CURRENT TOPICS", Geelong Advertiser (9 November 1860), 2

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148887602 

Last evening the curtain rose at the Theatre Royal to the farce of "our Mary Anne," an affair so used up as not to call for comment. The great attraction of the evening was the Leopold Family, and in a ballet entitled The Spanish Dancers' Gallician Fete they well sustained their characters as first rate artistes, repeatedly drawing down the plaudits of the house by their admirable pantomime and dancing. Mr. Alfred Usher, an excellent violinist, added materially to its success, by his masterly performance upon his instrument in the orchestral accompaniment . . .

[Advertisement], Bendigo Advertiser (7 December 1860), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87948535

THE NEW LYCEUM THEATRE.
Proprietor - Mr. Joseph Henry Abbott. WILL OPEN With GRAND OPERA And FARCE.
On MONDAY, 10th DECEMBER, 1860 . . .
SIGNOR and SGNORA BIANCHI . . . Who will make their first appearance in Bendigo in the Popular Opera of
IL TROVATORE . . .
Conductor of the opera - Mons. Paltzer.
Leader of the band - Mr. A. Usher.
Acting and stage manager - Mr. R. Younge . . .

[Advertisement], Bendigo Advertiser (22 July 1861), 1

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87376019

THEATRE ROYAL. SECOND BURLESQUE EXTRAVAGANZA, With New Grecian Scenery by Mr. Fry, Machinery by Mr. Renno, Properties by Mr. Trotter, the Dresses by Mrs. Nathan; Music composed and arranged by Mr. Usher . . .

[News], Southland Times (21 June 1864), 2

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ST18640621.2.18 

We regret to hear of the death of Mr. A. Usher, the leader of the orchestra at the Theatre Royal. This event will be lamented by a wide circle of friends and also by the general public, as he was a gentleman of undoubted talent in musical matters, and was much esteemed by all with whom he came in contact.

"News of the Week (FROM THE DAILY TIMES)", Otago Witness (12 July 1862), 5

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/OW18620712.2.32 

The new Theatre Royal is being rapidly completed, and the opening performance is announced to take place on Saturday evening . . . The theatre opens with a strong corps dramatique, under the management of Mr. Le Roy, comprising many well known and talented performers, among whom we may especially mention Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Holt, and Madame Duret. The management of the stage is confided to Mr. J. M. Wolfe, and Mr. Alfred Usher is installed as musical director . . .

[Advertisement], Otago Daily Times (14 January 1863), 3

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ODT18630114.2.9.1 

MUSIC. - Mr. A. Usher, Professor of the Violin, late Leader at Thentre Royal, is open to Engagement in town or at diggings. Address - Criterion Hotel.

[Advertisement], Lake Wakatip Mail (10 October 1863), 8

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/LWM18631010.2.23.1 

MR. A. USHER, Violinist, Theatre Royal, Queenstown, is prepared to give Instruction on the Violin to parties desirous of availing themselves of this opportunity.

[News], Southland Times (21 June 1864), 2

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ST18640621.2.18 

We regret to hear of the death of Mr. A. Usher, the leader of the orchestra at the Theatre Royal. This event will be lamented by a wide circle of friends and also by the general public, as he was a gentleman of undoubted talent in musical matters, and was much esteemed by all with whom he came in contact . . .

[News], Southland Times (23 June 1864), 2

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ST18640623.2.17 

The funeral of Mr. A. Usher, late leader of the orchestra at the Theatre Royal, took place yesterday, from his place of abode, Colyer's Hotel, Dee-street. Most of the members of the theatrical company were present in one of Cobb and Co's four-horse coaches. A considerable number of the inhabitants lined the streets at the time, and it was evident, from the sympathy displayed, that the deceased was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.

[News], The Argus (5 July 1864), 4

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5750406

The Southland papers announce the death of Mr. Alfred Usher, the musical director of the Invercargill Theatre. Mr. Usher, who was an accomplished musician, was connected with some well known members of the dramatic profession. His father was Mr. Richard Usher, the architect, and his mother a sister of Mr. Henry Wallack. Mr. Alfred Usher's sister is the well-known Mrs. Alfred Wigan, and he was connected by marriage with the Keeley's. He was leader of the orchestra in Sydney when Madame Anna Bishop appealed in the opera company.


Bibliography and resources:

"USHER, RICHARD (1785-1843)", Dictionary of national biography (1885-1900), volume 58

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Usher,_Richard_(DNB00)




USHER, Alfred (2) (Alfred USHER)

Musician, music seller, choral singer

Born Hackney, London, England; baptised, West Hackney, 27 June 1852; son of Alfred Ralph Brandon USHER (1828-1899) and Maria WATERMAN (c.1829-1886)
Arrived NSW, ? c. 1860s
Married Elizabeth FRANKLIN, Camden, NSW, 22 May 1884
Died Randwick, NSW, 11 September 1915, aged 63

https://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Alfred+Usher+1852-1915 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

https://sydney.edu.au/paradisec/australharmony/register-U.php#USHER-Alfred-d1915 (shareable link to this entry)

USHER, Elizabeth (Mrs. Alfred USHER)

Musician

USHER, Beatrice Brandon (Beatrice USHER; Beatrice Brandon USHER; Mrs. GILCHRIST)

Comedian

USHER, Constance Brandon (Constance Brandon USHER; Mrs. Edwin B. Simpson Balkie)

Pianist

https://trove.nla.gov.au/result?l-publictag=Constance+Brandon+Usher (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


Documentation:

Baptisms in the parish of West Hackney . . . in the year 1852; London Metropolitan Archives

https://www.ancestry.com.au/interactive/1558/31280_197606-00356 

No. 775 / June 27th / Alfred Samuel son of / Alfred Ralph Brandon [and] Maria / Usher / 1 James Place Shcklewell / Carpenter . . .

"MR. ALFRED USHER DEAD", The Sun (12 September 1915), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article221912622 

Mr. Alfred Usher, an old and valued member of the Royal Sydney Liedertafel, and for the last 33 years one of the staff of Paling's, died yesterday afternoon of pneumonia, at a private hospital. No one was better known in the musical world of Sydney than Mr. Usher, who had a store of reminiscences at his command, and could have written an extremely interesting volume had he wished to do so. He was at business as usual on Tuesday, and the news of his death will come as a shock to his troops of friends. Mrs. Usher is at present in West Australia on a visit to one of her daughters. The other daughter, Mrs. Simpson-Balkie, a well-known concert pianist, left for Japan only a few weeks ago, her husband having taken up an appointment at Yokohama.

"DEATH OF ALFRED USHER", The Sydney Morning Herald (13 September 1915), 10

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15613239

Mr. Alfred Usher, who started his business career with Messrs. Elvy and Co., and continued it with 33 years' service in a position of trust at Messrs. W. H. Paling's music warehouse, passed away after a few days illness from pneumonia, at a private hospital in Randwick late on Saturday afternoon. The deceased, who was 63 years of age, was widely esteemed in musical circles for his kindly and unselfish disposition. He was one of the oldest members of the Royal Sydney Liedertafel, and sang with them at the brilliant send-off concert to Mrs. Armstrong (Mme. Melba) in 1885, and in 1889 he was with that choir when it assisted the Philharmonic in the memorable Charles Santley performance of "Elijah". . . . His wife, Mrs. Brandon Usher, was away visiting her daughter Mrs. Gilchrist (formerly known on the comedy stage as Beatrice Usher), in Western Australia. His only other daughter, the wife of Commander Balkie Simpson, R.N.R., a pianist prominent here as Constance Brandon Usher was also absent as she settled with her husband in Yokohama some weeks back.


Bibliography and resources:

"Constance Brandon Usher", Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constance_Brandon_Usher 






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