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A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–V

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–V", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 20 September 2019

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Amateur organist, organ builder

Born c. 1808
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 1839 (per Derwent)
Died Campbell Town, TAS, 2 December 1876, aged 68 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


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

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

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

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

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

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

Bibliography and resources:

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

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

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

Active Sydney, NSW, late 1864 and early 1865 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)

ASSOCIATIONS: Eliza Wallace Bushelle


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

VALERE, Mons. (M. VALERE; Signor VALERI [sic])

Vocalist, variously described as bass, baritone, tenor

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

Arrived (2) Sydney, NSW, 28 May 1855 (from Auckland)
Departed ? Sydney, NSW, after June 1855 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)



[Advertisement], The Argus (28 March 1853), 3

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

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

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

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

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

VALLACE, Edward (Neddy, VALES)

Bell-ringer, bellman

Died (murdered), Parramatta, NSW, 4 October 1829 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


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

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

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

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

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

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

Bibliography and resources:

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

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

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


Violinist, publican (Britannia Hotel)

Active Beechworth, VIC, by 1857
Died Beechworth, VIC, 29 August 1875, aged 63 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)

ASSOCIATIONS: Adolph Schluter


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

Active Beechworth, VIC, 1868 to 1876



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

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

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

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

"SUMMARY FOR HOME FRIENDS", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (23 December 1865), 2 

In sad contrast to all the joyous preparations of which we have just concluded writing, is the duty that devolves upon us of recording severe losses through fire that have occurred in the Ovens District. At, about four o'clock on the morning of the 29th ult., Mr. Van Den Berg's Vine Hotel, within a mile of Beechworth, was totally destroyed by fire . . . Mr. Van Den Berg was partially insured, but still the loss will fall heavily upon him. He is a fine performer on the violin, and was ever ready to give his services at any concert got up for a charitable purpose. Several musical gentlemen, professionals and amateurs, gave him a complimentary benefit concert in the Star Theatre last evening, which we are happy to say was successful.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Professor of the piano, flute, singing

Active Sydney, NSW, 1856-57 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


Vocalist, choral singer, liturgical cantor, drawing and writing master

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


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

ROYAL HOTEL. - MADEMOISELLE C. T. J. TISROUX has the honour to inform the ladies and gentlemen, her friends and inhabitants of Sydney, that her GRAND EVENING CONCERT will take place on the 27th of February when Madelle C. T. J. TISROUX will introduce Madame Malibran's beautiful una voce poco fa, "Do not mingle," "Kathleen Mavourneen," a well-known French air, "Au que l'amour" with her own embellishments. Madelle. C. T. J. TISROUX has engaged Mr. T. L VAN DE STADT, who will play "bonheur de se Revoir Fantasia" for flute, accompanied by Mrs. C. READ, also sing the "Marseillaise," and that celebrated contralto singer MISS MONTAGUE, who will make her first appearance at this concert, will sing "Love Not," and "Happy Moments." Mr. BANKS will introduce some favourite ballads. Mrs. C. READ will play Fantasia on airs from L'Elisir d'Amore. Tickets 4s. . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: Mdlle Tisroux (vocalist); Eliza Read (pianist); Thomas Banks (vocalist

MUSIC: Le bonheur de se revoir (Eugène Walckiers) (DIGITISED)

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

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

PETERSHAM, &c - Mr. VAN DE STADT begs most respectfully to announce that on WEDNESDAYS and SATURDAYS he will attend at Newtown and Petersham and on the other days of the week in or around Sydney, to give lessons on the Piano, Flute, &c., and in Singing, Terms, moderate. Tuned pianos. Reference to Mr. Derbyshere, O'Connell-street, Newtown; Mr. Parkinson, Petersham; and at Mr. Logue's, corner of Crown and Stanley-streets, Woolloomooloo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VAN GHELE, Charles François (VAN GELE)

Conductor, composer

Born Gand, Belgium, 12/13 January 1825
Arrived Sydney, NSW, 1877
Departed Sydney, NSW, 1884
Died ? Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), 1885 (this entry shareable link)


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


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

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

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

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

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

Bibliography and resources: 


Entertainer, "Polyphonist", theatrical manager, agent, theatrical artist, machinist, amateur musician

Born c. 1836
Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1854
Active NZ, 1868-c. 1874 or later (NLA persistent identifier) (this entry shareable link)


VARLEY, Nugent (Nugent Augustus VARLEY; Mr. Nugent VARLEY)

Concert manager (Winterbottom's Band)

Born Shrewesbury, Shropshire, England, 1827
Married Louisa Rose DISTIN, St. Mary, Lambeth, London, England, 8 February 1851
Active Sydney, NSW, by April 1853 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)

ASSOCIATIONS: John Winterbottom

VARLEY, Louisa (Louisa Rose DISTIN; Miss DISTIN; Mrs. Varley NUGENT; Mrs. McKINLAY)


Born London, England, 12 December 1831 (daughter of John DISTIN)
Died Melbourne, VIC, 7 January 1908

VARLEY, Violet Amelia (Miss Violet VARLEY; Mrs. Joseph TAPLEY)


Born Talbot, VIC, 1871
Died Melbourne, VIC, 2 June 1895 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (TROVE tagged) (NLA persistent identifier)


Nugent Varley had been a musicseller in Pall-Mall, London, until November 1849, when he and his partner, John Taylor, dissolved the business. A year later, November 1850, Varley was manager for the famous Distin family concert troupe, and in February the following year he married Louis Distin, daughter of John Distin (1794-1863). Louisa was also a cousin of Charlotte Loder, wife and widow of Alfred Loder (died Prahran, VIC, February 1853), and sister-in-law of George Loder.

The Varleys were probably only recently arrived in Sydney when, in Sydney in April 1853, Nugent advertised for musicians to join John Winterbottom's band:

TO THE MUSIC PROFESSION. MR. NUGENT VARLEY (late Director of the Exeter Hall Concerts, London,) negs to inform the profession that he is instructed to engage the following artistes for a lengthened period, viz., eight first violins, eight second violins, four violas, two violoncellos, two double basses, two flutes, one flageolet, two clarionets, one oboe, one bassoon, two cornet-a-pistons, two horns, three trombones, one ophecleide, one side drum, kettle drum, and grosse caisse. Applications to be addressed care of Mr. MARSH, Musicseller, George-street.

On 9 April he advertised for "two carpenters, to erect a large orchestra". These same fittings were put up for sale in June, and by August Varley, Winterbotttom, and at least some of his Sydney band had arrived in Melbourne.

After August 1853, there is no further documented reference to Varley as Winterbottom's manager, and by 1856, and perhaps much earlier, the Varleys had settled in the central Victorian goldfields, where for the next 20 years they were general storekeepers.

Their daughter, the operetta vocalist Violet Varley (Mrs. Joseph Tapley) was,

Violet was touring in juvenile roles as early as 1883, and was later a pupil of Lucy Chambers.

W. J. Turner composed a song The passing show in Violet's memory (published by W. H. Glen, NO COPY IDENTIFIED).


[Notice], The London Gazette (16 November 1849), 3457 

[Advertisement], Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties [England] (8 November 1850), 5

CORN EXCHANGE, NOTTINGHAM, MONDAY EVEMXG, NOVEMBER 18th, 1850. GRAND PRESENTATION CONCERT by the DISTINS, who had the honor of performing before her Majesty the Queen at Balmoral Castle, in September last. Mr. DISTIN and his SONS will perform on their silver Sax-Horns, which were presented to them by the late Louis Philippe, in Paris, 1844 . . . The entire arrangements will he under the management of Mr. NUGENT VARLEY (Manager), who will be in attendance, for the Sale of Tickets . . .

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

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

[Advertisement], The Argus (23 April 1853), 1 

MRS ALFRED LODER, late of New York; your cousin, Mrs. Varley (late Louisa Distin) would wish to hear from you; write, 490 1/2, George-street, Sydney.

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

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


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

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

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

"SOCIAL ITEMS", Evening News (11 May 1894), 3 

A marriage that would have attracted a number of spectators had it not been kept so exceedingly quiet was recently celebrated at the Australian Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. Chas. Strong. The bride, Miss Violet Varley, has worked her way rapidly to the front of her profession, and is at present one of the most popular artistes on the Australian operatic stage. Miss Varley is the youngest daughter of the late Mr. Nugent Varley, of London, and Mrs. N. Varley, of Violetta, Hotham-street, East Melbourne. She derives her musical talent from her mother's family, being a granddaughter of the late Mr. John Distin, the well-known performer on the trumpet and saxhorn, who was principal trumpeter at her Majesty's coronation. Her uncle, lately deceased, and her cousin are also well known in the English musical world. Mr. Joseph Tapley, the bridegroom, is a son of Mr. John Tapley, of London, and although one of the latest additions to the Royal Comic Opera Company, is a firmly established favorite.

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

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

[News], Champion (3 October 1896), 4 

[John Sandes's] lines, "In an Old Wardrobe," on the death of Mrs. Joseph Tapley (Miss Violet Varley) which appeared in "The Passing Show" were set to music by W. J. Turner and published by Glen a few months ago . . .

"DEATHS", The Argus (7 January 1908), 1 


Violet Varley (c.1895)

Violet Varley (c.1890)

Bibliography and resources:

Ray Farr, The Distin legacy: the rise of the brass band in 19th-Century Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), 39-40 (PREVIEW)

John Distin and Ann Matilda's youngest child was a daughter, Louisa (Louise) Rose Distin . . . born on December 12th 1831 in London . . . She appeared on some of the Distin family concerts as a vocalist when she was quite young and later, in 1849 on the concert tour of America. She married Nugent Augustus Fleetwood Varley (born 1827 in Shrewesbury, Shropshire) son of William Fleetwood Varley, the famous landscape artist. In 1851 [? recte 1852/53] she emigrated to Australia.

"Frank Varley", Design & Art Australia Online (DAAO)

VAUDRE, Alfred Walter

Professor of music and dancing

Active Albury, NSW, 1861 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


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

(From Brother Jonathan, Aug. 29.) WALTER VAUDRE, a little French street-musician, charged Michael Farrell, on Thursday, with breaking his organ, and threatening to do terrible things to himself . . .

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

An individual styling himself "Professor Vaudre," i.e., a professor of music and dancing, has been cheating the good folks at Albury. He not only ran several accounts, but obtained several "quarters in advance" from unsuspecting parents, when suddenly he was carried off by the police on the charge of having stolen a gold watch at Beechworth. It seemed that he had only just left gaol after completing a sentence of imprisonment, which he had received some nine or ten months before at Wodonga.

"GENERAL SESSIONS", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (29 June 1861), 3 

The General Sessions, for Beechworth, will be held at the Court House, Ford-street, on Tuesday next, the 2nd July. The following is a list of the prisoners for trial:- . . . Alfred Walter Vaudre, larceny . . .


Instrumentalist (theatrical orchestra), ? kettle drummer, ? hatter, tailor

? Arrived Sydney, NSW, 30 May 1833 (per Caroline, from Liverpool, England, via Hobart Town)
Active Sydney, NSW, 1835-50 (this entry shareable link)

VAUGHAN, Robert (Mr. VAUGHAN junior)

Instrumentalist (theatrical orchestra), flautist, piccolo player

Born NSW, c.1832/34 (? son of Michael and Catherine VAUGHAN)
Active Sydney, NSW, by 1850
Died at sea, 12 July 1865, aged 31 (passenger per Novelty, returning from NZ) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


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

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


[Advertisement], The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (2 May 1835), 3 

Theatre Royal, Sydney . . . The Lessees are highly gratified in informing the public, that they have succeeded in engaging all the first Musical Talent in Sydney to form their Orchestra, which consists of the following gentlemen, viz. Leader of the Band - Mr. CLARKE; Violins - Messrs. SPYER, JOHNSON, DYER, and SCOTT; Principal Flute - Mr. STUBBS; Violincello and Grand Piano Forte - Mr. CAVENDISH; Clarionetts - Messrs TURNER & SHARP; Bassoons - Messrs. HOARE & BALL; Bugle - Mr. PAPPIN; Drums - Mr. VAUGHAN . . .

[Advertisement], The Sydney Herald (8 February 1845), 1 

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

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

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

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

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

GRAND CONCERT . . . on Wednesday Evening, the 3rd of April instant . . . Mr. Deane will be assisted by Mrs. Guerin, Madame Carandini, Messrs. F. and J. Howson, Mr. Stanley, Mr. Gibbs, Messrs. Guerin, Friedlander, Strong, Turner, Vaughan, Vaughan, jun., Hudson, Ducros, Wright, several Amateurs of talent, and by the kind permission of Colonel Bloomfield and Officers, the splendid Band of the 11th Regiment. Leader, Mr. Gibbs. Conductor, Mr. Deane. Mr Stanley will preside at the Pianoforte . . .

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

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

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

New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists; 1864

Robert Vaughan, age 30, arrived Sydney, NSW, 20 April 1864, from Auckland, New Zealand

"DEATHS", Empire (22 July 1865), 1 

At sea, on boards the barque Novelty, on the 12th July, Robert Vaughan, aged 31 years, for many years connected with the Victoria and Prince of Wales Theatres, of this city, leaving a wife and child to mourn their loss.

"DEATH OF ROBERT VAUGHAN, THE CRICKETER", Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle (22 July 1865), 3 

The barque Novelty, arrived in this port on Thursday, sailed from Auckland on the evening of the 8th instant, heavy head winds having prevailed. For the last five days she has been within 300 miles of these Heads. A steerage passenger, named Robert Vaughan, died on the 12th instant in an epileptic fit, being at the same time suffering from delirium tremens.

"THEATRICALS, &c.", Bell's Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle (26 August 1865), 2 

In our advertising columns will be found notified a concert to take place at the Masonic Hall on Wednesday next, on behalf of the widow of Mr. Robert Vaughan who died on his return passage to Sydney from New Zealand. Mr. Vaughan was well known in this city both as an excellent musician, and a first rate cricketer, and we hope, and indeed have no doubt, that his fellow country-men will muster, strongly on the occasion, both out of respect to the dead, and in sympathy for his bereaved wife.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (30 August 1865), 1 

"CONCERT", The Sydney Morning Herald (31 August 1865), 4 

A complimentary concert was given yesterday evening, at the Masonic Hall, for the benefit of the widow and orphan of the late Robert Vaughan, known to many in this city as a piccolo player in the orchestra of one of the theatres, but perhaps better known as an old cricketer . . .

VAUGHAN, Charles

Musical amateur

Born Liverpool, England, 1811
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, 1839
Died Melbourne, VIC, June 1864 (this entry shareable link)


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

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

Two sons of

VAUTIN, James Theodore

Born London, England, 4 April 1776; baptised St. Botolph, Bishopgate, 5 April 1776
Died Stoke Newington, England, 15 November 1857, in his 82nd year (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)

VAUTIN, James (junior)

Amateur musician, violoncello player, member of Hobart Town Choral Society

Born London, 29 April 1896; baptised St. Mary's, Islington, (eldest son of James Theodore VAUTIN and Mary Anne CHARLTON)
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 26 October 1842 (per Janet Izat, from London, 24 June)
Died Hobart, TAS, 10 June 1880, in his 83rd year (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


? Amateur musician

Born Islington, London, England, 18 October 1819 (youngest son of James Theodore VAUTIN and Mary Anne CHARLTON)
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 26 October 1842 (per Janet Izat, from London, 24 June)
Died (by accident) Ashfield, NSW, 25 November 1876 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


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

James was a Clerk in the Audit Office in Hobart in 1850, when John was in Launceston.


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

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

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



"THE CHORAL SOCIETY", The Courier (18 October 1845), 2 

. . . Of the instrumental performers, the veteran leader, Mons. Gautrot, fully sustained the character he has won; while Messrs. Marshall and Vautin, on the flute and violoncello, contributed, in no slight degree, to the eclat of the performance. In the air, "O liberty," spiritedly sung by Mr. McGregor, and very neatly accompanied by Mr. Vautin, it seemed to be forgotten by all except the able and experienced conductor, Mr. Curtis, that the accompaniment is, throughout, a violoncello obligato . . .

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

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

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

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

. . . It is but proper to record that Mr. Salier was ably assisted by Mr. Vautin, (violincello), Mr. Elliott, (flute) Mr. Duly, (first violin) and other friends . . .

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

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

Bibliography and resources:

"Music & Drama", The Mercury (16 March 1927), 10 

Mr. Clinch, superintendent of mails, gives the interesting information that one of the pianofortes made by the J. Williams, of Hobart Town, who advertised in the "Royal Kalendar" for 1848, mentioned in these notes last week, is still in use at the house of his sister, Mrs. Corney, of Lunawanna, Bruny Island. It is also learned that Mr. Frank Harbottle, [? grandson of] one of the members of the committee of the Hobart Town Choral Society in 1848, died only a few years ago. He was well-known in musical and military circles. Another member, Mr. Reichenberg, was the father of Miss Reichenberg, organist at St. Joseph's Church, and a third, Mr. Vautin, was the father of Mr. D. Vautin, flutist, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, and of his brother, a cellist.

"THEY RUN THE WATERFRONT", The Daily Telegraph (5 August 1949), 8 



Dancers, actors

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

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

Baritone vocalist, opera company manager

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

Guglielmo Verdi, 1880



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Emilie Melville and Signor Verdi have arrived at Brisbane from Calcutta, and will come on to Melbourne.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VERNICKEL, Albrecht Friedrich (Albr. Fr. VERNICKEL; Mr. VERNEEKEL)

Pianist, piano tuner

Arrived Adelaide, SA, 13 March 1854 (per Iserbrook, from Hamburg, 23 November 1853)
Active Adelaide, SA, until ? 1855 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (14 March 1854), 2 

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (3 March 1855), 1 

[Advertisement], Adelaide Times (6 April 1855), 3 

"VICTORIA THEATRE", Adelaide Times (10 April 1855), 3

. . . We are sorry we cannot speak equally favourably of the performance of Mr. Verneekel, the pianist, whose frequent mishaps were the cause of much confusion . . .

"MRS. MITCHELL'S CONCERT", South Australian Register (10 April 1855), 3 

"MRS. MITCHELL'S CONCERT", Adelaide Observer (14 April 1855), 5 

. . . Mr. Verneekel proved himself an accomplished pianist, and Herr Wurna, the gentleman whose performance on the violin was so much admired at the last concert of the Choral Society, again played De Beriot's air "Varié," with increased success. "Rule Britannia," by Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Wallace, and the Amateur, concluded most appropriately this delightful entertainment, and the loyal feeling of the company was manifested by their standing during the performance of the national melody.


Operatic vocalist

Active Australia, 1877

VERNON, Bertha

Soprano vocalist

Active Melbourne, VIC, 1877

VERNON, Howard (John; Jack LETT)

Tenor vocalist, actor, comedian

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

Howard Vernon, 1882



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bibliography and resources:

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

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


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

Born Dublin, 18 September 1825
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, December 1854 (per Falcon, from Liverpool)
Died Northcote, VIC, 10 June 1899, aged 73 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


The Dublin directory for 1853 lists "Joseph Verso, builder, 1 Paradise Lane", along with 3 other Verso builders and cabinetmakers (two Johns and a William), presumably all related. Described as a clerk aged 29, he and his wife appear in the passenger list for the Falcon, which arrived in Melbourne from Liverpool in December 1854.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bibliography and resources:

VINCENT, George (I) (George VINCENT)

Bandsman (Brunswick Band, Schrader's band)

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


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

VINCENT, George (II)

Musician, brass player (cornet, trumpet)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Musician, bandmaster

Died Sydney, NSW, September 1885, aged 37 (this entry shareable link)


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

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


Clergyman, colonial chaplain

Born c. 1792
Arrived Sydney, NSW, January 1828
Active Moreton Bay, NSW (QLD), mid 1829
Died Penrith, NSW, 2 January 1854, aged 62 (this entry shareable link)


John Vincent (d. 1854) first came to New South Wales in January 1828, and arrived at Moreton Bay as chaplain some time between March and May 1829, but he soon quarrelled with Logan and was back in Sydney on 29 December 1829, whereafter he was the first minister stationed at Goulburn and Sutton's Forest, in 1830. Logan was murdered by natives in the region of Mt. Beppo on 17 October 1830.


William Ross, The fell tyrant; or, The suffering convict: showing the horrid and dreadful suffering of the convicts of Norfolk Island and Moreton Bay, our two penal settlements in New South Wales, with the life of the author, William R--S (London: J. Ward, 1836), 26 

. . . I recollect a prisoner, who formed one of the choir of singers, being brought to court for stealing a cob of corn in the field where he had been laboriously working, and in almost a state of starvation. Logan addressed him in the following manner, "You, sir, are one of Mr. Vincent's psalm singers, and you can steal corn: I shall, in consequence most severely punish you." Then addressing himself to the constable in attendance, "Take him to the scourger, and let him have a hundred lashes." This was no sooner said than donw, and he was no longer permitted to remain in the choir; not because he had stolen a cob of corn, as it was termed, but Logan thought it would offend Mr. Vincent, and held this as his pretext . . .

"DIED", The Sydney Morning Herald (5 January 1854), 5 

Bibliography and resources:

Jordan 2012, 194


Vocalist ("the star of Bendigo")

Active VIC, by 1855

VINCENT, John Rimmer

Professor of music, pianist, composer

Born c. 1834
Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1855
Active Castlemaine and Daylesford, VIC, 1861-62
Died Greymouth, NZ, 23 November 1866, aged 32 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


"STEALING", The Argus (29 June 1855), 5 

At the City Court yesterday, John R. Vincent charged Edgar Morris with stealing sundry shirts, collars, &c, from his trunk at the Ship Inn, Sandridge. It appeared that they were musicians, - one a pianist and the other a singer, - and lodged together. Morris succeeded in convincing the Magistrate that he had full permission to wear the articles which he was accused of stealing, all of which he had returned, with the exception of those now out to be washed, and these he said he would return as soon as they were brought home. The Magistrates ordered him to do so, and then discharged him.

[Advertisement], The Argus (22 August 1855), 8 


Amongst other pieces the Castlemaine Band played a march composed expressly for the corps by Mr. Vincent.

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

John Rimmer Vincent, of Daylesford, professor of music. Causes of insolvency - Want of professional engagements, depreciation in the value of the same when obtained, pressure of creditors, adverse verdict in County Court, and depreciation in the value of property. Liabilities, £273 15s; assets, £253 1s; deficiency, £20 14s. Mr. Courtney, official assignee.


First and only meetings wore held in the estates of David John Meredith, of Wood's Point, blacksmith; George Brown, of Maldon, wheelwright; John Gustav Adler, of Sandhurst, quartz carter; and John Rimmer Vincent, of Fitzroy, musician. Neither of these insolvents attended, and no creditors appeared.

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

VINCENT, Millist (senior)

Bandsman (Band of the 2-14th Regiment, Hobart detachment band), bandmaster

Born Surrey, England, December 1843
Active Hobart, TAS, by c.1866
Died Hobart, TAS, 2 July 1931 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)

See also Band of the 14th Regiment

VINCENT, Millist (junior)

Musician, bandsman, bandmaster

Born c. 1870
Died Launceston, TAS, 18 April 1912, aged 42 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)


"BANDS AND BANDSMEN", Daily Post (23 April 1912), 2 

The death of Mr. Millist Vincent, of the Derwent Regiment Band, leaves a gap in banding circles. Mr. Vincent was one of the oldest and most respected bandsmen in Hobart. For many years he was a leading light of the City Band, and has been attached to the Derwent Band for a very lengthy period, totalling in all about 25 years' devotion to the cause of band music. Mr. Vincent, at the time of his illness, was bandmaster of the Glenorchy Band. Apart from his service in bands, he had considerable experience in orchestral and theatrical work, and his genial face will be sadly missed from these organisations. Bandsmen, all over Tasmania and the Commonwealth, who have fraternised with the deceased deeply sympathise with his widow and family. His funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, and was attended by a large cortege of friends. The Derwent Regiment Band, assisted by other bandsmen, played en route to the Queenborough Cemetery. One of the finest gathering of bandsmen in Hobart was seen at the funeral, totalling 100. These were made up of representatives of the Derwent Regiment, Tasmanian Military, Hobart City, Salvation Army, Devonport, and Glenorchy bands, besides several old bandsmen out of active harness. The massed hands in the march were under the conductorship of Mr. T. W. Hopkins, and the playing of the "Dead March in Saul" en route to the cemetery and "The Garnie Military March" on the return was much admired by lovers of band music. The bands, after parading the principal streets, were dismissed by Drum-Major H. Wilson at the G.P.O.

"PERSONAL. MR. MILLIST VINCENT. Served with Imperial Forces", The Mercury (3 July 1931), 6 

The death occurred at Hobart yesterday, after a short illness, of Mr. Millist Vincent, who had enjoyed the proud distinction of having served for over half a century under the Crown, 21 years of which was as a member of the 14th Regiment (Prince of Wales's West Yorkshire Regiment) in England, Tasmania, and India, and 31 years in the Tasmanian public service. Mr. Vincent was born at Chertsey, Surrey, England, in December,1843, and after enlisting at an early age, came to Tasmania with two companies of his regiment, under Major Vivian, in 1867. He was stationed at Hobart for two years, during which time he married Miss Mary Watson, of Hobart, and in 1869 left for India, where he served with his regiment till he secured his discharge in 1882, when he returned to Tasmania. He soon afterwards joined the public service as a messenger, and for many years was office-keeper and messenger attached to the Mines and Works Departments. Although well advanced in years, when the Boer War broke out Mr. Vincent endeavoured to enlist but was rejected, but one of his sons served in that campaign, and was invalided home. In 1913 Mr. Vincent retired from the public service, and the following year was publicly presented with the Long Service Medal. He lived in retirement at Hobart, enjoying, his full faculties until a sudden illness brought about his death . . .

"BANDS OF HOBART", Daily Post (30 August 1917), 2 


. . . it was not until 1866 (after the New Zealand war) before another regiment, the 2/14th West Yorkshire (now Prince of Wales' West Yorkshire). A detachment band formed in Adelaide arrived in 1867, to join the regiment. Mr Millist Vincent, of this city, was a member of the same. Mr. Robert Cherry was the bandmaster. So ends this history of Imperial military hands in Tasmania . . .


Professor of Music, Professed Trainer of public and Amateur Singers

Born Spitalfields, London, England, 14 August 1825
Arrived Melbourne, by 8 July 1854
Died Richmond, Melbourne, 20 April 1859, aged 34 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)

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

Vocalist, pianist, teacher of singing and music

Baptised London, England, 7 May 1837
Arrived Melbourne, 23 September 1854 (per Oliver Lang, from Liverpool, 29 June)
Departed Australia for England, 1870
Returned Melbourne, VIC, by 1889
Died Moonee Ponds, VIC, 18 June 1917 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (NLA persistent identifier) (this entry shareable link)


The Launceston Examiner in December 1851 reported the English news:

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

Whittle had been before the court in London in June:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

"SINGING CLASSES. MECHANICS' INSTITUTE", The Banner (11 July 1854), 9 

We observe that Messrs. Vitelli and Allan are about to commence singing classes in connection with the Mechanics' Institute here. Mr. Allan is already well known to us from his connection with the denominational schools; and Mr. Vitelli, from the standing which he occupied in the mother country, cannot fail to become equally well-known in a short period. The cultivation of music, one of the chief sources of fireside enjoyments, spreads a leaven through society, and we bail with sincere gratification all efforts in this direction as so many influences tending to domesticate our sadly unsettled colony.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Advertisement], The Argus (23 September 1857), 8 

RICHMOND CHORAL SOCIETY.- A Society to be styled as above with preparatory classes, under the direction of Mr. VITELLI, late Choir Master of her Majesty's Chapel Royal, is now in course of formation. Terms of Admission, One Guinea per quarter. Class No. 1 will meet for practice Tuesday Evening next, at eight. 28 Docker-street, Richmond Hill.

"MELBOURNE NEWS", Bendigo Advertiser (25 April 1859), 2 

The district Coroner received yesterday information of the death of a man at Brook's station, about thirteen miles from Gisborne, who was killed by a tree falling upon him. The same functionary has also been notified of the death of M. Pirani Vitelli [Giovanni], who died suddenly on Wednesday evening. The deceased, who was a teacher of music, was seen to fall near the Star and Garter hotel, and when taken up was found to be quite dead. It appears that he had been suffering for the last two years from consumption, and had been attended by Dr. Brown less until within a week of his death. An inquest will not be held in this case as there are no suspicious circumstances connected with it, and the deceased had been professionally attended. The deceased was, we believe, husband of Madame Vitelli, the well known vocalist.

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

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

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

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

Bibliography and resources:

Hugh Anderson, "Thatcher, Charles Robert (1831-1878)", Australian dictionary of biography 6 (1976)

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


Pianist, composer

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

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

Soprano vocalist

Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1877
Died Brighton, Melbourne, VIC, 29 December 1923 (this entry shareable link)

Image (Alice):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Rosa Newmarch (trans., ed.), The life and letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky by Modeste Tchaikovsky (London: John Lane, 1906), 637 

[Tchaikovsky, New York, letter, 16 April 189] . . . We heard an oratorio, The Captivity, by the American composer Max Vogrich. Most wearisome.

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

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

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

Musical works: (Max)

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

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


Cellist, violoncello player, teacher of music

Arrived Adelaide, SA, 7 April 1891 (on the Braunschweig)
Died Sydney, NSW, 3 May 1907, aged 45 (this entry shareable link)


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


The Athenaeum (1881), 730

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

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

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

The Musical Standard (1885), 146

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VOLPI, Francesco

Clarionet player, clarinet player

Arrived Melbourne, VIC, by June 1854
Active NSW, 1855-56 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


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

ROWE'S CIRCUS. Concert Extraordinary.
A Band of Italian Musicians, whose talent was unsurpassed in their native country, having recently arrived in this colony, will have the honor of making their first appearance in Melbourne, and giving a grand Concert at Rowe's Circus, on Saturday evening, June 10th, 1854.
Having made arrangements with with Caverly Volunteer Fire Company to appear with it on all public occasions, the Band has received permission to take its name and wear its uniform.
The Band will therefore be known as the Caverly Volunteer Band.
It consists of A. Rangoni, Manager, Cornet-a-pistons; Angelo Lagomarsino, Basso; Francesco Volpi, Clarinetto; Giacinto Gagliardi, Flauto; Giovanni Abba, Trombone; Allessandro Belloni, Basso; and Giovanni Grenno, Casa. Herr Ellerner will preside at the piano . . .

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

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

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

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

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


Cornet player, circus bandmaster

Active Australia, 1880s-90s (this entry shareable link)


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

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

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

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

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


Musician, concert flute player

Active Adelaide, SA, 1854; Beechworth, VIC, 1857 (this entry shareable link)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Professor of music, conductor, composer

Active Melbourne, VIC, and Sydney, NSW, 1891-93 (this entry shareable link)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

VOSPER, Laura Mary (Miss Laura WOODWARD)

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

Active Goulburn, NSW, by 1880 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (this entry shareable link)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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