The Museum of Early Western Australian Recorded Sound
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August 1891 John ForrestJohn Forrest recording (now lost)

Professor Douglas Archibald visited Western Australia in 1891 with an Edison Phonograph. On Friday August 21, 1891 he recorded a speech by Sir John Forrest. The (now lost) cylinder was kept by Archibald and is known to have been played in Surabaya Indonesia in 1892.

David Dolan recreated the speech on a cylinder record
in 2004 using
the actual text.
John Forrest Cylinder
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January 1907
Ensign SuridgeEnsign Suridge

Ensign Albert Suridge was in charge of the Salvation Army in Albany in 1906-7. Approximately four weeks before his death
on February 17 1907 from typhoid he recorded this cylinder record. This is the oldest known datable Western Australian recording.

INTRO: “Cornet selection by Ensign Suridge. Albany Records”.
OUTRO: “This cornet selection was played by Ensign Suridge about four weeks before he was Promoted to Glory.”

            Full record (2:38)           Short version (36 seconds)
Albany Records
Photo: Ensign Suridge
Albany Record

Play Full Version
Short Version
Story of the Record
1928
Charles Court
"Lucille"
Disc is backed with "Serenade".

In 1928, at the age of 16, Charles Court, entered the Tanunda Band Competition in South Australia. Playing the cornet he won Boys’ Championship, Amateur Championship, Open Championship, Sight-Reading Championship, Memorized Championship. He also gained Third Place in the Champion of Champions.

Having achieved this, he was asked to make some recordings for the Broadcast record label. Two records (four pieces) were released.

Broadcast label BA.66

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1928
Charles Court Charles Court
"Il Bacio"

Disc is backed with "Zelda".

The pianist backing Court is believed to be Douglas Warburton.




Photo: Charles Court
Broadcast label BA.65
Court record
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November 7, 1932
'IF' by Rudyard Kipling
Artist unknown

This 1932 recording of a young boy was made by Phonographs Limited, Hay Street Perth.

The label states "For Granny" by "Your Grandson". The reverse side of the records suggests the initials of the young boy are probably C.R.G.S.; his parents being R.G.S. and M.R.S.


Your Own Voice Records were cut directly onto aluminium discs on a recording lathe built in Perth by Phonographs Limited.

'Your Own Voice' Label - Phonographs Limited Perth
 If recording
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Early 1930s
Mrs H.R. Howard 
(wife of Henry R Howard - later Sir Harry Howard)
This is only a fragment of the recording due to damage.
The record is labelled - Mrs Howard Approx 1930.

As early as July 1924, Mrs H R Howard was singing on the newly established radio station 6WF. She  appeared regularly
on the radio, even up to 1947. Mrs Howard also sung in concerts, often organised by her husband, for the North Perth Congregational Church. She supported various charity concerts; for example the Thomas-Street Parents and Teachers' Association fundraising concert for the Thomas-Street School in Perth in 1930.

Your Own Voice Records were cut directly onto aluminium discs on a recording lathe built in Perth by Phonographs Limited.
Courtesy of Howard Family

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Early 1930s
Comedians - "Interview for a job"
Unknown Duo (possible visiting from England)


Recorded by Phonographs Limited on a record cutting machine of their own design and construction.


Your Own Voice Records were cut directly onto aluminium discs on a recording lathe built in Perth by Phonographs Limited.


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Circa 1932
Norma Eileen Wilson - "By The Waters of Minnetonka"
Recorded by Phonographs Limited Perth c1932

Norma Wilson (later Mrs Herbert Graham) was born in Perth on 17th of August 1910. She studied music, both singing and pianoforte at St Brigid's convent school West Perth, Victoria Square convent Perth and Sacred Heart College in Highgate. Miss Wilson attained her AMusA qualification and taught pianoforte prior to her marriage in 1936. She also was awarded the LAB from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London. As a young woman Norma Wilson performed publicly, most notably at His Majesty's Theatre in Perth and on the ABC radio station 6WF. She continued to entertain publicly and privately, enjoying the opportunity to display her skill at accompanying herself on the piano whilst singing in her beautiful mezzo soprano tones.
Courtesy of Bruce Graham

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Circa1932

Lionel Carter - "When Song is Sweet"
Written by Gertrude Sans-Souci (1873 - 1913)

Lionel Lewis Carter (1890–1968) had an excellent bass voice, and was noted for his singing in church gatherings. He served as a Captain in the Australian Imperial Forces in Europe on the Western Front during the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross in 1917. In 1924 he was participating in organ and vocal recitals in St George's Cathedral. By 1925 he was part of the popular quartet 'The Specialty Four' that performed in theatres and on the radio station 6WF. In 1929, he was made Executive Secretary of the Western Australia Employers' Federation, representing Employers in the Arbitration Court. He was still singing in live broadcasts on 6WF in the 1930s. During World War II he sung at fund-raising concerts along with Billy Edwards.
Courtesy of Tim Carter

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Circa 1932
Lionel Carter (baritone), David Lyle (tenor), and probably Billy Edwards (piano).
from 'The Specialty Four'
 
"Hey Watchman What of the Night"  By James Sargeant'.

'The Specialty Four' was founded by Billy Edwards in 1923. It consisted of David Lyle, Lionel Carter, Percy Hill and with
Billy Edwards on Piano. In a 1925 concert in the Prince of Wales Theatre it was reported that they sang "songs the public like." In a 1926 broadcast on 6WF they provided "some of the latest song hits, many of them being heard from 6WF for the first time in WA." (Daily News) The group also did tours, performing in various south-west country towns.
Courtesy of Tim Carter


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Circa 1932
Melva Neville (contralto) - "I Love You Truly"

Melva Neville (later Mrs John Wyley) appeared in The Quaker Girl (1928), The Merry Widow (1931), and Irene (1934), all in Cairns. In March 1932 in the Charters Towers Eisteddfod she won Contralto Solo, Second Grade. This recording was made in Perth circa 1932.

Source not known - information wanted.

Your Own Voice Records were cut directly onto aluminium discs on a recording lathe built in Perth by Phonographs Limited.
'Your Own Voice' Label - Phonographs Limited Perth

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1933

Guildford Grammar School Chapel Choir (Junior School)
"Away in a Manger"

In 1933 Guildford Grammar School had this recording made of Away in a Manger by their junior school choir.



Your Own Voice Records were cut directly onto aluminium discs on a recording lathe built in Perth by Phonographs Limited.
'Your Own Voice' Label - Phonographs Limited Perth

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1933


Guildford Grammar School Chapel Choir (Junior School) Solo Voice
2 tracks

In 1933 Guildford Grammar School had this recording made by a young member of their chapel choir.

The tracks are incomplete due to damage in the grooves.

Your Own Voice Records were cut directly onto aluminium discs on a recording lathe built in Perth by Phonographs Limited.

Play track 1
Play track 2
July 16, 1936 Verbal Report by Flying Doctor at Port Hedland

On Thursday July 16 1936, Walter Coxon in Perth recorded a verbal report sent over the radio by the Flying Doctor at Port Hedland (Dr. A. Vickers). This recording was played that afternoon by Coxon to the secretary (Mr. C.A. Hendry) and members of the West Australian Section of the Australian Medical Services in their Perth office. The President of the Section (Mr. J. Forrest) then recorded a summary of the proceedings of that meeting on the other side of the record, and this was transmitted by radio to Port Hedland by Coxon.

The record was later sent to Dr. Vickers in Port Hedland as a memento of the occasion.
The whereabouts of this record is currently not known.
Unknown Record
October 26, 1936
Official Opening of the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Building, Perth.
RecAudio Productions

RecAudio Productions was Perth’s first commercial sound studio devoted purely to recording for all commercial purposes. It was established by Walter (Wally) Coxon in 1936.

In October 1936, RecAudio Productions recorded the entire two hours of speeches made at the official opening of the MLC building. The whereabouts of the original  records are currently not known.

Unknown Record
1936 Speech by Sir James Mitchell

This is a recorded copy the speech presented by the Hon. Sir James Mitchell KCMG, at the official opening of the new 13 storey Colonial Mutual Life Assurance building in Perth on Monday October 26, 1936. This was the tallest building erected in Perth up to that date.
Sir James Mitchell
RecAudio Label
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This record was made by Walter (Wally) Coxon.

Two sides - RecAudio Productions
(Courtesy V. Prescott)

Late 1930s
Mr Johnson
"In My Garden"


Vocalist with piano accompaniment.

Nicholson's opened their sound recording studios in c1936.




Two sides - Nicholson's Sound Recording Studios
Nicholsons Recording Studio
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Late 1930s
Evelyn Shotter (violin) and  Florence Hodd (piano)
"Spring Sonata" Beethoven

Recorded in the Nicholson's Sound Recording Studios, Barrack Street Perth, probably in the late 1930s.
Evelyn Shotter regularly played in recitals in Perth from the late 1920s until she left for England in 1950. Florence Hodd played in recitals in Perth from about 1910 until 1953.




Two sides - Nicholson's Sound Recording Studios
Nicholsons Label
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March 5, 1941
Irene AbbottIrene Rose Abbott (soloist) Madame Rosenthal (Piano)
"Lo Hear The Gentle Lark"

Irene Abbott began singing publicly in the late 1930s and gave many public performances, often in concerts organised by Madame Rosenthal. For example in 1938, aged 15, she participated as a soloists in a concert in the Perth Town Hall. She performed on the radio, on both 6WF and 6WN.

She was 17 years old when she made this recording in March 1941.

Courtesy A. Carroll
Two sides - Nicholson's Sound Recording Studios
Photo: Irene Rose Abbott c1941
Irene Abbott
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March 5, 1941 RosenthalIrene Rose Abbott (soloist) Madame Rosenthal (Piano)
"The Dream Of Home"

Madame Rosenthal came to Western Australia in 1920. For the next 30 years she dominated the light classical music scene in Perth. She established the Musgroves Lyric Orchestra (1926) and the Rosenthal Ladies’ String Quartet (1932). She was pianist for the Filippini Grand Opera Company (1932) and Conductress of the Philomel Ladies' Choir (1933). She made numerous radios broadcasts for 6WF in the 1930s and played for the West Australian Spitfire Fund (1941).

Courtesy A. Carroll
Two sides - Nicholson's Sound Recording Studios

Photo: Madame Rosenthal (courtesy J Kohlen)
The Dream of Home
March 5, 1941 Irene Rose Abbott (soloist) Madame Rosenthal (Piano)
"The Last Rose of Summer"

Irene Rose Abbott was born in Perth on March 18, 1923.   She was trained in singing by Madame Rosenthal. They were intending to travel to London to further Irene’s career when the Second World War was declared, and so they didn’t continue with these plans.  Irene enjoyed performing on Stage, in Concerts, on the Radio and in Churches.  She worked for Nicholsons and made regular Radio Broadcasts. In 1941 she sang in a Concert for the Army Troops in Ravenswood. Irene married Merton Roland Gray on November 7, 1942 at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Colin St, West Perth. She continued to sing, but not to the same extent, mostly at Church weddings or by Special request; and always at the ‘piano sing song’ gatherings at home with her family. Irene Gray was widowed in 1968, and she died on August 29, 1983 aged 60.
Courtesy A. Carroll
Two sides - Nicholson's Sound Recording Studios
Last Rose of Summer
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1943
"Day before we sailed for England"
"Jack and me in Melbourne"
1943

Spoken by Jack Septimus Dixon from Western Australia.
Jack was a 'Freo boy' who joined the RAAF at the age of 19 years. In 1943 Jack was in Melbourne, on his way to England to participate in the war. In 1945 he captained a Lancaster Bomber, flying relief parcels over war-torn Europe. After the war he returned safely to WA, and later flew for MMA. He also flew for the Royal Flying Doctor Service all around Western Australia.
Recorded in Luna Park, Melbourne.
            Courtesy J. Sterkenburg

Kenatone

Play Side 1
Play Side 2
1943 Electoral Alphabet - ABCD
6KY advertisement
This is a humorous advertisement for the Australian Labour Party in the 1943 election.
6KY was established in October 1941. The station was then owned (major share holder) by the Australian Worker's Union. This 12 inch acetate record was cut in Nicholson's Sound Recording Studio (6PR).
Courtesy L Maxwell

Play ABCD
1943 Electoral Alphabet - EFGH, IJKL, MNOP
6KY advertisement
These are humorous advertisements for the Australian Labour Party in the 1943 election.
6KY was established in October 1941. The station was then owned (major share holder) by the Australian Worker's Union. This 12 inch acetate record was cut in Nicholson's Sound Recording Studio (6PR).
Courtesy L Maxwell

Play EFGH
Play IJKL
Play MNOP
1943 Electoral Alphabet - PQRS, STUV, WXYZ
6KY advertisement
These are humorous advertisements for the Australian Labour Party in the 1943 election.
6KY was established in October 1941. The station was then owned (major share holder) by the Australian Worker's Union. This 12 inch acetate record was cut in Nicholson's Sound Recording Studio (6PR).
Courtesy L Maxwell

Play PQRS
Play STUV
Play WXYZ
1943 1943 Canberra Cup
6KY Spoof
This is a humorous horse race based on the 1943 election.
6KY was established in October 1941. The station was then owned (major share holder) by the Australian Worker's Union. This 12 inch acetate record was cut in Nicholson's Sound Recording Studio (6PR).

Courtesy L Maxwell


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Late 1940s Guiseppe MagistroSignor G. Magistro (Spanish Guitar)
Two pieces (4:21)

Giuseppe Magistro was born in Messina Sicily in 1899. He arrived in Fremantle in 1924. Giuseppe (Joseph) Magistro is first mentioned in the newspapers in February 1928 as part of a musical program held at the Italian Club.

The attached recording of two guitar pieces was made in the late 1940s.

Two sides - Nicholson's Sound Recording Studios
Courtesy G. Emery
Photo: Guiseppe Magistro (Spanish guitar)
Giuseppe Magistro label
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Late 1940s
Signor G. Magistro (Spanish Guitar)Frederici (mandolin) and Magistro (Spanish guitar)
Three pieces (5:00)

In the early 1930s Frederici (mandolin) and Magistro (Spanish guitar) played on several musical broadcasts over radio station 6WF, including several Community Concerts broadcast from the Perth Town Hall.

The attached recording of three guitar pieces
by Magistro was made in the late 1940s.

Two sides - Nicholson's Sound Recording Studios.
Courtesy G. Emery
Photo: Frederici (mandolin) and Magistro (Spanish guitar)
Giuseppe Magistro label
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December 22, 1946
North Perth Congregational Choir
"Hymns to Music"

Sung by the North Perth Congregational Choir - under the direction of Henry R. Howard.

Howard (later Sir Harry Howard, Lord Mayor of Perth) managed Phonographs Limited in Perth, and later Wyper Howard.





 Australian Broadcasting Commission
North Perth Choir
1946 – 1963

EMVOX
EMVOX Recordings
In about 1946 F.D. Miller and his younger brother purchased a disc recording apparatus (lathe) from Royce Ferguson in Melbourne. The name Emvox was simply M for Miller and VOX for voice.
In early 1947, while a student at the University of Western Australia, Emvox cut what was probably the first recording made of Dame Joan Sullivan who was, at that time, a singing student from the Eastern States.

When microgroove recording came in, Emvox obtained a new traversing gear for the much finer groove spacing and width.
F.D. Miller became a teacher. In the late 1950s Emvox Sound Productions had a brief period of activity when a he and a fellow teacher toured southern towns in WA during their summer vacation with the gear packed in his car, and set up in places like Katanning and Albany where they found plenty of customers.
In the early 1960s, Emvox recorded some of Perth’s new rock groups. The business name was re-registered for the last time in 1963. Their recording equipment was later presented to one of the band leaders.
Encyclopedia of Western Australian Wirelesses and Gramophones.
EXAMPLE WANTED
July 19, 1948
Judith Phillips (Voice Of The School)

Judith Phillips rehearsing a school choir.


In 1949 Judith Phillips was described as an Elocutionist and Speech Specialist.




Two sides - Nicholson's Sound Recording Studios
Nicholsons Studios
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circa1949
The Tales of Hoffmann

"Legend of Kleinsach"


Stage production recorded in the theatre, probably on a wire recorder
using a single microphone and transferred to acetate disc by Vodex.

   Unknown theatre
   Unknown cast



Recorded by Vodex - 2nd Floor 7 Howard St.
Vodex
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1948 - 1949
M.E.R.

Goudge Bros and Crew were "Radios Repair Specialists" in Victoria Park from December 1948 to May 1949. They had begun as the "New Enterprise Radio Service" in 1943.

Goudge Bros ceased business circa 1953.




Goudge Bros & Crew Recordings. 871 Albany Rd. Victoria Park
Goudge Bros & Crew Recordings
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August 1951
Ailsa O'Neill - Pianist  (Young Australia)
Schumann: "The Prophet Bird" (Excerpt) 5:09

This young artist was recorded in Perth by the A.B.C. on August 27, 1951 for broadcasting on 6WN on September 7, 1951 at 11.30 am.

The recording was made on a 16 inch transcription disc, to be played at 33 1/3 rpm with a standard (78 rpm) stylus. Ailsa O.Neill is playing
The Prophet Bird - Schumann (Time 12'15")
This was before Lp technology had arrived.

Courtesy the Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television

Australian Broadcasting Commission
Ailsa O'Neill label
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December 1951
Frank Evans (Down Your Street No. 14)
David Moore interviewing Frank Evans (Sound Effects Officer at the ABC.) 7:44


Recorded on December 4, 1951 in Perth Western Australia by the Australian Broadcasting Commission for broadcasting on 6WF on December 10, 1951 at 10.30 p.m.

Sixteen inch acetate record cut at 33 1/3 r.p.m.


Courtesy the Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television

Australian Broadcasting Commission

Down Your Street,
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circa 1952-53
Bayswater Bowls Glee Club
SIDE 1  Swing Low Sweet Chariot; The Happy Wanderer
45 rpm microgroove 'acetate'.

Clarrie Thompson
Horrie Aide
Fred Harvey
Jack Russel

The Glee Club was involved in the first commercial for Brownes Milk Cartons.

Recorded by Bale Sound Studios, Cremorne Arcade, Hay Street, Perth.

Courtesy Merve Thompson

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circa 1952-53 Bayswater Bowls Glee Club
SIDE 2  Viva la Compagnie;  Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
45 rpm microgroove 'acetate'.

Clarrie Thompson
Horrie Aide
Fred Harvey
Jack Russel

Recorded by Bale Sound Studios, Cremorne Arcade, Hay Street, Perth.

Courtesy Merve Thompson

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c1953
Till The End Of The World -  Backed with "Wreck of the Old 97".
Wally Hadley's Hoedown Band
This four-piece band was formed by Wally Hadley who played banjo.


Goldtone Recordings was established with its prime purpose to record music suitable for square dancing. The recordings were used at the Scudder Square Dance Club. The style is similar to Western Swing.


10 Irwin Street was the location of the IRWIN SCHOOL OF DANCING (1945),
DAY-SCUDDER DANCE STUDIO (c1948 - 1953), FAIRBANKS-SCUDDER STUDIO (1953 - c1954)

 Goldtone Recordings, (Fairbanks-Scudder Dance Studio) 10 Irwin Street Perth
Goldtone Recordings
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c1953 Wreck of the Old 97 - Backed with "Till The End Of The World"
Wally Hadley's Hoedown Band
This four-piece band was formed by Wally Hadley who played banjo.


Goldtone Recordings also recorded other occasions, such as weddings, etc. They recorded the consecration of Bishop Rafferty in St Mary's Cathedral; copies of which were sent to the church archives in Rome and in Perth.

Goldtone Recordings was established by a partnership of William (Bill) Hornidge and Robert (Bob) Scudder. They used a Grundig tape recorder and a recording lathe made by Bill Hornidge.

Also see above.
 Goldtone Recordings, (Fairbanks-Scudder Dance Studio) 10 Irwin Street Perth
Wreck of Old 97
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c1953 Down Yonder - Backed with "Steel Guitar Rag"
Wally Hadley's Hoedown Band







 Goldtone Recordings, (Fairbanks-Scudder Dance Studio) 10 Irwin Street Perth

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c1953 Steel Guitar Rag - Backed with Down Yonder"
Wally Hadley's Hoedown Band







 Goldtone Recordings, (Fairbanks-Scudder Dance Studio) 10 Irwin Street Perth

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December 1, 1953
Verona Rees - Soprano.   Leah Sharp - Piano.   Vera Rees - Violin.
"Bird Song at Even Tide"

In the mid 1930s and early 1940s Vera Rees regularly played in concerts and recitals broadcast on the ABC (6WF).  Vera Rees was leader of the Perth Symphony Orchestra in the early 1930s, and became deputy leader when Mr. Vaughan Hanly assumed the leadership in 1938. She took over as first violinist during World War II. In 1949 she led the Perth String Orchestra.

Verona Rees gave recitals at several Theosophy meetings circa 1950.

Disc backed with "I Love Thee" (Grieg).  Verona Rees - Soprano   Leah Sharp - Piano

Recorded by DELPHI DISCS  Telephone BJ 1240
Delphi Disc
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195?
Talkie Slides - Midland Junction Cinema
Kevin Whitby

This is a recording of advertisements that were accompanied by magic lantern slides in a Midland Junction cinema.

Kevin Whitby was one of the early announcers on 6PM.


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1954
Anchor Parade
Advertisements (I and II) on radio stations 6PM and 6AM.

Sponsored by G. Wood and Son; manufacturers of Anchor Brand Food Products.

Audex Royal Acetate disc.





Radio Stations 6PM 6AM
Anchor Parade Audex
1957
The Harmonikings
"El Relicario"

P and A Parade (radio program) Grand Final 1957
Members were Noel Marshall, Frank Monro and Roy Cooper

Their average age was 22. The group was formed in Perth c1955 before moving to the East to explore the opportunities there. In an interview it was said "They practised for 25 hours a week, had a wide repertoire, and did their own arranging. They would take a number they liked, play the melody, and then work out the chords."

They also appeared on Australia's Amateur Hour in December 1957.

Audex Royal
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1957

Alice Weight
Alice Weight
Bless This House
Albany, Western Australia
Recorded on tape by A. Turner.
Disc record cut by R.H. Atkinson


78 rpm acetate.
Alice Weight was born in 1933. Her first stage appearance was at six (6) years of age in 1939. At the age of 16 years, she was an established operatic performer with various companies. She studied under Madame Rosenthal at Albany, starting in the late 1950‘s. She pursued a happy life with singing definitely a major part.

This recording of "Bless This House" was made in 1957 when Alice was twenty-four (24) years old.

Alice Weight Record
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1957 Head of the River Regatta 1957
Winners: Scotch College

The regatta was held on the Swan River starting near the Crawley Baths and ending near the Narrows.
6PR disc from the original broadcast.

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 August 22, 1957 Bevan Newman's Group (Jazz) - "Cheek To Cheek" (14a)_

Bevan was a highly respected local pianist; highly respected in music circles. The disc is backed with "Bernie's Tune" by The Ron Morey Quartet (11c)

Recorded at the W.A. Amateur Dance Band Concert in The Capitol Theatre, Perth on a Pyrox tape recorder with a Ronette microphone. Then transferred to acetate disc by Symphony and Swing Recordings.


Courtesy T. Smith.
Symphony and Swing Recordings, 75 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
was established by Malcolm McDonald.
Bevan Newman's Group
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 August 22, 1957 The Ron Morey Quartet (Jazz) - "Bernie's Tune" (11c)

Ron Morey was a founding member of the Perth Jazz Society; an A.B.C. announcer, and JazzWriter of ArtsWest Magazine and writer for the Perth Jazz Society Magazine. Disc is backed with "Cheek To Cheek" (14a)  by Bevan Newman's Group.

Recorded at the W.A. Amateur Dance Band Concert in The Capitol Theatre, Perth on a Pyrox tape recorder with a Ronette microphone. Then transferred to acetate disc by Symphony and Swing Recordings.

Courtesy T. Smith.
Symphony and Swing Recordings, 75 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
was established by Malcolm McDonald.
Bernie's Tune
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 August 22, 1957
The Ron Morey Quartet (Jazz) - "Mountain Greenery" (11a)
Disc is backed with "I'm Beginning To See The Light" (11b)

Ron Morey played valve trombone

See above.




Courtesy T. Smith.
Symphony and Swing Recordings, 75 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
was established by Malcolm McDonald.

Symphony and Swing Recordings
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 August 22, 1957 The Ron Morey Quartet (Jazz) - "I'm Beginning To See The Light" (11b)
Disc is backed with "Mountain Greenery" (11a)

See above





Courtesy T. Smith.
Symphony and Swing Recordings, 75 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
was established by Malcolm McDonald.
Beginning To See The Light
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October 22, 1957
The Governor Speaks

The Governor Sir Charles Gairdner announces Miss Western Australia 1957, Julie Macfarlane.







Artistry Recording Studios, Perth
Governor Speaks
Late 1950s
If You Knew Susie
Bale Sound Studios
Unknown Dance Band
The Bale Sound Studios was situated in Cremorne Arcade, Hay Street, Perth. The Bale Sound Studios was basically one small room, with a sound booth. There was one microphone to record the sound. Another microphone could be fed into an empty office next door to create an echo effect popular with bands in the late 1950s.
Information is wanted about the Bale Sound Studios
78 rpm 10 inch acetate disc
Bale Studio Label
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Late 1950s Marching Thro' Georgia
Bale Sound Studios
Unknown Dance Band

 
The label on this record indicates that the music is for a Boston Two Step.




78 rpm 10 inch acetate disc

Late 1950s Sound Effects
Bale Sound Studios

These railway sound effects were probably used in a drama production.

78 rpm 10 inch acetate disc
Bale Label
November 3, 1958
Etude Study by Rubenstein
Madame Haidee Resenthal

Recorded in Albany by Mr Harry Atkinson,
The Audio Shop, Monument Buildings Albany.

Madame Rosenthal came to WA in 1920. She was an immediate sensation. She organized several orchestras, including:
Madame Rosenthal’s Orchestra (1924)
Madame Rosenthal’s Ladies String Orchestra (1924)
Musgrove Lyric Orchestra (1926)
Pianist with the Hoyts Regent Theatre Orchestra (1927)
Pianist for the Filippini Grand opera Co. (1932)
Instructress St. Patrick’s Boys School (1932)
Conductress of The Philomel Ladies Choir (1933)

She retired to Albany in the 1950s where she still performed and taught music.
Courtesy J. Collins
Rosenthal Record label
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Late 1950s
Dr. Jazz
Riverside Jazz Group

Bob Anderson, Phil Battye, Brian Lockyer, John Barbette, Rob Dixon, Don Thompson.

Introduced by Peter Harrison from the ABC 6WF.



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circa 1960 P.L.C. Choir

Recorded by Martin Clarke of the Martin Clarke Recording Studios.
At this date the Martin Clarke Recording Studios were in a converted bedroom at his house in Mosman Park.

P.L.C. is Presbyterian Ladies College of Peppermint Grove, W.A.

Martin Clarke went on to establish the Clarion Record Label in 1962.


Martin Clarke Recording Studios
PLC
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Early 1960s Song of Albany
Backed with monologue "Greeting From Albany"

This recording was produced by the Albany radio station 6VA - the Voice of the Great Southern. 6VA opened in 1956.

Song of Albany was compose by W. Austin Bevan, with music by Billy Edwards. Edwards was a prolific Western Australian composer. Many of his songs were published as sheet music, and many more are unpublished. Some were released on record; e.g Blue Dusk.

W. Austin Bevan, in the 1940s and 1950s, was a prize winning composer of Ballarat. Many of his songs are in the National Library of Australia. A number of his songs were released on record; e.g. Croajingolong. The Bushrangers and A Rolling Stone were recorded by Peter Dawson.

45 rpm record published by 6VA
Song of Albany
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Early 1960s Greetings From Albany
Backed with "Song of Albany" (3:39)

The voice on this recording is Ted Furlong.

6VA was Albany's first commercial radio station. It began broadcasting in 1956.

Harry Atkinson established 6VA, and managed the station until 1958/9

Furlong then became manager of 6VA, replacing Harry Atkinson. Furlong came from Ballarat and probably knew
W. Austin Bevan before he came to Albany.

45 rpm record published by 6VA
Greetings From Albany
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Early 1960s
Geraldton in the Victorian Region of Western Australia
Part I (6:56)
Arranged and Narrated by John Clements.






Distributed by Grand Specialities Box K 808 GPO Perth WA 6001
Two sides 331/3 rpm record
(Courtesy D. Marr)
Grand Specialities
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1962
Hold Your Head Up, Little Perth
Doris Dodd (soprano) with piano accompaniment (probably Verdon Williams)
Composed by Grace Mary Parker

In 1955 Doris Dodd (soprano) and Verdon Williams (piano) supported the Southern String Quartet in presenting a program of Czech music in the Assembly Hall, Melbourne. On August 11 1956, Mr. Williams and Miss Doris Dodd (who was at that time appearing in Kismet) were married in the Collins Street Baptist Church.
In the Festival of Perth Programme of February 1968, Verdon Williams, John Nicholson (tenor) and Doris Dodd (Soprano) appeared in Seacrest Restaurant – Intimate Opera at a Banquet. In 1969, British Baritone Mr. Ted Holding appeared with soprano Doris Dodd and the Western Australian Opera Company in "Amahl and the Night Visitors".

Recording produced by the Martin Clarke Studios, Perth. 1962
Hold Your Head Up. Little Perth
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1962
Westraliana Jacket
Westraliana
The Story of Western Australia
"The Land Down-under"


This is from a rare 12" Lp recording made by a young 22 year old Martin Clark in c1962 in his new Martin Clarke Recording Studio. It probably precedes his Clarion records.



Westraliana
1962 Little Maid Perth
Doris Dodd (soprano) with piano accompaniment (probably Verdon Williams)
Composed by Grace Mary Parker

Grace Mary Parker was born in NSW in 1894, moving to WA when she was quite young. She became a teacher. Later, during her retirement she wrote and published two poetry books; “Lines of a Lazy Laggard” and “Quiet Thoughts”, the latter at 93 years of age. Grace Mary Parker wrote the words to “Hold Your Head Up, Little Perth” and “Little Maid Perth”, which were recorded by Doris Dodd in 1962 to coincide with the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth.

Recording produced by the Martin Clarke Studios, Perth. 1962
Little Maid Perth
1962
Little White Star
Peter Puccini and His Orchestra. Monologue by Bob Gude

Recorded and released to mark the sighting of the "Lights of Perth" by astronaut John Glenn.
This was the first release by Clarion Records (Martin Clarke) from their new studios in Hay Street, East Perth.

The records were pressed by AWA and released by Martin Clarke, only in Western Australia.




Martin Clarke Production (MCP-001)
Little White Star
1963
Head of the River 1963
(7:40)
Recording of the ABC's broadcast of the 1963 Head of the River, a boat race between various private
boys schools.

The commentators for the broadcast were Jim Fitzmaurice, Ron Halcombe, and Gerorge Grljusich.


331/3 rpm acetate recording.
(Courtesy D. Marr)
Head of River record
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Saturday July 3, 1965
Final Quarter  W.A. v V.F.L. (excerpt)

Station 6PR cut some acetates (disc records) of the final quarter of some significant football matches in the 1950s and 1960s (and possibly earlier). Only a sample of a commentary is included here.

There is a project underway to collect and preserve these rare commentaries. Copies will be given to the WAFL.

If you can assist with any such recordings (disc, tape or wire) please contact Peter Cutler
on 0447 771 585 or email peter_cutler@yahoo.com

6PR-TZ-CI Radio Centre 340 Hay St. Perth W.A.
6PR Football recording
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1965
Wake-up
Murray Dowsett (Boy Soprano) Aged 9

Recorded in Albany c1965. This is an excerpt from a concert given by Madame Rosenthal and another pianist. The recording was done in a Catholic School Hall (corrugated iron) now demolished. Madame Rosenthal was Murray Dowsett's first singing teacher, and this was his first public performance. He provided vocal interludes to the piano recital.

"Mme Rosenthal was able to transpose up or down a key mid-song, if she thought I was struggling with the original. She would do this in the piano breaks in the song without me even noticing she'd changed – seamlessly." Murray Dowsett.
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1966
Foundation Day
Fremantle Esplanade 1966

Speech by the governor Sir Douglas Kendrew
Introduction by the Mayor of Fremantle Sir Frederick Samson


Acetate Recording courtesy of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society.

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April 20, 1967
Hi-Volt Football Preview
Introduction to the program.

The Whitford's Broadcasting Network comprised 6PM, 6AM, 6KG and 6GE.






Whitford's Broadcasting Network
Whitfords label
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1967

Murray Dowsett (Age 10)


Murray Dowsett was a boy soprano in Albany. He was taught by Madame Rosenthal.

This recording was made in the Methodist Church in Albany.



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1974
Any Dream Will Do
Gemini Folk Group
Conducted by Alan de Lacy

The Gemini Folk Group was a group of 16 youngsters who captivated the hearts of audiences wherever they have performed, be it a school concert in their hometown of Esperance or on the stage of the Perth concert Hall. They first began singing together in 1973 when schoolteacher Alan de Lacv formed a group of 12 children to sing in the Esperance Festival of Music.

This recording was made in December 1974 and the 16 children responsible for
it are:–
Tracey Mader, Leanne Bishop, Heather Timms, Fiona Timms, Tracey Dwyer (guitarist), Avril Bonnitcha, Susan Voigt, Cathrine Moreton, Loretta Jones, Beverly Western, Greg Jones, John Docker, Craig Kenna (guitarist), Russell Palmer, Kevin Rankin and Mark Bryce.
Recorded at the ABC studios, Perth.
Produced by Wider Circle Recordings.
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