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Draeger family

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "Draeger family", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 10 July 2020

DRAEGER, (August Friedrich) Carl Wilhelm (Carl Wilhelm DRAEGER; C. W. DRAEGER)

Professor of music, bandmaster and choral conductor, composer

Born Prussia, Germany, c. 1830; son of Johann Christian DRAEGER
Arrived South Australia, 1854
Married Johanne Emilie Emma SCHULZ (1842-1914), Angaston, SA, 30 October 1861
Departed Adelaide, SA, 10 December 1879 (per Cuzco, for London)
Died after 1887 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

DRAEGER, (Wilhelm) Ferdinand (Wilhelm Ferdinand DRAEGER; Ferdinand DRAEGER; F. DRAEGER)

Professor of music, bandmaster and choral conductor, composer

Born Prussia, Germany, c. 1813/20; ? elder brother of the above
Arrived Adelaide, SA, c. 1848
Married Friederike PROPOSCH, Langmeil, SA, 15 October 1850
Active Rockhampton, QLD, 1863-68
Active Melbourne and VIC, by 1869
Died ? (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

DRAEGER family of musicians

Children of Ferdinand Draeger and Friederike Proposch (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

DRAEGER, (Theodore) Ferdinand (junior) (Ferdinand DRAEGER)

Born Adelaide, SA, 28 June 1851
Married Theresa MURRAY, St. Michael's church, Surry Hills, NSW, 17 March 1879
? Died Sydney, NSW, August 1900

DRAEGER, Bertha Friederike (Bertha DRAEGER)

Born Adelaide, SA, 8 January 1854

DRAEGER, Carl Wilhelm (junior; Carl DRAEGER; Charles DRAEGER)

Born Adelaide, SA, 18 September 1855
Married Mary SILK, NSW, 1881 Died Petersham, NSW, 6 January 1932

DRAEGER, Caroline Agnes (Agnes DRAEGER)

Born Tanunda, SA, 20 November 1857

DRAEGER, Adelaide Clara (Clara DRAEGER)

Born Tanunda, SA, 17 February 1860


Born Rockhampton, QLD, 7 June 1865

DRAEGER, Albert Bernhard

Born Rockhampton, QLD, 26 August 1866
Died Brisbane, QLD, 1941


According to Tiemeyer-Schütte, Ferdinand Draeger came from near Magdeburg and received his musical education in Dessau before arriving in South Australia in 1848. He was at Tanunda by the mid 1850s, if not earlier. Carl Wilhelm Draeger had meanwhile joined his brother in South Australia in 1854, having studied music in Berlin from 1847 to 1850.

In October 1859, the Tanunda Band played an Overture "composed by Herr C. W. Draeger, of Adelaide, brother of Herr F. Draeger, of Tanunda".

Carl's A song for Australia, the words by Dr. George Nott and "music by C. W. Draeger" was published in Adelaide in 1861.

Later compositions include The Gawler Rifle march ("composed by the leader" [of the Gawler Volunteer Band, Mr. C. W. Draeger]) in 1861, and a chorus that won a prize at a German Song Competition in Melbourne in 1864.

Carl took over from his brother as director of the Tanunda band in 1863, when Ferdinand and his family moved to Rockhampton, Queensland.

Carl's Flora Australis galop first appeared in The Illustrated Melbourne Post in December 1866, and was reprinted in The Illustrated Adelaide Post in July 1867, and The Illustrated Sydney News in January 1871..

At Tanunda in 1867, two new works by Carl were given in honour of the touring Prince Alfred, a Welcome chorus ("composed expressly for the occasion by Mr. C. W. Draeger . . . should [Tanunda] be honoured with a visit of the Prince [Alfred] . . . the words by the Rev. Dr. [Carl] Muecke") and A sailor chorus ("by the same composer [Mr. C. W. Draeger]").

In October 1859, the Tanunda Band celebrated its second anniversary under its director, and founder, Ferdinand Draeger, with a musical program including A grand valse, for "orchestra, composed by Herr F. Draeger" (possibly the same Grand waltz repeated in 1861). A year earlier, Draeger had published a song Advance Australia, with words by fellow Tanunda resident (and likewise occasional composer), Charles Hastings Barton (no copy identified).

In 1861, Ferdinand's A choral song was given, "the words of which were written for the occasion by our fellow-townsman, Mr. F. Basedow, and the music by Mr. F. Draeger, and was sung by all the members of the Leidertafel, accompanied by the full orchestra", and in Gawler in June his March of the First Gawler Rifles.

The Fest Cantate, "composed expressly for the Li[e]derfafel by their leader Mr. F. Draeger" followed in April 1862.

Ferdinand and his family of talented young musicians appeared in Melbourne with Anna Bishop in 1869.

In December 1879, Carl Draeger placed an advertisement returning thanks "to those Friends whose kind Contributions have enabled him to Revisit Germany for his health". But in a sad letter seven years later he reported that he had been reduced to poverty.


"TO CORRESPONDENTS", South Australian Register (23 March 1850), 2 

We have received the following additional signatures to the Declaration of Confidence, in Mr. John Stephens . . .
F. Draeger, musician, Tanunda . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: John Stephens (proprietor, South Australian Register)


[Advertisement], South Australian Register (23 October 1854), 3 

DTIPENDIARY MAGISTRATE. ANGASTON. - MR. ANGAS'S ALLEGATIONS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL . . . The undersigned, residents within the jurisdiction of the Local Courts of Angaston, Kapunda, and Gawler Town, beg to express our decided conviction that Horace Dean, Esq., has on all occasions acted faithfully and impartially in the discharge of his duties as Stipendiary Magistrate . . . TANUNDA . . . F. Draeger . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: George Fife Angas; Horace Dean


8 and 14 July 1856, Clarisse Cailly's concert, White's Rooms, Adelaide

[Advertisement], Adelaide Times (8 July 1856), 1 

ON TUESDAY EVENING, JULY 8th, 1856, on which occasion Madame Cailly will have the valuable assistance of
Also, Mr. C. W. DRAEGER and Amateurs (first appearance at Madame Cailly's Concerts) . . .
Brilliant Variations for Flute, with Pianoforte Accompaniment, Mr. C. W. DRAEGER (First appearance at Md. Cailly's Concert) - Caroli . . .

"MADAME CAILLY'S CONCERT", Adelaide Observer (12 July 1856), 3 

There was a large and fashionable attendance at Madame Clarisse Cailly's concert, on Tuesday evening, at White's Concert and Assembly Rooms. The performances were under the immediate patronage of Lady MacDonnell, who, with His Excellency and Miss MacDonnell, honoured the concert with their presence. We also observed amongst the audience the Speaker and several of the members of the Legislative Council, His Worship the Mayor, and a large number of the merchants and professional gentleman of Adelaide . . . Amongst the other performers deserving special notice was Mr. C. Draeger, whose execution as a flutist, in one of Caroli's difficult compositions, was deservedly and repeatedly applauded. Herr Kunze, as a pianist, is rapidly rising in public estimation. His ability to execute elaborate passages in correct time, and with great evenness and delicacy of touch, was conspicuous during the who1eof the evening . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: Marie Chalker (soprano vocalist); Josiah Daniel (tenor vocalist); Carl Julius Kunze (pianist)

MUSIC: Perhaps a composition by "A. Caroli", alias of Eduard Bayer (1822-1908)

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (14 July 1856), 1 

WHITE'S SPLENDID CONCERT AND ASSEMBLY ROOMS . . . THIS EVENING (Monday), July 14th, 1853. MADAME C. CAILLY . . . her FAREWELL CONCERT . . . assisted by Miss M. CHALKER, Miss L. J. ROWE, Herr LINGER, Mr. C. W. DRAEGER, Herr KUNZE, and Amateurs . . . PROGRAMME. PART I . . . Brilliant Variations for Flute with Pianoforte accompaniment, Mr. C. W. Draeger - Caroli . . . PART II . . . Ballad - "Philomelo," with Flute Obligato, and Pianoforte accompaniment, Madame Clarisse Cailly and Mr. C. W. Draeger . . .

"MADAME CAILLY'S FAREWELL CONCERT", South Australian Register (15 July 1856), 3 

We are sorry to have to state that a rather small audience assembled on the occasion of Madame Cailly giving her farewell concert last evening, in White's Concert and Assembly Rooms. The programme was of a more than usually well-selected character, and an additional feature was given by the introduction of two overtures, which were very effectively performed by some orchestral members of the Choral Society, under the leadership Of Mr. Chapman . . . Mr. C. W. Draeger performed his variations and accompaniment with the flute exceedingly well . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: Louisa Jane Rowe (vocalist); Carl Linger (pianist); William Chapman, leader of the band of Adelaide Choral Society

3 December 1856, Julius Siede's benefit, concert by Anna Bishop's company, White's Rooms, Adelaide

[Advertisement], Adelaide Times (3 December 1856), 3 

COMPLIMENTARY BENEFIT TO HERR JULIUS SIEDE, The Celebrated Flautist, from the Royal Academy of Music at Dresden, &c.
The First Part will conclude with a very singular and beautiful composition (by Bochsa for Madame Anna Bishop), entitled
First Flute - Madame Anna Bishop.
Second Flute - Mr. Julius Siede.
Third Flute - Mr. C. W. Droege [sic].
Fourth Flute - Mr. George Loder . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: George Loder (flute player, conductor)

MUSIC: Morning chaunt of the Albinos (Bochsa)


Advance Australia (national song, music by Frederick Draeger) (1858)


[Advertisement], South Australian Register (6 August 1858), 1 

Just Published, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA. National Song. Composed by F. DRAEGER. Words by CHAS. BARTON. To be had of C. Gries, 39, Rundle-street; and all Book and Music Sellers, Adelaide.

"NEW MUSIC. ADVANCE AUSTRALIA", South Australian Register (31 August 1858), 2

We have to apologize to Messrs. Barton and Draeger for inadvertently omitting to notice their joint contribution to our colonial literature at an earlier date. And we have also to apologize for an apparent injustice done to those gentlemen in a reference to a later publication which we spoke of as the commencement of a branch of art hitherto unattempted here. The words and the music of "Advance Australia" are colonial productions - the words by Mr. Charles Barton, of Tanunda, and the music by Mr. Draeger. In combination they are calculated to supply the want which will sooner or later be felt here - that of a national song. The sentiments of Mr. Barton's song are unexceptionable and hb versification is free and vigorous. The air to which the words are set is a pleasing and by no means commonplace melody, and the accompaniment is simple and effective. Viewed as a national song, however, the music is too artistic to be popular, especially that minor strain which closes the first half of the stanza. It will be popular in the drawing-room, and in the workshop where music is cultivated; but measured by such standards as "God Save the Queen" it has not enough of vigorous simplicity to make it a permanent favourite with the masses. We are sincerely glad to find that a native musical literature is springing up in South Australia, and we trust the ventures which have been made will meet with sufficient pecuniary support to encourage repetitions of the speculations. The public must remember that they are, after all, the great patrons of art and of literature; and that if they have not the taste to buy, genius will not have the power to produce. We commend to our musical composers the spirited lyrics which have appeared in the Farm and Garden - the "Song of the Vine" and "Our English Homes" - as suitable subjects for association with their productions. These songs, with appropriate music, could not fail to be popular, and would certainly command a large sale in the colonies, and probably in Britain also.

ASSOCIATIONS: Charles Hastings Barton (1828-1902)

"TANUNDA [From our own Correspondent] Tanuda, October 5", South Australian Register (6 October 1858), 3

. . . Thus much about our progress in science, to which I am happy to add that the cultivation of "Fine Arts" is also not neglected in our little township. Mr. F. Draeger, the composer of the music to Mr. Barton's national song, "Advance Australia," has succeeded in establishing here a musical association, solely consisting of dilettanti, und admirably progressing towards perfection in the art of Euterpe. On last Friday evening the society celebrated their first anniversary at the large saloon of the Tanunda Hotel by treating their friends with a musical entertainment. The little band, although but one year under the tuition of their able conductor, performed several operatic pieces in a style that would not disgrace professional musicians. At about 10 o'clock an excellent supper was furnished by the hosts, Messrs. Fischer and Wiener. The Rev. Dr. C. Muecke proposed the first toast, "The Health of Mr. Draeger," which was cordially responded to. Mr. V. Bertouch proposed "The Health of the Tanunda Brass Band," which was also drunk with due acknowledgment. Mr. Fischer returned thanks on behalf of Mr. Draeger and his pupils, upon which the band played the German national song, "Was ist des Deutschen Vaterland." Mr. Barton, in a very eloquent and appropriate manner, proposed "The Health of the Rev. Dr. C. Muecke." The toast was received and drunk with great applause. The enjoyment of the evening was concluded by a dance, which lasted till about 3 o'clock, when the party separated.

ASSOCIATIONS: Carl Muecke (pastor); George Fischer (publican, vcoalist); Robert Wiener (publican, vocalist)

MUSIC: Was ist des Deutschen Vaterland (Reichardt)


"TANUNDA [From a Correspondent]", The South Australian Advertiser (30 August 1859), 2

A dinner was given on Thursday evening, in the Tanunda Hotel, to celebrate the birthday of Mr. Rudolf Reimer, the Editor of the Sud Australische Zeitung, to show him the esteem and to procure him the acknowledgment for having done his best to establish a good German newspaper. At 7 o'clock three gentlemen walked over to his house to invite him and brought him over to the hotel. The streets he passed were illuminated, and he was received before the hotel by about 80 or 90 gentlemen and by the music of the excellent Tanunda band, under the conduct of Mr. F. Draeger . . .
The usual loyal toasts having been proposed by the Chairman and acknowledged with the usual demonstrations, the CHAIRMAN proposed "The health of Mr. Rudolf Reimer," and referred to all the services he had done to the Germans in South Australia, and particularly to the inhabitants of Tanunda and neighborhood . . . Drunk with immense applause, the band playing "He is a Jolly Good Fellow" . . .
The CHAIRMAN proposed his health once again, which was loudly applauded.
Music "Was is des deutschen Vaterland" . . .
After several songs by Mr. Weiner and Mr. Fischer, many pieces played by the band, and several speeches delivered, the company separated about 2 o'clock in the morning. We have to say that this was the greatest dinner which has been given at Tanunda.

ASSOCIATIONS: Rudolf Reimer; Robert Wiener [sic]; George Fischer

6 October 1859, first documented public performance by Ferdinand Draeger junior

Overture (music by Carl Draeger)

Grand valse (music by Ferdinand Draeger)


"TANUNDA [From our own Correspondent] Tanunda, October 8", South Australian Register (10 October 1859), 3

The usual quietness of this township was agreeably interrupted on Thursday, the 6th inst., by a musical entertainment at the Tanunda Hotel. On that day the Tanunda Band, conducted by Mr. F. Draeger, celebrated their second anniversary, inviting to it a number of friends, whom they entertained during the evening with the performance of a variety of musical pieces selected for the occasion.

The festival was opened at about 8 o'clock with Rossini's overture to "L'Italiani-Algieri," then followed in succession -
Schaefer's Sonntagslied quartetto composed by C. Kreutzer;
solo for cornet piccolo by Spohr, executed by Herr F. Draeger;
"Ave Maria" by Kuecken, sung by Herr Otto;
Gungle's "Heimathsklange," for violin and piano, performed by Herr F. Draeger and his little son, a boy of eight years;
and finale to Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia."

After half an hour's pause, the second part of the concert was commenced with an overture composed by Herr C. W. Draeger, of Adelaide, brother of Herr F. Draeger, of Tanunda;
Kreutzer's "Kapelle," sung by Messrs. Fischer, Otto, Barton, and Wiener came next;
then followed a solo for cornet piccolo, composed by Schneider and executed by Herr F. Draeger;
Beethoven's "Adelaide," sung by Herr Otto;
rondo for the piano by Beethoven, performed by Master F. Draeger;
grand valse (orchestra), composed by Herr F. Draeger.

The performance throughout was precise and correct, and highly pleasing, so much so that strangers could hardly be prevailed upon to believe that they were listening to a chorus of dilettante who in the course of but two years have so admirably progressed towards perfection in the art of music under the care and management of their able leader. Many of the pieces were warmly applauded, especially the two solos performed by Herr F. Draeger. Great merriment and admiration were created by the comparatively excellent performance on the piano of young Master Draeger, who certainly promises to become a distinguished artist. The concert ended at about 11 o'clock. When the last tunes had scarcely died away the room was quickly cleared for a dance, which lasted till early this morning. At about 12 o'clock the party sat down to a supper, at which Mr. Draeger's health was proposed and heartily responded to. Several other toast followed.


MUSIC: Schäfer's Sonntagslied (Kreutzer); Klänge aus der Heimath (Gungl)


A song for Australia, by G. Nott and C. W. Draeger, 1861

A song for Australia [From the green slopes of Mount Gambier . . .] (music by Carl Draeger) (1861)

A song for Australia, by G. Nott; music by C. W. Draeger, with an accompaniment for pianoforte (violin ad libitum) (Adalaide: H. Berger, lithographer, [1861])

Copy at the National Library of Australia (DIGITISED)

A song for Australia, by G. Nott and C. W. Draeger, 1861


At 7 o'clock, above 70 gentlemen assembled at the Oddfellows' Hall. The dinner was provided in excellent style by Mr. Buckerfield, of the Mill Inn . . .
Mr. RUDIGER sang a colonial song, the chorus of which wound up with a hearty commendation of "Our new home, our loved home, our children's native land." . . .

"THE DINNER", South Australian Weekly Chronicle (2 March 1861), 2 

The dinner took place in the capacious and handsome room belonging to the Gawler Odd Fellows . . . Chapman's Quadrille Band was in attendance, and greatly contributed to enliven the proceedings of the evening . . .
Mr. ROEDEGER sung s new "Song of Australia;" words by Dr. Nott, music by Schrader [sic]. It was much applauded . . .

"THE GAWLER DINNER. To the Editor of the Chronicle", South Australian Weekly Chronicle (9 March 1861), 3 

Sir - In your report of the dinner on the occasion of the Grawler Agricultural Society's Show on Wednesday last, it is said that a new "Song of Australia" was sung by me, the words being by Dr. Nott, the music by Schrader. This, however, is a mistake in the name of the composer, who is Herr C. W. Draeger, of Gawler.
Gawler, March 2, 1861.
We were informed by a gentleman, resident in Gawler, that Dr. Nott was the author of the words. EDITOR.]

"THE GAWLER NEW SONG OF AUSTRALIA", South Australian Weekly Chronicle (16 March 1861), 2 supplement 

In reference to tha authorship of this song, sung by Mr. Roediger, at the late agricultural meeting, we are requested by that gentleman to state that the words are by Dr. Nott, and the music by Mr. C. W. Draeger, of Gawler Town.

"NEW MUSIC", South Australian Register (16 March 1861), 2

There has been forwarded to us "A Song for Australia," words by G. Nott and music by C. W. Draeger. Both require notice at an early opportunity.

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (23 March 1861), 1

Just Published, Price, 2s.
A SONG FOR AUSTRALIA, by G. NOTT; Music by C. W. Draeger; Pianoforte and Violin accompaniment.
Adelaide, C. Platts; Gawler, W. Barnet; and all Booksellers.

"ODDFELLOWSHIP", South Australian Register (18 May 1861), 3

On Thursday, May 16th, the members of the Gawler Lodge, I.O.O.F.. M.U., and the members of the Court Bushman's Pride, A.O.F., met to celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the Gawler Lodge and Court. Soon after 3 o'clock a procession was formed in front of the Oddfellows' Hall, and the members of both Societies, preceded by Schrader's band, marched to St. George's Church, where service was conducted by the Rev. Canon Coombs . . . At half-past 6 o'clock a goodly company, comprising the members of both Orders and a great number of visitors, amounting to over 200 persons, sat down to a sumptuous dinner laid out in the Hall . . . After the cloth had been removed . . . Mr. G. ROEDIGER here sang a song, which was composed expressly for that occasion by Dr. Nott, the music by Mr. C. W, Draeger. At its conclusion, three cheers were given for Dr. Nott . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: George Nott (lyricist); Henry Berger (lithographer); Gustav Roediger (vcoalist)

The march of the First Gawler Rifles (music by Carl Draeger)

MS (unpublished); NO COPY IDENTIFIED

"GAWLER [From our own Correspondent] Gawler, June 26", South Australian Register (27 June 1861), 3

At a general meeting of the committee of the Gawler Agricultural and Horticultural Society, held at the Globe Inn yesterday . . . Dr. Nott . . . rose to make a statement of the results of the labours of the Band Committee. He said nearly 30l. had already been collected or promised, a great part of which had been spent in the purchase of instruments. Mr. Draeger, the bandmaster, had been instructing the musicians twice weekly, and good progress had been made, as would be shown by the band performing before them that night. He hoped that people would come forward liberally, as funds would be wanted to maintain the band. The band then commenced playing for the first time in public, and no one who heard them would believe that it was scarcely a month since it was first proposed to get up a band. Led by Mr. Draeger their playing was excellent. The first piece played was a march composed by Mr. Draeger, and entitled "The March of the First Gawler Rifles." The air was very pretty, and was loudly encored; in fact, the whole performance proved the players to be skilled musicians . . .

"GAWLER. [From our own Correspondent] June 26", The South Australian Advertiser (27 June 1861), 3 

. . . The Band then made their appearance, and played several airs very creditably; the first was a march, composed by Mr. Draeger, music master, who is also band master, and is named after the First Gawler Rifles, and from what we can judge of the music and harmony produced we think it will soon become a favorite air. The company seemed exceedingly pleased at the progress made by the Band, and testified their approval . . .

1861, certification of naturalisation, Wilhelm Ferdinand Draeger

[Advertisement], Adelaider Deutsche Zeitung (28 June 1861), 6 

Anzeigen. Die königliche Bestätigung der Naturalisation folgender Personen ist mit der letzten europätschen Post hies eingetroffen.
Draeger, Wilhelm Ferdinand - [datum de Gesuchs] 21. Dec. 1859 . . .

See also "SOUTH AUSTRALIA. ALIENS NATURALIZED TO JUNE, 1872" (Adelaide: House of Assembly, 1872), 3 (DIGITISED)

"GAWLER [From our own Correspondent] Gawler, September 23", South Australian Register (26 September 1861), 2 

Yesterday being the day appointed for the monthly parade and drill of the First Gawler Rifles, about 40 mustered outside the Gawler Arms, and, preceded by the band, marched to the drill-ground near the target, where Staff Sergeant Young was in attendance to put the company through the platoon drill and field exercises. A large concourse of people, including a very strong muster of the fair sex, were present, and during the parade the band played a number of lively airs and marches . . . Many people could hardly believe that it is but three months since the band was first formed, their proficiency has been so great under Mr. Draeger, the bandmaster. In the evening the usual monthly meeting was held at the Gawler Arms, where arrangements were made for adding some drums to the band. It was also proposed and carried with acclamation that, on the arrival of Mr. Stuart's party at Willaston, the whole of the First Gawlers should turn out and escort them through Gawler, headed by the band . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: John McDouall Stuart (explorer) on his sixth expedition (set out 23 October 1861)

Fest-Cantate (music by Ferdinand Draeger)

MS (unpublished); NO COPY IDENTIFIED

"TANUNDA", The South Australian Advertiser (22 October 1861), 3

Business has been rather dull of late even at Tanunda. On Tuesday, the 15th instant, spring-carts and other vehicles were seen running to and fro through the township, carrying flowers and green bushes to the Tanunda Hotel, where a number of ladies were busily engaged winding garlands and wreaths for decorating the large saloon for the first half-yearly festival - concert and ball - of the Tanunda Liedertafel. The first rays of light on the following morning were greeted by numerous flags floating in the morning breeze from many of the houses, and the aspect of the town was most gay and lively. Towards evening guests flocked in from all sides, and among them the Gawler Volunteer Band, which entered the township playing a lively march.

At about 8 o'clock p.m. the saloon became filled with nearly 200 ladies and gentlemen, presenting, together with the tasteful decoration and brilliant illumination, a very pleasing appearance. The music-desks were all ornamented with wreaths and green shrubs, and that of Mr. Draeger (the leader) bore a very neat and tasteful symbolic lyre, surrounded with flowers.

The concert was opened by the Tanunda Music Verein with the "Terzetto Finale" of the opera "Lucrezia Borgia," which, especially the vivace in the latter parts was executed with great precision, and was duly applauded. The second piece was a quartette, "Auf die Hohen," sung by the Liedertafel in'a very spirited and excellenl style. Tiie delivery met with a hearty reception from the audience. Then followed the well-known English song "The Gambler's Wife," sung by Mr. Fischer in his usual skilful and pleasing manner. This piece and also No. 4 of the second part were substitutcd in place of others, as a young lady who had kindly promised her assistance was prevented from attending through sudden illness. No. 4, a quartetto, the "Bergmannslied," written by Dr. C. Mücke, and composed by F. Mücke, was one of the most pleasant pieces given during the evening, and gave universal satisfaction. A comic duet, by Messrs. Fischer and Wiener, created much merriment, and received hearty shouts of approbation.

Then followed the "Fest Cantate," written by Mr. Basedow, and composed by Mr. F. Draeger. This piece had been produced expressly for the occasion; and, being arranged for both vocal and instrumental music, the Liedertafel and Music-Verein united their strength in its performance. The very effective manner in which this was done was duly rewarded by most enthusiastic and long continued rounds of applause.

An interval of half-an-hour having been allowed for refreshment, the second part of the concert was commenced by a grand valse, composed by Mr. F. Draeger. It was reckoned one of the best orchestral performances of the evening. The "Schlachtgesang," a celebrated quartetto, was next executed by the Liedertafel in a manner suitable to the gravity and sublimity of the subject. Then came a rondo by Mozart, performed on the piano by Master Draeger, a child about nine years of age. The audience evinced their agreeable surprise at the skill of the youth, and honoured the little performer, as well as his father and tutor, by hearty applause. The next piece was given by the Gawler Volunteer Musical Band, in a manner reflecting much credit upon the performers and their leader (Mr. C. W. Draeger, of Gawler), under whose care, during but a few months, they have attained a really surprising knowledge of the use of their various instruments. The celebrated quartetto, "Schafer's Sonntagolied," by Kreutzer, concluded the concert.

The rest of the evening and a considerable part of the following morning were devoted to dancing, interrupted only by an excellent supper, at which a series of the usual toasts were given and acknowledged. The whole affair went off in the best possihle manner, and without the least disturbance or unpleasant incident.

ASSOCIATIONS: Christian Friedrich Basedow (d. 1886); Franz Muecke (1819-1863), brother of Carl Muecke, did not visit Australia

"COLONIAL MUSIC", Adelaide Observer (14 December 1861), 8 

A collection of the musical pieces composed and published in the colony would form quite a volume. We remember to have seen the productions of Mrs. A. J. Murray, Signor Cutolo, Herr Linger, Miska Hauser, Mrs. H. F. Price, Messrs. Draeger, O. F. V. Reyher, E. K. Daniel, W. C. Oldham, H. Pounsett, and J. Elliott . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: Georgiana Murray; Cesare Cutolo; Miska Hauser; Mary Price; Oscar Reyher; Emma Daniel; William Oldham; Henry Pounsett; Joseph Elliott


"Tanunda Liedertafel", Süd Australische Zeitung [Tanunda, SA] (12 April 1862), 1 

Das Stiftungsfest der Tanunda Liedertafel wurde am 9. d. im grossen Saale des "Victoria Hotels" durch ein Concert mit darauf folgendem Souper und Ball gefeiert . . .

Das Concert begann mit der Ouverture aus "la Dame blanche," welche von den Herren F. Schrader, Th. und Fr. Heydecke, White, F. und C.Draeger mit wahrhaft k*uuml;nst lerischem Vortrag gegeben wurde . . .

Der zweite Theil wurde von denselben Herren, die das Concert begonnen, mit einer zweiten Ouverture (Italiani in Algeri) eröffnet. Der stürmische, kriegerische Geist der selben wurde mit meisterhaftem Effect gegeben und bildete einen schönen Gegensatz zu den weichen, gedankenvollen Tönen der ersten Ouverture. Hierauf kam das Hauptstück des Abends, die "Fest-Cantate" von F. Draeger, dem uner müdlichen Dirigenten der beiden musikalischen Vereine, welche unser Tanunda auszuweisen vermag. Dieses Stück wurde von den vereinten Kräften der Liedertafel und des Musikcorps vorgetragen, und haben wir der Schönheiten desselben schon früher lobend erwähnt; um so mehr ist der bereits erzählte Unfall mit der Tribüne zu bedauern, da die Musiker dadurch auf ebene Erde herabzusteigen und in un mittelbarer Nähe der Zuhörer sich aufzustellen genöthigt waren, wodurch die Feinheiten des Vortrags einigermassen verloren gingen, und mau nur einen verstärken Eindruck pon der Tonfülle der Cantate davontrug . . .

"TANUNDA [From our own Correspondent] April 11", The South Australian Advertiser (14 April 1862), 3

The long-talked-of concert and ball of the Tanunda Liedertafel came off on Wednesday, the 9th instant, at the Victoria Hotel, the large ballroom of which had been tastefully decorated with vine leaves. The Liedertafel was assisted by Messrs. Schrader, White, and Brothers Heydecke from Adelaide, Mr. C. W. Draeger from Gawler, and the Tanuuda Musical Society. At about 8 o'clock the invited guests began to assemble, and at half-past 8 the audience consisted of about 100 ladies and gentlemen.

The first piece was an overture from "La Dame Blanche" executed splendidly by Mr. Schrader's company, assisted by Mr. C. W. Draeger and Mr. P. Draeger [sic], the leader of the Liedertafel; next came the quartetto "Vaterland—Sanger" by the Liedertafel, but (probably through nervousness) this piece was not so well sung as might have been expected. A solo on the cornopeon by Mr. Schrader followed, the execution of which was really splendid, and rewarded by rapturous applause. When the members of the Liedertafel were ascending die stage for the fourth piece, a rather ludicrous accident happened; the boards not being able to hold the weight of the 24 men, broke down, and the whole of them were very nearly upset; but nothing daunted, those gentlemen drew closer together, and sung the beautiful quartette by Mendelssohn Bartholdy, "Tagers Abschied," with much feeling; and, without leavng the stage, they then sung the world-known quartette by Kreutzer, "Die Kapelle," in very fine style. This concluded the first part of the concert.

The second was opened by an overture from "the Italians in Algier," by Rossini, played by the same gentlemen as the first, and in the same finished manner. Next came the "Fest Cantate," a piece composed expressly for the Liedertafel by their leader Mr. F. Draeger, being a quartette combined with instrumental music, and was executed by the Liedertafel and the musical society, assisted by Messrs. Schrader and company. It is a splendid concert piece, and all the performers doing their best, it proved a great success, but we think there were too many instruments, as sometimes the voices were scarcely audible. The quartette "Marsch, Frisch gauze Compagnie" was then sung with fire and energy and with great effect. The fourth piece was a solo on the clarionet by Mr. T. Heydecke, and certainly anything finer I have never heard in this colony and scarcely at home. The whole concert went off well, but this certainly was the gem of the evening, and Mr. Heydecke was naturally greeted with rapturous applause, which seemed as if it would never end. A comical quartette, "Eine alte Geschichte," which created roars of laughter, concluded the concert. A ball followed, intercepted by supper at 12 o'clock, and dancing was kept up till very nearly 6 in the morning . . .

Herr Carl Schmitt, assisted by Mr. Linley Norman, has promised us a visit next Tuesday, and we are all expectation. I think he can depend on a full house . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: Theodor Heydecke; Fritz Heydecke; Heinrich Schrader; Carl Schmitt; Linly Norman

[Advertisement], Süd Australische Zeitung (31 May 1862), 3 

Montag, den 9. Juni, als am 2. Pfingsttage, im Tanunda Hotel,
wozu ihre Freunde und Freundinnen erqebenst einladen [186] Wiener & Fischer.
Anfang 8 Uhr . . . Musik von dem Tanundaer Musik-Verein, unter Leitung des Herrn Ferd. Draeger.

"Schüssenfest", Süd Australische Zeitung (19 July 1862), 3 

Die Tanunda Schüsszen-Gesellschaft feiert am vorigen Mittwoch ihr Stifwngsfest durch einen grossen Ball der in dem mit ausgezeichnetem Geschmact decorirten Saale der Herren Wiener u. Fischer stattsand . . . Die übrige Ausstattung ebenso wie die Musik, welche von dem Tanundaer Musikcorps unter der Leitung des Hrn. Draeger ausgeführt wurde, liess nichts zu wünschen übrig; und wir haben selten einem Ball beigewohnt, wo die Zeit per wirklich musterhafter Ordnung in so ungetrübter Heiterkeit und Geselligkeit verflog wie an diesem.

[Advertisement], Süd Australische Zeitung (8 October 1862), 3 

Verschiedene Arten Instrumente find zu verkaufen bei. F. Draeger, Tanunda.

[2 advertisements], Süd Australische Zeitung (20 December 1862), 3 

Victoria Hotel. Freitag, den 26. December, am zweiten Weihnachtstage, findet bei mir GROSSER BALL . . . J. F. A. Peters. Concert-Anzeige, Am obigen Tage, Freitag, den 26. December, Nachmittags 4 Uhr . . . ein Grosses Concert, ausgeführt von dem berühmten Braunschweiger Musikcorps und dem Tanunda Musik-Verein, stattfinden . . . Programm. I. Theil. 1) OUVERTURE "Regine" - Adam aufgeführt vom Gesammt-Orchester. 2) SOLO (Clarinette) aus "Freischütz" - C. M. v. Weber - vorgetragen von Th. Heydecke. 3) LIED: "Ob ich dich liebe?" gesungen von Fräulein Marie Peters. 4) LA MADRILENA (Spanischer Tanz). 5) SOLO (Cornet) - T. Schneider - vorgetragen von J. Oehlrich. 6) CHORUS & MARSCH aus "Norma" - Bellini. 7) LIED: "Zimperlieschen", gesungen mit Clavierbegleitung von Emilie Peters. II. Theil. 8) OUVERTURE aus "Don Juan" - MOZART - vorgetragen von C. W. Draeger. 9) LIED: "Bright things can never die", gesungen von Fräulein Amanda Peters. 10) DUETT für zwei Cornets - vorgetr. von H. Schrader u. F. Heydecke. 11) "Schwarzwälder Spieluhren-Polka. 12) HORN-QUARTETTE: "Mein doppelt Vaterland", vorgetragen v. H. Schrader, R. Heydecke, R. White u. Th. Heydecke. 13) GALLOP "Postillon" - C. Zabel 14) EMILIEN-POLKA vorgetragen von Emilie Peters.

Grosses Concert von H. Poussard & R. Douay, am 31. December 1862 . . . Tanunda Hotel . . . Wiener & Fischer.

ASSOCIATIONS: Horace Poussard; Rene Douay


[Advertisement], Süd Australische Zeitung (13 March 1863), 7 

Zu verkaufen bei Tanunda.
Ein unmittelbar am Gawler reizend belegeues Besissthum, 13 Acker enthaltend, auf welchem sich 2 Häuser befinden, von denen das eine ganz neu gebaut, Keller im Fellen, Ställe, Heuschober u. s. w. Der Obstgarten enthält ausser einem tragbaren Weinberg eine grosse Menge schöner Fruchtbänme von ausgezeichneter Qualität. Der Gemüsegarten ist im besten Stande und käun für einen Gärtner kaum ein besse rer Platz in der Kolonie aufgefunden werden. Zur Fahrt auf dem Flusse ist ein Kahn vorhanden.
Ferner ist zu verkaufen in Tanunda : Ein Haus mit einem halben Acker großen Garten wovon ein Viertel mit Wein bepflanzt, außeroem Obstbäume. Außerdem Stall. Nebengebäude &c.
Zu erfragen bei F. Draeger, Tanunda.

By October 1863, Ferdinand and family had arrived in Rockhampton, QLD

"MANIFESTS", Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser (17 October 1863), 2 

October 16. - Sapphire, from Melbourne . . . pianoforte, Draeger.

28 December 1863, German Festival, Melbourne, Carl Draeger's composition Ewige Liebe wins quartet competition

[News], The Argus [Melbourne, VIC] (30 December 1863), 4 

The German Festival, commenced on Monday at Cremorne, was continued last evening at the Exhibition building, the entertainment consisting of a concert, a public distribution of prizes, a ball, and a supper. The concert began at eight o'clook, and occupied about two hours. As many as nine pieces on the programme were original quartettes and choruses for male voices which had been sent in for competition. Some of those exhibited considerable merit, and all of them found very tasteful interpreters . . . The musical prizes were awarded as under: - 1st, quartette, motto "Ewige Liebe;" 2nd, "serenade;" 1st, chorus, "Mein Lieben;" 2nd, "Loreley;" 3rd, "Wanderlied." The judges of the compositions were Mr. S. H. Marsh, Herr Siede, and Herr Schott . . .

ASSOCIATIONS: Stephen Hale Marsh; Julius Siede; James Schott


By March 1864, Carl had relocated to Tanunda

"TANUNDA [From a Correspondent] Tanunda, February 29", South Australian Register (2 March 1864), 3

Our little township has been unusually quiet for some time past, no wheat having made its appearance in consequence of the late harvest. The inhabitants are in a very depressed humour, thinking with horror of the approaching winter, which in all probability will stop every communication and traffic tluough our beautiful little township. The commencement of the heavy rains is sure to take the whole road away at the Tanunda Creek . . .

On Tuesday, 23rd inst., the large room of the Tanunda Hotel was crowded with a highly respectable audience to listen to the sweet sounds of music. A complimentary concert, for the benefit of Mr. C. W. Draeger, was arranged by the Tanunda "Music and Quartett Verein," as a token of esteem for his merits in gaining the first prize of ten competitive compositions at the great Music and Turn Festival in Melbourne. The prize consists of a silver cup, beautifully worked by Mr. Steiner, of Adelaide, and was presented by the Adelaide Liededertafel to the Melbourne festival for competition.

The "Music Verein" opened the concert with the overture of the "Calif von Bagdad," who at once gave testimony of the great progress it had made under the able leadership of Mr. Draeger. The next tenor solo, "In dunkler nacht," with chorus accompaniment, by the late F. Muecke, brother of our respected townsman, the Rev. Dr. Muecke, made a deep impression on the silently listening audience. This was followed by a lively and spirited polka, composed by Mr. Draeger. The fourth piece (the prize composition), "Ewige Liebe," by all means the gem of the evening, was beautifully rendered by five gentlemen of the Quartett Verein. The composition cannot be praised too highly. It is sweet harmonious, and touching. After this the celebrated "Altfrauenwalzer," by the Quartett Verein, created much merriment and was loudly encored. Mr. Fischer having given very effectively the celebrated Trumper by Speyer, accompanied on the piano by Mr. Taeuber, the first part concluded by a grand chorus, vocal and instrumental, "The German Colours," composed by Mr. Draeger.

A solo on the flute followed, with an accompaniment on the piano by Mr. Fischer; after which Mr. Wiener gave, with his powerful voice, the solo "Der alle Fritz," with chorus accompaniment. The greatest enthusiasm, however, was created by the concluding choruses - 1st, '"Schleswig-Holstein," and 2nd, "Das Deutsche Vaterland" - in which, being the finale, the whole audience joined.

The concert being over, the room was quickly cleared for dancing, which was kept up with great spirit till an early hour.

"TANUNDA [Correspondent] February 29", The South Australian Advertiser (2 March 1864), 3

. . . We have had several concerts lately, one by the Campbell Minstrels, who played before a very full house; and on Tuesday, the 23rd inst., one by the Quartett Yirain, assisted by the Music Virein [sic\, being a complimentary benefit to Mr. C. W. Draeger, who had carried off the first prize for his composition of the quartette "Ewige Liebe," at the Melbourne Turn and Gesangfest, on the 20th December last. The concert was a complete success, the audience numerous and highly respectable, and the programme was gone through in a very satisfactory manner.

The performance commenced with the overture from "The Caliph of Bagdad," by the Music Virein, followed by the tenor solo and chorus " In Dunkler Nacht;" then again a concert polka by the band, after which came the gem of the evening, the prize song, "Ewige Liebe," admirably sung by five members of the Quartett Virein, which was rapturously encored. The quartette "Altfrauen Walzer," an adagio solo, for cornopeon, was executed in a masterly way by Mr. C. W. Draeger; the chorus "Schwarz, Roth, Gold," and the solo "Der Trompeter," followed in quick succession, and closed the first part of the programme.

The second part opened with the overture of the opera "Cosi fan tutte," by the band; next came the bass solo and chorus "Der alte Fritz;" an encore being demanded, "Die Kaeferknaben" was substituted. Next came a flute solo by Mr. C. W. Draeger, a potpourie for brass instruments, a duet from "The Puritans;" an andante for brass instruments; and last, though not least, the two national songs " Schleswig-Holstein" and " Was ist des Deutchen Vaterland," arranged for chorus and band, which was executed with great emphasis, and created the greatest enthusiasm. A ball concluded a most pleasant evening.

"THIS WEEK"S NEWS . . . MUSICAL", Adelaide Observer (5 March 1864), 2 supplement 

A letter from a correspondent at Tanunda contains a full account of a complimentary concert which was given on Tuesday, February 23, by the "Tanunda Musicer and Quartett Vernein,"[sic] to Mr. C. W. Draeger, their leader, in honour of his having obtained the first prize of 10 musical compositions at the recent Music and Turn Festival at Melbourne. The prize is a beautiful silver cup supplied by Mr. Steiner, of Rundle-street, and was presented by the Adelaide Liedertafel to the Melbourne Society.

NOTE: This is probably the record of the cup's arrival: "SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE . . . IMPORTS", South Australian Register (23 January 1864), 2 

ALEXANDRA, from Melbourne - . . . 1 box, C. W. Draeger . . .

"TANUNDA [From our own Correspondent] Tanunda, April 1", Adelaide Observer (9 April 1864), 1 supplement 

Our townsmp was quite alive on Easter Monday, when the annual shooting for the kingship of the Tanunda Rifle Club took place. At halt-past 11 the members in their neat uniform, headed by the excellent amateur band of Mr. C. W. Draeger, marched up the township . . .

27 December 1864, concert at Peters' Victoria Hotel, Tanunda, C. W. Draeger

[Advertisement], Süd Australische Zeitung (23 December 1864), 7 

Victoria Hotel, TANUNDA . . . dem dritten Weihnachtstage . . .
Ein Concert von der Scrhader'schen Musikbande aufgeführt wer den wird . . .
I. Abtheilung.
1) Ouverture zu "Maurer u. Schlosser" von - Auber.
2) Walzer zu Ravenswood von - Julien.
3) Lied ohne Worte (Quartett) von Mendelsohn.
4) Gesang - (Anonym).
5) Horn-Quartett.
II Abtheilung.
1) Overture zu "Figaro's Hochzeit" von - Mozart.
2) Polka "Frozen Fountain" - Mariot.
3) Clavier-Vortrag von Fräulein Emilie Peters.
4) Trio für 2 Violinen und Viola von - Ferling.
5) Quadrille "Volkslieder" von - Doppler.
6) Galopp "Night Bell" von - Vicent.

"Concert in Tanunda [Eingesandte]", Süd Australische Zeitung (6 January 1865), 6 

Am dritten Weihnachtstage, den 27. d. Mts., bereitete Hr. Peters im "Victoria Hotel", den Bewohnern Tanunda's einen seltenen Ohrenschmaus. Etwa um 3 Uhr Nachmittags, begannen die Räume des schönen, grossen Saales sich zu füllen, um den Tonen des Schrader'schen Orchesters zu lauschen, welches der unternehmende Wirth hierher berufen hatte. Das Programm war ein sorgfältig erlesenes, und der musterhafte Vortrag der beliebten Künstler, welche von nnserm. Hrn. Wilh. Draeger unterstützt wurden, erweckte nach jedem Finale reichlichen Applaus und mehrmaliges "Da capo". Auf eine ganz besonders angenehme und zugleich erfreuliche Meise wurden bei diesem Concerts die Pausen zwischen den durch das Orchester vorgetragenen Piecen ausgefüllt. Wir hatten nämlich Gelegenheit, den gewandten und geschmackvollen Vortrag einer angehenden australischen Künstlerin, des neunjährigen Töchterlein unseres Wirthes, Emilie Peters, zu bewundern, welche mehrere schwierige Stücke, worun ter eine "Sonatine" von Enckhausen, mit einer für ihr zartes Alter er staunlichen Fertigkeit vortrug. Es ist zu hoffen, dass die kleine Künstlerin auf der betretenen Bahn fortschreitet, und ihrem eigenen Talente und Fleisse, wie auch den Bemühungen ihres Lehrers, des Hrn. W. Draeger, noch recht viele Ehre mache.


"TANUNDA [Correspondent] Thursday, September 7", South Australian Weekly Chronicle (9 September 1865), 1 supplement 

All the Australian colonies have united to collect funds for another expedition in search of that great and unfortunate explorer, Ludwig Leiehardt . . . Tanunda, with its German in habitants, could not stay behind their fellow colonists, and look on quietly whilst others exerted themselves on behalf of their ill-fated countryman. A committee was formed at once, and their indefatigable exertionswere crowned with the most brilliant success. A good sum of money had already been subscribed privately here, when the committee decided to give a grand concert on Tuesday, the 5th September . . . there being between 300 and 400 people present, of which not one went away but highly delighted by the performances, which were really the greatest musical treat that could have been provided in tbe colony. Where everything was excellent it would be invidious to particularise. The warmest thanks are however, due to Mr. Schrader and his colleagues, who came up from Adelaide to assist the Quartette-Verein gratuitously. The first piece on the programme was an overture, "La tete Meduse," brilliantly executed by Mr. Schrader's band, assisted by Messrs. Linly Norman and C. W. Drager . . .

"TANUNDA [From our own Correspondent] Tanunda, September 6", Adelaide Observer (9 September 1865), 2 supplement 

. . . Schrader's Kapelle in the most disinterested manner came up from town to give their valuable services gratuitously on this occasion, and deserve our heartiest and warmest thanks. The concert then commenced with the overture "La Sese Medusa" [sic] (Gerard), effectively rendered by Schrader's Kapelle, assisted by Messrs. L. Norman and C. W. Draeger . . . The Symphony No. 3 in G major, was splendidly executed by Schrader's Kapelle and Messrs. Norman and Draeger. The performers exerted them selves with zeal and energy in order to do justice to the illustrious composer's work as well as to an audience so deeply appreciating their exertions . . .

"TANUNDA [Correspondent] Wednesday, December 27", The South Australian Advertiser (29 December 1865), 3 

The Christmas holidays are over, and were spent here as merry as possible . . . On Boxing-Day, the celebrated Brunswick band gave a grand concert in the large room of the Tanunda Hotel. The room was well filled, although there were so many counter-attractions, such as picnics, &c., and as was to be expected, the audience were highly delighted by the masterly playing of the gentlemen comprising the band, who were assisted on this occasion by Mr. C. W. Draeger, of this place. They are so well known as artists, that it would seem invidious for me to say much to their praise; suffice it to say that the programme was a splendid one, and well adapted for such an audience as will be found in Tanunda, who can appreciate good music. The first part consisted of overture, "Die Felsenmuhle," Reisiger; aria, " Stabat Mater," Rossini; "II Baccio Waltz," Ardite; solo, cornet, Mr. H. Schrader; "Die Libelle Polka," Faust; introduction, aria from "Stradella," Flotow. The second part began with the overture " Sophonisbe," Paer; Potpouri, "Robert le Diable," Meyerbeer; quartette for brass instruments, "Tagerchor," Linger; "Heatherbell Chalop," Faust; solo, clarinette, Th. Heydicke; "Erlkonig," Schubert; "Volkslied Quadrille," Doppler. Of course the artistes were rewarded by rounds of applause, and numerous calls for encores; but I suppose owing to the extreme heat, they were not responded to . . .


LYNDOCH [From our own Correspondent], Bunyip [Gawler, SA] (6 January 1866), 2 

The principal amusement for pleasure seekers and lovers of rural felicity at this pretty village was a concert and ball, got up by and under the special protection of the German Singing Class . . . There was a brass band, a string band, a solo on the flute, a duett flute and violin, and the really excellent glee of the above-named Society, assistedd by some talented friends from Tanunda. When we inform our readers that the Lyndoch Liedertafel has only been established some three or four months they will understand the surprise which, was evidently felt at so successful a debut. We believe much of the credit, for this happy result is due to Herr Draeger, of Tanunda, to whose untiring attention and valuable instruction the class is much indebted. This gentleman acted as director and the whole of the arrangement was most complete. At the contusion of the concert the large room was speedily cleared for the promised ball . . .

"TANUNDA [Correspondent] Thursday, October 25", South Australian Weekly Chronicle (27 October 1866), 4 supplement 

On Saturday, the 20th inst., the Rev. Dr. Muecke held a lecture at the Tanunda Hotel, on the "History of Germany," for the benefit of the German Relief Fund . . . Monday was the day appointed for the grand concert, to held at the Tanunda Hotel, for the benefit of the German Relief Fund. The rain was pouring down all day, and great doubts were expressed as to the success of the same, but although the storm and rain had not abated in their fury, at a little past 8 o'clock the large room was crowded. The first piece pel-formed was the overture to "Die Felsenmuhle,'' by Reissiger, executed in splendid style by the Brunswick Band, assisted by Mr. C. W. Draeger, from Tanunda . . .


Queensland (F. Draeger and family):

[Advertisement], Northern Argus [Rockhampton, QLD] (26 June 1867), 3 

"----", Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser (15 October 1867), 2 

South Australia (C. W. Draeger):

Flora Australis galop, C. W. Draeger, 1866

Flora Australis galop (C. W. Draeger) (1866; 1871)

"FLORA AUSTRALIS GALOP, FOR THE PIANOFORTE. C. W. DRAEGER", Illustrated Adelaide Post (23 July 1867), 13 

"FLORA AUSTRALIS GALOP; FOR THE PIANOFORTE. C. W. DRAEGER", Illustrated Sydney News (21 January 1871), 13 

"TANUNDA [From our own Correspondent] Tanunda, October 17", South Australian Register (22 October 1867), 3

The heavy rains which have lately visited us have not only damaged the roads all over our district, but have stopped business almost altogether. They now seem to have made room for more favourable weather, which gives hopes to all business men that a favourable change will take place soon.

Although the Adelaide Committee have not promised any assistance to us for the reception of His Royal Highness, Tanunda has done its duty in case it should be honoured with a visit of the Prince. A beautiful Welcome Chorus, composed expressly for the occasion by Mr. C. W. Draeger, of our township, who gained the first prize (the silver cup) for composition in Melbourne two years ago, the words by the Rev. Dr. Muecke, has undergone frequent rehearsals, and will be executed by from 20 to 30 able singers; as well as a Sailor chorus, arranged by the same composer. In fact, all hands seem to be ready at a minute's notice to receive His Royal Highness as loyal subjects. No trouble will be spared to make him comfortable for the few minutes he may stay among us.

"TANUNDA [From our own Correspondent] Tanunda, November 29", South Australian Register (22 November 1867), 3 

. . . it was determined we should not have a glance at His Royal Highness . . . The song by Mr. C. W. Draeger, words by the Rev. Dr. Muecke, engrossed [sic] most beautifully by Mr. Julius Sobels, has been forwarded through Mr. J. G. Daly, and gracefully accepted by His Royal Highness . . .


Southern NSW (F. Draeger and family):

[Advertisement], The Goulburn Herald and Chronicle (14 November 1868), 5 

"----", The Goulburn Herald and Chronicle (18 November 1868), 2 

"NEWS OF THE WEEK", The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (12 December 1868), 2 

"ADELONG", Wagga Wagga Advertiser and Riverine Reporter (23 December 1868), 3 

"LOCAL INTELLIGENCE", Wagga Wagga Advertiser and Riverine Reporter (23 December 1868), 2 

[Advertisement], Wagga Wagga Advertiser and Riverine Reporter (23 December 1868), 3 

"LOCAL INTELLIGENCE", Wagga Wagga Advertiser and Riverine Reporter (26 December 1868), 2 


Country VIC and Melbourne (F. Draeger and family):

"THE DRAEGER FAMILY", Ovens and Murray Advertiser (12 January 1869), 2 

We confess we are hot fond of infant phenomena, and refrained from saying anything about the Draeger family till we had an opportunity of judging for ourselves. We entered St. George's Hall much doubting, but we came away charmed. The overture was a formidable one, considering the extreme youth of the performers, and when it promised such pieces as the Seventh Air de Beriot oh the violin by a boy of ten years of age, Mr Charles Draeger, a solo, ou the flute by Miss Bertha Draeger, thirteen years of age, and a violin solo by Clara Adelaide, a child of five years, we really trembled for the consequences. There was not, however, the slightest necessity for fearing an adverse criticism, and we are quite sure that every one who last night heard the really extraordinary performance of these children will bring ten more to witness it to-night. They all, down to the little fairy in whose hands the violin was held, put one in mind of something in a fairy tale, play with the greatest precision and nicety, having good-execution, real musical feeling, and above all, sound education so far. Their concerted pieces are as regular as the playing of a musical box, touched with sentiment. The performance of Charles on the violin is something quite exceptioual in a boy of his age, being good both in execution and expression. We can only say that we were surprised and pleased at all we heard, and would strongly advise every one who cares for music, and that too of a very curious kind, to see these children to-night. There are six altogether in the family, and on this occasion they will be assisted by the Beechworth Band, who have kindly volunteered their services. The prices too are exceedingly moderate.

[Advertisement], Ovens and Murray Advertiser (20 February 1869), 3 

[News], The Argus (2 April 1869), 5 

Madame Anna Bishop's sixth concert was crowded on Saturday evening, it being the last of the series, but in consequence of the immense patronage bestowed upon these farewell popular concerts we understand Madame Bishop has made arrangements for continuing them for another week. Two overtures by the Draeger family evoked considerable applause, aud Madame Bishop's “The harp that once,” was encored . . .

"Unsere Nachbar-Colonien", Süd Australische Zeitung (14 April 1869), 2 

[Advertisement], The Argus (22 May 1869), 8

COLOSSEUM - Admission, 6d.- Engaged and appear nightly, the WONDERS of the AGE (the Draeger Family), who lately performed in conjunction with Madame Anna Bishop at St. George's-hall. The little wonder, Miss Clara Draeger, violin soloist, aged six years; Miss Agnes, tenor violin soloist, eight years; Miss Bertha, flute soloist, 14 years; Master Charles, violin and piccolo soloist, 11 years ; Master Ferdinand, clarionet and pianist. Mr. F. Draeger, conductor. Miss Bertha and Master Charles in admired songs and duets. Misses Agnes and Clara in songs and duets. Commence half-past 7.


? "SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. PORT OF MELBOURNE . . . ARRIVED", Bendigo Advertiser (5 July 1870), 2

July 2 . . . City of Adelaide, A. S. N. Co's s.s., 615 tons, D. Walker from Sydney 29th ult. Passengers saloon: Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Lyster . . . Mr. and Mrs. Draeger . . . Miss Draeger, Miss Kate Draeger . . . J. Draeger, F. Draeger . . .

"COUNTRY NEWS", The Express and Telegraph (15 October 1870), 3 

"TANUNDA, October 13", South Australian Register (15 October 1870), 7 

"- - - ", Kapunda Herald and Northern Intelligencer (21 October 1870), 2 

"GERMAN WAR RELIEF FUND", Evening Journal (11 November 1870), 2 

"COUNTRY NEWS", The South Australian Advertiser (30 December 1870), 3 


Melbourne, VIC (F. Draeger and family):

"THE DRAEGER FAMILY", The Herald (19 July 1871), 2 

[Advertisement], The Argus (7 December 1871), 1

Mount Gambier, SA (C. W. Draeger):

[Advertisement], Border Watch [Mount Gambier, SA] (21 June 1871), 3 

"LOCAL INTELLIGENCE", Border Watch (21 June 1871), 2 


[Advertisement], The Argus (2 January 1872), 1 

MR. F. DRAEGER (teacher of the Draeger family) begs to announce that he will give LESSONS on PIANO, Violin, Singing, &c. 188 Little Lonsdale-street east. Melbourne N. B - Charges moderate.

"GENERAL NEWS", The Express and Telegraph [Adelaide, SA] (21 May 1872), 2 

"TELEGRAMS", Border Watch [Mount Gambier, SA] (31 July 1872), 2 

"ENTERTAINMENT", Border Watch (9 November 1872), 2 

"SUMMARY OF NEWS", Border Watch (4 September 1872), 3 

The Draeger family have decided to settle at Moonta.


"- - - ", Border Watch [Mount Gambier, SA] (24 May 1873), 2 

"MOONTA, JULY 22", The South Australian Advertiser (25 July 1873), 3 

"MOONTA, JULY 22", South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (26 July 1873), 7 

"COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE", South Australian Register (4 November 1873), 7 

"MOUNT GAMBIER LOCAL COURT", Border Watch (19 November 1873), 2 


"TANUNDA, MAY 5", South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (9 May 1874), 13 

Tanunda is never backward when its sympathies are appealed to on behalf of the distressed. Some time ago it was ascertained that Mr. C. W. Draeger, formerly music teacher of this place, had been for a long time laid up at Mount Gambier, and had been incapable to work, and that consequently his large family was in necessitous circumstances. The Tanunda Liedertafel as soon as they had been made aware of the fact voted a liberal sum for him, and on Thursday last a dramatic entertainment was given on his behalf, which turned out to be a great success. The large room at the Tanunda Hotel was quite full, and I believe the net proceeds will not fall far short of £10. As the entrance fee was very low - only 2s. and 1s. 6d. - this is very satisfactory . . .

"- - -", Border Watch [Mount Gambier, SA] (4 July 1874), 2 

"- - -", Border Watch (26 August 1874), 2 

"SHIPPING", Border Watch (19 September 1874), 2 

"THE DRAEGER FAMILY", Border Watch (23 September 1874), 2 

This talented family of musical artistes gave their first entertainment at Mount Gambier, in the Institute Hall, on Saturday evening the 19th inst. There was a rather limited attendance. Five of the family, including Herr Draeger himself, appeared in the entertainment, and the programme presented was long and varied. The concert consisted partly of vocal and partly of instrumental music - in the first portion the latter predominated. The second part consisted of Sullivan's operetta, "Box and Cox," in which Miss Draeger took the part of Box, Miss Agnes Draeger that of Cox, and Miss Clara Draeger that of Mrs. Bouncer. In the instrumental pieces Herr Draeger played the concert bass, Miss Clara Draeger the violo, Miss Agnes Draeger and Mr. C. Draeger the second and first violins, respectively, and Miss Draeger the flute, and each player gave evidence of being complete master of the instrument played on. Their efforts on these instruments, whether in solos or otherwise, were very fine. Instrumental music is evidently their forte, for they were by no means so successful in their vocal efforts. A trio, "Ye Shepherds tell me," by the Misses Draeger, and a solo, "I'll be no submissive wife," by Miss Clara Draeger, were, however, successfully given, and thoroughly appreciated. Mr. Charles Draeger has a wide fame as a violinist, and he did not belie his reputation on Saturday. He was particularly succcessful in the opening overture, "Zampa." The family cannot be said to have been very successful in "Box and Cox" - the requisite vigour, vivacity, and clearness were wanting, and it dragged heavily. On Monday evening a different programme was presented, and was more successfully carried out than that of Saturday. Mr. C. Draeger was highly successful in his violin solos, and Miss Draeger, in a flute solo, "Kathleen Mavoumeen," was very happy. The entertainment concluded with a musical charade entitled "£ s. d., or Moses, the Moneychanger." There was a fair house. Last evening the programme was varied and the family, finding their instrumental efforts were more appreciated by the public than their vocal pieces, gave special prominence to the former. To-night a specially attractive programme is prepared for the delectation of the public. Herr Jonas assisted at the piauo during the entertainments. Should the Draeger family receive sufficient encouragement there is a probability of their settling at Mount Gambier as teachers of music - vocal and instrumental. They would be a decided acquisition to the district, and it is hoped they may be induced to stay.

[Advertisement], Border Watch (30 September 1874), 3

HAS much pleasure in informing the inhabitants of Mount Gambier that he has decided to stay in this district, and will be happy to receive Pupils for instruction on the Piano, Organ, Harmonium, Violin, Flute, &c., &c. Also, Teaching in the art of Singing. Pianos, Harmoniums, and other Instruments carefully TUNED and Repaired. Orders and communications left at Mr. J. M. Wendt's Musical Repository will receive careful attention. References kindly permitted to R. J. Turner, Esq., S.M.

"- - -", Border Watch (30 September 1874), 2 

"- - -", Border Watch (3 October 1874), 2 

"CHRIST CHURCH CONCERT", Border Watch (11 November 1874), 2 


"THE ALBERT ELECTION", Border Watch (17 July 1875), 2 

[Advertisement], Border Watch (29 September 1875), 1 

"CHRIST CHURCH TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT", Border Watch (23 October 1875), 3 

[Advertisement], Border Watch (10 November 1875), 3 

"TELEGRAMS", Border Watch (27 November 1875), 2 


"- - - ", Border Watch (11 March 1876), 2 

" - - -", Border Watch (19 April 1876), p. 2 

"THE CASE OF MR. C. F. DRAEGER (To the Editor)", Border Watch (22 April 1876), 2

SIR, - In your issue of the 19th your "local" relative to Mr. Draeger is calculated to lead the public to suppose that Mr. Draeger has been very hardly dealt with at the hands of the Orchestra, inasmuch as the inference to be drawn from it is that - first, Mr. Draeger's services have been dispensed with altogether; and, secondly, that having done so, they should give him a concert to make up for it. The Orchestra have never dispensed with his services, but owing to the outbreak of the scarlet fever in his family, wrote him telling him that it was deemed advisable to go into recess for a few weeks. As to a concert, but for a disagreement between Mr. Draeger and one of our most prominent members, resulting in the member leaving our ranks, one would have been given him in January last. As we have had no proposition from Mr. Draeger to resume his leadership of our Orchestra, and considering the way in which you have beon requested to draw attention to the matter, we are afraid your local will not have the desired effect.
Yours, &c.,

[We were asked to draw attention to Mr. Draeger's case as one calling for immediate attention. - Our allusion to the Orchestra, of which he was the leader, was not meant to reflect upon that body in any way, nor to imply that an obligation rested upon them more than upon other members of the community to do something for him. If Mr. Draeger and his family are in the destitute circumstances represented to us something should be done for their relief; it would be out of place to quarrel over who ought to do it. - ED.]

"TO THE EDITOR OF THE REGISTER", South Australian Register (18 July 1876), 6 

"OUR PROSPECTS", Border Watch (16 September 1876), 2 


"THE SIMONSEN OPERA COMPANY", Border Watch (10 January 1877), 2 

"MOUNT GAMBIER LOCAL COURT", Border Watch (28 July 1877), 2 

[Advertisement], Border Watch (10 February 1877), 2 


[Advertisement], The South Australian Advertiser (7 January 1878), 2 

"CATHOLIC INTELLIGENCE . . . FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME", Advocate [Melbourne, VIC] (26 January 1878), 6 

Sunday last, being the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, was observed with special devotion in the church of the Jesuit Fathers at Richmond. Solemn High Mass was celebrated at eleven o'clock, the officiating priests being the Rev. Fathers McEnroe, Kennedy, and O'Mallfey. The choir performed Gounod's "Messe Solennelle." The vocalists were Miss O'Brien, Miss Fielden, Miss Scott, Miss Brophy, Mr. G. Henderson, Mr. E. Henderson, and Mr. Daniels. Amongst the instrumentalists were the Draeger family, Miss E. Plock, and Mr. Plock. The chorus consisted of fifty voices. Herr Gerlach presided at the organ. The offertory piece was the Inflammatus, from Rossini's Stabat Mater. The soprano solo was sung by Miss O'Brien . . .

"MELBOURNE GOSSIP", Bendigo Advertiser (14 March 1878), 2 

[Advertisement], Evening Star [Dunedin, NZ] (8 April 1878), 3 

WANTED Known - Herr F. Draeger (late of Melbourne), teacher of the piano, violin, &c. Pianos tuned and repaired; also violins repaired. Terms moderate Address - F. Draeger, Krull's Hotel, George-street.


"MARRIED", Australian Town and Country Journal (5 April 1879), 43

DRAEGER - MURRAY. - March 17, at St. Michael's Church, Surry Hills, by the Rev. H. S. King, Ferdinand, eldest son of F. Draeger, Esq., of Melbourne, to Theresa, only daughter of the late Richard Murray, of Sydney.

December 1879, departure of C. W. Draeger, from Adelaide for Europe

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (16 December 1879), 2

C. W. DRAEGER returns his grateful THANKS to all those Friends whose Kind Contributions have enabled him to Revisit Germany for his health. CARL W. DRAEGER. Adelaide, December 10, 1879.

"SHIPPING", South Australian Register (27 December 1879) , 5 supplement 

DEPARTURES . . . CUZCO, [Dec.] 10 . . . Per CUZCO, steamer, for London . . . In the third cabin . . . C. W. Draeger.


"A MUSICAL FAMILY", South Australian Register (3 May 1887), 5

Most old colonists will remember the Draeger Family, whose musical performances in years gone by afforded not only pleasure to the audiences, but also ample proof that the family inherited from their father a thorough musical taste. About seven years ago Herr C. W. Draeger, with the assistance of Messrs. Hugo Fischer, T. Overbury, and other friends, was enabled to return to the Fatherland with a view of bringing his talent as a composer under the notice of the musical cognoscenti of Germany. Since his departure nothing was heard of him until a few days ago, when Mr. Fischer received a letter (from which we make extracts) detailing the ups and downs of the old man's career at home. The first part of the letter is dated Berlin, August 15, 1886. After an opening sentence it runs as translated by Mr. Fischer: -

Directly after my arrival here I wrote to some relations, but did not receive a reply, I do not wonder at it, as my letters were full of complaints and bewailing my sad fate. How could I write otherwise? For you I had intended a special report of my progress, but my experience was so miserable that I had neither courage to write nor money to procure the necessary material. It ia now seven years since I left your colony. In that time I have become a real old veteran, and my hair has become snow white. About my eventful career I could write volumes, but fear to bother you with my laments. But so much I may tell you. I had to encounter very very hard times. The winter was a sore trial to me. An old straw bag was my bed, and an old coat my only blanket. My breakfast and supper consisted for a long time of a piece of bread and a glass of water. However, at present I have succeeded so far as to be acknowledged as a composer worthy of notice, and my works are criticised and accepted aa being of extra merit by the Society of Musicians (Tonkünstler Verein) in Berlin. After I had in vain drained nearly all resources, and without the slightest hope of success, I went to the conductor of the Victoria Theatre, a nobleman, and hoped to find a little more sympathy from him than I had from others to whom I applied, and who treated me with scant courtesy. In this instance I found greater success than I had anticipated. My situation roused his sympathy. I explained to him my position and wishes. After looking through my papers and letters he kindly observed some of my compositions which I handed to him and said to me, "I am glad to make your acquaintance. Please to call again in a week's time and I will see what I can do for you."

At the appointed time I waited once more upon him, and was not a little astonished when he caught me by the shoulders and began to shake me so that I nearly screamed out with pain, as I was suifering from rheumatics. "Herr Draeger," he said with emotion, "your compositions have been submitted to a severe examination, which resulted in the unanimous verdict that you are a second Schumann." I stood thunderstruck, quite speechless, and went out of the house as if intoxicated. A few days afterwards I came across a composition, which I had quite forgotten, which I had written in Tanunda. This I forwarded to him and shortly afterwards received the following communication: -

"The piece which you have dedicated to me is charming. I congratulate you upon your success."

My great ambition is to make sufficient money to be able to form an orchestra which will interpret my musical ideas according to my owa notions. I shall shortly send you the first of my published compositions.

Seven months later Herr Draeger adds a supplement to this letter, in which he mentions that his writings are securing still greater attention.

"Her Majesty the Empress has accepted one of my compositions, which has been performed at the Imperial Courts and she has been pleased to send one of her officers to enquire into my position, &c."

The letter concludes with an ardent desire for news from Australia. In addition to paying Mr. Fischer the usual Christmas compliment Herr Draeger enclosed in his letter a few bars of music set to the words, "Happy New Year, Happy New Year to all who Live in Fair Australia." Those who knew our departed colonist will be glad to learn that at last he has secured a fair recognition of his genius, and will wait with anxiety to hear of his progress in his native land.

"Gruss aus der Ferne", Australische Zeitung [Adelaide, SA] (11 May 1887), 2 


[Advertisement], The Daily Telegraph (30 August 1900), 1 

IN the Intestate Estate of FERDINAND DRAEGER, otherwise known as Theodore Fernandez, late of Sydney Coffee Palace Hotel, Lower Domain, Musician, Deceased. All persons having Claim against the above Estate are requested to forward the same, verified by affidavit, to the undesigned, on or before the 12th day of September, 1900. T. W. GARRETT, Curator of the above Estate, Chancery-square, Sydney, 29th August, 1900.

Bibliography and resources

"Draeger, C. W.", in Richard Wrede, Das geistige Berlin, Bd. 1 = Architketen, Bildhauer . . . Musiker . . . (Berlin: Hugo Storm, 1897), S. 82-84

Meike Tiemeyer-Schütte, Das Deutsche Sängerwesen in Südaustralien vor Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges zwischen Bewahrung von Deutschtum und Anglikanisierung (Münster: LIT Verlag, 2000), 45-46, 130, 200-201 (PREVIEW)

"DRAEGER, August Theodor Carl Wilhelm", Graeme Moad 

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