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A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–I

Dr GRAEME SKINNER (University of Sydney)


To cite this:

Graeme Skinner (University of Sydney), "A biographical register of Australian colonial musical personnel–I", Australharmony (an online resource toward the history of music and musicians in colonial and early Federation Australia):; accessed 1 June 2020

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Introductory note:

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

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

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

IMBERG, Julius Samuel (Julius Samuel IMBERG; Herr IMBERG; J. S. IMBERG)

Professor of music, pianist, composer

Born Berlin, Prussia (Germany), ? c.1807/08 or c.1811/12
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 22 January 1846 (per George Washington, from Bremen)
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS) [to settle], 11 December 1847 (per John Bull, from Sydney, 5 December)
Married Janet Smith GRAHAM (d. 1889), St. George's Battery Point, Hobart, VDL (TAS), 2 September 1848
Arrived Melbourne, VIC [to settle], July 1856 (per Ant, from Launceston)
Died Melbourne, VIC, 14 February 1863, aged 55 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony)

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According to his memorial of 27 March 1857 requesting the governor of Victoria to grant him papers of naturalisation, Imberg, was born in Berlin, Prussia. He claimed then to be aged 45 (? accordingly, born c.1811/12), though at his death in 1863 his age was given as 55 (? born c.1807/08). He himself claimed, at various times, to be a former pupil of Moscheles and Thalberg, and a "member" of the Paris Conservatoire and the Philharmonic Society of Berlin.

Imberg first arrived in Adelaide early in 1846, as a cabin passenger on the George Washington, an immigrant ship from Bremen. In mid April he teamed up with the violinist Leopold Ravac (see Leopold Rawack), who had just arrived from Singapore on the Caique. They continued with Ravac's ship on to Melbourne and Launceston. Reviewing their concert in Hobart in June 1846, the Courier wrote that the:

great merit of Mons. Imberg is as an accompanist. This part of his duty was discharged with superior judgment and taste. The task was not an easy one. No one but a person thoroughly accustomed to Mons. Ravac's style, could have accomplished it.

Imberg toured on with Ravac to Sydney in July. Ravac having meanwhile sailed for India with Stephen Marsh as his intended accompanist, Imberg announced in September his intention to stay on in Sydney and give instruction on the piano "according to the principles of Herz and Moscheles". In the ensuing year, there is no record of him appearing in any public concerts. However, his plan to present his own concert on 27 October 1847, in which he was to be assisted by five local vocalists including Maria Carandini and the Howson brothers, appears to have gone awry, perhaps, as he himself advertised, due to ill health.

A month later, in December 1847, Imberg sailed from Sydney for Hobart, intending to settle there. Advertising as a "pupil of Thalberg and Moscheles, and Member of the Conservatoire Royale at Paris", he took pupils and appeared in concert with Charles Packer, Maria Prout, and Henry Howson. At his concert in January 1848, the finale was a Tasmanian polka, played by the band of 96th Regiment, which though unattributed may have been his.

Imberg's "grand soiree" at the Royal Victoria Theatre a year later also included a Pas seul tableaux vivants danced by Jane Young in costume "with Music expressly composed for the occasion", which in the circumstances probably means that Imberg was responsible. Imberg was declared insolvent in August 1849.

In January 1851, the Colonial Times noted that it had received a copy of "Mr. Imberg's Quadrilles . . . highly spoken of by all the votaries of Terpsichore", and in April at a meeting of the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land, "a note was read from Herr Imberg presenting a copy of his Quadrilles, with a request to have it placed in the library of the Royal Society".

This was his The Tasmanian quadrilles, lithographed by Thomas Browne in Hobart, and dedicated to Lady Denison. Curiously, copies of neither the original print, nor the (? second) edition issued by Henry Marsh in Sydney in 1855 (if it was indeed different), seem to have survived. Imberg also advertised the set for sale on his arrival to settle in Melbourne in 1856, when the press there described them in review as being "of a light pleasing character . . . directed to the interests of beginners".

In July 1851, his Welcome to the spring polka was published. Notably, he was not among the contributors to either of Henry Stoney's Tasmanian anthologies in 1855. Perhaps he was not invited, or simply forgotten; in 1852, he'd left Hobart for Launceston, and in 1856 he and his Tasmanian wife Janet, and their young daughter, moved to Melbourne. There in 1861 he self-published The Victorian quadrilles (1 Melbourne; 2 Bendigo; 3 Ballarat; 4 Geelong; 5 Toorak).

Having in the meantime practised as a "professor of music and music seller", he had the management of "a first class band" for a fancy dress ball, in honour of the visiting British cricket team, on 14 January 1862. In an announcement of another ball the following January, he was described as "a very old member of the music profession in Melbourne". He died the following month, February 1863.


? "Amtliche Bekanntmachungen", Beilage zum Intelligenz-Blatt (2 August 1838), 2509-10 

. . . 377. Herr Imberg, rentier aus Berlin . . .

Adelaide, SA (on tour, 22 January to 27 April 1846)

"ADELAIDE SHIPPING", South Australian Register (24 January 1846), 2

Thursday, January 22nd - The ship George Washington, 675 tons, Matt. Probst, Master, from Bremen. Passengers - T. Clodius, E. Kunoth, I. Imberg, E. Schohl, Miss J. F. Burmester, M. Lange, Mrs Lange, four daughters and three sons; and A. Gericke, M. Müller, D. Herrgott, female missionaries, in the cabin . . . [210 German immigrants in steerage]

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (14 February 1846), 1

A CARD. MR. J. IMBERG, a native of Berlin, and pupil of Moscheles, begs to announce to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Adelaide and its vicinity, that having just arrived by the George Washington, he will be happy to give lessons at their private residences on the Pianoforte. Personal application may be made any day between the hours of 9 and 11 in the morning at Mr. H. W. Rollason's, Hindley-street, opposite Mr. Robt. Sanders. February 13th, 1846.

[Advertisement], South Australian Register (15 April 1846), 1

"LOCAL INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (22 April 1846), 3

"Local News", South Australian (24 April 1846), 3 

On Tuesday evening, Mr. Ravac gave his concert at the Freemason's Tavern, and we feel great pleasure in reporting that it even surpassed the expectations formed of it. Mr. Ravac (who, we understand, is voyaging for his health), is a violin player of very high ability. Indeed, connosseurs [sic] consider that he would be acknowledged in Europe as a first-rate performer. It is, therefore, needless to say that we enjoyed the entertainment. Each of his solos were listened to with breathless attention; and the "Carnival of Venice," with the extraordinary pizzicato passages, a la Paganini, was enthusiastically encored. Mr. Imberg played on the piano some brilliant variations by Hunter [Hunten], and two or three pleasing fantasies, with splendid execution. The audience departed well content with the concert, though by two person only. We are delighted to observe, from an advertisement in another column, that Mr. Ravac will favor the public with another entertainment this evening, in which he will be assisted with the valuable vocal services of Mrs. Murray.

ASSOCIATIONS: Georgiana Murray (vocalist, pianist)

[Advertisement], South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register (25 April 1846), 1 

MUSIC FOR SALE, Hunter's [Hunten's] Variations on Ecco Ridente, Bergmuller's Variations on a Polish Air. Both of the above were played with great applause by Mr. Imberg, at Mr. Ravac's Concert PLATTS'S, Hindley-street, and Portico of the Auction Mart.

"LOCAL INTELLIGENCE", South Australian Register (25 April 1846), 3

. . . We cannot close this notice of Mr. Ravac's splendid performances on the violin, without congratulating the musical world of Adelaide on the acquisition of another talented performer on the piano-forte, Mr. Imberg, whose introduction to the public has been one feature in these concerts of Mr. Ravac. Mr. Imberg accompanied Mr. Ravac on the piano with much judgment, and his solo performances were listened to with great pleasure. He has considerable execution and taste. He also played two duetts with Mrs. Murray, one the overture to the Nozze de Figaro, the other, the overture to the Maid of Artois, which were both deservedly applauded . . .

Melbourne, Port Phillip District, NSW (VIC) (on tour, 11 to 21 May 1846)

"Shipping Intelligence", The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser (12 May 1846), 2 

ARRIVED. May 11. - Cacique, barque, McKie, master, from Singapore via Adelaide the 27th April. Passengers, J. Almeida, jun. super cargo, Mr. and Mrs. Cobham, Mr. L. Ravac, and Mr. Imberg.

"MR. RAVAC'S ENTERTAINMENT", Port Phillip Gazette and Settler's Journal (16 May 1846), 2 

Launceston and Hobart Town, VDL (TAS) (on tour, 29 May to 18 July 1856)

"Shipping Intelligence", Colonial Times (2 June 1846), 2 

PORT OF LAUNCESTON . . . May 29. - Arrived the barque Cacique, McKee, master, from Melbourne. Passengers - Messrs. J. D. Almuda, S. Ravac, J. Imbergh, Mr. and Mrs. Cobham.

"MR. RAVAC'S MUSICAL SOIREE", Launceston Advertiser (4 June 1846), 2-3 

. . . [3] . . . Mr. Imberg, who accompanied Mr. Ravac, on the pianoforte, and performed in a most beautiful manner a Fantasia by Thalberg, and Mr. J. H. Anderson, who was deservedly applauded in his performance of a fantasia by Hünten, will not feel that we neglect them in so slight a notice . . .

"THE CONCERT", The Courier (17 June 1846), 2

Sydney, NSW (resident in Sydney, 27 July 1846 to 5 December 1847)

"SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. ARRIVALS", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 July 1846), 2 

July 27 - William, brig, 149 tons, Captain Thom, from Launceston, the 18th instant. Passengers - Major Wentworth, Mrs. Wentworth, Mr. Ravac, Mr. Imberg and servant, Mr. Lett, Mr. Macdonald, Mr. Myers, and Mr. J. Donaldson . . .

"MR. RAVAC'S Concert", The Sydney Morning Herald (14 August 1846), 2

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (5 September 1846), 2

A CARD. MR. IMBERG has the honor to inform the residents of Sydney and its vicinity, that he Intends giving instructions on the Pianoforte, and will be happy in receive a limited number of pupils. MR. IMBERG's system of Instruction is according to the principles of Herz and Moscheles, and having had much experience in the most Musical Cities of Europe, he is confident he can impart to his pupils the most modern and improved style of performing on the Pianoforte. Communications addressed to Mr. Ellard, Music Saloon, and Messrs. Kern and Mailer, Stationers, Hunter-street, will be immediately attended to. Sydney, September 4. 1846.
ATTEST. MR. RAVAC has much pleasure in recommending, as a teacher of music, to his friends and the public of Sydney, MR. IMBERG, and feels confident in recommending him as being competent to give instructions on the Pianoforte in the most modern and improved style, as at present adopted in the principal Cities of Europe.
(Signed) LEOPOLD RAVAC. Sydney, September 3, 1846.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (12 October 1846), 1 

MR. IMBERG, TEACHER ON THE PIANOFORTE. No. 3, O'Connell-street. MR. I. may be seen at his residence before ten o'clock, any morning.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (22 October 1847), 1 

ROYAL VICTORIA THEATRE, WEDNESDAY, 27TH OCTOBER, GRAND MUSICAL SOIREE. Under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Lieutenant-General Sir MAURICE O'CONNELL, Commander of the Forces, &c., &c. who has signified his intention of honoring Monsieur Imberg with his presence. MONSIEUR IMBERG most respectfully announces to the Inhabitants of Sydney and its environs, that he purposes giving a Grand Musical Soirée, under the above distinguished patronage, when he solicits their kind support. By the kind permission of Colonel Despard, the excellent band of the 99th Regiment will be in attendance. Concert to commence at eight o'clock precisely. Tickets, Lower and Upper Circle, 6s.; Pit, 2s.; Gallery, 1s.; to be had from Mr. Grocott, Music Saloon, George-street; Mr. Ford, Stationer, George-street; Mr. J. Miller, Chinese Bazaar, King-street; and Mr. Wyatt, at the Theatre. Application for Boxes to be made at Mr. Grocott's. Monsieur Imberg will be assisted by Madame Carandini, Mrs. Ximenes, Mr. F. Howson, Mr J. Howson, and Mr. Horncastle.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (25 October 1847), 3 

NOTICE. - The Public are respectfully informed that the Concert advertised by Mr. Imberg will not take place at the Royal Victoria Theatre. For the Proprietor, J. GORDON GRIFFITHS, Royal Victoria Theatre, October 23.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (26 October 1847), 1

NOTICE. - Mons. Imberg's Musical Soiree will be postponed till further arrangements are made, after he will have recovered his health. Sydney, October 26.

[Advertisement], The Sydney Morning Herald (2 November 1847), 1 

NOTICE - MONS. IMBERG having recovered his health, begs to inform the ladies and gentlemen and the public in general of Sydney and its vicinity, that he is going to make further arrangements, and that he will give, in a few days, notice when and where his concert will take place. Sydney, November 2.

Hobart Town, VDL (TAS) (resident in Tasmania, 11 December 1847 to July 1856)

"SHIPPING NEWS", The Courier (15 December 1847), 2

11 - Arrived the schooner John Bull, 70 tons, Clinch, from Sydney 5th December, with a general cargo. Cabin passengers - Dr. Graham and two children, and Mons. Imberg.

[Advertisement], The Courier (8 January 1848), 1

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (7 January 1848), 1

Marriages in the district of Hobart, 1848; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:836679; RGD37/1/7 no 1737 (DIGITISED)

699/1737 / 2 Sept. 1848 St. George's / Julius S. Imberg, Music Master; Janet Smith Graham, Spinster . . .

[Advertisement], The Courier (10 January 1849), 3

"INSOLVENCY CASES", The Courier (8 August 1849), 2

Births in the district of Hobart, 1850; Tasmanian names index; NAME_INDEXES:954370; RGD33/1/3/ no 2511 

2511 / June 19 / - / female / Julius Samuel Imberg / Jeanette Imberg family Smith / Professor of Music / Emma Jeanett

[Advertisement], Hobarton Guardian, or, True Friend of Tasmania (20 November 1850), 4 

To be Published Shortly. THE Tasmanian Quadrilles, composed by J. S. IMBERG, Professor of Music, Member of the Philharmonic Society at Berlin, and of the Conservatoire of Paris, and by permission most respectfully dedicated to LADY DENISON.

[Advertisement], Hobarton Guardian, or, True Friend of Tasmania (14 December 1850), 1 

Notice. IN Consequence of Mr. BROWN'S absence from Hobart Town, the publishing of The Tasmanian Quadrilles, By J. S. IMBERG, has been unavoidably postponed. Hobart, December 12th.

ASSOCIATIONS: Thomas Browne (lithographer, printer)

[Advertisement], Hobarton Guardian, or, True Friend of Tasmania (11 January 1851), 2 

HERR IMBERG, BEGS to inform the Gentry of Hobart Town and the Public that THE TASMANIAN QUADRILLES, Dedicated bv kind permission TO LADY DENISON, is published this day, January 11th, and and as there is but a very limitted number of copies printed, an early application will be necessary.

"MUSIC", The Britannia and Trades' Advocate (27 January 1851), 2 

We have received "The Tasmanian Quadrilles, composed for the pianoforte, and by kind permission respectfully dedicated to Lady Denison, by J. S. lmberg, Professor of Music, Member of the Conservatoire at Paris, and Hon. Member of the Philharmonic Society at Berlin," now of Murray-street, Hobart Town. All we can further say at the present on the subject, is, that the Quadrilles are lithographed by Mr. Thomas Brown, of Macquarie-street, in the best possible manner, and that we shall notice their value as compositions, when we have had an opportunity of ascertaining their merit.

"MR. IMBERG'S QUADRILLES", Colonial Times (28 January 1851), 2

[Advertisement], Hobarton Guardian, or, True Friend of Tasmania (29 January 1851), 4 

Just Published, PRICE 2s., THE TASMANIAN QUADRILLES . . . To be obtained only at Mr. Imberg's residence, Leicester Buildings, Murray Street . . .

"TASMANIAN QUADRILLES", The Courier (1 February 1851), 3

"ROYAL SOCIETY OF VAN DIEMEN'S LAND", The Courier (16 April 1851), 2

. . . A note was read from Herr Imberg presenting a copy of his Quadrilles, with a request to have it placed in the library of the Royal Society . . .

"NEW POLKA", Colonial Times (29 July 1851), 3

Herr Imberg, Professor of Music, encouraged by the kind support of the musical gentry of the colony by publishing his "Tasmanian Quadrilles", has composed a set of Polkas, under the title, "Welcome to the Spring," and dedicated to the Ladies of Tasmania. It is hoped that the fair sex, who are lovers of music, and know the talents of the composer, will evince their generosity and support colonial talent, as we understand that the composer has not spared any expences, to get them up in first rate style, and as cheap as houses, where there is more scope for any publication. [See Advertisement.]

[Advertisement], The Courier (30 July 1851), 1

[Advertisement], Launceston Examiner (15 September 1852), 3

"MUSIC", Launceston Examiner (18 September 1852), 6

"WEDNESDAY, 10TH AUGUST, 1853", The Courier (11 August 1853), 2 

THE DAY being the Fiftieth Anniversary of the foundation of the colony by Lieut. Bowen, in 1803 . . . a Public Holiday in the City of Hobart Town . . . In the evening a Grand Display of Fireworks took place in the enclosure facing the High School, commencing at 7 o'clock with the ascent of two Fire Balloons . . . The Band played at intervals during the Pyrotechnic display the "Tasmanian Quadrilles," "Jeannette and Jeannot," - and other popular airs, concluding with the National Anthem of our mother-country, the Northern Island Queen.

"TASMANIAN QUADRILLES", Launceston Examiner (19 April 1855), 2

We have received a copy of the second edition of Mr. Imberg's Tasmanian Quadrilles. They were well spoken of when they first appeared, and the call for a second edition shows they have been appreciated by the musical public. The present edition is well got up - is printed by F. Cunninghame, and published by H. Marsh, of Sydney.

ASSOCIATIONS: Henry Marsh (music publisher, Sydney); Francis Cunninghame (printer, Sydney)

Melbourne, VIC (resident in Melbourne, July 1856 to 14 February 1863)

"THE TASMANIAN QUADRILLE", The Argus (1 August 1856), 5

"THE TASMANIAN QUADRILLE. To the Editor", The Argus (6 August 1856), 6

Sir, - In your edition of Friday last you noticed, under Domestic Intelligence, "The Tasmanian Quadrille, composed by Herr Tonberg, republished in Melbourne;" instead of which it ought to be, "Herr Imberg, republished in Sydney by H. Marsh." By correcting the above you will oblige me, as a resident of Melbourne and a professional. Yours, most obediently, THE COMPOSER. 4th August, 1856.

Julius Samuel Imberg, memorial (27 March 1857, requesting papers of naturalization; National Archives of Australia, A712, 1857/Y2120 (DIGITISED) (PDF)

. . . That your Memorialist is a Native of Berlin in the Kingdom of Prussia . . . is Forty Five years of age and is by profession a Professor of Music . . . arrived in the Colony of Victoria a Passenger by the Steamer "Ant" from Launceston in the Island of Tasmania in the month of July [1856] . . . that your petitioner is desirous of holding land by purchase . . .

NOTE: Musicseller Joseph Wilkie was one of four witnesses to the document

[News of the day], The Argus (10 May 1861), 4

[Advertisement], The Argus (11 January 1862), 8

[News], The Argus (22 January 1863), 5

[Funeral notice], The Argus (16 February 1863), 8

"DEATHS", The Cornwall Chronicle (28 February 1863), 4

Bibliography and resources:

Betty Jones, "A modest but steady income", Tasmanian ancestry (March 2011), (209-212), 210-12 (DIGITISED)

Skinner 2011, First national music, 254-55 (DIGITISED)


Contralto vocalist

Born c. 1809
Arrived Hobart, 14 November 1833 (per Wave, from London, 29 July)
Married William INKERSOLE, Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 21 December 1833
Died ? London; buried St. George, Camberwell, Southwark, London, 20 July 1844, aged 35; ? before 1855 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (shareable link to this entry)


"Arrived . . .", Colonial Times (19 November 1833), 2

Arrived on the 14th November, the barque Wave, Captain Goldsmith, from London 29th July, with goods - Passengers, Mr. and Mrs Carter, 6 children, and 3 servants, Mr. and Mrs Coak, Miss Daniels, Mr. Scott, (lawyer), Mr. Inkersole, Mr. Smythe, and 28 others.

Hannah Daniels, marriage, 21 December 1833; Tasmanian Names Index; NAME_INDEXES:820410l; RGD36/1/2 no 2194 

"MARRIED", The Hobart Town Courier (27 December 1833), 2

At Hobart town, on Saturday Dec. 20, Mr. William Inkersole to Miss Daniels.

[Advertisement], Colonial Times (11 March 1834), 1

MR. DEANE respectfully informs the inhabitants of Hobart Town and its vicinity, that a Selection of Sacred Music will be performed at the Argyle Rooms, on Saturday, March 15th, 1834.
Principal Performers: Mrs. Inkersole, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Henson, Mr. Reichenberg, Mr. Russell, Mr. Peck, Mr. Marshall, and Mr. Macleod.
Assisted (by permission) by the band of His Majesty's 21st Regiment.
Part I . . .
Song, Mrs. Inkersole, "Lord, remember David" - Handel . . .
Part II.
Song, Mrs. Inkersole, " Lord, to Thee, each night and day" - Handel . . .

"The Oratorio . . . ", Colonial Times (18 March 1834), 5

. . . Mrs. Inkersole's "Lord remember David," was pleasing and excellent. This was this lady's first appearance before a Van Diemen's Land public; and as we pretend to be judges, we may he believed when we say, that a more perfect female singer there is not in the Colony. She accompanied herself on the piano forte with remarkable good taste. We like to be candid, and we cannot therefore allow Mrs. Inkersole to pass us without one observation, which may not please her, and that is, that she is made a deal too much off . . . Mrs. Inkersole's second song, "Lord to thee each night and day," was even more excellently sung than was her first piece. Kent's anthem of "Hear my prayer," is a difficult performance for ladies, and so it proved on Saturday - it was pretty correctly sung, and nothing more.

. . . Great fears were last week entertained that the Oratorio could not possibly take place, some offence it appears having been given to Mrs. Davis. On enquiring, the reason of all the hub-bub, we found it to be on account of Mrs. Davis's name having been placed after Mrs. Inkersole's, in the bills of the day. The Courier, makes an apology for this inadvertency, and moreover, adds, that it is at the request of Mr. Deane. With Mr. Deane or the Editor, we wish not to interfere, but we should vastly like to know what are Mrs. Davis's pretensions to be first on the list. Mrs. Davis, cannot compare her vocal knowledge, or her vocal powers to Mrs. Inkersole's, and in the opinion of many, Mrs. Henson's performance is far preferable to hers . . .

MUSIC: Lord remember David (Handel, arr. from Rendi'l sereno al ciglio, in Sosarme); Lord to thee each night and day (Handel, from Theodora)

"To the Editor", The Hobart Town Courier (28 March 1834), 4

"To the Editor", Colonial Times (1 April 1834), 6

? Burial in the parish of St. George, Camberwell, London, England, (PAYWALL)

No, 1219 / Hannah Inkersole / Charles Street / [buried] July 20 [1844] / [aged] 35 years

? "MARRIAGE", The Courier (26 May 1855), 2

On the 16th February, at St, John's Church, Notting-hill, by the Rev. John Philip Gell, Incumbent, WILLIAM INKERSOLE, Esq., of Sussex-street, St. George's-road, to FANNY, fourth daughter of Samuel Shergold, Esq., late of Brussels, and grand-daughter of the late Samuel Shergold, Esq., Banker, Brighton, Sussex.


Cornet à piston player

Active Perth, WA, 1845 (shareable link to this entry)


Perhaps A. H. Irby, lieutenant and later captain of the 51st Regiment.


"Performance of Sacred Music", Inquirer (14 May 1845), 1

Luther's Hymn, air, and chorus, with an obligato accompaniment on the cornet à piston, by Mr. Irby, was admirably performed.

[News], Inquirer (19 August 1840), 10

The music for which the company was indebted entirely to amateurs, was extremely good; we noticed especially the admirable performance of Mr. Irby on the cornet à piston, an instrument of great sweetness and power, and admirably adapted to a ball room.

IRONSIDE, Frederick James (Frederick James IRONSIDE; IRONSIDES; F. J. IRONSIDE)

Choirmaster, amateur musician, cricketer

Born Sydney, NSW, March 1836; son of James IRONSIDE (1803-1866) and Ellen OAKS (c. 1816-1854)
Died Darlinghurst, NSW, 24 December 1912, aged 76 (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (shareable link to this entry)


"MARRIAGE", The Sydney Morning Herald (3 July 1861), 1

On Tuesday, the 2nd July, at St. Michael's Church, Surry Hills, by the Rev. Hulton Smythe King, Mr. F. J. Ironside (eldest son of James Ironside, Esq, money broker of this city), to Miss Martha Amelia Bird, eldest daughter of Mr. Richard Bird, of Surry Hills, formerly of Buckinghamshire, England.

"FREE CHURCH OF ENGLAND", Empire (20 July 1865), 5

. . . The church choir, under the direction of Mr. Ironsides, have continued their gratuitous services . . .


. . . It is one of the most pleasing parts of the duty of the committee to return their thanks to those who merit them in so marked a manner as do Mr. Ironsides and the members of the choir. From the first establishment of the church, Mr. Ironsides has given gratuitously his valuable services; and amongst the present choir are seen, with unfailing regularity, ladies and gentlemen who have given their services from the first day. The time, skill, and labour necessary to organise, train, and keep together so efficient and able a choir, needs no comment. You have heard the result: it is admitted that the choir is not inferior to any in Sydney, and the warmest thanks the committee can offer them, are indeed, no more than their due . . .

"CHURCH MUSIC", Sydney Mail (10 March 1865), 2 

A very interesting lecture on the subject of church music and church choirs was delivered in the Free Church of England, Bourke-street, on Tuesday evening, by Mr. F. J. Ironside, who gave practical illustrations of the subject, and also made a few remarks as to the formation of church choirs generally. The attendance was but limited; but the lecture was listened to with interest.


Blind musician

Active VIC, 1890s (shareable link to this entry)


"BLIND MUSICIANS", Grey River Argus (23 August 1898), 3

. . . John Irwin, who is the only member of the Company who has previously visited New Zealand, has been blind from infancy, and his musical ability is of a high order. He can play the piano, saxe-horn, viola, and several other instruments. The Auckland Star, referring to his playing of "The lost Chord" on the saxe-horn, said, "Some of the audience were moved to tears, and the playing was of a very remarkable character indeed." Mr. Irwin also possesses a good tenor voice, and is a certificated piano tuner.

ISAACS, Edward

Singer (Hobart Synagogue)

Born London, c.1821
Arrived Hobart Town, VDL (TAS), 1842 (free) (shareable link to this entry)

Summary (after Levi):

Draper by trade; in 1872 was living in Auckland NZ; Australian Israelite 1872 quoted Isaacs on his arrival in Hobart:

In the year 1842 I arrived in Hobart Town in company with a number of young Jewish men (the majority under twenty years of age) and all having been brought up rather orthodox. We were very much surprised on discovering there was no place of worship in connection with our faith. (Service was held on New Year at the "Rose and Crown Hotel" [owned by Israel Hyams in New Town] for want of better accommodation.) - Shortly after my arrival I was requested to call a meeting of all the Jewish young residents which I did . . . Subsequently Mr. Nathan convened a meeting which was attended, I believe, by every Jew in town. He told them what the boys had done and what they should do . . .

Thereafter he became involved in the building of the Hobart synagogue, and was a chorister at its consecration in 1845.



"THE SYNAGOGUE", Colonial Times (11 July 1845), 3

In answer to numerous enquiries as to whether the gentlemen composing the choir at the opening of the Jewish Synagogue last Friday were professionals, we can inform our readers that the whole of them (consisting of Messrs. M. S. Simeon, treble; D. Allen, tenor; E. Isaacs, counter tenor; Isaac Solomon and H. Nathan, bass) were young men of the Hebrew religion, one of whom (Mr. Simeon) had assisted in a similar ceremony at home, and remembering the melodies, sung them to Mr. Reichenberg, who most felicitously melodized them. Mr. R attempted, and it must be admitted, accomplished the teaching five persons to sing in parts, and acquiring himself sufficient Hebrew to comprehend what he had to teach, in a manner which must increase the already high opinion entertained by the Tasmanian public of his professional superiority.

"THE SYNAGOGUE", The Observer (15 July 1845), 3 

In our last a paragraph was omitted in which we sought to do justice to some whose names were not mentioned with that praise which was due to them for the part they performed in the opening service at the Synagogue. The music we learn was brought to this colony by Mr. Simeon, whose melodious voice was so much admired in company with the voice of Messrs. Edward Isaacs, Henry Nathan, David Allen, and Isaac Solomons. The vocal attraction at the Synagogue is likely to draw many visitors from time to time, whose interest is not likely to stop with that gratification, or benefit be confined to the hearing of the ear.

Bibliography and resources:

John Levi, These are the names: Jewish lives in Australia, 1788-1850 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Publishing, 2013), 325 (PREVIEW)

ISSELL, Henri (Henry Walter ISSELL)

Bandmaster, conductor (The Curlew Orchestra), musicseller, composer

Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1885 (shareable link to this entry)

ISSELL, Louis Vernon (Louis Vernon ISSELL)

Amateur vocalist and orchestral player

Born Melbourne, VIC, 1887
Died Hobart, TAS, July 1947, aged 60


"MARRIED", The Argus (11 May 1886), 1


[Advertisement], The Mercury (15 October 1892), 3

"OBITUARY. MR. L. V. ISSELL", Examiner (31 July 1947), 2


Violinist (pupil of Ole Bull), professor of music

Born Denmark, c. 1828/29
Active Melbourne, VIC, by April 1854
Died Albury, NSW, 15 January 1897, aged 69 years (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (shareable link to this entry)


[Advertisement], The Argus (22 April 1854), 8 

CRITERION HALL, Criterion Hotel, Great Collins-street, Melbourne.
Grand Concert Promenade (a la Gungl) THIS EVENING (Saturday), 22nd April, 1854.
Madame Maria Carandini, accompanied by Mons Lavenu, Ali-Ben Sou-Alle, Herr Strebinger, Mons. Iverson, Herr Harendorff, Mr. George Chapman, Mons. Frank Koehler, Mr. Johnson, and a full orchestra, carefully selected from the best talent of the Colony . . .
Leader of the Orchestra - Herr Strebinger.
Conductor - Mr George Chapman.

"MELBOURNE. CRITERION HALL", The Sydney Morning Herald (28 April 1854), 4 

WE have Melbourne and Geelong papers to the 24th instant. The following are extracts . . .

CRITERION HALL. - We were agreeably surprised on Saturday evening by the splendid performances of a new violinist, Herr Iverson, who bids fair to become a dangerous rival to Herr Strebinger. His execution is brilliant, as was shown in his playing "Yankee Doodle" of Vieuxtemps, which was rapturously encored. The tone of his instrument is very beautiful, and we listened to the "Tyrolienne" with great pleasure. Madame Carandini was in splendid voice; the Turk played beautifully, and with the exception of the orchestra, every performance was first-rate.

[Advertisement], Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (21 August 1854), 3 

MUSIC HALL, GEELONG HOTEL, MR. ALBERT'S first select Quadrille Assembly will take place on Thursday next, August 24th, entitled L'UNION DU BEAU MONDE.
The partakers will be surprised about the finest English Dancing music ever heard in the Colonies.
The most celebrated violinist, pupil of Ole Bull, Mr. L. Iverson, will play in the orchestra.
Tickets, 10s. Ladies five. To be had at the Gamekeepers, Victoria, British, Bellevue, and Geelong Hotels.

[Advertisement], The Argus (7 February 1855), 7 

AUGUST EHRLICH, who came out in the vessel Undine, from Hamburgh, please communicate with L. Iverson, Post Office, Ballaarat. A letter for you at the Argus Hotel. 548 feb 12

"TARRANGOWER. German Concert", Mount Alexander Mail (23 October 1857), 4 

The concert for the benefit of Professor Neuermeyer's magnetic observatory went off with great eclat on Wednesday evening. The stars of the evening were Herren Siede and Iverson, the former on the flute and the latter on the violin. Herr Julius Siede has been too long known as a first class performer to need any praise. Suffice it to say that on Tarrangower he proved that his reputation was well deserved. Herr Iverson, though an amateur, performed solos on the violin in a manner to he equalled, but not excelled, only by Miska Hauser, with whom he was a fellow pupil. Indeed many persons preferred his playing to that of his more celebrated confrere. Several English songs were excellently sung by Herr Emil Pohl, who arrived here from Ballarat expressly for the purpose of assisting (as an amateur) in this entertainment. Several first-rate songs were sung by Dr. Kupferbarg, among them the Marsellaise [sic], which was sung in a most spirited style. The full choruses were excellent. The entertainment, by far the most perfect we have yet had, terminated with "Rule Britannia," in full chorus. The room was then cleared for dancing, which continued till past 5 next morning, when the company separated, well pleased with the bill of fare presented to them.

"TARRANGOWER. GERMAN DINNER", Mount Alexander Mail (24 May 1858), 2 

[Advertisement], Mount Alexander Mail (9 September 1859), 8 


[Advertisement], The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (21 August 1863), 1 

L. IVERSON, Teacher of Music, Heathcote Hotel.

"MR. IVERSON'S FAREWELL BENEFIT", The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (15 July 1864), 2 

It is seldom that we see such a crowded house for the benefit of an individual as that which assembled on Wednesday night as it were to bid farewell to Mr. Iverson, who is leaving the colony for South Australia. This mark of respect to an old resident, is creditable to the district, and plainly shows that talent, combined with the best qualities of our nature, are appreciated in our society . . . Mr. Iverson was compelled to apologise for not being able to redeem his promise to play a solo on the violin, in consequence of an accident, in which he cut his hand so as to disable it.

"TANUNDA", Adelaide Observer (9 September 1865), 2 supplement 

The Leichardt entertainments are over, and have turned out a complete success and far beyond our highest expectations. As an introduction to the grand concert on the 5th the Rev. Dr. Muecke delivered a lecture on Leichardt on the 1st September . . . No. 5, a solo on the violin "Elegie," by Ernst was performed by Mr. Iverson, a gentleman of high talent, I think it is the first time Mr. Iverson has made his appearance in public among us, and he has established himself at once as a favourite. The "Elegie," a difficult concert piece, was played with great taste, delicacy, and deep expression. Mr. Iverson may confidently be numbered among our first-class violinists in the colonies . . .

"OBITUARY", Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (22 January 1897), 23 

. . . We mentioned in our last issue that Mr. L. Iverson, professor of music, was in a very precarious condition, and it is now our painful duty to record his death, which took place on Friday. Mr. Iverson was a native of Denmark, and at a very early age evinced so decided a talent for music that his parents decided to train him for that profession. With this view he was sent to the Vienna Conservatoire, the training ground of so many high-class musicians. Early in the sixties [sic] he migrated to Australia, and like most of the early immigrants tried his luck at gold mining. He was not favored by fortune in his mining adventures, and he settled for some years in South Australia, afterwards coming to Albury where he practiced his profession, and was recognised as a musician of exceptional abilities. He was undoubtedly the best violinist ever resident in the town. At the time of the Centennial Exhibition he received special inducements to remove to Melbourne, where he remained until quite recently, and had a good connection. In the latter part of last year he decided to return to his old quarters, and he was just commencing to re-establish himself here, when attacked by the illness which unhappily proved fatal. Mr. Iverson, who was a widower, leaves a family of three sons and two daughters. The latter, like their father, are highly talented musicians, and with him, had just commenced the work of tuition in vocal and instrumental music.

[News], Wodonga and Towong Sentinel (22 January 1897), 2 

IVES, Joshua

Musician, composer, university professor

Born Hyde, Cheshire, England, 2 May 1854
Arrived Adelaide, SA, 1 March 1885 (passenger per Parramatta, from England)
Died Kew, VIC, 16 June 1931 (NLA persistent identifier) (shareable link to this entry)


"ADELAIDE AND LONDON TELEGRAPH", The South Australian Advertiser (29 November 1884), 5 

SPECIAL TELEGRAMS. [From our own Correspondent.] A PROFESSOR OF MUSIC FOR THE ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY CHOSEN. LONDON, November 27. [BY SUBMARINE CABLE.] The committee appointed to select a Professor of Music for the Adelaide University, consisting of Sir George Macfarren, the eminent professor, and Dr. Stainer, the organist of St. Pauls, have made their selection from among the six applicants for the position, the choice having fallen upon Mr. Joshua Ives, Bachelor of Music, Cambridge.

[News], The South Australian Advertiser (2 March 1885), 4 

Mr. Joshua Ives, our new professor of music, who arrived by the R.M.S. Parramatta on Sunday, was selected for that position by the Agent-General, with the assistance of Dr. Stainer and Professor McFarren. Mr. Ives graduated as a Bachelor of Music at Queen's College. He was for some resident at Glasgow, where he acted as lecturer on harmony to the Athenaeum and as organist of a large Presbyterian church. His musical attainments are stated to be of a high character, and as professor of music in the Adelaide University it is believed that he will prove himself to be the right man in the right place.

Musical works:

Hark! 'tis the breeze of twilight calling (evening hymn; duet canone) [1890]; MS; photocopy 

A symphony in D minor (l'Australienne) for orchestra & organ by J. Ives [1901]; MS, score; University of Adelaide 

Bibliography and resources:

Doreen Bridges, "Ives, Joshua (1854-1931)", Australian dictionary of biography 9 (1983) 

IZARD, Henry John (Henry John IZARD; H. J. IZARD; Mr. IZARD)

Musician, vocalist, viola player, oboe player, bandmaster, piano tuner

Born England, c. 1821/23; son of Thomas IZARD and Julia WHITE
Married Isabella HOBDEN (c. 1829- ), Brighton, England, 1849
Arrived Melbourne, VIC, c. 1852
Died Fitzroy, VIC, 6 July 1903, "in his 83rd year" (TROVE tagged by Australharmony) (shareable link to this entry)

IZARD, Henry John William

Music salesman

Active Melbourne, VIC, by 1886 (son of the above)


VOCAL MUSIC. COMPETENT AMATEURS are respectfully invited to assist in the formation of a GLEE AND MADRIGAL SOCIETY. Apply to J. Kenyon, Smith Street, and Mr. Izard, Oxford Street, Collingwood.

[Advertisement], The Argus (26 October 1854), 8 

[Advertisement], The Argus (9 November 1854), 8 

VICTORIAN EXHIBITION, Melbourne, 1854. Friday Evening, November 10th. The Philharmonic Society will perform a selection from Handel's Grand Oratorio of Judas Maccabaeus. Principal Vocalists: Mrs. Testar, Mrs. Hancock, Miss Edwards, Mr. Hackett, Mr. Ewart. Instrumentalists: Violins - Messrs. Griffiths, King, Fleury, Strebinger, W. Radford, M. Radford, Ryder, Pietzker, Fischer, Newton, Lewis, and Hurst; Violas - Messrs. Thomas, King, Izard; Violoncellos - Messrs. Reed, Hailes, and Kent; Basso - Messrs. Hardman, Gover, and Harndorf; Flute - Mr. Cooze; Clarionets - Messrs. Johnson and King; Bassoon - Messrs. Biggs and McCay; Trumpet - Mr. Lewellyn; Trombones - Messrs. Phair, Macnamara, and Trystram; Ophecleide - Mr. Hartigan; Horns - Messrs. Kohler and Naughton; Leader - Mr. Joseph Griffiths; Conductor - Mr. Jno. Russell . . .

[Advertisement], The Argus (14 February 1857), 8

On Monday Evening, 10th February, At the Collingwood Assembly Hall, Gertrude-street.
Programme - Part I.
Glee and Chorus - "Village Choristers," Master C. Cooke, assisted by the Company.
Reading from Serjeant Talfourd's Tragedy of Ion - Mr. Hayward.
Duet, flute and piano - Messrs. Hornidge and Montague.
Song - "Farewell my Country," Mr. Izard.
Song- "Little Nell," Mrs. Andrews.
Song - "The Pilot," Mr. Blanchard.
Song - "Excelsior," Mrs. Goodliffe.
Glee - "Life's a Bumper," Messrs. Allen, Izard, and Blanchard.
Rule Britannia - By the Company.
Interval of Ten Minutes.
Part II.
Glee - "Awake AEolian Harp," Mrs. Goodliffe, Messrs. Tate, Allen, and Blanchard.
Collins's Ode to the Passions, "Daniels v. Dishclout," recitations - Mr. Hayward.
Song and flute obllgato - Mrs. Goodliffe, flute, Mr. Hornidge.
Song - "Women or England," Mr. Izard.
Glee - " Poculum," Messrs. Tate, Hornidge, Izard, andElliot.
Song- " Sweet Dream of Life," Mrs. Andrews.
The Witches' Glee - Messrs. Tate, Hornidge, and Blanchard.
Full Company - "Now Pray we for our Country."
God Save the Queen - By the Company.
Accompanist - Mr. Montague . . .

[Advertisement], The Argus (12 December 1859), 8 

MR. OATES'S COLLINGWOOD GLEE COMPANY. - A miscellaneous CONCERT, under the patronage of G. M. Stephen, Esq, M.L.A.; C. J. Don, Esq., M.L.A., and the Municipal Council of East Collingwood, will be held in the National Hall, King William-street, THIS (Monday) EVENING, December 12. Principal soloists - Miss S. Mortley, Master Johnson, Mr. Izard, Mr. Amory, and Mr. Wilson. Pianist - Miss Smith. Doors open at 7 o'clock; to commence precisely at half-past. Tickets, 2s, each ; reserved scats, 3s. 6d.

[Advertisement], The Argus (22 May 1861), 8

"East Collingwood Volunteer Rifle Company . . .", The Argus (17 January 1865), 4

. . . The following were the committee elected . . . and Mr. Izard re-elected bandmaster.

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

"THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY'S CONCERT", The Argus (24 June 1868), 5 

. . . The oratorio was preluded by Handel's "Occasional Overture," which was well played by the orchestra, and in the third movement of which Mr. Izard's hautboy obligato may be honourably mentioned . . .

"THE NEWS OF THE DAY", The Age (10 November 1868), 2 

. . . The singers were Mrs. Perraton, Misses Easdown and F. Bassett; Messrs W. H. Williams, W. Perraton, S. Angus and J. Wilson; and the instrumentalists were Mr. F. W. Towers, pianist, and Mr. H. J. Izard on the oboe, most of whom are well known in musical circles . . .

"A SENSATIONAL ROBBERY REPORTED", The Age (4 December 1886), 9 

An extraordinary robbery was reported yesterday to the police by Henry John William Izard, describing himself as a music salesman, residing at 153 Gore-street, Fitzroy . . .

"DEATHS", The Argus (4 October 1888), 1 

IZARD. - On the 3rd inst., at George-street, Fitzroy (suddenly), Isabella Hobden, the dearly-beloved wife of Henry John Izard, aged 59, late of Brighton, Sussex, England. Deeply regretted by all who knew her. "Maternal love, thou word of bliss."

"DEATHS", The Argus (7 July 1903), 1

IZARD. - On the 6th July, at his late residence, 257 George-street, Fitzroy, Henry John Izard, in his 83rd year. Formerly Brighton (Sussex), England. Colonist of 51 years. At rest.

"DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT", Fitzroy City Press (10 July 1903), 3 

Fifty-one years residence is some what of a record in a young country. Since the late Mr. Izard came to Fitzroy in the early fifties, not only this city but the metropolis and the State have undergone vast changes. He has just passed away at the ripe old age of eighty-three years, and his funeral was attended by many old identities. He was of a genial and kindly disposition, but had indifferent health for some time past.

In the will of Henry John Izard, later of Fitzroy . . . Pianoforte tuner, deceased; Public Record Office Victoria, VPRS 7591 

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