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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Music

Orchestral concerts were well established by the time of Federation, with orchestras such as the Elder Conservatorium of Music founded in 1897. The Australian Broadcasting Commission's (ABC's) Adelaide Studio Orchestra was formed in 1934 and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 1936.

Records about music and musicians in South Australia in the Archives' collection range from copyright applications, immigration files, photographs and programs, to correspondence related to the ABC studio orchestra and sound recordings of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO MUSIC IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Photograph of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, South Australia, 1959 A1200, L32802
Sydney
Permanent units – orchestra – Adelaide – includes reports by Heinze, James and Schneevoigt; Committee for Establishment of Permanent Orchestra, 1935–48 SP1558/2, 752
Adelaide Studio Orchestra, 1943–56 SP613/1, 6/4/7
ABC concert programs – bound copies of programs from the 1948 South Australian concert series, 1948 SP722/1, 41
Adelaide
Copyright application, R Squarise sheet music, 'The Adelaide Arcade grand polka', 1885 AP476/4, B206
Copyright application, P Romano sheet music, 'The Adelaide original celebrated Kreuz polka' plus copyright form, 1895 AP476/4, B426
Italian consulate file – opera company, 1928 AP501/2, 288
Alien registration form – Antonietta Meneghell, also known as Toti Dal Monte, opera singer, 1928 D4880, ITALIAN/MENEGHEL A
Alien registration form – George Percy Grainger, composer and musician, 1934 D4880, AMERICAN/GRAINGER G

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