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Creator : Cawthorne, Charles
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Cawthorne & Co.
Date of creation : [between 1883 and 1889]
Format : Sheet music
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Charles Cawthorne was a music-seller and concert manager, born in Adelaide on 30 June 1854. At 14 he began studying the piano with Louis Ezelbach and vioin with F. Draeger, he also became proficient on the bassoon.
In 1870 he began work with his father in a newsagent's business in Morphett Street. The firm became Cawthorne and Co. with father and son as partners in 1884. By 1887 Charles ran the business alone.
By 1896 Cawthorne's were carrying sheet music from 60 publishers from England, France and Germany. They also sold musical instruments, books, opals and fine art. The firm acted as a box office for most musical events in Adelaide and by 1900 was also printing and publishing original compositions.
Cawthorne conducted the Adelaide aAateur Orchestra and acted as manager to a succession of Adelaide orchestras in the 1890s. In 1910 he was founder and conductor of the Adelaide Orchestral Society.
Cawthorne composed and had success with this piece, Olivia a waltz (named and dedicated to the wife of the South Australian Governor Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson) and the Southern Cross Waltz.
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Period : 1884-1913
Further reading :
The Oxford companion to Australian music, Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1997
Australian dictionary of biography, Melbourne : Melbourne University Press; London ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1966-<2005> See volume 7

Brewster-Jones, H. Music, Progress in Australia, 8 October 1934, Adelaide : L.G. Cant, 1929-1937

The Cawthorne story : 1870-1957, Adelaide : Cawthornes Limited, [1957?]



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