Doctored for Dancing

It was likely one evening in the 1890s that William Pymont Brook (1865-1938), a Cobb & Co clerk, first sat down with this two-row hexagonal concertina on his lap. With his fingers resting gently on its buttons, William pulled apart its bellows, then squeezed them together, and the instrument threw out some forceful notes. It […]

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Harry’s Crescendo

hexagonal. wooden concertina, it looks similar to a small accordian

In the nineteenth century, among the traditions migrants brought to NSW was music. This included European band music and as many regional centres established town bands were formed. By the late nineteenth century the village of Eugowra, in the state’s central west, had  its own town band. Among its members was Harry Esperance who rose […]

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