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The sea / poetry by Barry Cornwall ; the music composed and dedicated to his friend Captain Gosling, RN. [music]
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R84/869:1-2
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For voice and piano. "Sung by Mr. Phillips."--cover. Cover title. Professional manuscript copy made and sold by F. Ellard, music seller, ca. 1833. Publication date based on a similar printed item in the State Library of Victoria. Date of sale based on Ellard's commencement of business in February 1833 and appears to predate the earliest known copies of sheet music sold by Ellard bearing his ink business stamp in ca. 1834.
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[1831]
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1 ms. score (16 pages) ; 34 cm.
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This professionally hand-copied sheet music comes from a volume of music bound together for a young Sydney couple in the late 1830s. Lillias Dickson (1818-1869), daughter of John Dickson, the man who brought the first steam engine to Australia, had been
the victim of a scandalous court appearance in November 1832. A conman, John Dow, had stood before Judge James Dowling and claimed that he and Lillias had been secretly married and that he was entitled to her large fortune. Despite rejecting Dow’s claim, the judge was disparaging about the girl’s reputation and was horrified to see Lillias marry his nephew, Willoughby James Dowling (1812-1849), less than three months later! Described as ‘good looking’ and possessing ‘considerable accomplishments’, the Dowlings had a collection of vocal music which consisted mainly of popular pieces of the day which had been imported from London for retail in Sydney. This collection of music is the earliest known example of a personal compilation of songs bound together in Australia. The manuscript copy of ‘The Sea’ is also unique as there are no other known examples of published music being sold in Sydney in this way. Its existence may reflect a shortage of stock at the time as the Dowlings later purchased a print version to bind in with their hand-written copy. This songbook has long been part of the Rouse Hill House & Farm collection, though how it came to be there remains a mystery. - MS and CF
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