This collection of ‘Family Hymns’, arranged by English composer John Freckleton Burrowes (1787-1852), was used by the Throsby family of Moss Vale. It comes from a volume of songs once owned by Isabel Osborne née Throsby (1844-1901). These songs were published in an edition of fifteen hymns by Sydney music seller and publisher Francis Ellard, in the early 1840s. While the Throsby collection consists of only five Burrowes hymns, it is the largest number of known surviving songs from the Ellard edition. Sacred music specifically intended for the drawing room grew in popularity throughout the nineteenth century in both Britain and Australia. By the time this sheet music was published in Sydney, it was common for family members, such as those at Throsby Park, to gather around the piano in the drawing room on a Sunday evening and sing sacred songs together.
Isabel Osborne’s Songbook