Collection close-ups: Songs of Home

Join Research Librarian and music curator Dr Matthew Stephens for an extended look at special collection items related to the musical world of the 18th and 19th centuries in Australia.

Designed to complement Songs of Home, opening 10 August at the Museum of Sydney, you’ll discover personal stories, historical objects and ideas of ‘home’ and ‘place’ through the lens and sound of music.

Highlights of the tour include some of Australia's earliest surviving sheet music collections and the stories of their owners, accounts of Aboriginal music making in the First Fleet journals and other early 19th century publications, a rare flageolet made by Australia's first flute maker Jordan Wainwright, and photograph albums, scrapbooks, domestic manuals and music methods to help us understand the world of music making in the 19th century NSW home.


Dr Matthew Stephens

Dr Matthew Stephens is Research Librarian at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums. He commenced his tertiary studies at the music department of the University of Sydney, followed by library studies and a doctorate in Australian library history. Matthew leads a project which involves evaluating, cataloguing and digitising sheet music collections held in SLM’s historic house museums and promoting their performance. In 2016, SLM was awarded the National Trust Heritage Award for Research and Investigation for the Elizabeth Bay House ‘Lost’ Library Project, which had derived from Matthew’s doctoral research. Always keen to explore the intangible heritage of SLM’s historic houses, Matthew looks forward to sharing more of our fascinating reading and music-making history. 

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Member's Guest: $10

When & Where

Monday 9 September 2019 12PM–1PM

Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection

The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000
61 2 8239 2233

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