Sound Heritage Project

Sydney Living Museums holds an estimated 3000 pieces of rare and significant printed and hand-copied sheet music across its house and museum collections and the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection.

This invaluable collection includes:

  • publications dating from the late 18th century
  • Australia’s earliest surviving settler composition (c1830)
  • Australia’s earliest known collection of sheet music bound in Sydney (c1840)
  • recently discovered surviving examples of Australian and British compositions

Your generous contribution to Sound Heritage enables Sydney Living Museums to conserve, document, digitise, interpret and selectively record 2000 pieces from the collection, to share with national and international audiences. 

Thank you for supporting this visionary project.

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The conservation of our musical heritage has been severely under-resourced and sadly overlooked for so long. It takes an organisation with the vision of Sydney Living Museums to undertake such a terrific and important task, and I ask you all to support it.

Edward Simpson
Sydney Living Museums supporter


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