Well its been a little while since we have been in touch but that doesn’t mean the work has stopped. Over 30 new entries have been added. These include some instrument makers including Williamson and Zettwitz, some leading figures in music-making in the 1880s including Cailliau and Schmitt in Auckland, and Rossiter in Christchurch.
Cailliau is one of the more colourful figures New Zealand’s music history, coming from France via the penal colony in New Caledonia, but Allen Whitehorne’s time in New Zealand was part of an even more well-travelled life.
In comparison there are some who settled in New Zealand and whose wider family contributed in many ways over many years. These include the King family in Wellington, and the Braithwaites in Dunedin.
We also have a new feature this month, discussing the networks of music agencies who provided access to instruments and sheet music throughout the country. Please have a read.