Notables C-D

Cailliau, Francois
Chivers, Albert Meredith
Cimino, Salvatore
Collier, H & Son
Collier, Henry
Collier, Herbert
Coupland, Harriet
Cowley, John
Crowther, Francis Edwin
Dasma (see Adams, Samuel)
Davis, Daniel
De Clive-Lowe, George Thomas Humphrey
De Lautour, Bertram Aubrey de Hoghton
De Maus, David Alexander
Don, Archibald Rae
Dresden Pianoforte and Manufacturing Agency Ltd
Dyson, Nelson

Cailliau, Francois Octavien

Music teacher, music publisher, composer, conductor, journalist
Born: 1834?, Paris, France
Died: 1907, Sydney, Australia
Active in New Zealand: 1880-1884

Despite being in New Zealand for a relatively short time, Cailliau made a significant contribution to music in New Zealand. He was born and educated in France and was bandmaster to the 57th Regiment de Line. He became involved in the communards uprising and as a result was exiled to New Caledonia to serve out his sentance. On release he was part of a group of former prisoners who chose to go to New Zealand.

In Auckland he established himself as a singing teacher and conductor of high standards, also writing for the local paper on muiscal topics. Along with his colleague Albin Villeval, he published The New Zealand Muse, the first periodical dedicated to music published in New Zealand. Although slight, each issue included technical advice along with a music supplement. He was also very involved with organising concerts, including opera. Due to the ill health of one of his daughters he and his family (he had married Henrietta Brabazon, sister to the pianist Clarice Brabazon) moved to Sydney. There he was involved with the Franch community and continue to teach music until his death by drowning in 1907.

Compositions and writings
Plombine: valse fanfare. (Paris: 1866)
L’harmonie rendue facile (Paris, 1869)
La composition et l’instrumentation rendue facile. (Paris, 1869)
La muse villageoise: choeur a 4 voix. (Paris, 1870)
Tavien-polka. (Paris: 1870)
Snowflake. (Auckland: New Zeland Muse, 1880)
The study of harmony made easy. Trans. Pelzer. (Auckland: New Zealand Muse, 1880)

Other resources
Nichol, E. Dedicated to the colonial music-loving public, pp. 166-177

Photo source
Cailliau family


Chivers, Albert Meredith

Music retailer, publisher
Born: 1875, possibly Australia
Died: 1949, New Zealand
Active in New Zealand: c1903-1949

Christchurch Exhibition, 1906. ‘”Edison Phonograph Monthly” March 1907.

After arriving in New Zealand from Australia Albert Chivers firstly had a bicycle selling business in Auckland. He opened Chivers’ Music Stores in Christchurch in 1905, operating initially from Manchester Street and then moving to High Street. The business sold gramophones and records as well as sheet music. In 1906 a Wellington branch was opened in Lambton Quay and this later moved to Willis Street. In 1914 the Christchurch business was taken over by Wembly Son & Gofton but the Wellington business continued until c1924 when Chivers became a publican.

Chivers’ Music Stores published five original New Zealand compositions, four of which were composed by Raymond Hope .


Location: Gisborne
Established: 1891
Ceased business: 1972

Also known as E. Chrisp & Son and the Gisborne Music Warehouse, Chrisp’s was a music business founded by Edmund Chrisp, initially selling mainly pianos and sheet music. From 1897 Chrisps acted as agents for Begg’s pianos. Management was taken over by Edmund’s son, James Chrisp c1900 and one of his sons trained as a piano tuner with Begg’s in Dunedin. In 1915 Chrisps opened new premises which included a large space for the display and sale of sewing machines. In 1931 James’ son, George assumed management of the business and worked a total of 52 years in the business before retiring in 1972 when the business was sold. George Chrisp played the violin and piano and his wife was a pianist who studied at the Conservatory in Sydney. Both were part of the George Chrisp Band which played in theatres and for balls and other social occasions.


Cimino, Salvatore

Salvatore Cimino when manager of Charles Begg & Co’s Wellington branch,
surrounded by his staff, 1911

Teacher, conductor, organist, music dealer, composer
Born: 1853, Wellington
Died: 1934, Wellington

Salvatore Cimino was the son of Salvatore Cimino Snr, originally from Capri, one of Wellington’s earliest settlers.  He taught a variety of instruments and in 1893 opened “The People’s Music Depot” in Willis Street, with teaching rooms above the shop.  He was also conductor of St Joseph’s orchestra, conductor of the choir at St Mary’s Cathedral, violin master at St Francis Xavier’s Academy for Young Ladies and conductor of the Kaiwarra and St Patrick’s College Brass Bands.  In 1892 he started the Otaki Maori Brass Band and was its bandmaster.  In recognition of this the entire Cimino family were made honorary members of Ngati Rauwaka.  In 1897 he sold his business to Charles Begg & Co Ltd and it became their Wellington branch.  Salvatore Cimino remained as manager until 1912. 

Peeping daisy polka mazurka. (Wellington: Burrett, 1873)
Peeping daisy polka mazurka. ( Wellington: Bonnington, 1880)


H. Collier & Co

Location: Whanganui, New Plymouth and branches
Established: 1879
Ceased business: 1980s

New Plymouth branch of H. Collier & Co, 1922

H Collier & Co was a music retail business in Whanganui founded by brothers Henry and Herbert Collier (see below) in 1879 after purchasing the business of Edwin King. A branch was opened in Nelson in 1880 and one in New Plymouth in 1887. There were smaller branches in Hawera. Feilding, Palmerston North, Waitara and Stratford. The Whanganui branch was closed in 1926 and the same year a four storied premises was opened in New Plymouth where the business continued until the 1980s. Both the Whanganui and New Plymouth premises are still standing.


Collier, Henry

Organist, pianist, teacher, music retailer, publisher
Born: c1853, Manchester, England
Died: 1935, Whanganui, New Zealand
Active in New Zealand: 1877-1935

Henry Collier studied under Charles Halle and Oscar Beringer before coming to New Zealand in 1877. He was organist of St Paul’s Cathedral in Whanganui before moving to Nelson in 1888 where he became organist of Nelson Cathedral and manager of Collier’s Nelson branch. When the branch closed in 1890 he returned to Whanganui. In 1895 Henry withdrew from active participation in the music business to concentrate on farming. The artist Edith Collier was his daughter.

Other resources
Spear, Syliva. “Collier’s Century of Music” (unpublished). ACR2005-416, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Wellington Province (1897), p. 1439.


Collier, Herbert

Violinist, ‘cellist, teacher, music retailer, publisher
Born: Manchester, England
Died: 1857-1941
Active in New Zealand: 1879-1941

Herbert Collier studied under Charles Halle before coming to New Zealand in 1878. In 1926 Herbert retired from the business and the Whanganui branch was closed.

He was a member of the Whanganui Orchestral Society for over fifty years as player, conductor and administrator.

Other resources
Spear, Syliva. “Collier’s Century of Music” (unpublished). ACR2005-416, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Wellington Province (1897) p. 1439.


Coupland, Harriet

Singing and piano teacher, composer, spiritualist
Born: 1868, Ballarat, Australia
Died: 1942, 27 June, Christchurch, New Zealand
Active in New Zealand: 1896-1942

Born in Ballarat and part of a musical family, Harriet Coupland studied music in Melbourne and commenced her musical career as a teacher of voice production and singing in 1878 in Bendigo. She performed as a soloist in a variety of theatre companies including Simonson’s Italian Opera Company, but had to re-focus her career after damage to her throat prevented her from continuing to perform. She moved to New Zealand where she taught singing and piano in Christchurch. In later years she also went under the name of Madame Vernon and told fortunes, for which she was convicted in 1921. She is buried in Bomley Cemetery, Christchurch.

Mulga Town. (Lyttleton Times, 1900)

Other resources
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Canterbury Provincial District, p. 229 (photo source).


Cowley, John

Music retailer, composer
Active in New Zealand: 1913-1929

John Cowley worked in Begg’s Wellington branch, firstly managing the sheet music department and later the piano department. In 1913 Begg’s published his song Golden Morn and from newspaper reports it appears Begg’s assigned the London publishing rights to Francis Day Hunter who had previously published Cowley’s Valse Arabis. In 1924 Cowley left Begg’s and moved to Auckland where he managed the English and Foreign Piano Agency until it went into liquidation c1929.

Valse Arabis. (London: Francis, Day Hunter, 1911)
Golden Morn. (Wellington: Charles Begg & Co, 1913)


Crowther, Francis Edwin (Frank)

Conductor, musical director, composer
Born: 1881, Dunedin
Died: 1957

Frank Crowther and John Fuller, 1937

Frank Crowther was a nephew of Edwin James King and a member of E. J. King’s orchestra in Wellington from the age of twelve. In 1899 he joined the Pollard Opera Company, and in 1900 was part of Dix’s Gaiety Company. From 1903 he worked with Fullers, coming to Wellington’s Theatre Royal in 1910, and in 1913 becoming musical director of His Majesty’s (St James) in Courtenay Place. He was elected conductor of the Wellington Professional Orchestra in 1921. In the early 1930s he was musical director for Filmcraft Ltd which made Government Publicity films. In 1935, he conducted the New Zealand Grand Opera Society, and in 1948, was chorus master for the Wellington Operatic and Theatre Society.

Britons all (Territorial camp song). (Wellington: Charles Begg & Co, 1914)
There’s only one way home boys, “It’s through Berlin” (arr.). (Wellington: Charles Begg & Co, 1918)
Gallipoli patrol. (Unpublished, 1919)

Photo source
EP/1956/0241-F, Alexander Turnbull Library.


Dasma, see Adams, Samuel


Davis, Daniel

New Zealander, 8 July 1854, 2.

Bandmaster, composer, grocer
Born: 1825, Great Britain
Died: 1858, Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1845-1858

Daniel Davis arrived in New Zealand as a Sergeant with the band of the 58th Regiment. He tool over as Bandmaster after the death of James Shanahan and led the Band in many military and social concerts. He was discharged from the army in 1857 and chose to stay on, setting up as a grocer but dying shortly afterwards.

In 1854 six pieces by Davis, all arranged for the piano and published by Robert Cocks in London, were advertised for sale in Auckland. Most were clearly written while he was in Auckland as the titles include mention of local dignitaries such as Colonel Wynyard, and locations such as Ruapekapeka, although one, A gallop to the diggins may have dated from the time the regiment was posted in Sydney.

Published compositions:
Governor Wynyard polka. (London: Robert Cocks, 1852)
Wynyard quadrille. (London: Robert Cocks, 1852)
Auckland waltz. (London: Robert Cocks, 1852)
Rose Anna quadrille. (London: Robert Cocks, 1852)
Ruapekapeka, Grand pas redouble. (London: Robert Cocks, 1852)
A gallop to the digging. (London: Robert Cocks, 1852)

Other resources:
Nichol, E. Dedicated to the colonial music-loving public, p. 42-45


De Clive-Lowe, George Thomas Humphrey

Medical practitioner, writer, composer, theatre director.
Born: 1868, Bangalore, India (educated in Great Britain)
Died: 1944, Auckland.
Active in New Zealand: 1897 – 1944

Tamati Hamapere
Thomas Humphrey

Detail from:
Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections NZG-19030926-901-1

George De Clive-Lowe was a leading surgeon in Auckland from his arrival after his training in Scotland and New Zealand registration in early 1897. As well as his eminent medical career, a pioneer in radiology and bacteriology  and founder of the Auckland Automobile Association De Clive-Lowe had a fascination and enthusiasm with the theatre, and musical theatre in particular. Writing under the pseudonym Thomas Humphrey, he had a number of works performed on the Auckland Stage during the 1900s, including The Lady Typist, and Manuella, culminating is his musical Runnymeade (1937) whose cast was to include a future Mayor of Auckland, Dove-Meyer Robinson.

Under the pseudonym Tamati Hamapere, De Clive-Lowe also wrote and had published the song Karo, which reflected his interest shared with Alfred Hill in Maori music.

Look in mine eyes. (1899)
Goodbye. (Auckland: Abel Dykes, 1900)
The bell of Cuba (or Manuella). (1909)
The Tea Girl.
Sixes and sevens. (1908)
The lady typist. (1905)
The Golden Wedge. (1908)
Karo. (Auckland: Arthur Eady, 191?)
Queen o’May. (Melbourne: Allan, 1935)
Runnymeade. (1937)

Other resources:
New Zealand Memories, Feb/March 2015, p. 48-57
Harcourt, P. Fantasy & folly: the lost world of New Zealand musicals, 1880-1940, p. 80-94. (Wellington : Steele Roberts, 2002)
“Obituary.” New Zealand Herald, 31 May, 1944, p.6.
National Library of New Zealand.  De Clive-Lowe, George T H, 1859-1944 : Musical works and plays 


De Lautour, Bertram Aubrey de Hoghton

Violinist, teacher, leader of string band, composer
Born: 1873, London
Died: 1933, New Zealand
Active in New Zealand: ? – 1933

Bertram de Lautour came to Port Chalmers as a child in 1884. He studied music at Tapanui and taught in Gore before moving to Dunedin where he continued teaching and also had a string band. For the last twenty years of his life he taught in Oamaru and then Timaru.

Queen’s drive. March. (Dunedin: Charles Begg & Co, 1899)
Kaffir dance (1900, no copy)
Pretoria march (Dunedin: 1900)

Other resources
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago and Southland Provincial Districts, p. 217.


De Maus, David Alexander

Photographer, local body politician, composer
Born: 1847, Scotland
Died: 1925, Dunedin
Active in New Zealand: 1867-1925

David De Maus arrived in Dunedin aged 20 from Edinburgh, Scotland to join his brother James, who had already set up as a photographer in Dunedin. David established his own company in Port Chalmers, and became Mayor of that town on four occasions. As well as being a respected photographer, particularly of maritime subjects, he wrote and composed a number of songs and sketches on a wide range of topical subjects including football and the Union Steamship Company.

Union Steamship Company . (Dunedin, Union Steamship, 1885)
Numerous unpublished songs.

Murray, D. De Maus, David Alexander.
Capturing Port : D.A. De Maus: photography, music, and community spirit in nineteenth-century Port Chalmers. (Dunedin : Port Chalmers Museum, [2009] – includes a CD of various songs by De Maus.
Early New Zealand Photographers:
Alexander Turnbull Library: De Maus, David Alexander, 1847-1925 : Music scores, programmes and other papers
Reference Number: MS-Group-0539.


Don, Archibald Rae (Archie)

Conductor, organist, music retailer, composer, piano tuner
Born: 1882, Dunedin
Died: 1932, Auckland

Born in Dunedin, Don was a member of the Kaikorai Brass Band before forming his own fife and drum band while still in his teens. After training as a church organist he moved to Gisborne in 1905 where he was a conductor and musical director. In 1914 he went to Hastings where he owned a music shop and was the local agent for Lewis Eady. He then went to Wellington in 1925 where he owned a music shop in Cuba Street and finally to Auckland where he was organist and choirmaster at St Paul’s Methodist Church in Remuera .

Archie Don collaborated with lyricist Harry Ribbands on a number of songs, including a comic opera.

Our Territorials: a chorus march song. (Wellington: Charles Begg & Co, c1914)
We shall get there in time. (Hastings: Don’s Piano and Music Warehouse, c1915)
Strike up that band. (Hastings: Anzac Music Publishing Co, 1915)
Come canoeing down the Wanganui. (Hastings: Ribbands & Don, 1920)
The Renown: a Maori medley waltz (Wellington: Don’s Music House, c1927)
Marama: comedy opera (Hastings: Hastings Amateur Dramatic Society, nd)

Other resources
Bourke, Chris. Good-bye Maoriland: the songs and sounds of New Zealand’s Great War. (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2017), pp. 152-153
Harcourt, P. Fantasy & folly: the lost world of New Zealand musicals, 1880-1940. (Wellington, Steele Roberts, 2002), p. 104


Dresden Pianoforte Manufacturing and Agency Ltd

Location: Dunedin, and branches
Established: 1883
Ceased business: 1939

”The Dresden” was established by David Theomin and Frederick Michaelis in 1883. Both were successful businessmen with high profiles in the general Dunedin business world and within the local Jewish community, with Theomin building his family the stately home Olveston. Theomin, whose birth surname was Benjamin, was particularly interested in music and the arts and was an active member of the Royal Male Voice Choir.

The Dresden was located on a stretch of Princes St in Dunedin which also included fellow music retailers Charles Begg’s, and George West’s. As well as a showroom, warehouse and manufacturing workshops, the building also provided rooms for music teachers to hire and a concert room. The company developed a successful model of hire-purchase of instruments and by 1907 the Dresden had branches or agencies in 60 towns throughout New Zealand.

In addition to its retail activities Theoman and his various managers (including J. A. X. Riedle) developed an active music publishing programme during the first 20-30 years. As well as individual songs and dances, they produced a music Album and re-branded the Wickens Pianoforte Literature series for the local market as the Dresden School of Music. Forced to change its name in 1915 to the Bristol Piano Company, the business eventually ceased trading in 1939.

Other resources:
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago Provincial District (photo source)
Murray, D. Dresden building. Built in Dunedin website
Nichol, E. “The Dresden Pianoforte Manufacturing and Agency Company Limited: a pioneer of New Zealand music publishing. In Crescendo, no.74.
Palmer, M. ‘Theomin, David Edward’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.


Dyson, Nelson

Law clerk, composer
Born: 1883?, England
Died: 194-?, Hawaii?
Active in New Zealand: 1900 – 1910

When Nelson Dyson returned to England it was in the hope of establishing himself as a song-writer. While in New Zealand as a part-time composer he had written several songs and had an agreement with both an English and USA music publisher. He appears to have migrated to Honolulu at some stage.

Fifth Avenue parade : quick-step. (London: Wickins, 1904)
You are my pearl. (Melbourne: Allan, 1904)
The good old First. (Unpublished, 1905)
What we have we’ll hold. ?, 1909