Notables E-H

Eady, Arthur
Eady, Arthur Gordon
Eady, Lewis Alfred
Eady, Lewis Robert
Eady, William Kenneth
Earee, Wyndham
Earl, Melville
Easton, John Campbell
Elliston, Florian
Empson, Ernest Charles
English & Foreign (later British & Foreign) Piano Agency
Fahey, William Henry
Fleury, Achille de Raisson
Flint, James
Flood, William Haydon
Forrest, Angelo
Forrest, Hugh
Forrester, Alice
Foster, Katherine
Garry, George
Gilbert, Edward Ellery
Gleeson, Horace
Glyde, John Cossins
Gofton, John
Goldstedt, Paul
Grigg, John
Gunter, Howel Edward
Hamapere, Tamati
Hamilton, Alexander
Hankins, Melville Earl
Hardeman, James Josephus
Harrison, H. T., and Harrison, W. H. see Towle, Henry F.
Hart, George Robert
Hartwell, John
Harvie, William Alfred
Harvy, Lewis
Hathaway, Alfred Henry
Hawcridge, Winifred
Hawes, Sidney George
Hawker, Sidney
Hawkins, Henry
Hawkins, Minnie
Haybittle, Richard Frederick
Heller, Maxime
Herz, Louisa
Herz, Richard Frederick
Hewitt, James
Higham, Joseph
Hill, George Alexander
Hill, Alfred
Hiscocks, Harry
Hiscocks, Philip
Hitchings, Isabella
Hobday, Arthur
Hoben, Sydney Francis
Hodges, Moses Hamilton
Hope, Adrian
Hope, Raymond
Horne, Robert A.
Howden, James
Howie, Fanny Rose
Huggins, William John
Hume, Marcus
Hunt, Horace George
Hunt, Robert Leslie
Hutchens, Richard Lavars
Hutchens, William
Hyett, Alice Maud

Eady, Arthur

Music retailer, music publisher, violinist
Born: 1856, England
Died: 1929. Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1865-1929

Arthur Eady was a key figure in music retailing in Auckland. Originally an employee at the Auckland Music Warehouse, by 1882 he had opened his own establishment under this name, one which was to continue until his death in 1929 and its subsequent purchase by Begg’s in 1938.

During the depression years of the 1880s and 1890s Eady supplemented his business activities by leading an orchestra which performed at various social functions performing as far afield as Wairoa, New Plymouth and Hawera. His retail business also concentrated on the upper half of the North Island, with a Hamilton branch supporting the main Auckland retail shop which was located on the corner of Queen St and Vulcan Lane.

As well as being a music retailer, Eady published approximately 80 pieces of light New Zealand music, predominately by musicians with Auckland connections. Particularly successful was the song Red Rosebud by C. Murray-Gibbes which reportedly sold over 60,000 copies.

Arthur Eady’s brother Lewis was also one of the major music retailers in Auckland, and although family history recalls a plan that the two companies would eventually merged, they actually stayed in competition with each other, Arthur Eady retaining the right to use the description “The Old Firm”.

Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1-W1614

Nichol, E. Dedicated to the colonial music-loving public.


Eady, (Arthur) Gordon

Music retailer, clarinetist
Born: 1889, Auckland
Died: 1947, Auckland

Nephew of Arthur and Lewis Eady and brother of Kenneth. From 1914 he worked for his uncle Arthur in his music business. He was secretary of the Auckland Orchestral Society and had his own orchestra/band. He became manager of Arthur Eady’s business and continued to manage it after Arthur’s death until 1937 when the company was sold to Charles Begg & Co Ltd.


Eady, Lewis Alfred (Alf)

Lewis Alfred (Alf) Eady

Music retailer, pianist
Born: 1890, Auckland
Died: 1965, Auckland

Lewis Alfred Eady (Alf) was the son of Lewis Robert Eady and he joined L. R. Eady in 1906. Two years later he went to England to gain further business experience. He became a partner in the business by Deed of Partnership in 1912 at which time the company changed its name to Lewis R. Eady & Son. By 1925 Alf Eady had begun to take an active role in Auckland’s civic affairs and was elected to the City Councyil In 1926 on behalf of his father he donated over 600 volumes of musical scores to the Auckland Public Library which form the nucleus of the Lewis Eady Collection.

Memories waltz. (Auckland, Arthur Eady & Co., 1913)

Adrienne Kay Eady. “Family business resources and their contribution to long-term business survival: The case of Lewis Eady Limited, 1880-1957.” MCom thesis, University of Auckland, 2012.


Eady, Lewis Robert

Lewis Robert Eady

Music retailer, double bassist, pianist, piano tuner
Born: 1858, England
1937, Auckland
Active in New Zealand:

Lewis Eady came to Auckland with his family in 1865. He was a member of the Auckland Choral Society orchestra and later the Bohemian Orchestra. He probably worked for his brother Arthur tuning and repairing pianos before in 1880 setting up on his own account in the family home where he also sold pianos. He later established a workshop in Liverpool Street. In 1893 he acquired the family home and operated his business there as L. R . Eady which later became Lewis R. Eady & Son.

Adrienne Kay Eady. “Family business resources and their contribution to long-term business survival: The case of Lewis Eady Limited, 1880-1957.” MCom thesis, University of Auckland, 2012.
MaGibbon, John. Piano in the parlour: when the piano was New Zealand’s home entertainment centre. (Wellington: Ngaio Press, 2007).


Eady, (William) Kenneth

Music retailer
Born: 1891, Auckland
Died: 1945, Auckland

Kenneth Eady was the nephew of Arthur and Lewis Eady. He went to Germany to learn the piano business and then to England. He served in the First World War. In 1919 he opened a music business in Upper Queen Street, importing, tuning and repairing pianos. In 1931 the business went into liquidation but it was re-established in 1936 and Kenneth Eady worked in it until his death.


Earee, Percy Charles Wyndham

Anglican vicar, choirmaster, composer, organist
Born: 1864, Cumbria, England
Died: 1940, Gloucester, England
Active in New Zealand: 1896-1905

Wyndham Earee migrated to Brisbane immediately after completing his training for the Anglican ministry. He moved to New Zealand in 1896, taking on a role in Palmerston North. His song, The Nation-mother’s call was written during the South African campaign and all profits were contributed to the More Men Fund. He resigned his post at St Matthew’s. Masterton 1905 where he had instrumental in getting a new organ installed and returned to England.

The Nation-mother’s call. (Wellington: McKee, 1900)
When swallows come and go. (Unpublished, 1901)

Cyclopedia of New Zealand: Wellington Provincial District, 1905. p.1158


Earl, Melville (see Hankins, Melville Earl)


Easton, John Campbell

Music teacher, organist
Born: 1876, Scotland
Died: 1936, Dunedin
Active in New Zealand: 1882-1936

Cyclopedia of NZ

Easton arrived as a child in New Zealand in 1882. He was a music teacher in Dunedin, teaching piano and harmony from the same studio in the Octagon for more than 40 years.  He was the accompanist for the Dunedin Male Voice Choir, many soloists and chamber groups, an active Freemason, including being organist for one of the Lodges. He was also organist at St Mary’s Mornington, bandmaster of the Caversham Band and Vice-President of the Otago Society of Musicians. Easton composed a considerable number of works, several of which were published in New Zealand and overseas.

May Flowers: mazurka. (Dunedin: Dresden Piano Company, 1888)
Tranquil Vale. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1890).
Hyacintha. (Adelaide: Cawthorne & Co.,) 
May: minuet in G. (London: Weekes, 1897)
Under Two Flags. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1899)
New Zealand’s answer. (Dunedin: Mitchell & Fergusson)
Vanity Fair march. (London: Reynolds & Co., 1902 ) and (Dunedin: Begg’s)Coeur de Lion (Dunedin: Dresden, 1901)
Praise God: choral anthem.
Andante in A. (Unpublished, 1909)
My soul truly waiteth: choral anthem. (Unpublished, 1910)
A cavalier’s song. (Unpublished, 1917)
The British war song. (Unpublished, 1917)
Overture: Patrol of the Guards. (Unpublished, 1920)
In a New Zealand Forest. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1925).
Polina: Polish dances. (Cleveland: Sam Fox Publishing Co., 1926)
Overseas. (Unpublished, 1926)
Overture: the Huntress. (Unpublished, 1930)
Faith. (Unpublished, 1930)
Marche heroique, for organ. (Unpublished, 1931)
Song to David. (Unpublished, 1934)
March Cantankerous. (In: Living echoes. Wellington: Sunshine Music Trust, 2014)

Other resources
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago and Southland Provincial Districts, p. 218 (photo source)
Murray, D. Stories on stone. Easton


Elliston, Florian Charles Henry

Composer, artist, clerk
Born: 1851, Leamington, England
Died: 1897, Wellington
Active in New Zealand: -1897

Florian Elliston was a cousin of Annette Wilson and worked in Wellington as a clerk in the Customs Department. His one published song was published in 1896.

The Wonderland Waltz. (Dunedin: Braithwaite, 1896)


Empson, Ernest Charles

Pianist, music teacher
Born: 1880, Ashburton
Died: 1870, Christchurch

Ernest Empson’s undoubted talent as a pianist was recognized by his Christchurch teacher, Hermann Lund . He performed at the New Zealand International Exhibition in 1906 and then went on to study in Frankfurt, Berlin, France and England. He returned to New Zealand in 1908 when he settled in Christchurch. He performed as a soloist as well as establishing himself as a teacher of superior knowledge and artistic sensibility, and many of New Zealand’s leading pianists learned from him. Empson lived in Australia for much of the 1930s before returning to Christchurch in 1941. He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1959.

Coronation Song of Empire. (Wellington: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1911)

Edmund Bohan. ‘Empson, Ernest Charles’, Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2000. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 November 2021)


English & Foreign (later British & Foreign) Piano Agency

English & Foreign Piano Agency’s entry in the Auckland Floral Fete, 1905.

Location: Auckland
Established: 1898
Ceased business: 1923

Primarily a piano business (it also sold bicycles) founded in Queen Street, Auckland in 1898 by members of the Nathan family. The business’ long-time manager was Sydney Coldicutt, a piano tuner who was also a minor shareholder. The business changed its name from English & Foreign Piano Agency to British & Foreign Piano Agency sometime after the First World War. The business published three pieces of music: Two veterans (1903), Britannia’s hearts and hands (1906) and They’ll ‘elp us to rule the waves (1906).


Estelle, see Willson, Ellen


Fahey, William Henry

Pianist, violinist, composer
Born: 1867, New Zealand
Died: 1910, Dunedin

Amateur musician and poet who at various times was employed as an accountant, gold miner, commercial traveller and in the Lands Department. As well as his set of waltzes he also wrote Beautiful Dunedin: its environs and the cold lakes of Otago: a memento from Maoriland (Dunedin: Evening Star, 1906).

Sweet thoughts of thee: Valse. (Dunedin: Charles Begg & Co, 1891)


Fleury, Achille de Raisson

Violinist, conductor, composer, teacher
Born: France
Died:  1875, 31 October, Calcutta, India
Active in New Zealand: 1862-1872

Born in France, Achille Fleury went to Melbourne in 1853.  He later moved to Ballarat.  In 1862 he toured New Zealand with George Loder and stayed on in Dunedin where he joined the Princess Theatre orchestra, becoming conductor in April 1863.  The same year he formed the Provincial Brass Band which gave its debut at the Princess Theatre in August 1863.  Fleury was also conductor of the St Joseph’s choir and formed the St Patrick’s Society Brass Band.

In 1868, the Henrietta Waltz dedicated to music teacher, Henrietta Bell, was published.  His second composition, the Dunedin Polka was published in 1869 and dedicated to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh who was visiting New Zealand at the time.  It was reported later that the prince rewarded him with a diamond ring and ordered the piece to be printed, taking 1000 copies for himself.  Both pieces were published by Begg’s. 

Fleury left Dunedin in October 1871 and went to Christchurch where he was declared insolvent.  He later went to Wellington and became conductor at the Theatre Royal.  On 3 March 1875 he left New Zealand with Allen’s Royal English Opera Company and died while touring with them in India. 

Henrietta Waltz. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1868)
Dunedin Polka. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1869)

Other resources
Australharmony – for Achille Fleury’s activities in Australia.


Flint, James

James Flint, 1911

Musician, orchestra leader, violin maker, instrument repairer.
Born: c1874, Wakatipu District
Died: 1933, Queenstown

James Flint was a skilled violin maker, winning awards for violins and ‘cellos he had made at the 1925-26 New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition. He also constructed a piano for the 1907-08 International Exhibition at Christchurch. He played the violin and the baritone and was the leader of a small orchestra as well as playing in the Citizens’ Band and Signor Squarise’s orchestra. Employed by Begg’s in Dunedin as an instrument tuner he was also the leader of Begg’s orchestra.


Flood, William Haydon (sometimes, Haydn or Hayden)

Kindly supplied by Christine Morris

Music teacher, organist, pianist, conductor, accompanist, piano tuner
Born: 1829, England
Died: 1908, Wellington
Active in New Zealand: 1863-1908

William Haydon Flood was the son of a music teacher in Devon. He followed in his father’s footsteps and after a time in the First Regiment of Lifeguards was appointed as organist at St Mary’s Redcliffe, Bristol in 1855. He left for Australia and New Zealand in 1862. Arriving in Dunedin in 1863, over the next forty years he moved frequently, settling and working in many parts of the country. Making his livelihood as a music teacher, conductor, organist, accompanist and piano tuner, he struggled financially throughout his life, being forced to file for bankruptcy twice (1868 and 1884) and also being charged with failing to support his wife and family of 4 children under 14.  Flood composed a number of works both before and after his arrival in New Zealand, several of which were published. He lived the last years of his life at the Ohiro Benevolent Home in Wellington and is buried in a pauper’s grave in Karori cemetery.

New Zealand Cricket Polka. (Dunedin: West, 1864)
Clifton Waltz. (Wellington: R. Burrett, 1871)
Wellington Volunteers Galop. (Wellington: R. Burrett, 1872)
Canterbury Volunteers Galop. (Christchurch: Bonnington, 1874)
Akaroa Waltz (Christchurch: Lyttleton Times, 1886)


Forrest, Angelo

National Library of NZ

Organist, pianist, conductor, music retailer, composer
Born: c1846, Clitheroe, England
Died: 10 January 1889, Philadelphia, USA
Active in New Zealand: 1879-1885

Angelo Forrest was a pupil of Sir Charles Halle. He came to Wellington in 1879 from Sunderland to take up the position of organist at St Peter’s Church, Wellington. In 1881 he moved to Auckland where he purchased the Auckland Music Warehouse formerly owned by John Milner. He only owned the business for a year before going to New Plymouth, resuming roles as organist and piano teacher. He returned to England in 1885.

Porangi polka. (Wellington: Charles Bonnington, 1880)
At the window. 1882
Elsa polka. (Colne: J. Green, 1889)
Osie galop (Colne: J. Green, 1889)
Violet Mabel waltz. (Colne: J. Green, 1889)


Forrest, Hugh

Music teacher, violinist, stringed instrument repairer, conductor, music retailer, piano tuner and composer
Born: 1862(?), Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 1931, 26 April, Wellington
Active in New Zealand: 1868-1931

Forrest arrived in Auckland as a child in February 1868 on the ship “Maori”. While in Auckland he took music lessons from Francois Cailliau before moving to Napier.

He married Ada Maud Townsend in 1887, (she was born in New Plymouth 1868), after which they moved to Wellington. Forrest also took some theory lessons from Alfred Hill, and along with music teaching established and led a string band called “Forrest’s Orchestra”, as well as conducted The Post and Telegraph Orchestra.  He led the choir of the Primitive Methodist Church in Webb St and had a music retail shop at Riddiford St, Newtown and later in Courtney Pl. He promoted the Truebridge System of Hand Training.

Ada Forrest also taught music, and played the cello in her husband’s string band. She died aged 71 in 1939.

Adeline Waltz. (Wellington: A E Cousins, 1897)

Francois Caillau (teacher)
Alfred Hill (teacher)

Other resources
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Wellington Provincial District, p. 442, (photo source)


Forrester, Alice – see Rowley, Alice


Foster, Katherine Jane, nee Young

Voice and piano teacher, composer
Born: 1860, Edinburgh
Died: 1925

Katherine Young studied at the Edinburgh Educational Institution then came to New Zealand to visit her aunt and uncle in 1883. She married Arthur Young and remained in Timaru where she was widowed with four small children. She set up as music teacher having already taught in Scotland, was music teacher at Sacred Heart Convent and became examiner for the South Canterbury Education Board, and Education Department. Her patriotic song Our boysreturn is notable by the inclusion of a chorus in Maori, and her children’s song The Weka was performed at the Christchurch Festival of New Zealand music before being distributed to New Zealand schools. She moved to Christchurch and continued to teach before retiring to Cambridge, Waikato.

Our boys’ return. (Dunedin: Caxton, 1900)
The Weka. (Christchurch: Cox, 1919)


Garry, George

Band conductor, music teacher, composer, music retailer and cornet player.
Born: 1859, Napier
Died: 1909, 22 July, Christchurch

George Garry started his career in Napier, when amongst other things he conducted a performance of Haydn’s Toy Symphony. He was then pivotal in the establishment of the New Plymouth Philharmonic Society, and bandmaster of the New Plymouth Military Band. He was also organist at St Mary’s New Plymouth, conductor of the New Plymouth Amateur Opera Society and musical director of a touring musical theatre group. He conducted the Wonderland Band at the Christchurch Exhibition in 1906. His sons, Jack and Bert, continued the family’s musical tradition both being involved with theatrical orchestras and brass bands and his daughter Norma also played the cello in theatrical orchestras as well as singing in a number of concerts.

He composed a number of songs and dances as well as pieces for brass band.

New Plymouth Volunteer Band 1886. (George Garry centre). Kindly supplied by Adele Garry.

Lena. 1894 (Unpublished)
Ours next. In: New Zealand Music Monthly, June, 1889.
Ye olde Englishe barn dance. (New Plymouth, Collier, 1891)
At last. (New Plymouth: Kingsley, 1893)
The brave old pioneers. (Wellington: Fookes, 1893)
Struck oil (1895)
At last. (New Plymouth: Kingsley, 1899)
I want yer, ma honey (arr). (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
Our glorious Dick. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
The song of football. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
Stockwhip galop. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
Stockwhip mazurka. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1899)
The flag that rules the world. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1900)
In the fair land of love. (Unpublished, 1902)
Don’t forget to leave the top line as it stands. (New Plymouth: Hooker, 1905)


Gilbert, Edward Ellery

Piano tuner, music retailer, singer, cabinetmaker
Born: 1848, Brighton, England
Died: 1924
Active in New Zealand: 1880-1924

Edward E Gilbert came to Nelson in 1852 with his parents and trained as a cabinetmaker before going to Melbourne. While there he trained as a piano tuner and repairer, returning to New Zealand in 1880 where he based himself at Whanganui as a tuner. He then set up a retail business in Victoria Avenue. His son, Ellery George Gilbert, trained as a piano tuner with Begg’s and then worked in his father’s business. They travelled throughout the Taranaki, Whanganui and Feilding districts tuning pianos in conjunction with operating their shop.

Other resources
Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay and Wellington Provincial, 1908, p.598 (photo source)


Gleeson, Horace

Pianist, music retailer, composer
Born: 1878, Williamstown, Australia
Died: 1959, Melbourne
Active in New Zealand: 1898-1923

From 1898 toured New Zealand with Tom Pollard’s Opera Company and other performers as accompanist. In 1916 he was appointed the Invercargill branch manager of the Dresden Pianoforte Manufacturing & Agency Company, a position he held until 1923 when moved to Melbourne.

Speak to me thee. (Dunedin: Caxton, 1899)
Gentlemen. The King. (Melbourne: Allan & Co, c1910)

Speak to me. Performed by Will King. (NZOpera, 2020)


Glyde, John Cossins

Born: 1860, England
Died: 1939, Mt Gambier, South Australia
Active in New Zealand: 1883-1935

Music teacher, composer

John Glyde’s piano piece, The Earthquake was dedicated to the people of San Fransisco, after their devastating 1906 earthquake and from his experience of being in New Zealand at the time of the Tarawera eruption. He had arrived in South Australia as a child of 7, later moved to New Zealand, settling in the Whangarei/Kamo area. He returned to South Australia for the later years of his life.

The Earthquake. (Whangarei: Glyde, 1910)
Numerous unpublished works.

Other resouces
“Colourful career of Mr J. C. Glyde”. In: Border Watch (Mt Gambier), 30 Aug 1939, p2.


Gofton, John

Piano tuner, music retailer

Window display in Webley, Sons & Gofton c1920, ATL, 1/1-005243-G

Born: c1871, New Zealand
Died: 1954, Christchurch
Active in New Zealand:

John Gofton was originally based in Dunedin, tuning pianos for the Dresden Pianoforte Manufacturing & Agency Ltd, in which capacity he travelled throughout Otago, Southland, Canterbury and the West Coast. By 1900 he was the Dresden’s head tuner. In 1902 he went into partnership with Webley & Sons, a Christchurch music retailing business, when the business became Webley, Sons & Gofton. He continued as an itinerant tuner for the new business.


Goldenstedt, Paul

Organist, music teacher, composer
Born: 1852, Hamburg, Germany
Died: 1909, Hamburg, Germany
Active in New Zealand: 1885-1887

Pseudonym: Victor Goldenstein

Trained as a pianist at the Conservatorium, Hamburg, Goldenstedt arrived in Melbourne in 1881. After a few years he took up the role as organist and choirmaster at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland and it was during this time he published his song under the pseudonym Victor Goldenstein. He and his first wife, Emma, divorced and he married the Auckland singer, Cecily (Cecilia) Staunton. They re-located to Sydney in 1887 but the couple divorced in 1897. Staunton went on to expand her singing career in England while Goldenstedt remained in Sydney as a voice and piano teacher until approximately 1905.

Gordon, of Khartoum. (Auckland: 1885)


Grigg, John

John Grigg, 1887

Music retailer, composer, astronomer
Born: 4 June 1838, London, England
Died: 20 June 1920, Thames, New Zealand
Active in New Zealand: 1868-1920

John Grigg was employed in the music and later furnishing trade before coming to New Zealand in 1863 where he settled at Kaipara. In 1868 he moved to Thames where he established a furniture and then a music business. He also taught singing at the local schools, established and conducted the Thames Choral Society and was organist and choirmaster of the Thames Baptist Church.

My own New Zealand home. (Thames, 1879)

Wayne Orchiston. “Grigg, John.” Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Te Ara- the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. (Photo source)


Gunter, Howel Edward

Music teacher, pianist, composer
Born: 1870, England
Died: 1951, Palmerston North?
Active in New Zealand: 1894?-1951

Gunter studied piano in London and Germany before relocating to Adelaide, Australia in 1891. After touring with the Albu Concert Party he settled in Palmerston North where he established himself as a piano teacher. He continued his studies in Melbourne and Leipzig, returning to Palmerston North where he continued to teach and perform both as a soloist and accompanist.

How would we know (Wellington: McKee & Gamble, 1897)
Gavotte. (Wellington: McKee, 1899)
Berceuse, and Characteristic piece, for organ (Unpublished, 1918)

Cyclopedia of New Zealand: Wellington Provincial District (photo source)


Hamapere, Tamati – see de Clive-Lowe


Hamilton, Alexander

Bandmaster, composer, horn player
Born: 1836, Great Britain(?)
Died: 1887, Melbourne, Australia
Active in New Zealand: 1881-1884

Arriving in 1881, Alex Hamilton soon advertised for young men to join a private band he was going to establish. A former bandmaster at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and veteran of the Crimean and Indian Mutiny campaigns, Hamilton’s Band soon became the Artillery Band, and by 1883 the Christchurch Garrison Band. He composed a work especially for the 1882 Christchurch Exhibition which was accepted and performed. In 1884, he moved to Melbourne where he established Hamilton’s Carlton Band but died soon after in 1887.

New Zealand International Exhibition March. (Christchurch: 1882)
Mail coach galop (Christchurch: Unpublished: 1883)


Hankins, Melville Earl

Pianist, musical director, composer
Born: c1884, place unknown
Died: 1961, New Zealand

Melville Earl Hankins composed under the name Melville Earl. He was accompanist and musical director of light entertainments in Wellington and Secretary of the Wanganui Amateur Operatic Society. He worked for the Post Office in Hastings and Wanghanui and composed a number of songs as well as a march for the International Exhibition in 1906 held in Christchurch.

Exhibition March. (Wellington: C M Banks Ltd, 1906)
Don’t wear your heart away. (Wellington: Charles Begg & Co, 1916)
Silver Wings. (Wellington: Andrew Williams Music Stores, 1943)
Land of love.
Mother’s eyes.



Hardeman, James Josephus

Organist, choirmaster, music teacher, composer
Born:1841, England
Died: 1909, Oamaru
Active in New Zealand: 1899-1909

Hardeman travelled to New Zealand from Birmingham via Tasmania, where he was organist at St John’s Church, Hobart, and Melbourne. He then moved to Oamaru, taking on the positions of Organist and Choirmaster at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church as well as teaching music. He retired in 1909 due to ill-health and died shortly after. As well as his church position he was a visiting master at Waitaki Boys High School and past president of the Oamaru Society of Musicians.

Compositions and writings:
Songs for the sanctuary: being a selection from the Psalms together with a number of ancient hymns. (London: 1864)
The pianist’s vade-mecum. (London: Charles William Deacon, 1900)
[Voluntaries for the organ, harmonium and American organ]. (London: Wickins, 1900)


Harrison, H. T. see Towle, Henry F.
Also, Harrison, W. T.


Hart, George Robert

Journalist, music critic
Born: 1841, England
Died: 1911, Christchurch
Active in New Zealand: 1841-1911

George Hart was a member of one of the early settler families in Christchurch. His father. Michael, was Mayor of Christchurch. He joined The Press in 1870 and became its drama and music critic until his death. He was also an active member of the Christchurch Liedertafel, and according to his obituary published a small book on its history entitled Fifty years of music . He was also on the Christchurch City Council Organ Committee.

Other Resources
“Mr Geo. R. Hart. Obituary”, The Press, 23 March, 1911.


Hartwell, John

Organist, music teacher and examiner, composer
Born: 1841, Channel Islands
Died: 1922, Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1881-1922

Hartwell’s notices as a music teacher advterised that he had been a pupil of the popular English composer Brinley Richards. He settled in Auckland and was at various times organist at St Mary’s Church Parnell, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland, and St James Presbyterian Church. He was an examiner for Trinity College, and also an associate examiner at the Auckland University College. He had composed a number of small piano works before coming to New Zealand and continued to add to his list of works. He also offered his services to revise and prepare amateur composers’ works for publication.

Be kind to the loved ones at home, arr for pianoforte. (London: Ashdown & Parry, 1867)
Fra Diavolo: fantasia on airs from Auber’s opera. (London: Ashdown & Parry, 1868)
Tis but a little faded flower, arr for pianoforte. (London: Ashdown & Parry, 1869)
Sur le Lac, reverie. (London: Hutchings & Romer, 1876)
Chant de Moulin (London: Hutchings & Romer, 1878)
Festal March, reverie. (London: Hutchings & Romer, 1879)
Mazurka, reverie for the pianoforte. (London: Hutchings & Romer, 1879)
I cannot mind my wheel (London: Jospeh Williams)
Minuet for the pianoforte. (London: 1881)
En avant: galop. (London: Blockley)
Ave Maria. (Auckland: Unpublished, 1890)
Benediction (Auckland: Unpublished, 1891)
Offertoire in F for the organ. (London: Ashdown, 1894)
Une Entree de Procession. (Auckland: Unpublished, 1894)
Chant du depart, for organ (Auckland: Unpublished, 1900)
Again the morn of gladness: hymn. (Auckland: 1902)
Anniversary hymn. (Auckland: 1902)
They’ll ‘elp to rule the waves (Auckland: English & Foreign Piano Agency, 1906)
The Lord is my shepherd: anthem. (Auckland: 1918?)


Harvie, William Alfred

Composer, coachsmith
Born: 1863, Islington, England
Died: 1894, Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1879-1894

William Harvie performed his song Hardy Jack himself at the Annual Performance at the Ponsonby Lawn Tennis Club in 1888. A coachsmith by trade he published two songs before being struck down by typhoid and dying at the age of 31.

Hardy Jack. (Auckland: Brett, 1889)
Song of Jubilee. (Auckland: New Zealand Observer, 25 January, 1890)


Harvy, Lewis

Music teacher,composer, pianist, conductor
Born: ?
Died: ?
Active in New Zealand: 1886-1889

Very little can be confirmed about Lewis Harvy. It seems that this name may be a pseudonym as no trace of him can be found in Melbourne prior to his arrival in Gisborne in 1886, despite his claim to have come from there. During his time in Gisborne he was very active muiscally, teaching, accompanying, conducting and composing not only his published piano waltz, but also other works including an operetta.

He left Gisborne in 1889 and it appears went back to Australia. In 1895 three pieces were published, one under the name Lewis Harvy on the titlepage, although on the cover the composer was noted as Harvy Barnett. The other two piano pieces were composed under the name Harvy Barnett. No further information can be found under that name either.

Waimata waltz. (Gisborne?: 1888)
My angel waltz. (Gisborne: Unpublished, 1888)
Petrolea: operetta. (Gisborne: Unpublished, 1889)
East Coast Hussars polka. (Gisborne: Unpublished, 1889)
Valerie waltz. (Sydney: Gordon & Gotch, 1895) – published under Lewis Harvy and Harvy Barnett
True to Nell. (Sydney: Gordon & Gotch, 1895)
Palotta march. (Sydney: Gordon & Gotch, 1895)


Hathaway, Alfred Henry (also known as Fred)

Piano tuner, organ builder, organist, cellist, composer
Born: 1859, London, England
Died: 1946, Timaru
Active in New Zealand: 1884 – 1946

Hathway built a number of organ’s in the Timaru area, including the Congregational Church in North Street, the Timaru Wesleyan Church and Chalmers Church. Before moving to New Zealand he had worked as a piano tuner for Brinsmead & Sons in Englnad, as as a piano and organ tuner and repairer for Begg’s in Dunedin then Timaru. He built the Lewis and Co. organ for Sy Mary’s Church in Timaru in 1886 and wa organist for the Timaru masons.

He was also interested in developing improvements for instrumental mechanisms and wrote a book showing how to accompany songs without experience in piano playing. A cellist in a local orchestra, he composed under the name Fred Hathaway a gavotte which was published by Hammond and dedicated to John Brinsmead.

Accompanist. Timaru, 1898.

Galatea govotte. (London: Hammond, 1890)


Hawes, Sidney George

National Library of NZ

Pianist, composer, conductor, medical student
Born: 1892?, ?
Died: 1926, Dunedin

Sidney Hawes’ early years were spent as part of touring musical variety groups including the “Gaietes”, working as pianist and also conductor. During World War One he worked for the Defence Force in Milton, and composed several songs during this period. After the war he made a change of career, studying medicine at the University of Otago. He died suddently in the final year of his studies.

Alicia: waltz. (Auckland: Eady, 1914)
Pour vous … tone poem. (Auckland: Eady, 1914)
When we meet you Kaiser Billy in Berlin. (Christchurch: Wood, 1917)
When love is true. (Dunedin: Charles Begg’s, 1925)


Hawcridge, Winifred Jeanette

Cellist, pianist, music teacher composer
Born: 1891, Dunedin
Died: 1982, Wellington?

Winifred Hawcridge came from a family whose life was filled with music. Her mother, Jeanette, frequently performed as a solo soprano in Dunedin, and her father Robert (Director of the Dunedin School of Arts) also performed at a number of charity concerts. She learned music at St Dominic’s and went on to study under J. C. Bradshaw and attain a B.Mus from the University of New Zealand. As well as teaching music in Dunedin she performed regularly, often with her sister Phyllis on violin, and occasionally lead a small orchestra. She composed a little, one work of which was performed at the 1918 Christchurch Festival of New Zealand Music, and another which was written for the Dunedin Choral Society. After her marriage to Frank Leslie Hunt she was not involved in music professionally but continued her interest.

Autumn Winds: Four-part sketch for chorus. (Unpublished, 1918)
Women’s Mission, for chorus and orchestra. (Unpublished, 1919)

Oral history tapes with Brigadier Frank Leslie Hunt include mention of his and his wife’s interest in music. National Library of New Zealand OHInt-0006/39


Hawker, Sidney

Composer, bass singer, choirmaster, baker
Born: 1871, Christchurch?
Died: 1956, Christchurch

Attending Lyttleton School as a child, he studied the piano and was involved in musical events from an early age. At the age of 20 he was a committee member of the New Brighton Musical and Debating Society and was involved in the musical offerings at the New Brighton Beach Church. The church presented him with an engraved conductor’s baton in recognition of his service. He composed an operetta for the New Brighton School, wrote a number fo patriotic songs, performed as soloist with the Christchurch Cathedral Choir and was also a member of Chirstchurch Liedertafel. He also performed in the role of the Tohunga in the 1898 Christchurch production of Alfred Hill’s opera Hinemoa, and was a frequent musical and dramatic figure in many of the New Brighton entertainments.

Beggar Boy: operetta. (Christchurch: Unpublished, 1896
Young New Zealand’s national song. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1897)
Anthem. (Christchurch: Unpublished, 1898)
Defenders of the Empire. (Sydney: Paling, 1900)
The keeper of the temple: overture and incidental music. (Christchurch: Unpublished, 1902)
King of all. (Christchurch: Unpublished, 1904)
The merry monarch. (Christchurch: Unpublished, 1904)
The tempter. (Christchurch: Unpublished, 1904)
Lord of all, receive our offer: hymn. (Christchurch: Unpublished, 1936)


Hawkins, Henry

Sydney Morning Herald
21 February, 1925, p21

Music director, organist, pianist, bells, composer, music teacher
Born: 1858, England
Died: 1925, Greymouth
Active in New Zealand: 1892-1925 (with periods residing in Australia)

Henry (Harry) Hawkins was organist at St Paul’s, Southport and studied at the Royal Academic of Music. He came to New Zealand while accompanying George Snazelle on his Australasian tour. Hawkins stayed on and took up numerous positions as music director for variety theatre productions, working for companies including Pollards, Dix, McMahon and Fullers. After a period working in Australia he returned and settled in Greymouth where he played the piano for the picture theatre as well as teaching music.

On Trafalgar Day. (Unpublished, 1905)
Dame fortune. (Ashburton, L. Owen, 1907)
I wonder will they welcome me at home sweet home (arranger). (Melbourne : A. M. Dinsdale, 191?)


Hawkins, Minnie Emily Clara

Born: 1874, New Zealand
Died: 1927, Whanganui

Growing up on the East Cape then Palmserston North, Minnie Hawkins learned music from her mother and her aunt and uncle, Signor and Madame Morley (Madame Morley was her mother’s sister). She wrote a piano waltz which was published just before she married the Whanganui lawyer, Charles Williams.

Beauty’s spell. (Palmerston North: 1912)


Haybittle, Richard Frederick

Band conductor, cornet plater, voclaist, choirmaster, businessman
Born: 1854, Wellington
Died: 1935, Fielding

Haybittle’s early adult life was spent in the Inmvercargil;l area, including some time on STewart Island. Conductor of the Riverton Reserve Volunteer Band, in 1889 he moved to Fielding, joining his brother. He remained in Fielding for the rest of his life and was deeply involved in its musical and civic life. He was conductor of the Fielding Brass Band for many years, choirmaster of the Weslyan Church, a soloist and accompanist at many amateur concerts, and leader of Haybittle’s Striong Band. He was a member of the Fielding Borough Council, Captain of the Fire-Brigade, theatre propriertor, and secretary of the local masonic groups.

Flamborough: overture. (Fielding: Unpublished, 1893)
The British bugle call. (Fielding: 1909)
National anthem. (Fielding: Unpublished, 1916)
They’re coming home. (Fielding: Unpublished, 1919)


Heller, Maxime

Maxime Heller was one of many pseudonyms used by the English compsoer Charales Rawlings (11857-1919). Three New Zealand-themed pinao waltzes appeared from 1905 – 1910, all published by Frederick Harris Music Co.

See also “What’s new” 5 April, 2021.

Maorland waltzes. (London: Frederick Harris, 1905)
Moonight on the Wanganui. (London: Frederick Harris, 1910)
Zealandia waltz. (London: Frederick Harris, 1910)


Herz, Louisa Mary Josephine nee Martin

Pianist, deportment and dancing teacher, hotel manager
Born: 1838, ?
Died: 1909, Auckland

Louisa Martin married Richard Herz when she was 18. She added to the family finances thorugh teaching deportment and dancing. After Herz deserted her with two small children in 1863, she became licensee of a number of Auckland hotels including the Dove Hotel, Wellington Street, Royal Hotel, Onehunga, New Lynn Hotel, and Maungaturoto Hotel. At the same time, she continued to perform on the piano at many concerts and social events.

Other resources:
Giles, K. “The case of the missing musician: what became of Richard Frederick Herz (c.1833–c.1889)?” In: Crescendo, no.98 • February/March 2016, pp18-29.


Herz, Richard Frederick

Musician, pianist, dance master
Born: 1833, Germany?
Died: 1889?, USA
Active in New Zealand: 1855-1864

Richard Herz (also recorded as Hertz) arrived in the Bay of Islands in 1855, settling in Auckland the following year. During his time in New Zealand he taught piano, violin and dancing and for a short time had a photographic studio. He organised many concerts and frequently travelled to Australia in search of work. In 1864 he abandoned his Auckland family, moving first to Australia and then to the USA.

The Wanderer, song. (Auckland: unpublished 1856)
Advance New Zealand, parade march (Auckland: unpublished, 1857),
Darkies march (Auckland: unpublished, 1857)
Christmas quadrille (Melbourne: Illustrated Post, 1864)
Victoria galop (Mlebourne: Illustrated Post, 1864)
Riflemen’s Joy quick-Step (Melbourne: Illustrated Post, 1864)

Other resources:
Giles, K. “The case of the missing musician: what became of Richard Frederick Herz (c.1833–c.1889)?” In: Crescendo, no.98 • February/March 2016, pp18-29.


Hewitt, James

Violin maker and restorer
Born: 1867, Palmerston North
Died: 1938, Auckland

violin [col.3279]
© Auckland Museum CC BY

James Hewitt was a violin maker, active in both Dunedin and Auckland. He was a pupil of his uncle, William Bowman, and his son and grandson continued the family tradition. His violins were played by Kubelik during his New Zealand tour and he received a gold medal at the Christchurch Exhibition, along with a gold and silver at the New Zealand Exhibition, 1906. He used native and imported timbers and his violins are still highly regarded.

Other Resources:
Auckland Museum. Collections Online
Harrop, C. Musical Instrument Makers: Excellence in Isolation. Auckland Museum website.
“James Hewitt”. Stringed Instrument Workshop.


Higham, Joseph

Music teacher, conductor, composer, violinist, organ and piano tuner
Born: 1858?, Wigan, England
Died: 1931, New Plymouth?
Active in New Zealand: 1870s – 1931

Joseph Higham received his musical training from his father, John Higham, and Arthur Keogh. He performed in a number of orchestras in England before leaving for Australia in 1874 and finally settling in Taranaki.

He was very active as a conductor, including the Hawera Choral Society, the Ladies Orchestra of Hawera, the Liliputian Orchestra and a number of brass bands. While in New Plymouth he published the Colonial Brass and Military Brass Band Journal, which included a number of his own compositions as well as some by other New Zealand resident composers. He championed the idea of a New Zealand Eisteddford, and also acted as choirmaster for various New Plymouth and Hawera Catholic churches.

Colonial Belle. (New Plymouth: Colonial Brass and Military Band Journal, 1888)
Defiance. (New Plymouth: Colonial Brass and Military Band Journal, 1888)
Waikato. (New Plymouth: Colonial Brass and Military Band Journal, 1888)
Zealandia. (New Plymouth: Colonial Brass and Military Band Journal, 1888)
On this auspicious day: Exhibition Ode. (Unpublished, 1893)
He mea aroha (the lovers) : duet for two cornets. (New Zealand Musical Monthly, 1899)
Rawhiti mazourka. Violin and piano (Wellington: McKee, 1899)
The land where the old folk lie: with pipes obligato. (Hawera, 1907)

Further resources
Cyclopaedia of New Zealand : Taranaki & Hawkes Bay Supplement, p. 82-83.
Jane, P. ‘The life of a provincial musician in late nineteenth-century New Zealand: a case study of Joseph Higham in Hawera’. Journal of New Zealand Studies NS30 (2020), 72-95.


Hill, George Alexander (Alec)

New Zealand Times, 17 June, 1911

Businessman, composer, singing teacher.
Born: 1873?, England?
Died: 1914, Christchurch
Active in New Zealand: 1895?-1914

Alec Hill worked in variety of business interests in Wellington, New Plymouth and Timaru, including being District Manager of the Ocean Accident Corporation Ltd. He was also very involved as a committee member with rugby and kennel clubs. His most successful song was Rosemary, and he wrote a number of other published and unpublished songs.

Rosemary. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1899) and later editions by Reynolds, and Ascherberg
Shadows. (London: Reynolds, 1902)
Love’s vision. (London: Reynolds, 1903)
Song of Empire. (London: Reynolds, 1904)
Cadet’s marching song. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1905}
Marjorie. (London: Frederick Harris, 1905)


Hill, Alfred

Composer, violinist, conductor
Born: 1870, Melbourne
Died: 1960, Sydney
Active in New Zealand: 1880s – 1910

Alfred Hill is without doubt the most important New Zealand composer of this period. Although born in Australia he came as a child to Wellington and spent the early part of his composing and performing career in New Zealand. He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory, and on his return to New Zealand actively pursued a career in music, performing, conducting and composing. His Commemorative Ode was performed at the Exhibition in Christchurch in 1906 which was the occasion of the coming together of New Zealand’s first professional orchestra. He wrote a number of works for the stage, several of which demonstrated his interest in Maori music and legends. He moved to Sydney in 1910 and in 1916 he took up a position of Professor of Composition at the New South Wales Conservatory.

Compositions pre-1920 (Selected)
Slumber song. (Leipzig: Wild, 1892)
My fairest child. (Wellington: F. Jones, 1895)
Hinemoa. (1896)
Tapu. (1902)
A brigand am I. (Auckland: Eady, 1905)
A Moorish maid. (1905)
Tangi. (London: Boosey, 1905)
New Zealand Exhibition Commemorative Ode. (Christchurch: Lyttleton Times, 1906)
Waiata poi. (Dunedin: McIndoe, 1907)
Maori canoe. (London: Boosey, 1908)
String quartet no. 1. (Leipzig: Breitkopf u. Hartel, 1913)
String quartet no. 2. “A Maori legend” (Leipzig: Brietkopf u Hartel, 1913)
String quartet no.3. “Carnival”
String quartet no.4.

Alfred Hill Archive website.
The Leipzig diary : Alfred Hill. Edited by Donald Maurice (Wollongong : Wirripang, 2008.)
Thomson. J.M. A distant music (Auckland: OUP, 1980)
Thomson, J. M. ‘Hill, Alfred Francis’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand,


Hiscocks, Harry (Stephen Henry)

Photo kindly supplied by Hiscocks family members

Organist, music teacher, composer, song writer, violinist
Born: 1883, Auckland
Died: 1949, Auckland

The son of Philip Hiscocks, Harry Hiscocks was a leading figure in the Auckland music community in the first part of the twentieth century. He was organist at St Patricks Cathedral Auckland, Christchurch Catholic Cathedral,  St Benedicts and Sacred Heart Ponsonby. He wrote a considerable number of salon pieces for the piano and also advertised as an arranger and music setter of other people’s song texts, several of which were patriotic songs during the first and second world wars.

Mass – unpublished. (1900)
Coronation march.  (Auckland : A. Eady, [1902])
Vesper Service in C. Unpublished [1903]
Little sweethearts waltz : for the pianoforte. (Auckland, N.Z. : A. Eady, [1905]}
Ode in honour of the visit of his Eminence Cardinal Moran. [1908]
The snow lay on the ground – Christmas carol. Unpublished [1908]
Laudate pueri.  Unpublished [1909]
O gloriosa virginum. Unpublished  [1911]
Dreaming : (l’adoree de mon coeur) : valse song. (Rotorua, N.Z. : Newson & Stroud Publications, [191-?])
Hail coronation morn : grand souvenir patriotic song and chorus. (Auckland : Queen City Press, [1910?])
Chant d’amour (song of love) : morceau de salon. (Auckland [N.Z.] : A. Eady, c1914)
O salutaris hostia. Unpublished [1915]
The Kaiser Hate .  (Auckland, 1915)
The nun’s prayer : fantasia for the pianoforte. (London : A. Eady, c1916)
Wild roses.  (Auckland: A. Eady, 1916)
The Angelus : nocturne for piano. (Auckland : A. Eady & Co., [1917])
Fall of pearls : mazurka caprice for the piano. (Auckland [N.Z.] : A. Eady, c1917)
Love-waves. (Auckland : The Wilson Engraving Service, [1917?])
Marche triumphale – organ. –Unpublished [1918]
Twilight dreams : reverie serenade. Auckland [N.Z.] : A. Eady & Co., [1920?]
Dream of roses : romance. Auckland [N.Z.] : A. Eady, c1920.
In paradisum = In paradise : melodie celeste. (Auckland: A. Eady, c1920)
Moonlight ripples : morceau de salon. Auckland : A. Eady & Co., [1917]
A Mother’s song. (Rotorua : Impulse Publications, [1918])
Hail Glorious St Patrick. (1919)
Pearls of dew : mazurka de salon. (Auckland : A. Eady, c1920)
La rose blanche = The white rose : gavotte de salon. (Auckland : A Eady Ltd., c1920)
Noël : Christmas pastorale : le rêve de Bethléem. (Auckland : A. Eady & Co., c1921)

L’avalanche = the avalanche : grand fantaisie de concert.  (Auckland : A. Eady, c1922)
Le Chant des fleurs. (1922)
The All Blacks : (rugby football boys) : a song with a kick in it! (Auckland : Wright & Jacques, Printers, [1925])
The old Taff River : song. (Auckland : Premier Duplicating Service, [192-?])
The jungle song. (Rotorua : F.A. Bartholomew, [1927])
In a Spanish garden : song-gavotte. ([Auckland] : Premier Duplicating Service, [1935?])
The new world to come. (Auckland: Hiscocks, 1936)
A New Zealand melody. (1936)
Heroes of the Tasman. ([New Zealand], [Harry Hiscocks?], [1938?])
“Call to arms” : Aotearoa’s marching song. (New Zealand , 1940)
Laddie boy : song. (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud, [194-?])
New Zealand will be there. (Morrinsville [N.Z.] : [E. Keatinge?], [1940?])
Ao-tea-roa (Land of the long white cloud) : battle hymn. (Auckland : Wright & Jaques : Distributors Brown & Stewart, [194-?])
My Maungakeikei queen. (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud, [194-?])
Kiss me goodnight in Hawaii : love song. (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud Publications, [1945])
They shall not land : patriotic song. ([New Zealand?] : s.n., [between 1939 and 1945])
Grey haired lady : (memories of my mother). (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud Publications, [1946])
To the memory of Medalis (Polish Forces). (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud, [1946])
The British Empire. (Rotorua : [Newson & Stroud Publications, 1947])
Thank God for thoughts. (Rotorua : Newson & Stroud, [195-?])
My heart of a rosary. [S.l. : s.n., 19–?] (Auckland : Wright & Jaques, Printers)
I love you, only you). (?)
Wedding bells. (?)

To the memory of Medalis. Included in New Zealand presents (available through Nga Taonga Sound and Vision)


Hiscocks, Philip Francis

Choirmaster, violin teacher, orchestra conductor, retailer
Born: 1847, Wales
Died: 1937, Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1874-1937

Philip Hiscocks was choirmaster at St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Auckland for over 30 years, wth his son, Harry, being organist for a number of those years. He was also choirmaster at St Benedicts Church and a music teacher, especially for the violin. In addition to his musical activities he ran the Auckland Catholic Depot.

Royal Jubilee waltz. (Auckland: Eady, 1887)
Festival overture. (Unpublished, 1897)


Hitchings, Isabella

Observer 1903

Theatrical performer, composer
Born: 1862, Napier
Died: 1951, London
Active in New Zealand: 1880s to 1910s

Belle Napier

Isabella (Bella) Mary Hitchings was born in Napier in 1862. She was active in Hawkes Bay musical circles, performing in local concerts and as a member of the Napier Operatic Society and Dramatic Club. She won prizes at the Auckland Society of Arts music competitions in 1885 and 1886, moving shortly afterwards to settle in England to pursue a theatrical career.

Valse Brillante “Daphne”. (Melbourne, W. H. Glen, 1882)


Hobday, Arthur

Organ builder
Born: 1851, England
Died: 1912, Wellington
Active in New Zealand: 1894-1912

Arthur Hoday’s family had migrated to Australia when he was still a very young child. His father was also an organ builder and Arthur apprenticed with him. He then joined Fincham, forming a partnership in the firm known as Fincham and Hobday, working mostly in Victoria and South Australia. Seeking contracts in New Zealand during the depression in Australia, Hobday started his work in New Zealand. After his partnership with Fincham failed he settled in New Zealand where he was responsible for the contructions of many organs including that at Sacred Heart Wellington. He took his own life in 1912 and the firm continued for a few years longer under his son.

Newton, R. G. ” ‘A skilled and refined artist in this department’: A fresh appreciation of the career of Arthur Hobday”. OHTA Journal Jan 1995, pp.16-17, 20-32. (Online:


Hoben, Sydney Francis

Sydney Hoben. Freeman’s Journal 1902

Pianist, organist, lecturer, composer, music teacher, music critic.
Born: 1866, Sydney, Australia
Died: 1943, Christchurch
Active in New Zealand: 1876-1895, 1906-1909, 1917, 1920, 1924-1943

Sydney Hoben was taught the piano by his mother when he was growing up in Tauranga. He went on to study at the Leipzig Conservatory and was a contemporary there of Alfred Hill. While in Leipzig he wrote over 20 articles about musical and student life in Leipsic (sic) which were published in several New Zealand newspapers. Although receiving praise as a student, he suffered strains to his wrists and so returned to New Zealand after graduating. He settled in Napier where he taught before moving (with his brother, E. D. Hoben, newspaperman and NZ Rugby Union pioneer) to Sydney.

While in Sydney he performed, was organist at St Patrick’s and had several songs published. In 1906 he returned to Napier until 1909. His planned year away saw him settle in California until the end 1923. During that time he had returned to visit family and to undertake tours of a lecture-recital format performed primarily as house concerts. He remained in New Zealand, teaching and performing in a number of locations but eventually settling in Christchurch. As well as his performing and teaching activities he was a music critic, writing for the Sydney Mail and Lyttleton Times.

Ave Maria (London: Aschenberg, 1894) and later editions published by Paling
Crom a boo. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1895)
Reverie: ballad  (1895: Unpublished)
Back from the goldfields (Sydney: Sydney Mail, 1896) and , Commonwealth Annual, 1901
Melons (Sydney: Paling, 1897)
For love of thee. (Sydney: Palings, 1898)
Fairer than all. (Sydney: Palings, 1899)
At twilight. (Melbourne: Allan, 1899)
Passion’s sway. (Melbourne: Allan, 1899)
Galway Bay. (Melbourne: Glen, 1899)
In the firelight. (Sydney: Nicholson, 1900)
Bells along Macquarie.               1901
Salve Maria.                               1902


Hodges, Moses Hamilton

Observer, 29 March 1908

Baritone singer, music teacher, composer
Born: 1869, USA
Died: 1930, Boston, USA
Active in New Zealand: 1892-1924

Hamilton Hodges first came to New Zealand as a member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1892. After touring Australia and New Zealand he and his wife Jean (also a member of the Fisk Jubilee SIngers) settled in New Zealand, firstly in Auckland and then Wellington. He was one of a number of black American musicians who settled in New Zealand after being part of touring companies including E. R. Martin, R. B. Williams and Harry Thomas.

Hodges performed at concerts throughout New Zealand and introduced some American composers to New Zealand audiences. He also included the works of Alfred Hill in his repertoire, and was a member of the cast of the 1905 production of “The Moorish Maid”.

Twilight (Unpublished, but performed in 1920)


Hope, Adrian – see Brown, James


Hope, Raymond – see Brown, James


Horne, Robert Adam

Music retailer, pianist, composer
Born: 1869, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Died: 1956, Christchurch
Active in New Zealand: 1900-1956

Horne’s first employment after he and his wife moved to New Zealand was as a piano tuner and repairer for the Dresden Piano Company of Dunedin. He was then appointed manager of the Apollo Music shop Christchurch, later taking on the position of Manager for the Dresden/Bristol Piano Company Christchurch branch.

He was very busy as an accompanist at many concerts and recitals including for his third wife, the soprano Rose Ada Lawrence Parsons. He was a successful composer, with his song Haere Tonu being recorded by several artists and re-printed in several editions. He wrote a mixture of songs and orchestral works, although the orchestral arrangement of his works was sometimes completed by someone else, including Arthur Lilly. Horne was the Vice-President of the Christchurch Orchestral Society for some years.

His wife wrote one successful song under the pseudonym Rosada Lawrence, Achal at the sea, which was recorded by the Scottish tenor Fraser George.

Tasma. (Hobart: A. Munnew, 1893?)
L’Adieu nocturne. (Hobart: A. Minnew, 189-?)
Secret divine. (Dunedin: Dresden, 1900)
La march heroique. (Unpublished, 1905)
The violin player. (London: Enoch, 1906)
With the tide. (Melbourne: Allan, 1908)
Jours passe. Intermezzo. (London: Hawke, 1911)
Twilight dreams. Melodie for violin and piano. (Melbourne: Allan, 1912?)
Valse debonnaire. (London: Bosworth, 1912)
Night of dreams. (London: Larway, 1913)
Haere tonu. (Auckland: A. Eady, 1916), also Melbourne, Allan.
Melodie d’amour. (Unpublished, 1916)
Romance, for cello. (Unpublished, 1917)
Crown of love. (Dunedin: Begg’s, 1917)
Corisande, for orchestra. (Unpublished, 1917)
The Tramway copper trail. (Unpublished, 1918)
Once in a long twilight. (London: Cary, 1919)
Garden of feast’s delight. (Unpublished, 1920)
Dorothy D waltz. (London: Swan, 1921)
Old man care: community song. (Wellington: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1921)
Gentlemen, the King. (Unpublished, 1922)
BB March. (London: Hawkes, 1925)
Jubilee ode: for the diamond jubilee of the Christchurch City Council. (Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1928)
Requiem song. (Sydney: Chappell, 1928)
Ave Maria, with violin obligato. (London, 1929)
In Memorium, arr. A. Lilly. (Unpublished, 1930)
Lullaby. (London, 1932)
Loretto. (Unpublished, 193-?)
Art thou weary. (Unpublished, 1935)
Aotearoa overture. (Unpublished, 1940)
There’s a red cross flying. (Unpublished, 1940)

Ave Verum
Haere Tonu. Columbia. Master WT 907. Rotohiko Haupapa (bass-baritone) and the Rotorua Maori Choir with piano accompaniment by Gil Dech. Recorded April 16, 1930 in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Jours passe. Intermezzo.
Loretto. Kentwell, Wilbur, Hammond organ. Parlaphone, 193-?

Jane, P. An historical survey of the establisment of an orchestral tradition in Christchurch to 1939. PhD thesis, University of Canterbury, 2009.
Launceston Family Album


Howden, James

Singer, music instrument retailer and repairer, flute player, watchmaker
Born: 1837, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: 1919, Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1861-1919

A watchmaker by trade, Howden was repaired musical instruments and during the 1870s also pianos, harmoniums and reed organs from his business in Queen St, Auckland. A keen amateur singer, he was one of the founding members of the Orpheus Glee Club, performing regularly as part of the Orpheus Quartet and as a soloist. He was also a long-standing member of the choir of St Matthews.


Howie, Fanny Rose (also known as Princess Te Rangi Pai)

Singer, composer, singing teacher
Born: 1868, Tokomaru Bay
Died: 1916, Opotiki
Tribal affiliations: Te Whanau-a-Apanui and Ngati Porou

Despite having little music training as a child, Howie’s talent was recognised and she was encouraged to seek training. Studying first in Australia and then England, adopting Te Rangi Pai as her stage name in 1900. Her debut performance in Liverpool in 1901 was well received and she continued an active performing career until her return to New Zealand in 1905. Ill health forced her to give up performance but she continued to teach and composed a number of songs, of which Hine e hine continues to be often performed and arranged for a range of resources.

Maori slumber song: hine e hine. (London: Beal Stuttard, 1905)
Youth and a day. (Sydney: Paling, 1909)

Chadwick, Tony. ‘Howie, Fanny Rose’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 January 2020)
McCallum, J. “Fanny Howie”. In: The book of New Zealand women (Wellington: Bridget Williams, 1991), p313-316.
Te Rangi Pai papers. MSS &-Archives-A-25 University of Auckland Special Collections

Photo source:
Anderson, J C, active 1908-1960. Princess Te Rangi Pai. Ref: PAColl-6075-35. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23109675


Huggins, William John

William Huggins surrounded by the staff of Begg’s Timaru branch, 1911

Violinist, teacher, music seller
Born: Ipswich, England c1855
Died: Timaru, 1924
Active in New Zealand: 1876-1924.

Came to New Zealand from America where he had gone as a boy. Trained as a printer and employed at the Timaru Herald while giving private musical tuition and playing in Timaru’s first brass band. In 1885 when music retailer Begg’s opened their Timaru branch he was appointed manager, a position he held until his death.


Hume, Marcus

Conductor, composer
Born: 1843, unknown
Died: 1906, Sydney
Active in New Zealand: 1863-1883

Marcus Hume was appointed House Steward of Dunedin Hospital by the Provincial Government c1863. He later had a boot shop, was a director of a local newspaper and then farmed before leaving for Australia in 1883. Hume conducted several bands, including the Coloured Opera Troupe, out of which the Dunedin Artillery Band was formed, and the Headquarters’ Band. His only known composition is the musical setting of Thomas Bracken’s poem Tramp of the fire brigade.

Tramp of the fire brigade. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1876, also published in Ballarat)
Tramp of the fire brigade in Ouida musical folio no 1. (Dunedin: Charles Begg, 1891)

Tramp of the fire brigade in DVD recording Songs of Old Dunedin, 2007.


Hunt, Horace George

Pianist, choral conductor, composer
Born: 1886, London, England
Died: 1981, San Francisco, U.S.A

The son of R. Leslie Hunt, Horace Hunt displayed musical talent from an early age. He was educated at St John’s College, Auckland and took a music degree at Victoria University College, Wellington. A pianist and composer, he was interned in Germany during World War 1 as he had been studying piano in Berlin when war was declared. He returned to New Zealand but left in 1925 to settle in the USA, moving into the field of choral conducting including working with the Boston Symphony Orchedstra. He returned to Wellington for two years in the 1940s but then moved to California for the rest of his life.

Loolaloo, a lullaby. (London: Enoch, 1913)
Recitative, By my Command, and Aria, Where-e’er you walk .New Pianoforte arrangement by Horace Hunt. (New York : J. Fischer & Bro, 1929)

Collegians at war: Horace Hunt. University of Auckland Special Collections.


Hunt, Robert Leslie

Blind Foundation Archive

Administrator, organist and choirmaster, music teacher
Born: 1852, London, England,
Died: 1923, Auckland
Active in New Zealand: 1891

R. Leslie Hunt was organist and choirmaster at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Parnell. He was also a private music teacher, visiting music teacher at St John’s College, President of the Auckland Society of Musicians and honorary organist of the Auckland Choral Society. An active mason he also contributed to the music of various lodges. For 29 years he was Secretary of the Jubilee Institute for the Blind.

Hunt was also the father of the pianist and conductor Horace Hunt. In 1898 he contributed an Appendix to Curson-Sigger’s Manual for Holy Communion (Dunedin: Wilkie) containing music suitable for the service.


Hutchens, Richard Lavars

Music teacher, composer, boot maker
Born: 1855, Cornwall, England
Died: 1919. Hawera
Active in New Zealand: 1879-1919

Richard Lavars first settled in Canterbury and attempted to make a living from farming then boot-making., He moved to Hawera and after selling his business in 1896 he set up as a music teacher. He was very involved with the local Methodist church, both as choir conductor and lay preacher. He was also conductor of the Hawera Choral Society, Hawera Liedertafel and had his own string orchestra. His three children all went on to have careers in music. His eldest son Will became a music teacher in New Zealand while his younger son Frank studied at the Royal Academy of Music, eventually moving to Sydney where he was a foundation professor at the New South Wales Conservatory. His daughter Jeannie (Jane) also taught music in Hawera, Whanganui and Christchurch.

Inasmuch: song with violin. (London: Wickins, 1900)

Jane, P. “The Life of a Provincial Musician in Late Nineteenth-Century New Zealand: A Case Study of Joseph Higham in Hawera.” Journal of New Zealand Studies NS30 (2020), 72-95.


Hutchens, William

Music teacher, competitions judge, conductor, composer
Born: 1885, Christchurch
Died: 1965, Manly, Australia

Will Hutchens was the eldest son of Richard Hutchens, and brother of Frank. He studied music from his father, becoming well known as a tenor and violin player. He furthered his studied at the Royal Academy of Music and later achieved a Bachelor of Music from the University of New Zealand. After a period teaching in Hawera he moved to Whanganui and then to Christchurch. He was very involved as an adjudicator for many of the Competitions. Conductor for the Wanganui Orchestral Society he was also was the conductor of the 3YA radio orchestra for many years. Later he relocated to Sydney where he spent the last 10 years of his life.

British! every one! (Hawera;, 1914)
There’s only one way home boys – its through Berlin. (Unpublished?: 1918)
Hymn of thanksgiving. (Unpublished, 1919)
Wanganui Technical College school song. (Whanganui: 1923)


Hyett, Alice Maud, RAM, RCM

Music retailer, singer, pianist, music teacher
Born: London, 1866
Died: Gisborne, 1940
Active in New Zealand: 1884-1940

Alice Hyett came to New Zealand with her family in 1870. She was very involved in Gisborne’s musical life and was a member of the Gisborne Choral Society and Holy Trinity Choir. She worked in Ann Browne’s business, the Beehive from at least 1884 and took over the business in 1900. It was closed in 1904.