One year on

Happy first anniversary to us! It's been a year since this site was launched and there are now over 220 entries for various people and companies who made notable contributions to the world of music making in New Zealand 1840-1920. We have included composers and music retailers, music instrument makers, organists, brass band conductors, singers… Continue reading One year on

New Zealand icons

In a nod to New Zealand's musical and sporting greats, our latest notables include the composer of God Defend New Zealand, John Joseph Woods and John Black, the father and leader of the family group who were known as "the musical All Blacks of Maoriland". We've also added a further selection of musicians, composers and… Continue reading New Zealand icons

Musical mystery

Everyone loves a good mystery, but music researchers are happiest when the mystery is solved. In our “Features” section there is a new item about Seaton Rivers, a composer that we have been unable to find any biographical information about. Maybe you have some information? When adding some more profiles to the site we have… Continue reading Musical mystery

Instrument makers, music retailers and composers

Delving into New Zealand's musical past reveals the wide breadth of talent and enterprise in its musical world. The latest batch of notables includes those who made and sold instruments, as well as composers and performers. Alfred Bowring was an Auckland piano maker, the Collier brothers established a successful music business in Whanganui which operated… Continue reading Instrument makers, music retailers and composers