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Dr Rosemary Richards is a musicologist and historian whose interests include Australian colonial music.

For details about Dr Richards’ recent publications, please see the publications and events tabs.

Dr Richards’ PhD thesis examines the historical, biographical and musical contexts of the manuscript music collections owned by Georgiana McCrae, a Scottish immigrant to Australia who built the McCrae Homestead at Arthur’s Seat on the Mornington Peninsula, and lived there from 1844–51.

Richards, Rosemary Jean. ‘Georgiana McCrae’s Manuscript Music Collections: A Life in Music’. PhD thesis, University of Melbourne, 2017. Accessed 17 March 2021.

Forthcoming volume

Memories of Musical Lives: Music and Dance in Personal Music Collections from Australia and New Zealand is a forthcoming volume co-edited by Dr Rosemary Richards and Dr Julja Szuster, to be published by Lyrebird Press Australia. The book contains chapters by musicologists and historians about their explorations into the lives and music collections of people involved in music and dance in homes, on board ships, in hotels and in church in the long nineteenth century in Australia and New Zealand. Please see the latest post and also the Publications page. Contact

Research on nineteenth-century migrant diary

Click here to find out about Dr Richards’ research on Joshua Ward (c. 1827–79).


Dr Richards has given conference papers in Australia and internationally. She is also a teacher and private vocal coach.

Contact her for more information.