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Richards, Rosemary, and Julja Szuster, editors. Memories of Musical Lives: Music and Dance in Personal Music Collections from Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne: Lyrebird Press, 2022.


List of illustrations

Foreword by Almut Boehme




  1. Philipp Oster’s music book: Evidence of an early South Australian music library

     Julja Szuster

  1. “Heart, my heart, why so sad?”: Two migrants to Melbourne and their manuscript music collections

     Rosemary Richards

  1. Laing, Findlay and Baillie: Identifying Scottishness in the music collections of three Scottish Australian violinists

     Shane Lestideau

  1. Chopin in Reefton and Dream Lover at Moutohora Branch Line: Owner-bound music albums in New Zealand, 1907–34

     Kirstine Moffat

  1. Those who played and bound: Bound volumes of piano music as an indicator of social change

     Clare Gleeson

  1. Dance music in nineteenth-century owner-bound albums

     Heather Blasdale Clarke

  1. Treasured possessions: Pre-1920 New Zealand music in three Auckland historic houses

     Elizabeth Nichol

  1. From piano stool to library shelf: Reconnecting library and museum owner-bound music collections with audiences

     Matthew Stephens

  1. Tango ragging, Terang Boelan and the bound albums of George Bell and Gerty Stewart: Music collecting as musicological and ethnomusicological research

     Aline Scott-Maxwell and John Whiteoak

Notes on contributors

Select bibliography


Please see:

Richards, Rosemary. ‘“To Display Her Chief Accomplishment”: Domestic Manuscript Music Collections in Colonial Australia’. In Performing History: Approaches to History across Musicology, edited by Nancy November. Brookline, Mass.: Academic Studies Press, 2020.

———. ‘Georgiana McCrae and Her “Favorite” Music’. La Trobeana, 19, no. 2 (July 2020): 13–20. Accessed 17 March 2021.;

———. ‘John Wilson and Scottish Song’. In re-Visions: Proceedings of the New Zealand Musicological Society and the Musicological Society of Australia Joint Conference hosted by the University of  Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand between 2nd and 4th December 2010, edited by Marian Poole, 171–85. Dunedin, N.Z.: New Zealand Music Industry Centre, 2013. Accessed 17 March 2021.

———. ‘A Resounding Success’. In Don’t Ever Let Them Get You, by George Dreyfus, 81–96. Melbourne, Vic.: Black Pepper, 2009.

———. Frae the friends and Land I love’: The ‘McCrae Homestead Music Book’. Box Hill North, Vic.: R. Richards, 2005. A musical and biographical analysis of the favourite music of Georgiana Huntly Gordon McCrae from one of her four manuscript music collections.

———. ‘Wanting to Have Number 3’. In Who’d be a Mother? edited by Carolyne Lee and Susan Burke, 103–8. Sydney, N.S.W.: Angus & Robertson, 1990.

For updates about Dr Richards’ research and speaking dates, get in touch with her here.