Photograph - Two women seated in the Sturt Street Gardens
From the Collection of Federation University Australia Historical Collection (Geoffrey Blainey Research Centre) Federation University Australia E.J. Barker Library (top floor) Mount Helen Victoria
- A black and white photograph of two women seated on a park bench. The women are Mrs Wright and her daughter Laura Wright. They are seated in the Sturt Street gardens. Ballarat Town Hall is in the background.
- 8.3 cm x 5.9 cm
- frank wright, mrs wright, laura wright, ballarat, sturt st gardens, ballarat town hall
- Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.
- Frank Wright (Photographer)
- Written in pen - Mrs Wright & Laura. Taken in Sturt St Gardens, Ballarat. 16/10/22, F.W.(au)
- 3 Mar 2017 at 10:11AM