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Photograph - Black and White - Frank Wright at Coogee, Sydney

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

Description
Black and white photograph of a man dressed in a three piece suit and hat, leaning against a sandstone seawall, with the water in the background. The man is Frank Wright and the place is Coogee, Sydney.
Size
8.3 cm x 5.9 cm
Object Registration
11119
Keywords
frank wright, cornet, conductor, ballarat, coogee, sydney, seawall, beach
Historical information
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 was awarded a gold medal for the highest marks in the ALCM examinations in the British Colonies at the age of seventeen years. He 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.
When Made
1923
Made By
Alex Wright (Photographer)
Inscriptions & Markings
Written in pen on back - Frank Wright, 21, Coogee, Sydney - Easter 1923 (By Alex Wright au)
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:11AM