Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born on 2 August 1901. 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.

Physical description

An addressed envelope which is addressed to Frank Wright and a sheet of paper which is a letter from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Inscriptions & markings

On the top left hand corner of the envelope is "The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music, London (The Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music) 14 & 15, Bedford Square. London, W.C.I on the right hand side is an inked stamp in red with Great Britain a crown G v R Post Paid N 1/12d 99. The address is Frank Wright Esq LRSM. 226 Cambridge Street, Hyde Park W2
The letter is from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music London, altering Frank Wright that he is entitled to describe himself as a Licentiate of The Royal Schools of Music, London (L.R.S.M., London)