Historical information

In 1967 the British Prime Minister was Harold Wilson. 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

Physical description

.1) Typed letter on a printed letterhead .2) Typed and post marked envelope with printed address on reverse.

Inscriptions & markings

.1) Letter - Printed - Prime Minister's Crest of Office, 10, Downing Street Whitehall., Typed - Honours - In Confidence, July 31, 1967, Dear Mr. Wright, The Prime Minister has asked me to thank you for your letter of July 26 recommending the name of Mr. Edward Vaughan Morris for inclusion in an Honours List and enclosing particulars of his services. His name will accordingly be fully considered when the Honours Lists are under review.Yours sincerely, (handwritten signature), F.J.H. Wright, Esq., M.B.E. .2) Envelope - Typed on front - Personal, F.J.H. Wright, Esq., M.B.E., 14, Highbury Grange, N.5, Prime Minister, Printed on back - 10 Downing Street, Whitehall