Historical information

Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born in 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

Black and white photograph postcard of a brass band marching and playing their instruments. The band is the City of Ballarat "A" Grade Band and the place is City Oval Ballarat. The occasion is the 1920 South Street Competition. The conductor is Percy Cole, Solo Cornet is Frank Wright, the Solo Trombone is Jack Shakles, the Solo Euphonium is Lary Sheehan, the Soprano is Harry Black and the Solo Horn is Lewis Thomas.

Inscriptions & markings

Written in pen on the back - Information about who, what and where the band were playing. Also included were the pieces played.