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Cancelled My devoted piano

FreeAccessibleCentral Auckland

Wednesday 23 October, 12pm-1pm


Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library

44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland Central

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09 890 2412


Event details

Sarah Mathew, wife of surveyor Felton Mathew, arrived on the Waitematā Harbour in 1840 to help her husband select a site for the capital of New Zealand.

Sarah brought with her what she refers to in her diary as "my devoted piano."

The family of the Missionary Henry Williams knew the Mathews and had a collection of hand-copied music. This is now held by Auckland Libraries and contains fine examples of the sort of music played.

Dr Polly Sussex discusses the musical skills expected of women pioneers in early Auckland. She covers how live music played a large part in this new life and the piano was indispensable in the home.

A concert on a square piano of 1835 will be held at the Central City Library on Thursday 7 November. Dr Sussex will perform music from the Williams scrapbooks.

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