Songs of home

Five images of composers done as composite image.
Songs of home

Contemporary First Peoples Composers

Australia holds one of the oldest living cultures in the world, and First Nations music making is the oldest continuing form of music making

Illustrated portrait of woman with hair up in bun, wearing dark dress - framed by title of sheet music and publishing details.

From the collection: Catherine Hayes illustration

This sheet music cover is the only known copy of this illustration of the soprano Catherine Hayes (1818–1861), one of the world’s first international opera and concert stars

White signpost with several signs pointing in different directions.
Songs of home

Jane Austen: at home with music

Jane Austen’s music albums provide a new understanding of the use of music in the author’s work and the importance of music making in the Regency home

Theo Small (flute), Associate Professor Neal Peres Da Costa, Esther Kim (piano) and Jemma Thrussell (cello) from the Historical Performance Unit, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, in the drawing room at Elizabeth Bay House
Songs of home

Playing our song

Music offers a unique window into our past, and the stories and collections of our properties contain compelling clues about the music played by earlier generations

Songs of home


Listen to the soundtrack from the past exhibition Songs of home

Watercolour of Warrawang
Songs of home

The Odyssey of an Early Australian Piano

Imagine for a moment if all the old pianos lying around Australia could speak. One can only guess at the stories they would tell

Oil portrait of Mary Elizabeth Pye (1827-1910), painted c 1845
Songs of home

The surprising legacy of Miss Pye of Parramatta

Visitors to Richmond Villa, head office of the Society of Australian Genealogists in Kent Street, Sydney, may have met the steady gaze of a young woman dressed in the fashion of the early 1840s

Cropped page of printed music.
Songs of home

‘I think of thee’: unlocking a colonial song

The reconstruction of a unique but incomplete copy of a colonial song has allowed us to hear it 170 years after it was composed