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Sydney Morning Herald

Saturday January 10, 2009

A modernist in music

Phyllis Campbell, composer worked with modernist compositional techniques in Sydney in the 1920s. Her work and life brought into question many of the assumptions that modern Australian art music is a relatively recent innovation. Phyllis and her husband, Elliston Campbell, were active in the Theosophical Society which at that time was supported by a burgeoning middle class in Sydney. Campbell also worked with many musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium. Her music has been one of the discoveries of the Australian Research Centre-funded project, The Role of the Piano in Australian Cultural Heritage. The project's principal investigator, Professor Larry Sitsky, of the School of Music at the Australian National University, is keen to hear from any descendants of the Campbells, for copyright purposes, as the ANU is to publish some of Phyllis's music. If anyone has information about descendants, please contact Dr Jennifer Gall, Piano ARC Project, School of Music, Australian National University, Canberra 0200 or


West/Philps Dorothy Hope Philps (b. 1899, d. 1981), daughter of Richard Philps, m. Harold West (d. 1976). They lived in Justus Street, North Bondi, and had two sons, John and Ron, and three grandsons, Peter, Denis and Barry. Dorothy also had two sisters, Kathleen Wilson and Jean Spencer Watson. Seeking descendants and information for a Philps family history. Contact Donald Walker, 9665 0180.

Hamilton/McLeod Seeking descendants of the Hamilton family - Albert, Louse, William, Fredrick, Leonard, Adolphus, Otto, Percy - and children of William Hamilton and Annie McLeod born in NSW between 1863 and 1880. Contact Irene Giovinazzo, (08) 9306 9419.

Henry Alfred Lenehan b. 1843, d. 1908, government astronomer 1907-08. As part of the National Trust Heritage Week celebration of 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy the Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery Trust is conducting a tour of the graves of many prominent citizens and featuring astronomers who are buried there. The trust hopes to contact descendants of Henry Alfred Lenehan, b. Sydney 1843, eldest son of Andrew Lenehan and Susannah nee Templeton. He married Louisa Ann Templeton (nee Cullen), the widow of his cousin, and subsequently married Bertha Rose Phillips at Villa Maria, Hunters Hill, and lived in North Sydney. They had three sons and three daughters. Lenehan d. 1908 and is buried in the old Catholic section of the cemetery. Contact John May, or 9906 5106.

William Scott b. 1825, d. 1917, Anglican clergyman and astronomer. Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery Trust also seeks descendants of William Scott (b. Hartland, Devon, England 1825), who was ordained in 1850. He married a widow, Elizabeth Anne Yonge (nee Roberts) who had three sons from her first marriage. He accepted a position as colonial astronomer in NSW in 1856 and supervised the erection of an observatory at Dawes Point. He subsequently became the warden of St Paul's College, University of Sydney, and later the canon of St Saviour's Cathedral, Goulburn. He died in Chatswood in 1917 and was buried in the Anglican section of Gore Hill Cemetery. He was survived by a son and two daughters. Contact John May, or 9906 5106.

Collen Barlow Seeking family and/or friends of Collen Barlow, b. Bankstown, August 1935, d. Liverpool, April 2004. Contact Colin Percival, or 0413 002 819.


Scottish House The Sangsters day (sing-a-long) is held on the first Thursday of the month, 11am-1pm, with the first for this year on February 5. Words and music are supplied, as is tea and coffee. Scottish House, which is closed until January 22, is opposite the Guildford railway station, Military Street (corner of Calliope Street). Contact Scottish House, 9681 7705.


Back to Bookham All past and present Bookham and district families, past students and staff of the old Bookham school, those who built the hall and their descendants, are all invited to attend a "Back to Bookham" on March 14-15. An update of the history of Bookham is being compiled and contributions are welcome. For further information contact Bruce Hazell, 6227 7202, or Judy Ticehurst, 6227 7276.

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