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[Bessie Campbell, Banjo Queen : a collection of music programmes, ephemera relating to her career]
Bib ID 3543635
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Online Versions
Description [1889-1918] 
2 v. ; 30 cm. in box 33 x 25 x 10 cm. 
Series

Australian ephemera collection (Scrapbooks, etc.)

Summary

Collection of programmes, ephemera of her early career in Australia. Includes some newspaper excerpts, all in a scrapbook which probably belonged to her.

Full contents
  • [Theatrical miscellanea] (pp. B, 1-31, 35-36)
  • [Programs, etc. relating to Bessie Campbell's musical career] (pp. 45-82, 85-88, 91-93, 95, 97, 99, 101)
  • [John Campbell material with miscellanea] (pp. 132-133, 136-137, 144, 146-152)
  • [Other material relating to Bessie Campbell's career including her charitable works] (loose pp. 1-12)
 
Biography/History

Born Elizabeth Campbell, 1870, in Melbourne. A prodigy on the five string banjo and taught by Joe Daniels and the Americans Hosea Easton and later Walter Stent who taught her different American systems of finger-picking, playing different arpeggio arrangements with the thumb and fingers. She did not use the plectrum. Bessie began to appear in charity concerts in Sydney about 1889. By 1897 she was acclaimed as Australia's greatest lady banjoist. During World War I, at the peak of her professional career she gave frequent performances for servicemen and the Australian Red Cross Society. After the war Bessie held benefit concerts and did various charitable work in Sydney. By the early 1930s arthritis made it difficult for her to play and she never made commercial recordings. She was a great follower of cricket. She died, unmarried in Sydney in 1964.

Notes

Cataloguer supplied title.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-39267340

Inside cover has autograph of John Campbell, also her father's name. Includes on preliminaries the presentation note: To Bess from Jack, July 21st 1887. Bessie' s brother's name was Jack.

Related Material Portraits of Bessie Campbell, etc. located at National Library of Australia Pictures collection, PIC/9836/1-4 LOC Box PIC/9836. 
Cited In

ADB, Campbell, Elizabeth (Bessie), v. 7, p. 545-546.

Oxford companion to Australian music, Campbell, Bessie (Elizabeth), p. 94.

Subjects Campbell, Bessie, 1870-1964 -- Performances -- Australia.  |  Banjoists -- Australia -- Miscellanea.  |  Banjo -- Performances -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Campbell, Bessie, 1870-1964

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