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ABC Military Band playing with ABC commentator on a vessel

Date: 1933-1951
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00034966
Place Manufactured:Sydney Heads
Related Place:Sydney Harbour,

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    Description
    This photograph probably depicts the Australian Broadcasting Commission 22-piece Military Band (also known as the National Military Band) with a conductor, possibly Stephen Yorke, performing on board a small vessel with an Australian Broadcasting Commission commentator. The microphone depicted in the foreground underneath the sign is an AWA Reiss microphone, which were used in the 1920s and early 1930s for outdoor broadcasts.
    SignificanceThe Samuel J Hood photographic collection records an extensive range of maritime activity on Sydney Harbour, including sail and steam ships, crew portraits, crews at work, ship interiors, stevedores loading and unloading cargo, port scenes, pleasure boats and harbourside social activities from the 1890s through to the 1950s. They are also highly competent artistic studies and views - Hood was regarded as an important figure in early Australian photojournalism. Hood’s maritime photographs are one of the most significant collections of such work in Australia.
    HistoryThe Australian Broadcasting Commission Military Band was formed in October 1933 and comprised 40 players from all the Australian States. During World War II, the Band played concerts to raise funds for the war effort and improve morale. The Band was disbanded in 1951 due to insufficient funding and Stephen Yorke (Bandmaster in the Gloucestershire Regiment) had been the group's conductor throughout its existence.
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    Web title: ABC Military Band playing with ABC commentator on a vessel

    Assigned title: Black and white image depicting a military band playing on board of unidentified vessel.

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