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The OROTAVA waltz

Date: c 1911
Overall: 353 x 264 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00027130
Place Manufactured:Sydney

User Terms

    'The Orotava waltz' is a 5 page booklet of sheet music dedicated to Mrs I E Ives, the Mayoress of Sydney. It is No 30 in the Paling Ballroom series. ORATAVA transported mail to and from Australia between 1906 and 1914. Sheet music was often composed to celebrate a ship and commonly depicted the vessel on the cover. The plain design of this sheet music differs from the more decorative examples of sheet music that were produced at the time.
    SignificanceThis sheet music indicates the range of material produced to commemorate ships in the early 20th century. The OROTAVA played an important role in Australia's mail service at the time.
    HistorySheet music offers an insight into popular culture and social values at the time of their production. The widely distributed pieces were sold fairly cheaply, making them popular with the general public. Music was an integral part of people's social life in the home and at public events such as balls, recitals, concerts and theatre shows.

    By the mid-19th century many middle class families owned a piano, an important part of their social entertainment and recreation at home. Music sheets featuring waltzes, quadrilles, galops, polkas and mazurkas were everyday favourites, covering a range of themes including travel, plays and literature. The launch or arrival of a ship was a common reason for composing a piece.

    The OROTAVA was built at Barrow, England in 1889. The ship was used during the Boer War as a troop transport and in 1906 was transferred to the Australian Royal Mail line. During World War I the OROTAVA was part of the Admiralty's fleet in the 10th cruiser squadron. It was scrapped in 1919.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Piece of sheet music entitled `the OROTAVA waltz' at the centre of the title page within a blue rectangle

    Primary title: The OROTAVA waltz

    Related People
    Composer: P A Links

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