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The Return of the Duke of Edinburgh

Date: 1869
Overall: 360 x 255 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Ink, photo - lithograph on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00018494
Place Manufactured:United Kingdom

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    'The Return of the Duke of Edinburgh' waltz was composed to celebrate the second visit of His Royal Highness Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh to Sydney. The Duke was in command of HMS GALATEA during his first visit in 1867. A rare photographic print of the Royal Navy vessel GALATEA is in the centre of this booklet's cover. The Duke was a keen musician who composed this music sheet to mark his return in 1869.
    SignificanceThis example of 19th century sheet music features a rare and early photographic print of HMS GALATEA. Most sheet music produced in the 19th century depicted a lithographic image of the vessel the music celebrated.
    HistorySheet music offers an insight into popular culture and social values at the time of their production. The widely distributed pieces were fairly cheap to buy, making them popular purchases 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, taverns, concerts and theatres.

    The Duke's first visit to Australia was made in 1867 to 1868. The Duke was in command of the steam frigate HMS GALATEA, arriving in Adelaide on 30 October 1867. He visited Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney and Brisbane leaving Sydney on 6 April 1868. The infamous highlight of the tour was the shooting in the back (not fatally) of the Prince by an Irishman at a picnic on Clontarf Beach, Sydney. Despite this event the Duke paid another visit to Australia in 1869, this time unofficially.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Sheet music showing lithographic print of timber screw vessel GALATEA

    Web title: The Return of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Primary title: The Return of the Duke of Edinburgh

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