ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0162 Australian National Eisteddfod Society Records

Scope and content notes

Call Number HMSS 0162
Collection Australian National Eisteddfod Society Records
Date Range 1939-2004
Quantity 1.8m  (10 manuscript boxes)
Access Conditions Open
Copying Conditions Research and study only, no publication 
Related Collections HMSS 0133 Canberra Philharmonic Society Records

The musical and arts life of Canberra dates from its earliest years. During the second phase of Canberra's building - 1922-1938 - the Canberra community had the benefit of a multi-ethnic community, no radio (till the early 1930s) and a high community participation in the performing arts. The Christmas edition 1927 of the Federal Capital Pioneer reported a concert by the Canberra Orchestral Society's 40 players. A Repertory Society and Choral society had been formed, ethnic national days were celebrated and 1929 saw the establishment of the Canberra Male Choir.

It was members of this Choir who spearheaded the move to establish an eisteddfod in Canberra - a leader was William J. Hunt (later Musical Director of the Canberra Philharmonic Society) who raised the proposal at the Choir's AGM in 1935, and asked at the 1936 AGM 'what progress?'. But by June 1937 arrangements had been completed for a juvenile eisteddfod with awards of gold (30/-, shillings, first) and silver (10/- second) medals. Some of the early competitors are still (2003) in Canberra and the Society has a copy of the adjudicator's report for one competitor. A draft constitution for an incorporated community Society was presented by November 1937. A donation of 20 guineas in September 1938 and an affiliation fee 20 shillings in April 1939 rounded out the Choir's initial support for the Canberra Eisteddfod Society.

Eisteddfods, with sections in voice, instrument and dance were held from 1938 to 1941 when the Society went into recess due to the constraints of the war effort for the Second World War.

The late 1940s to early 1950s saw a revival in community activity, together with the determination by the Federal Government in the early 1950s to fund the third phase of Canberra's development. These developments provided encouragement for the community to revive the eisteddfod in Canberra.

The Australian National Eisteddfod Society Inc - was formed under the Patronage of the then Governor-General, with Vice-Patrons being the Prime Minister, the Minister for the Interior and the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom. The eisteddfod was to be a vehicle to encourage and foster the national development of the performing arts.

An annual eisteddfod has been held each year since 1955.

Source: Australian National Eisteddfod Society website, 28 May 2011

Note on arrangement and description 

The collection was deposited in very poor codition. Little attempt to appraise, arrange or describe the collection had been made prior to transfer. 

The ACT Heritage Library has rehoused the collection and minimally described it from notes on file, envelope and bundle covers to box.

Duplicate publications have been removed, excess copies of syllabus and programs offered to the National Library of Australia and functional financial records (receipt carbons, cheque counterfoils etc) disposed of.

 

Box List


Box No.

Description

Quantity

Date Range

1 Bands and Orchestra Division 1 file 1999-2001

1

Highland Dancing Results Sheets

1 bundle

19702-1980s

1

Adjudicators

1 bundle

1972-1978

2

AGM records (including copies of Executive Minutes)

4 files

1984

2

AGM records (including copies of Executive Minutes)

1 file

1981-1984

2 AGM records (including copies of Executive Minutes) 1 file 1956-1981

2

Shell Aria

1 file

1970-1981

2

Shell Aria

1 file

1983

2 Shell Aria 1 file 1984
2 Shell Aria 1 file 1982

2

Correspondence

1 file

1999

3

Correspondence

1 file

1997-2001

3

Correspondence

1 file 

1996-1999

3 Correspondence 1 file 1980-1983

3

ACT Community Development Fund

1 file

1983/84

3

Governor General

1 file

1981-1984

3

Press Cuttings

1 file

1982

4

Requests for Trophies to Embassies

1 bundle

To 1970

4

Minutes of Meetings

1 file

Up to 1977

4

Meetings Records

1 file

1964-1965

4

Meetings Records

1 file

1986-1990

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1983-1986

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1972-1974

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1971-1972

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1968-1993

5

Annual General meeting

1 file

1977

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1976-1978

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1971

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1969-1970

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1968

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1966-1967

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1964-1965

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1962-1963

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1961

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1958-1959

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1954-1955

5

Meetings Records

1 file

1977-1980

6

Minutes of Meetings

1 file

1985

6

Cash book

1 volume

1938-1941

6

Newcuttings/scrapbooks

1 vol

1988-1989

6

Newcuttings/scrapbooks

1 vol

1972

6

Newcuttings/scrapbooks

1 file

1984-2004

6

Newcuttings/scrapbooks

1 file

1979-1981

6

Minutes and Financial Statements

1 file

1996-1998

6

Minutes and Financial Statements

1 file

1994

6

Minutes and Financial Statements

1 file

1995

6

Minutes and Financial Statements

1 file

1996

7

Minutes and Financial Statements

1 file

1988-1994

7

Minutes and Financial Statements

1 file

1983-1985

8-10

Programs and Syllabus (arranged in a single chronological run) - also includes promotional material for concerts, fundraisers etc.

 

1938-2003