ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0268 Katherine Gibbney Papers

Scope and Content Notes

 

Call Number

HMSS 0268

Collection 

Katherine Gibbney Papers

Date Range

1961-1989

Quantity

0.14m (1 manuscript box)

Access Conditions

open

Copying conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

HMSS 0162 Australian National Eisteddford Society Records 

 

Katherine Gibbney was born in Canberra in 1956, the eldest child of archivist and historian HJ (Jim) Gibbney and his wife Delia.

She grew up entirely in Canberra attending Lyneham Primary and High Schools before enrolling as one of the first students in the Canberra School of Music's Bachelor of Arts in Music - BA (Mus) - degree course.  She completed this course in 1979, majoring in piano.

Music was an important part of her childhood.  She studied piano from the age of four with the sisters of St Joseph's Convent in O'Connor, achieving her A. Mus. A. diploma in 1972.  During this time she was an enthusiastic competitor in many Canberra Eisteddfods. 

After a short period of study with Mary Warneke, she began her degree studies with Alan Jenkins.  She began cello as a second instrument in 1969, primarily to become an enthusiastic member of the Canberra Youth Orchestra.  Katherine participated in the Canberra Youth Orchestra's first overseas tour in 1974.

In 1981, Katherine moved to Sydney to take up a position on the keyboard staff of Kambala Church of England Girls' School which was joined soon after by similar positions on the staff of the Scott College and Cranbrook School.

Concurrently she developed a strong reputation as a free lance accompanist working regularly with the Sydney University Musical Society (SUMS) and occasionally with the Sydney Philharmonia and the ABC. 

In 1990 she was appointed a piano examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.

On deposit of these records in 2004, Katherine was Head of Keyboard and resident accompanist at the Scots College, Sydney.

The letters in this collection were all written to her parents 1980 and 1989.  Katherine states that "These letters present an interesting picture of a young native Canberran's reactions to leaving Canberra to live in a big city.  In many respects I feel as though I suffered from severe culture shock for some years.  They are also a diary of life as a free lance musician reflecting many of the hights and lows of this way of life.  The letters were written as an almost daily diary to keep my parents in contact with what I was doing.  Gaps in dates would usually indicate their visits to Sydney, school holidays which I spent in Canberra or an extremely busy week with no time to write letters."

 

BOX LIST 

 

BOX
NO.

DESCRIPTION

QTY

DATE RANGE

1

Canberra Children’s Theatre

programme and script for production of The Poppenkast

1 file

1961

1

North Canberra Primary Schools Annual Choral Festival

Programmes

1 file

1965-1969

1

Lyneham High School

Programmes for Half a Sixpence, 1971; The Birdseller, 1975; Annual Prize Night, 1974

1 file

1971-1974

1

Performing Arts Programmes

Canberra School of Music Cello Concert, 1975; Canberra Choral Scoiety Bach Mass in B Minor, 1973; Canberra Symphony Orchestra Symphony Eighty, 1980.

1 file

1973-1980

1

Letters to Jim and Delia Gibbney

1 file

1980

1

Programmes and newscuttings relating to performances

mostly Kambala school

1 file

1983-1984

1

Letters to Jim and Delia Gibbney

1 file

1984

1

Letters to Jim and Delia Gibbney

Includes newscuttings concerning performances and programmes, mostly Kambala School, Sydney; Scots College, Sydney and University of Sydney

1 file

1985

 

 

 

 

1

Letters to Jim and Delia Gibbney

Includes programmes of concerts and recitals at University of Sydney and St Stephen’s Uniting church, Macquarie Street, Sydney

1 file

1986

 

 

 

 

1

Letters to Jim and Delia Gibbney

Includes newscuttings concerning performances and programmes, mostly Kambala School, Sydney

1 file

1987

 

 

 

 

1

Letters to Jim and Delia Gibbney

Includes newscuttings concerning performances and programmes, mostly University of Sydney

1 file

1988

 

 

 

 

1

Letters to Jim and Delia Gibbney

Includes newscuttings concerning performances and programmes, Scots College, Sydney; Cranbrook School, Sydney and University of Sydney

1 file

1989