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From The Archives - Dame Nellie Melba’s Connection To Glennie

The Glennie Gazette (Vol 3 No 15 1916 p11) records: “The purchase of a grand piano quickened interest in music: The new instrument is a Broadwood Grand, and was bought out from England by Whitehouse & Co for Melba when she was touring Queensland. The tone and action are perfect. The piano is most imposing and occupies a very large portion of the drawing-room. We are very pleased with it, mainly because Miss Lawrance now plays to us on Friday evenings, a treat for which we begged in days gone by.”

This piano was sold prior to 1980. In the early 1980s, the then unused music practice rooms were renovated and six pianos were relocated from around the School. One of the men from Taylor’s Removalists commented on having moved pianos many times at Glennie and said he knew the location of the grand piano. This was followed up and the original grand piano was offered for sale back to the School. Following an inspection, Miss Kelly was of the view that the costs of refurbishing the piano were not warranted. So it was that the major part of the proceeds of the first Glennie Cookbook were used to provide a new baby grand piano. This was first located in Sutton House and is now located in the Junior Years Assembly Hall. One of the sponsors of the cookbook was B.B. Whitehouse & Co Pty Ltd Brisbane - the company which brought the original grand piano to Queensland.

Mrs Noleen Fleming