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Empire Day Messages to the Boys and Girls of the British Empire, from His Majesty King George the Fifth and Her Majesty Queen Mary

2006.0022.0038

Empire Day Messages to the Boys and Girls of the British Empire, from His Majesty King George the Fifth and Her Majesty Queen Mary

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Physical description

Shellac disc with track grooves, no playing speed detailed. Label at centre with British royal coat of arms at top and portraits of monarchs King George V and Queen Mary to either side on purple background. Tracks 'Empire Day Messages / To the Boys and Girls of the British Empire, from / HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE THE FIFTH / AND HER MAJESTY QUEEN MARY / Recorded at Buckingham Palace' and 'Empire Day Record / God save the King and Home, sweet home / THE BAND OF H.M. COLDSTREAM GUARDS'. Brown paper sleeve with green print advertising 'His Master's Voice' Portable Gramophone, Model 102 and recording list of artiste Richard Crooks with photographic portrait. Inscribed "1553 / Bb2750 III / 4-45 / Bb2751 VII".

Statement of significance

The Rev. J.W. Schomberg Collection consists of a home-made gramophone, four boxes of gramophone needles and thirty-five records, all dating from the early 1930s. The gramophone's cabinet was constructed by Junius Schomberg, from silky oak wood, in imitation of those available through retailers in the early 1930s. What is most unusual about this gramophone is that Schomberg has used a giant whelk shell as an amplifier, hidden within the cabinet.

Between August 1921 and his sudden death on 5 February 1936 at the age of forty-five, Junius was superintendent of the Mission for Pacific Islands and based at the Torres Strait mission of St Paul's on Moa Island. The collection's significance lies in its close association with the Schomberg family's time on Moa. The collection demonstrates Junius's resourcefulness and adaptability and the broader cultural life of a missionary at this time.

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