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HMV 78rpm record

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Physical description

Shellac disc with track grooves, played at 78 rpm. Label at centre with trade mark dog listening to speaker and text on blue background, 'His Master's Voice'. Tracks ' VALSE DE CONCERT, OP. 47 / FIRST RECORD / SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA' and 'SECOND RECORD'. Brown paper sleeve with text, 'His Master's Voice' advertisment for 'INSTUMENTS / for / PERFECT REPRODUCTION OF EVERY NOTE'. Stamped on both sides in blue "For the latest Records, / WERTHEIM PIANO COY. / (AUSTRALIAN) / 440 - 442 Queen Street, / BRISBANE." Inscribed "[V.E in circle] 5-0910 / PC42040 [triangle] / 5-0909 / PC42039 [triangle]".

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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