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Music in Australia

This guide will point you to resources in Australian music at the University of Melbourne Library and beyond.

Primary Sources

The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library holds manuscript scores, many by Australian composers including Margaret Sutherland, Richard Mills and Dorian le Gallienne.

A call number search entering MS with the first four letters of the composer's surname will find manuscript works held in the library.

For example, MS SUTH retrieves all the manuscript scores by Margaret Sutherland

Concert Programs

Press Clippings

There are eight volumes of press clippings relating to music performance in Melbourne 1928-1947. Clippings cover music and concert life in Melbourne, with particularly detailed coverage of Conservatorium of Music activities

Barry Tuckwell Collection

The Collection held at the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library includes some items pertaining to Australian music. Among the Collection's contents are:

  • printed and manuscript scores, including works written for Tuckwell
  • sound recordings
  • correspondence with composers, conductors and other performers
  • diaries
  • concert programmes
  • posters, press clippings and photographs.


The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library has a small collection of photographs. Ask music staff for assistance.

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