Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bands Played an Important Role in the History of City

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bands Played an Important Role in the History of City

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WHEN Mr FWC McLeod was the conductor of the Ipswich vice-regal band he was presented with a baton.

When his widow was holidaying in Ipswich from New Zealand in 1950 she presented the same baton to the City Vice-Regal band Association.

It was intended that the baton be used by the band's conductors on special occasions, as Mr McLeod had used it to conduct the vice-regal when it won its first Queensland Championship in 1914.

Mrs McLeod also presented the Association with a souvenir program issued on the occasion of the band's visit to Government House, Brisbane, to play before General Sir Ian Hamilton on February 20, 1914. Soloist with the band on that occasion was Mr W J Connors.


The Ipswich Thistle Pipe band was established in 1909 by the Caledonian Society under Pipe Major James Mustard and Drum Major Ben Ford.

The Band was formed with seven pipers - W Hansen, D Mustard, and P McKenzie, S McGregor, W Boyd, R Black and W Broadfoot. The first drummer was Bob Wardrop with L Palmer and D Hansen as side drummers.

At that time there were no uniformed pipe bands in Queensland, but a number of men wore the uniforms of the disbanded Queensland Scottish Highlands which was of the Gordon tartan. Later Ipswich chose as its tartan the Royal Stewart and then later again decided to adopt the Cameron Erracht tartan in honour of PW Cameron, chieftain of the Society.

This original band was given up by the Caledonian Society but the members re-grouped as the Scottish Pipe Band under the baton of Alex Anderson who was drum-major.

The Scottish Thistle band went on to win seven championships in Queensland and New South Wales and numerous contests were won under Pipe Majors A. McCall, A MacPherson and W Norrie.


There was an Ipswich Concert Orchestra in May 1934 which performed in the Town Hall on May 30. It presented a varied programme of music and had as Guest Conductor Mr Leonard Francis. The accompanist was Miss Nancy White F.T.C.L; L.A.B., L. Mus.

Soloists at the concert were Miss Eunice Cochrane mezzo-soprano and Mr Jack Atkinson baritone.

Men who were involved with the everyday running of this orchestra were - Thomas Lingard conductor, Frank McKenna organiser and secretary, Ald J. …

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