Sheet Music collection

Accession Number RC11433
Collection type Published Collection
Record type Collection
Item count 1
Object type Sheet Music
Maker Various
Date made c1850 - 2005
Conflict Period 2000-2009
Period 1930-1939
Period 1960-1969
Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1920-1929
Period 1980-1989
First World War, 1914-1918

The Sheet Music collection consists of commercially printed pieces, albums, and books of sheet music. The collection includes popular songs, some by well known composers such as Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Pieces in the collection date from the 1850s to mid-2000s.

Most pieces feature a wartime or patriotic theme, relating to Australian, British, New Zealand and United States military forces. French, German and Japanese pieces are also included in the collection. Other themes include recruitment, battle marches or commemoration, homefront and romance, with many expressing sentiment or humour.

Many pieces may have been played to troops at the front by concert parties, played at home, or feature in popular films or musicals of the time.