[Sheet music] You'd never know that old home town of mine

Accession Number RC10878
Collection number Sheet Music Collection 393
Collection type Published Collection
Object type Sheet Music
Maker Donaldson, Walter
Johnson, Howard
Date made c.1916-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Handwritten sheet music for the song titled 'You'd never know that old home town of mine', with lyrics written by Howard Johnson and music composed by Walter Donaldson. This arrangement has been written by Ernest Nicholls during the First World War period.

Private Ernest Alfred Nicholls, or Nick as he was known, was a member of The Aussies and The Perham Stars concert parties during the First World War .

Towards the bottom of this page is a sound recording of this sheet music, or a parody, that was created as part of the Music and the First World War project. More information about this recording, including names of the performers, can be found on the catalogue record for the sound recording. A link to the catalogue record for the sound recording can be found at the bottom of this page, under the heading ‘Related objects’ where it can be identified with the prefix [sound recording].

History / Summary

This song was featured in concerts organised and attended by Australian service personnel during the First World War. One of these performances was given by Gregory Pirie, at a concert by the 5th Australian Divisional concert party, The Kookaburras, on 23 August 1918 at Divisional Headquarters, France. Another concert party, also known as The Kookaburras, performed this song during a concert in 1918 with the associated unit being No 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. The performance was given by Alexander Moran.