The Callaway Centre


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Limited Callaway Centre Catalogue Records are available on TROVE

  • Callaway Archive

The Callaway Centre Archive is the repository of a number of unique music-related archival collections, including the personal papers of notable musicians and educators such as Sir Frank Callaway, famed English ethnomusicologist John Blacking, Western Australian pianist Eileen Joyce and English musician and teacher Irene Kohler.

In addition to personal papers, the Archive houses the Handa Collection, a significant example of a formed collection created by the collecting passions of Australian, Peter Burgis, over a 50 year period.

The Archive's collections are gradually being processed, catalogued and, in many cases, digitised so that researchers can access the wealth of information held in this repository.

Sir Frank Callaway Collection
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The nucleus of the Archive's holdings is the unique collection of music research and music education materials of Sir Frank Callaway, presented to the University on his retirement in 1984.
John Blacking Collection
One of the most important ethnomusicologists of the twentieth century, John Blacking was committed to the idea that music making is a fundamental and universal attribute of the human species.
Handa Collection
This large and historically significant collection accumulated by Peter Burgis over a 50-year period, was acquired by The University of Western Australia through the generosity of Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa.
Eileen Joyce Collection
Eileen Joyce (1908-1991), won international acclaim as a concert pianist from the 1930s through to the 1960s. This is a unique and important collection revealing much about pianism in the early–mid twentieth century.
Irene Kohler Collection
Irene Kohler Collection is a memorial to an unusually gifted pianist and teacher. It includes Kohler’s original scrapbooks, letters and cards, which trace her international career.
Hugh McMahon Collection
Hugh Gregory McMahon (1870 - 1944) was one of Australia’s most significant contributors to band music culture in the period 1897 to 1944.  The collection includes the original manuscripts of his opera arrangements, digital copies of these arrangements, and some published music.

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