THE MUSIC MAN
are grateful to a number of regular contributors who help us find the answers to difficult conundrums. For some time now, Chas Phippen from Miranda in New South Wales, Australia, has come up trumps from his large collection of sheet music which he has amassed over nearly 30 years.
Formerly a foreign exchange dealer at the Reserve Bank, he has around 100,000 copies which he believes to be the largest collection in private hands, ranging from the early 19th century through to modern times. He has acquired the music via markets and fairs, with additional box loads donated by OAPs who couldn’t bear to throw them away.
He is naturally keen on his Australiana section, something which was regarded as being of little value when he first began collecting. Not any more, though, because big money now changes hands for anything connected to the great cricketer, Sir Don Bradman, the world’s finest ever batsman who was also a fine singer, pianist and composer.
Nobody gets any younger, however, and Chas has recently decided to donate his collection and research material to a library in Western Australia where it will be preserved for posterity. Thank you for all your help down the years, Chas, and jolly well done from all our Evergreen readers.