THE MU­SIC MAN

Evergreen - - Summer 2018 -

We

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.

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