[Various analogue discs collected at RNZ Wellington]. 1939-

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A collection of 60-analogue discs from a variety of sources collected by the music library (Mark Hector and Jeremy Tait) at Radio New Zealand Wellington. Some of the material has been sent in to RNZ by listeners (for programmes like Saturday Night requests with Peter Fry, or Sounds Historical with Jim Sullivan). Other material has been left by retiring broadcasters or found in office moves. Provenance is noted when known.


Summer Song of the Virgin (Reger), Kathleen Mangan (sop) Stephen Keith (accompaniste), July 1966, SIMS sound services (1 disc)

The Coolest Mikado – Thomas E. Sims recording specialist (Trentham)

Peter and the Wolf, NZBC symphony orchestra, cond. Alfredo Antonini, narrator Peter Sinclair, SIMS Sound services [possibly recorded ca. March 1973 – as the National Library has a record of NZBC Wellington Festival Musical Marathon with Antonini]

A Carol Concert – The Marian Schola, cond.
Moira Dwyer - Thomas E. Sims recording specialist (Trentham)

Archive Production – Deutsche Grammophon, 10 Canons, Mozart (1 disc)

New Zealand, land of the long white cloud – parts 1-5 of 5 (3 discs). Also includes 'souvenir' [first?] pressing of Blue Smoke on side B (rec. 30/10/48, processed 23/2/49). [John E. Blennerhassett collection (b.1922 d.1988)]

New Zealand, land of the long white cloud – parts 2-4 of 4 (2 TANZA discs) [John E. Blennerhassett collection (b.1922 d.1988)]

TANZA recordings: #10931 - Pinepine Te Kura : Te Kooti's version ; sung by members of the Tuhoe tribe. Kai kinikini ae te mamae i ahau, #10933 Popo and 23rd psalm (sung by children of Hiruharama Māori School.), Z123 The Māori Way [disc broken in two prior to acquisition] [John E. Blennerhassett collection (b.1922 d.1988)]

Wellington Teachers’ Training College – T section 1957-58 – Songs we have sung (1 disc)

As I go on my way – Barbara Sellars (vocal), Margaret Hamilton (acc) ; birthday greetings – Island Bay Radio Service (1 disc)

George Vodanovich (clarinet) and Co – Sweet Lorraine, Sweet Sue, Blues, Tuxedo Junction, Blue Skies – recorded 12/1/47 Auckland (2 discs)

Benny’s Bugle ; 12 Bar Bluey - Auckland Swing Club sextet, including George Vodanovich (clarinet) recorded 15/6/47 Auckland (1 disc)

Prelude and Fugue in C Major (Bach) - Cheshires Recordings Heretaunga (1 disc)

Dufay - Alma Redemptoris [Mater]; Sweelinck -Echo Fantasia - Cheshires Recordings Heretaunga (1 disc)

Claire Newman[?] and Thos Sims[?] – Be thou with me ; My believing heart - Cheshires Recordings Heretaunga (1 disc)

T Sims[?] Chorale Prelude - Cheshires Recordings Heretaunga (1 disc)

Man Smarter and Nose Job (1 disc)

Recording of Mayor E.R. Lehman, Wellington Ohio USA, 23/1/39 , Recorded at WGAR, Cleveland Ohio (1 disc)
[Note from Alan Leiby - Wellington Ohio Facebook group: WGAR is a local Country radio station that is still playing music today. According to Patty Young, daughter of former Wellington [Ohio] Mayor Robert Young, Sir Francis Kitts, Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand, visited in 1968 while her father was mayor. Patty paid a return visit to Wellington New Zealand in 2011 and a key to the village. It is possible the record, or disc, was sent as a greeting from Wellington, Ohio to Wellington New Zealand, as there appears to have been exchanges between the two cities in the past. Al Leiby 15/12/15 ; GW 19/8/16]

The Blue and the Gray [possibly songs of the American Civil War], ca.1950s (BBC Transcription Service, 2 discs)

This is New Zealand - NZ Carpet Distributors, series 16 eps 1-13, 1959 (7 discs)

[Biography of]“Sheridan” [Norman Ventura – Bank of NZ, Sydney] (2 discs)

“Uncle Scrim’s secretary” letters and recipes (1 disc)

“Nina” – Noel Coward [possibly recorded in 1941 during his visit to NZ, NBS disc] (1 disc)

[no title] Borhams radio service, Palmerston North (1 disc)

Proclamation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (11/2/52) (1 disc) [Norman Ventura – Bank of NZ, Sydney]

News in English. 2YA. 10/4/1952. Foreign readings in French and German (1 disc) [Norman Ventura – Bank of NZ, Sydney]

The Prince and the Palace (1 disc) [Norman Ventura – Bank of NZ, Sydney]

This was 1951 (1 disc) [Norman Ventura – Bank of NZ, Sydney]

Top of the List – Programme 90 (ENSA - Entertainments National Service Association) (1 disc) [ca.1944]

The Radio Prayer, M.3363 , Macquarie Broadcasting Services [Australia] (1 disc)

The accordions of John Bonica, Jean Cheetham and Simon Peels (HMV L01185) (1 disc)

Funeral of Rt Hon Peter Fraser 16/12/50 (1 disc) [Norman Ventura – Bank of NZ, Sydney]

National Country Session – theme NZBC (1 disc)

Radio co-optimists (2 discs)

Selections from “Sweethearts” Fielding Community Players 1959 (Rexelsior RXL.1004)

Opera-Technique Inc Wellington – Tales of Hoffman , 14/8/65 recorded performance (4 discs – one of which is a duplicate of disc 1)

Tientos – Spanish flamenco – Victoria Kingsley (guitar) [NBS disc] (1 disc)

Listeners Digest (14/11/52, 6263) ; Rudolph OHS[?] with John McDonald – Some enchanted evening (1 disc)

RLS[?] song (1 disc)

Aotearoa Overture – Douglas Lilburn and Waiata Poi – Alfred Hill, BBC Scottish Orchestra 26/9/44 (BBC, 2 discs) [possibly the first recording of Lilburn]

[untitled] (1 disc)

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Reference number 287613

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Ngā Taonga Korero Collection

Credits RNZ Collection

Duration 10:00:00

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