British Bugle Call
An article in the Feilding Star on 29 July
1903, set between an open letter to the Prime Minister by an unhappy
migrant and news of the trial of new farming implements in and around
the district, tells of a new patriotic song penned by local men Mr Frank
Eyre (words) and Mr R.F. Haybittle (music).
Described as having "a light, lively lilt
and a chorus that should go with a swing" the refrain was first sung in
public by Mr Jack Willis performing in The Gay Hussar performed
by the Pollard Opera Company.
Britannia Soloon in Wellington, 1894
The cast of Pollard's Opera Company (initially called
Pollard's Liliputians) was originally mainly members of founder James
Pollard's large family. Pollard's company first toured New Zealand in