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The 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 1881.

The clipping to the right is but one of many clippings from a folio held at FDCA as part of the Manawatu District Council #1 collection. [2009.220.229.0A].













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