The Longreach Friendly Societies Band was formed in 1892 to later become the Longreach Town Band we now know today. We started as a men's brass band and Longreach was one of many towns in Western Queensland to have its own band. See the detailed history of the band and changes throughout the decades below.
Take note of the different uniforms and instruments this band has used over the time and appreciate the history that these men, and later women, have provided for us.
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Keep an eye on this page to watch history reveal itself for the Longreach Town Band.
If you are concerned that your story or a relative's story is not on this page, don't be upset, act! Write it down, or record your voice, or scan the photographs, or wrap the objects in bubble wrap and send it/them in. Also, be aware that if you are able to donate your time as a volunteer, the band has a great need for people to coordinate our historical collections. We would also like volunteers who can make contact with past members and their families to collect stories and artifacts and prepare them for this website.
Decades of Dedication
At the band's 120th anniversary concert, members presented vignettes by decade so that pattern is followed here. If you don't like it, please volunteer to improve it! We will add more details and images as time goes on so please let us know if you have anything to add and stop by later to see the changes.
The Band of the United Friendly Societies was formed in 1892 as a Brass Band. The first playout was reported in a newspaper article on the 1st of March 1892
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On Tuesday the 23rd of March 1897, an newspaper article was published in The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Barcaldine, Qld. : 1892 - 1922).
An excerpt from the article is shown below:
The Band Entertainment at Longreach
Our band was already in its ninth year when the six colonies came together to form the Commonwealth of Australia on the 1st of January 1901.
Many bandsmen (the limited records available indicate that all members were men in this period) followed the colours and served in the Great War 1914-1918.
Back Row: D. Wyland, W. Collins, ??, R. French
2nd Row: V. Laffin, J. Tidswell, S. Woods, J. Cook, R. Andrews, ??, W. Perriman, H. Sykes, D. Wyland
3rd Row: H. Lockyer, A Kooymans, ??, ??, T. Guy (Bandmaster), R. Adam, G. Thurecht, W. Clarke, D. McPherson
Thomas Guy accepted the position of bandmaster to the Longreach Town Band and moved to Longreach in September 1913 from Bowen. He was bandmaster and secretary from 1913 until 1919 and brought the band as a whole to a higher standard both musically and financially during this time.
Back row: C. Kingston; W. Afoo; unidentified; W. Mellick; unidentified; V. Gibbard.
Fourth row: W. Rossberg; D, Whitehead; W. Gibbard; J. Tidswell; W. Perry; G. W. Adam; A. Duffy.
Third row: H. Lockyer; J. Browne; F. Nehmer; V. Lappin; W. Perriman; R. Hodgen; C. Nehmer; R. Adam; J. Browne.
Second row: A. Davies; A. Thurecht; G. Thurecht; J. Long (Bandmaster); W. Jarvic; R. Thurecht; A. Smith; J. Baker.
Front row: H. Donnely; M. Loxoran; J. Rossberg; R. R. Rossberg; A. Anderson; R. Holmberg.
November Article: “Mr W. Crew (bandmaster), tendered his 'resignation' owing- to ill health and was granted 3 months' leave of absence while a temporary bandmaster was appointed for the time.”
Back Row: C. Nehmer, N. Hof, F.T. Hall, W. O'Neil, W. Stinson, J. Vaughan
2nd Row: W. Kennedy (Der. B. Mast), G. Majury, L. Goy, R. Adam (V. Ores), L. Ramage, F. Nehmer, W. Lambert
Front Row: G. Lanham, P.C. Rawlins, W. Smith, J. Genninges (Hon Sec), J. Jackson (Band Mast), W. O'Neil (Treas), A. Davies, J. Muller, C. Meyers
Front: Colin Genninges (Mascot)
Edwards Martin was very involved in the Longreach Town Band and passed away in 1926. Below is a link to an article of his funeral and his support of the community and the Longreach Town Band. The article states "His passion for band music was responsible for his forming the Longreach Town Band..."
Other articles of this time
Back Row: A. Swan, L. Riddell, A. C. Partridge (dep. B. Mast), M. McClure, J. Smith, W. Hansen (Treas)
2nd Row: C. Hitzman, W. Browne, A. Ayling, F. Snell (sec), W. Hitzman, A. Anderson, W. Baker, K. Nicholls
Front Row: S. Cullimore, R. Gavin, A. Harvey, W. H. Thurecht, F. Affoo (B Mast), R. Bean, A. White, F. Hagadorn, O. Affoo
Ground: A. Tidswell, H. Lockyer
The Longreach Town Band played for the opening of the new Shire Hall by Governor Sir John Goodwin on 15th of May 1928.
Back Row: [N. or C.] Croy, A. White (Treas), C. Hooper, H. Meares (Sec & Mgr), A. Anderson, C. Nehmer, N. [Hof or Huffe]
2nd Row: A. Ayling, (V.P.), J. Power, S. Harvey, T. [Tighe or Tye], J. Hitzman, S. Munzenberger, W. Tanks, F. Snell, R. Adam, A. Hallam
Front Row: [W. or P.] Horstman (standing), F. [Hagedorn or Hagerdorn], G. Smith, G. Ford (Dep. Cond), W. [Wagner or Wager], F. Wedd (Cond), K. [Nicholls or Nicol], P. Browne, W. McClure, A. Harvey, C. [Minkin or Meekham]
Ground: A. Tidswell, R. Jackson
Absent: A. C. Partridge
In this decade, the band enlisted en masse in the citizens Military Forces to become the 25th Battalion, Longreach Town Band.
Back Row: ??, ??, ??, A. Anderson, J. Smith, R. McClure, A. Swan, C. Nehmer, T. Lynne
2nd Row: S. Donelly, ??, ??, R. Adam, A. White, A. Sargent, A. Partridge, P. O'Sullivan, G. O'Sullivan, D. Meares
Front Row: ?. McClure, O. Affoo, H. Davies, W. Wager, F. Affoo (B Mast) A. Harvey, P. Browne, S. Harvey, W. McClure
Insets: B. Tanks, G. Hitzman
Back Row: D. Meares, G. Smith
2nd Row: D. Ross, W. Shakespeare, A. White, H. Meares (President), T. Brentnall, C. Fitzgerald, C. Nehmer
3rd Row: R. Adams, W. Tanks, S. O'Sullivan, T. Lynn, L. Anderson, A. Partridge (Sec), D. Ross, A. Anderson
Front Row: R. McClure, O. Affoo, H. Davies, A. Davies, F. Affoo (Cond), W. McClure, P. O'Sullivan, P. Browne, C. Minkim
Ground: L. Powell, C. Partridge
Back Row: E. Hawkins, L. McPherson, L. Vale, A. Swan, A. Anderson, H. Shakespeare, ?. Hocke, S. Harvey, C. Wilkenson
2nd Row: C. Fitzgerald, C. Partridge, L. Anderson, T. Lynn, A. White, L. Meacham, R. Setter, A. Partridge, R. Adam, T. Brentnall
Front Row: H. D-Meares, R. McClure, O. Affoo, H. Davies, G. Simpson (B Mast), W. McClure, P. Sullivan, M. Quirk, G. Copson
Absent: W. Tanks
This decade has no information! Please help us by providing anything you know or have that relates to this time period.
Back Row: T. Tanks, ??, R. Barr, B. Evans, L. Lasker, F. Balderson
2nd Row: T. Setter, O. Smith, W. Tanks, ?. Sexton, T. Brentnall, A. Coleman, R. Eyre, S. Lasker
Front Row: G. Copson, A. Carbis, H. Davies, T. Wellings (B Mast), T. Eisentrager, P. McGovern, B. Braggs
Ground: K. Barr
Back Row: F. Balderson, Julius ?, M. Barnsfield, Joe ?, R. Williamson
2nd Row: J. Carbis, R. Eyre, S. Emslie, K. Balderson, R. Finlay, R. Plumb
3rd Row: J. Power, D. Carbis, A. Coleman, A. Sutton, T. Sutton, W. Tanks, P. McGovern
Front Row: T. Setter, G. Copson, L. Brown, A. Carbis (B Mast), G. Caribs, O. Brandstettor, J. Power
Ground: P. Tanks, R. Carbis
Marching under the baton of A. Carbis
Archie Carbis (B Mast), Les Leisfield (Tenor Horn)
Archie-bald Locker and his family migrated from the UK in 1959 at the request of the Longreach Town Band through a magazine called "The Bandsman" with a position offered as Bandmaster. Archie-bald Locker, with his wife Iris and 4 boys David, Philip and twins Malcolm and Brian, arrived in Longreach around April 1959, where he worked at the local council as a soil tester for main roads. He lived on Galah Street and played in the band with Bill Tanks (a butcher at the time) and Bob Barr.
The Longreach Town Band and Archie-bald's own sons would love to know more about this time period. If you have any information at all please contact us!
Princess Alexandra visited Rosebank Station in the Longreach district in August 1959, and the Longreach Town Band played.
The district went through an appalling drought in 1969 and 1970, so Queen Elizabeth's visit to Longreach in 1970 was very welcome.
Back Row: M. Coleman, M. Davies, M. Balderson, W. Browne, B. Emslie, B. McKay
2nd Row: A. Sutton, A. Coleman, J. Dennis, P. Tanks, M. Gleeson, R. Clarke, M. Lorraway, T. Tanks
Front Row: T. Ravenscroft (Sec), D. Robinson, S. Emslie, W. J. Tanks (B Mast), L. Nehmer, A. Page, M. Tanks
Ground: G. Browne, V. Woodfield, L. Setter
Inset: R. Seabrook (D Major)
Absent: H. Dennis
Back Row: M. Stock, M. Emslie, O. Brandstettor
2nd Row: P. Tanks, T. Tanks, L. Lasker, M. Davies
3rd Row: R. Ravenscroft, S. Lasker, J. McGovern, P. McGovern
Front Row: B. Shakespeare, M. Tanks, T. Tanks, S. Emslie
Back Row: M. Stock, D. Brandstetter, B. Shakespeare, J. McGovern, L. Lasker, M. Emslie
2nd Row: P Tanks, M. Tanks, R. Ravenscroft, T. Tanks, P. McGovern
Front Row: M. Davies, S. Lasker, S. Emslie (B Mast), T. Tanks
The Queen returned to Longreach to open the Stockman's Hall of Fame in 1988.
Back Row: P. Hodge, L. McGovern, J. McvGovern, S. Laser, T. Tanks, P. Williams, G. Cameron, V. Woodfield, T. Smythe, B. Shakespeare, S. Emslie,
Front Row: T. Tanks, O. Brandstettor, P. Tanks, L. Lasker, M. Tanks, B. Harris
The band experimented with a concert band format but was unable to achieve a critical mass of woodwind players
Left to Right: M. Thornhill, P. McGovern, B. Bowden, T. Baker, O. Brandstetter, S. Lasker, P. Tanks, H. Florey (B Mast), M. Tanks, T. Tanks
Absent: L. Lasker, S. Emslie
Back Row: N. Hill, M. Jackson, D. Gretton, B. Bowden, M. Thornhill, R. Douglas
2nd Row: P. Tanks, T. Tanks, J. Arnold, M. Tanks, B. Shakespeare, G. Hughes
Front Row: M. Tanks, L. Neuendorf
The Greatest Show on Earth
Back Row: T. Tanks, A. Warren, M. Jackson, G. Hughes, P. Tanks, S. Saunders (Composer/Music Director), M. Thornhill, M. Tanks, L. Neuendorf, N. Hill (Instructor/Organiser), P. Nolan (Director), D. Gretton
Front Row: B. Bowden, M. Tanks, J. Arnold