Davies, Professor Edward Harold (AA 70)

Professor Edward Harold Davies

Born: 18 July 1867, Owestry, Shropshire, England
Died: 1 July 1947, Adelaide, South Australia

Professor Edward Harold Davies studied music at Chester Cathedral in Shropshire, England, while apprenticed in architecture. In 1886 he emigrated to South Australia forming music societies in both Kapunda and Gawler. In 1890, Davies returned to England where he became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. After his return to South Australia in 1893, Davies taught music formerly and privately as well as playing and conducting himself. In 1886 he was conferred a Bachelor of Music and then in 1902 a Doctorate from the University of Adelaide. In 1919, Davies was appointed Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music. From 1926 to1930, Davies participated in four Board for Anthropological Research expeditions where he recorded Australian Aboriginal songs, music and ceremonies onto wax cylinders. These recordings are stored in the South Australian Museum Archives.