1839–1917

Introduction

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Born: 1839, Char­lton, So­mer­set, Eng­land.

Died: Oc­to­ber 10, 1917, Perth, Aus­tra­lia.

Buried: Kar­ra­kat­ta Ce­me­te­ry, Perth, Aus­tra­lia.

Biography

Son of a ma­son, Sum­mers was a cho­ris­ter at Wells Ca­thed­ral, and stu­died un­der Hen­ry Gaunt­lett and Will­iam Stern­dale Ben­nett.

He played the or­gan at St. An­drew’s Col­lege, Brad­field (1861); Ho­ly Tri­ni­ty Church, Wes­ton-Su­per-Mare (1864); and St. Pe­ter’s, Not­ting Hill, Lon­don (1865).

In 1865, he and his wife em­i­grat­ed to Mel­bourne, Aus­tral­ia.

In Aus­tral­ia, he played the or­gan at St. Peter’s, East­ern Hill (1868–79); All Saints, St. Kil­da (un­til 1896); for the Mel­bourne Phil­har­mo­nic So­ci­e­ty (1869) (he was al­so the so­ci­e­ty’s con­duct­or, 1872–74); and the Me­tro­po­li­tan Lie­der­ta­fel (1882–83).

In 1867, he be­came a mu­sic teach­er ex­am­in­er for the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Oxford Un­i­ver­si­ty con­ferred a be­lat­ed Ba­che­lor of Mu­sic de­gree up­on him 1887.

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