Wilkie's Music Saloon offered retail sales of musical instruments, sheet music, instrument repairs, sales of concert tickets. Portable instruments were popular in the goldrush, for obvious reasons, and in 1853 advertised:
GOOD Wages and constant work for a person un-It is not clear where George learned the skills of instrument repair and piano tuning to which he later turned his hand, but perhaps he learnt some of it with Joseph Wilkie in Melbourne. No trace can be found of George in Melbourne in this period, so it is impossible to be certain how long he had been employed there. Joseph Wilkie himself had come to Melbourne in 1850 via Adelaide. As we don't know when George arrived in Victoria, it is possible he was with Wilkie even at this stage.
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Joseph Wilkie's, Music and Pianoforte Saloon, 15,
Advertising. (1853, July 28). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 -
1957), p. 1. Retrieved April 23, 2014, from
Wilkie's business became very well known and influential in Melbourne - Joseph himself was later elected to the Legislative Council. When the firm moved to a new three storey building erected nearby in 1877 by Allen & Co, Wilkie's name was still incorporated on the fascia of the building, above the first floor.
"MESSRS. ALLAN AND CO.'S NEW MUSIC WAREHOUSE, COLLINS STREET"
Melbourne : Ebenezer and David Syme December 27, 1876. Published in The illustrated
Australian news State Library of Victoria Collection.
Around 1988, some 130-odd years later, the family renewed the contact with this old pre-gold-rush music business when George's gt gt granddaughter was employed by Brash's, which had taken over Allan & Co.
Read more about Joseph Wilkie on Austral Harmony.