George as he was a person of some note in Newcastle NSW in the latter part of the nineteenth century due to his work as a bandmaster in that area. Bands were rather a big thing at that time preceding radio and TV.
I quote from his obituary in the Newcastle Morning Herald of 24 August 1896 - "Mr George Hardy was a native of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England and arrived in Melbourne as a bandsman in Her Majesty's 12th Regiment in After two years he proceeded to Tasmania and remained there till 1858 when he came to Sydney receiving his discharge in 1863.He resumed his trade as a bootmaker and organising a band amongst his fellow tradesmen filled the position of bandmaster with credit to the band and himself." . Continuing with the obituary - "He leaves a family of four sons and three daughters all proficient musicians who feel their loss. Mr Hardy was a worthy citizen of Newcastle for over 23 years. The respect and esteem for the deceased was shown by the attendance in large numbers of mourners. Newcastle has had good cause to be proud of her bandmasters as owing to their tuition Newcastle musicians stand second to non
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