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Louise Hanson-Dyer

publisher, patron
19th July 18849th November 1962

 
Louise Dyer - portrait by Tom Roberts
Louise Dyer - portrait by Tom Roberts

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Louise Hanson-Dyer was a socialite, philanthropist and business woman who had a large influence on the musical life of Melbourne. She helped establish the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and arranged performances of 'early music' and French baroque music at a time when it was little known in Australia (or Europe for that matter).

She founded the L'Oiseau Lyre music publishing and recording company which has done much to champion music from the Ars Nova period through to the 18th century.

Louise Hanson-Dyer's tombstone
Louise Hanson-Dyer's tombstone in Melbourne General Cemetery reads:

LOUISE B. M. HANSON-DYER

OFFICIER DE LA LEGION D'HONNEUR
FOUNDER OF THE LYREBIRD PRESS PARIS-MONACO

19 JULY 1884 - 9 NOVEMBER 1962

BELOVED WIFE OF J. B. HANSON

The grave of Louise Hanson-Dyer is visited on the Walking Tour of Melbourne General Cemetery.

Tom Roberts' portrait of Louise as a child is in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.

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