Monk, Varney (1892-1967)

Also known as
Monk, Isabel Varney Desmond (1892-1967)
Monk, V. (Varney) (1892-1967)
Monk, V. D. (Varney Desmond) (1892-1967)
Monk, Varney
Monk, Varney Desmond (1892-1967)
Peterson, Isabel Varney Desmond (1892-1967)
Field of activity
composer; pianist
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Varney Monk was a pianist and prolific composer, and an active champion of Australian music and musicians. She composed her first song, When Roses Fall, in her early teens, and in 1923 won The Sunday Times song competition with The Old Bush Track. She felt very strongly that Australian history provided a rich wealth of material for plays, films and literature and that it was possible to give Australian audiences something which was different, but at the same time essentially their own. In 1913, she married the violinist Cyril Monk (1882-1970), with whom she had two children. She was able to maintain an active output of songs whilst fulfilling her duties as wife and mother. During the course of her career, Monk produced over 150 songs. In collaboration with Sydney journalist Tom Stuart Gurr (1877-1960), Monk wrote the first professionally-produced Australian musical comedy, Collits' Inn. The fact that the setting was not an exotic foreign location, but one based on Australia's colonial past had an enormous impact on Australian audiences of that time. Staged by F.W. Thring (1883-1936) and starring soprano Gladys Moncrieff (1892-1976), the musical premiered at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne in 1933, where it ran for seven months. It subsequently ran for three months at the Sydney's Tivoli Theatre. Monk's second musical comedy, The Cedar Tree, followed in 1934. Although warmly received, it did not receive the same critical acclaim that had been afforded Collits' Inn. Monk set to music the poems of several Australian poets, including those of Henry Lawson (1867-1922) and Henry Kendall (1839-1882), in addition to composing works with her own lyrics. In 1966 she won the Henry Lawson Festival Song Award at Grenfell for her song A World of Wattle.

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  1. Papers of Varney Monk
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Unpublished : 1907-1986 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Collits' Inn : a romantic Australian operetta / by T. Stuart Gurr ; with lyrics and music by Varney Monk ; edited with an introduction by John West
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Book : 1990 ]
    At 40 libraries
    Collits' Inn : a romantic Australian operetta / by T. Stuart Gurr ; with lyrics and music by Varney Monk ; edited with an introduction by John West
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  3. Australia : song / words and music by Varney Monk
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Printed music : 1946 ]
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  4. Australia : song, from the Australian musical play, Collits' Inn / words and music by Varney Monk ; play by T. Stuart Gurr
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Printed music : 1946 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  5. When the war is over : song / words and music by Varney Monk
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Printed music : 1942 ]
    At 5 libraries
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  6. The old bush track / words and music by Varney Monk
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Printed music : 1930-1939 ]
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  7. Baby ballads / words by Edyth Bavin ; music by Varney Desmond Monk
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Printed music : 1928-1945 ]
    At 7 libraries
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  8. Lochinvar / words & music by Varney Monk
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Printed music : 1930-1995 ]
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  9. A world of wattle / words and music by Varney Monk
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Printed music : 1958 ]
    At 4 libraries
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  10. Pebble in a pool / words and music by Varney Monk
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Printed music : 1961 ]
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  1. Papers of Varney Monk
    Monk, Varney, 1892-1967
    [ Unpublished : 1907-1986 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Portrait of Varney Monk
    [ Photograph : 1933-2003 ]
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    Portrait of Varney Monk
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  3. Collits' Inn : the first successful all-Australian musical romance / Jonathan Harvey
    Harvey, Jonathan, 1968-
    [ Thesis : 1995 ]
    At Monash Uni Library
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  1. AUSTRALIAN OPERA To be Filmed. MRS. VARNEY MONK'S WORK.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 7 December 1933 p 9 Article Illustrated
    ... AUSTRALIAN OPERA To be Filmed. MRS. VARNEY MONK'S WORK. Eighty miles from Sydney lies a placid vale ... drove in 1815. Wandering amid these scenes with her children in their school holidays, Mrs. Varney Monk ... 511 words
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  2. MRS. VARNEY MONK True Story of "Collit's Inn"
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 14 December 1933 p 4 Article
    ... ? MRS. VARNEY MONK I ! _ ¡True Story of "Collit's Inn" J That there is niateiial in abundance! i in ... Varncv Monk who com-I posed the musie foi Collit s Inn the, Australian optretti wh/h is lo be j produced ... 677 words
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  2. An Australian song cycle / words, John Wheeler ; music, Alfred Hill. Three songs / by Varney Monk
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