1947 B Grade Championships

Here’s a bit of Bathurst City & RSL Concert Band history for you! 

In 1947 The Bathurst Band had won the B Grade Championship of Australia with 34 members in their band. They were then disqualified, and had appealed the decision in Oct 1947. It was reported on 10 December 1947 that the appeal was lost as they had been disqualified for not having registered members!

Just goes to show, that things like this still happens at Championships!

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Bathurst Band arrived back from Newcastle competitions on Tuesday night well satisfied with their win in the B grade championship of Australia.
The honour carries with it, a cash prize of £150 as well as a handsome silver cup and a certificate. The expenses of the trip were about £200 mainly for fares and accommodation. In view of the cash prize won, the trip was not costy. The band is comprised
of 34 members.

Bathurst Band Appeals

Bathurst Band Appeals

The Mayor of Greater Newcastle (Ald. Quinlan) was advised by telegram yesterday that the Bathurst Band
had decided to appeal against its disqualification as the winner of the B grade own choice section of the Australasian band championships in Newcastle.

The telegram, signed by the Secretary of the band (Mr. Dixon-Swift) said that, on legal advice, the band
was to appeal against the New South Wales Band Association’s decision. The Mayor said he assumed the appeal would be heard by the Australian Band Council, on which all the State Bands’ Associations were represented.

Payment of the prize money would be held over until the result of the appeal was announced.

Bathurst Band Loses Appeal

Bathurst Band Loses Appeal

The appeal by Bathurst District Band against its disqualification as winner of a B grade Australasian Band Champion ship in Newcastle in September was dismissed by the Australian Bands Council, the Lord Mayor (Ald. Quinlan) was advised yesterday by the Secretary of the New South Wales Bands Association (Mr. Johnson). Bathurst Band was declared the winner of the contest, but was disqualified on the ground that it had had unregistered players.

Mr. Johnson advised the Lord Mayor that the placings of the bands in the B grade contest as the result of the Band Council’s decision would be:

Auckland (N.Z.) Waterside Workers’ Junior Band 1, Waratah-Mayfield 2,
Kogarah Municipal and Merewether District, tie for third.

The Lord Mayor said the Auckland band was paid the second prize of £E75 for its original placing. A cheque for an additional £75 would be posted to it, making up the £150 which was the first prize. It would also be sent the winning trophy.

Waratah-Mayfield band would be paid an extra £25, which, with the £50 already paid it as winner of the third prize, would make up the £75 for the second prize. It would also be given the trophy for the runner-up. Kogarah Municipal and Merewether District bands, who originally tied for fourth, would share the third prize of £50. There was no trophy for the third position.