WALTERS, Howard Arnold (words); STERNE, Laurie Annette (music); QUEENSLAND COUNTRY WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION
[SHEET MUSIC] My creed.
/ The words by Howard Arnold Walters. The music by Laurie Annette Sterne. Dedicated to Ruth B. Fairfax, State President of the Queensland Country Women’s Association, May 1931. At head of title: “I would be Friend to All – The Foe – The Friendless”. Brisbane : The Read Press Pty. Ltd., Ann St., Valley [for The Queensland Country Women’s Association], . Folio (355 x 250 mm), original decorative wrappers (light staining, short edge tears – one closed with tape); 2 pp music notation (arrangement for voice and piano); contents clean.
Very scarce piece of sheet music, being the first edition of the Queensland Country Women’s Association’s “creed”, written by American Presbyterian Howard Arnold Walters.
For the story of how the song came to be written and used, see the following article by H. MacNeil Saunders from the Queensland Countrywoman Journal, November 1936, reproduced on the CWA website: http://www.cwaofwa.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/CWA-CREED.pdf
Trove locates only two copies of this 1931 sheet music (NLA; SLV)