# 9709

WHITE, Charles A. (music); SMITH, Dexter (lyrics)

[SHEET MUSIC] Put me in my little bed

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Cover: As sung by Mr. Hallam of Weston & La Feuillade's Minstrels. Melbourne : W. H. Glen of Collins Street., [c.1870]. Folio, front cover with lithograph of a young girl praying beside her bed by Charles Troedel of Collins Street (mild foxing to front and rear covers), 2 pp musical notation (scattered foxing).

This noted song was first published in America in 1870 and was written by Charles A White (1832-92). During 1869-70, Frank Weston, an American entrepreneur, organised four local and imported American troupes into one and hired St. Georges Hall in Melbourne, renaming it Weston’s Opera House. It was the first theatre in Australia to be devoted to the cultural movement known as Ethiopianism. 

This is the first Australian edition of Put me in my little bed; copies are recorded in two Australian collections (State Library of Victoria; National Library of Australia). 

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