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Joe Slater Publishing Joe Slater Publishing i(A108714 works by) (Organisation) assertion
Born: Established: 1893 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
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Joe Slater set up his own publishing company in Fredbert Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, in 1893, with his first release possibly being Eddie Sampson's Empire Songster. By late 1894 his Imperial and Silver songsters were being sold throughout Australia via booksellers, music stores and newsagents. In January 1895 he published his first Tivoli songster in association with Harry Rickards. He continued producing these well into the 1920s. Slater's close association with the Australian variety theatre industry saw him also publish a great many local-written songs (including his own). He also went on to establish his reputation with overseas composers and publishers, released numerous international songs (many of them hits) throughout Australasia.

[Source: Australian Variety Theatre Archive]

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  • Slater later moved his operations from Leichhardt to the Haymarket district in Sydney's CBD.

  • No date has yet been determined for the end of Joe Slater Publishing. The National Library of Australia (NLA) holds a songster titled George Wallace's Song and Music Annual, which is attributed to Joe Slater Publishing [194-?]. However, all signs of newspaper advertising by the company cease after 1935, the same year that its last known publication was made available (The Irish Album, released to coincide with St Patrick's Day). The NLA provides no evidence for proposing a ca. 1940s year of publication for the Wallace song book.

  • This entry has been sourced from research undertaken by Dr Clay Djubal into Australian-written popular music theatre (ca. 1850-1930). See also the Australian Variety Theatre Archive

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