Charles Sandys Packer

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Charles Sandys Stuart Shipley Packer (1810–1883), commonly referred to as Charles S. Packer, was an Australian classical music composer, born in Reading, Berkshire, England.[1][2][3] He was a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music in London. Packer was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to penal transportation to Tasmania in 1839 on the ship Mangles.[4] On release, he became a successful teacher and performer[5]


  • 1855 City of Sydney Polka [6]
  • Reminiscence of the garden palace
  • The crown of thorns : an oratorio
  • The royal Charlie polka
  • The song of the angels
  • Exchange ball schottische
  • The captive's child : ballad
  • Arm! arm! : Australian patriotic song)
  • Little Nell : a ballad
  • My Johnny was a shoemaker
  • Lily Lee (arrangement)
  • Queen of the west : new ballad (orchestration) [7]
  • Australia hail! Australian national hymn


  • 1999 Classical Music Of Colonial Australia - Polka [8]


  1. ^ Lea-Scarlett, E. J. Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University – via Australian Dictionary of Biography.
  2. ^ "Charles Sandys Packer : Australian Music Centre".
  3. ^ "Category:Packer, Charles Sandys - IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music".
  4. ^ "Convict Records: Charles Sandys Packer".
  5. ^ "Charles Sandys Packer - Lists - Trove". Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  6. ^ "Category:Packer, Charles Sandys - IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music". Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  7. ^ "Queen of the west [music] : new ballad / words and music by L. H. Lavenu ; symphonies and accompaniments by Charles Packer. - Version details - Trove". Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  8. ^ Classical Music Of Colonial Australia