Bensel, Doris K.

Daughter of Jerssey and Arnold George, Doris Bensel L.R.S.M. was a pianist, organist and music teacher in New Plymouth, and a member of the George Brothers' Orchestra, employed in the Theatre Royal.
In 1972 Mrs Bensel helped form a Young Musical Performers Club to provide an opportunity to perform before a live audience. Her studio at was located at 18 Massey Street. She died in 1991.
Rupert George, elder brother of Doris was also a musician and player of many stringed instruments including the balalaika. He taught violin and piano accordian.
A collection of manuscripts, newspaper clippings and reminiscences relating to early life in Taranaki and includes notes on musical events, nursing in New Plymouth and a history of fires and fire-fighting in New Plymouth.

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  Box 1

Folder 1. Manuscript notes of local events, includes Musicians of the past and present, newspaper clippings and an index ; Appointment as Importer for Agent to Arnold George of George's Cycle Depot, Brougham St. 1911

Folder 2. Newspaper clippings, photographs and index.

Folder 3. Newspaper clippings arranged chronologically. 1902 - 1925

Folder 4. Newspaper clippings arranged chronologically. 1908 - 1925

  Box 2

Assorted photographs

Exercise book 1. Scrapbook of notes.

Exercise book 2. Hand written notes on New Plymouth 1840 to 1849, includes notes on shipping.

Exercise book 3. Hand written notes on New Plymouth 1850 to 1862, includes notes on hospitals and doctors.

Exercise book 4. Hand written notes and newspaper clippings of New Plymouth, including notes on fashion.

Folder 7. Hand written notes on New Plymouth events arranged chronologically.

  Box 3

Ring-binder. Hand written notes and newspaper clippings of New Plymouth arranged chronologically. 1350 - 1900. Includes pages removed from the Vintage Album created by Rupert George.

Folder 5. Newspaper clippings arranged chronologically. 1926 - 1971

Folder 6. A hand written index to the Museum Vintage Album ; Chronology of New Plymouth musical events. 1842 - 1949.

  Box 4

Album. Vintage Album collected by Rupert George. A collection of newspaper clippings from newspapers, photographs and postcards. Collection includes music programmes from events held in New Plymouth and Wellington.

Photographs. Items removed from the album.

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