In August 1891, Professor Douglas Archibald brought the first Edison phonograph to Western Australia which he demonstrated in a travelling show around the state including Fremantle, Geraldton, Guildford, Toodyay (Newcastle), Northam and York. In Perth he recorded a speech of the then premier, John Forrest.
The story of Professor Archibald and his phonograph is being told in a special presentation which will include a recreation of the John Forrest speech, recorded and played on an Edison cylinder phonograph. In York, this presentation will be held in the Masonic Hall (formerly the Oddfellows Hall), the site of the original presentation in 1891.
Date: 15th October
Venue: Masonic Hall (Joaquina St)
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