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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Musical — Massey, Alfred James,


Massey, Alfred James, Teacher of the Violin, Piano, Organ, and Singing, Kimbolton Road, Feilding. Mr. Massey was born in New South Wales in the year 1868, and comes of a musical family; his father was a successful student of music, and his four brothers, besides conducting musical practices, are leading Australian organists. The eldest, Mr. Joseph Massey, is organist of St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney; Mr. Arthur Massey is organist of St. Clement's, Sydney; Mr. Edward Massey is organist of St. Thomas', North Shore, Sydney; and Mr. Thomas Massey is organist of Bathurst Cathedral. After receiving a good commercial education he studied music under some of the best German masters in Sydney, and gained a thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of music. For some time he practised in Sydney suburbs, where he held the position of organist at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, and in 1893 came to New Zealand and settled in Gisborne, where for fourteen years he was one of the leading teachers in the profession. He held the position of organist and choir-master for some years at St. Andrew's Church. Mr. Massey removed to Feilding in April, 1907, and in addition to his private practice has staged several operas, and is conductor of the Operatic Society and the Liedertafel. He is a prominent bowler, was the “skip” of the Champion Fours at the Northern Bowling Association's tournament in 1906, and also of the rink that held the Gisborne championship in the previous year. Mr. Massey is married, and has three sons and two daughters.