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George Walter DILLNUTT  1883 - 1937   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

PIONEER

George Walter DILLNUTT  1883 - 1937

aka George W. Dillnutt, G. W. Dillnutt, G. Dillnutt, George Dillnutt
nationality
occupation
birth .. July/Aug/Sep 1883, Bermondsey, St. Saviour, Southwark, London, Surrey (FreeBMD: 1d 43)
baptism
death .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1937, Braintree, Essex, ENGLAND
burial
marriage married on .. July/Aug/Sept 1922 in Brentford, Middlesex to:
(Alice) Rosina (M.) S. CHAPMAN

b. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1886, ......, Islington, London, Middlesex
d. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1966, Hillingdon, Greater London (formerly married to Arthur SLOGGETT

children
  • Francis G. DILLNUTT

    b. 3 July 1924, Paddington, Greater London
    d. 22 Aug 2015, Hunstanton, ENGLAND

  • Peter Walter

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1926, Hammersmith, London
    d. ............

remark On .. Apr/May/June 1911 Rosina S. CHAPMAN had married Arthur A. SLOGGETT in ....., Holborn, London, Middlesex

PARENTS

father Henry Francis DILLNUTT

b. 30 May 1841, Lambeth, Holborn, Middlesex
d. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1930, Wandsworth, Greater London, ENGLAND (89y)

mother Mary Elizabeth MOSELEY

b. .. July/Aug/Sept 1847, Hoxton, Shoreditch
d. .................

marriage they got married on 28 Jan 1865, St Giles, Cripplegate, East London, London, Middlesex.
children
  • Mary Eliza

    b. .. Apr/May/June 1868, Clerkenwell, Middlesex

  • Caroline Rose

    b. 1 Oct 1970, Lambeth, London

  • William

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1875, Islington, London

  • Annie Gertrude

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1876, ...........

  • Jessie/Jane Alice

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1881, Camberwell

  • George Walter

    b. .. July/Aug/Sep 1883, St. Saviour, London, Surrey
    d. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1937, Braintree, Essex, ENGLAND

  • Emily Henrietta

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1886, St. Saviour


LIFE


1891 British Census (Lambeth, London):
Henry Dillnutt (50y; Lambeth) bookbinder
Mary DILLNUT (43y; Hoxton); )
- Mary (22y; Clerkenwell)
- Caroline (20y; Lambeth)
- William (17y; Islington)
- Annie (15y; Clerkenwell)
- Jessie (10; Camberwell)
- George (7y; Bermondsey)
- Emily (5ye; Bermondsey)



1901 British Census (Southwark):
Henry DILLNUTT (60y) bookbinder
Mary (53y; Clerkenwell)
- Annie (25y; Camberwell)
- Jessie (20; Bermondsey)
- George (19y; Bermondsey) electrician assistant
- Emily (15y)



Accompanied Fred Gaisberg on 1902 Far-Eastern tour (see: A Voice in Time)

recorder GRAMCO (monograms/suffixes: ak / al ; BK / CK)

resident recording expert of The Gramophone Company in India from mid 1908 until 1910: and from late 1915 to 1921 (source; Kinnear)

During January, 1909, some Chinese recordings were made by another G&T expert, George Walter Dillnutt, in Singapore and Macao. Forty-eight records made in this session appeared in a G&T catalogue issued in 1909. These records used matrix numbers from 10356o to 10407o (Fig. a) and were issued in the 7-12000, 7-13000 and the 7-14000 series (Fig.1). In March, 1910, Dillnutt recorded forty-two Chinese discs in Bangkok using the same series numbers as those of 1909.
(from: The Development of Chinese Records from the Qing Dynasty to 1918 by Du Jun Min)


Mr. G. W. DILLNUTT
SS "KINFAUNS CASTLE
dep. Durban, NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA: ....... 1912
arr. Southampton, ENGLAND
(East London, Port Elizabeth [Algoa Bay], Cape Town, Madeira)



Mr. G. W. DILLNUTT (36y)
SS "NARKUNDA"
dep. Bombay, INDIA: ......... 1920
arr. London, ENGLAND: 19 June 1920
(via Aden, Port Said, Marseilles, Gibraltar, Plymouth)



George Walter DILLNUTT recording expert
SS "NARKUNDA"
dep. Colombo, CEYLON: .......... 1921
arr. London: 13 Aug 1921
(ship came from Sidney, AUSTRALIA)



Visited USA in 1929:
George DILNUTT recording expert
SS "HOMERIC"
25 June 1929, Southampton
2 July 1929, NY



George DILLNUTT recorder (Hayes, Middlesex)
SS "OLYMPIC"
dep. New York: .. Aug 1929
arr. Southampton: 16 Aug 1929


residence in 1932: 73, Argyle Road, West Ealing (EMI correspondence)

George W. Dillnutt (in BRITISH PHONE BOOKS)
residence in 1926-1928: 298 Goldhawk rd W.12 (Riverside)
residence in 1929: 73, Argyle Road, W.13 Ealing
residence in 1930-1932: 7 Sharon rd. W.4 (Chiswick)
residence in 1937: Rook Hall, Cressing, Braintree (Silver End)

Matrix Doublet ak / al.
Recorded by George W. Dillnutt

List of Recording Sessions of G. W. Dillnutt (1907-1910)



Recordings made by George Walter Dillnutt
PlaceSession datesak - 10”al - 12”Comment
Budapest-7-11to-7-111to57(WE 22/7/11)
Esseg (?Szeged)26-07-11to-8-1158to105(WE 6/8/11)
Agram (Zagreb)-8-11to-8-11106to192(WE 6&13/8/11)
Drama21-08-11to21-08-11193to212AK
Salonika27-08-11to03-09-11213to359AK
Stuttgart19-09-11to25-09-11360to4841to4
Mannheim27-09-11to29-09-11485to5465to10
Berlin01-10-11to15-12-11547to85111to98
Cape Town01-03-12to22-03-12852to97699to111
Johannesburg30-03-12to27-04-12977to1117
Berlin03-07-12to16-07-121118to1170112to133
Bucarest-8-12to-8-121171to1322(WE 17/8/12)
Berlin30-08-12to12-10-121323to1642134to282
Posen (Poznan)-10-12to-10-121643to1743(WE 19/10/12)
Berlin22-10-12to30-11-121744to1969283to325
Berlin28-02-13to02-05-131970to2204326to417
Vienna08-07-13to-7-132205to2410
Calcutta06-09-15to24-09-152411to2484
Delhi01-10-15to30-10-152486to2791
Bombay05-11-15to30-11-152792to3035
Rangoon16-12-15to10-01-163036to3317
Calcutta25-01-16to21-02-163318to3547
Singapore-4-16to-4-163548to3795
Calcutta26-06-16to01-07-163796to3871
Colombo28-08-16to02-09-163872to4003
Madras17-09-16to05-10-164004to4157
Calcutta17-10-16to25-10-164158to4211
Allahabad09-11-16to13-11-164212to4250
Phagwara16-11-16to26-11-164251to4441
Delhi03-12-16to13-12-164442to4585
Bombay19-12-16to10-01-174586to4704
Calcutta17-01-17to23-03-174705to4944
Bombay18-05-17to23-06-174945to5054
Singapore14-08-17to05-09-175055to5347
Calcutta01-10-17to13-10-175348to5456418to420
Bombay-17to-175457to5706
Kristiania31-07-19to13-08-195707to5883421to438
Cairo28-10-19to-10-195884to6297439
Calcutta-12-19to-12-196298to6620(remaining dates
Singapore-1-20to-1-206621to6765are estimated)
Rangoon-2-20to-2-206766to6819
Lahore-3-20to-3-206768to6942
Bombay-4-20to-4-206976to7120
Calcutta-5-20to-5-207121to7336
Delhi-6-20to-6-207337to7626
Calcutta-12-20to-12-207627to7659
Bombay-1-21to-1-217660to7721
Rangoon-3-21to-3-217748to7950
Calcutta-3-21to-3-217975to8016
Madras-4-21to-4-218017to8078
Colombo-21to-218079to8179

The Fred Gaisberg Diaries Part 1 - USA & Europe (1898 - 1902) (illustrated)

by Fred Gaisberg

The Fred Gaisberg Diaries Part 2 - Going East (1902 - 1903) (illustrated)

by Fred Gaisberg




NOTES

  • The Fred Gaisberg Diaries - Part 7 (in: The Talking Machine Review No. 63-64, Autumn 1981, pp. 1765-1768)
  • The Fred Gaisberg Diaries - Part 8 (in: The Talking Machine Review No. 68, June 1984, pp.) 1849-1850)
    [end of series, but not end of diary]
  • Music on Record, p. 52
  • A Voice in Time, pp/ 77-78, 81, 84, 100, 175, 208
  • The Gramophone Company's First Indian Recordings. 1899-1908 by Michael Kinnear, p. 10-13, 17, 21, 27-28, 30-31, 64
  • A look at the engineers who made history travelling the world recording its music by Paul Vernon (online article)
    Originally published in: Vintage Jazz Mart No. 94 , 1994. Copyright belongs to the author. Electronic edition by Lars Fredriksson, April 17, 1997
  • Man Who Recorded 80,000 voices! How Melba stormed and threatened: Patti's Mood by George W. Dillnutt ("for 35 years chief recording engineer")(in: The People of Sunday June 7, 1936 (page no. unknown).


COMPANIES & LABELS


THE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY


PHOTOS

From l. to r.: Fred Gaisberg, Carrie?/Louise? Gaisberg, George Dillnutt.
In front: Dillnutt's sons Peter (left) and Francis (right)
courtesy: Peter Beckett



THANK YOU


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