Portrait of Isaac Nathan, Australia's first composer. Courtesy of the National Library of Australia.

Portrait of Isaac Nathan, Australia's first composer. Courtesy of the National Library of Australia.

The father of Australian music

Life sentences

Dr Brian Wimborne recounts the ups and downs of a musical genius.

On the afternoon of 15 January 1864, an elderly man travelling on a horse tram was returning to his home at 442 Pitt Street, Sydney. He alighted on the corner of Goulburn and Pitt Streets, but before he could get clear of the vehicle, he fell under it and was crushed to death. Two days later he was buried in Camperdown cemetery.