W.H. Paling

cover ca.1890
Paling's Annual cover ca.1890
Paling's store ca.1890
Paling's store interior ca.1890



William Henry Paling (1825-1895), grew up in the Netherlands, where he studied the violin under Berthold Tours. He arrived in Sydney in 1853. Paling was wide ranging in his musical activities: he taught music privately and in schools, opened a music store, composed dances, performed on the violin, and opened an academy of music He also inaugurated a Quartette and Glee Club for Gentlemen Amateurs, and a society, Erudito Musica, which first met in January 1856.

W.H Paling & Co. published music from about 1860 until 1950. The items were mainly domestic in character, including a long series of annuals, similar to those published by E.W. Cole and Allan & Co. Palings's retail store operated from 1884 to 1960.

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies



  • Sydney

Plate Numbers

Dates in italics are estimated. Sort by plate when entering new plates.

Plate Composer Work Year
0132 MacLean Reverie and Brindisian Serenade 1897
0284 Ascher Alice, Where Art Thou? (arr. cornet & piano) 1911
1482 MacLean Rondo in A major 1929

Authority Control

  • VIAF (W.H. Paling & Co., Sydney)