Lake Macquarie History

Breezes from Lake Macquarie. A waltz by Sid Owen.

Breezes from Lake Macquarie. Sheet Music

Sidney Winifred Owen (1889 - 1964), was a popular musician who performed in New South Wales during the 1920s and 1930s. Sid was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia in 1912. Before coming to Australia, he appeared on the famous Moss and Stolte circuit, which was London's leading threatre circuit of the time. On many occasions he appeared on the same bill with Charlie Chaplin before he gained fame as an actor.

He was depicted in newspaper advertising as "Australia's Leading Banjolinist" and was proficient in many instruments including the steel guitar, ukulele and mandolin.

His dance band, the Sid Owen Orchestra, played at venues across NSW, with the performances broadcast widely on radio networks of the day.


Owen, Sid 1920, Breezes from Lake Macquarie : waltz, W. H. Paling & Co, Sydney

1926 'BROADCASTERS' LTD.', The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954), 22 February, p. 11. , viewed 09 Sep 2018,

"A POPULAR ORCHESTRA" Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954) 25 May 1922: 11. Web. 9 Sep 2018

1926 'Advertising', The Carcoar Chronicle (NSW : 1878 - 1943), 19 March, p. 1. , viewed 09 Sep 2018,