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Australian Championships

We have events for this contest in these years.

Year Contests
1889 4
1897 2
1899 1
1901 1
1902 1
1903 1
1905 1
1906 2
1907 2
1908 3
1909 3
1910 2
1911 3
1912 2
1913 3
1914 2
1915 3
1918 1
1919 2
1920 2
1921 2
1922 2
1923 1
1924 4
1925 1
1926 4
1927 1
1928 3
1929 4
1930 4
1931 3
1932 4
1933 4
1934 4
1935 4
1936 4
1937 5
1938 5
1939 4
1940 5
1945 5
1946 4
1947 4
1948 5
1949 4
1950 8
1951 4
1952 4
1953 5
1954 5
1955 5
1956 5
1957 4
1958 4
1959 5
1960 4
1961 5
1962 5
1963 3
1964 4
1965 4
1966 5
1967 5
1968 5
1969 4
1970 9
1971 9
1972 5
1973 9
1974 5
1975 5
1976 9
1977 5
1978 5
1979 9
1980 9
1981 9
1982 9
1983 5
1984 5
1985 6
1986 10
1987 6
1988 7
1989 7
1990 10
1991 10
1992 11
1993 11
1994 11
1995 11
1996 11
1997 11
1998 11
1999 11
2000 11
2001 11
2002 11
2003 11
2004 10
2005 11
2006 11
2007 11
2008 11
2009 11
2010 11
2011 11
2012 11
2013 11
2014 11
2015 8
2016 11
2017 11
2018 5
2019 5
2020 1

National Championships

Notes

First designated championship Nov 1897 in Sydney, organised by the Band Association of NSW, and billed as the "Intercolonial Band Contest" (this being prior to the federation of Australia in 1901) - although this was the second in the sequence of annual contests of this title (the first being in Nov 1896 in Sydney), it was the first advertised as being for the "Championship of Australia", and the 1896 event is not usually counted as an Australian national championship.

The Australian national contest was in the early years split between NSW and Victoria; the Victorian runnings of the contest were held in Ballarat, and were instances of the Royal South Street Eisteddfod, a general festival of the arts which was inaugurated in 1879, but only included brass band contests from 1900.

From 1903 the championships were split between NSW and Victoria, with even-numbered years featuring an A Grade contest in NSW and B Grade in Victoria, and odd-numbered years vice versa.

Brass bands up to 1907 included reed instruments; valve trombones were common.

From 1909 until 1919, NSW and Victoria each ran their own National contests in opposition to each other; these are both recorded here in their own labelled sections.

1985: Junior B Grade introduced.
1988: Junior C Grade introduced.

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