1908 Smith violin + other violins, viola, cello, bows – RECOVERED

All items have been safely recovered from a stolen car in Dandenong and returned to their owner.  Thanks to all those who actively searched for and publicised this theft.

The following instruments were taken on the night of the 6.1.2020. The front door was forced and only the instruments were stolen. The police report number is 22752401. The reporting station is Oakleigh.

Smith Violin 1908 with Paesold gold mounted bow and Hill Bow,  in yellow hard case.

KG 15″ Viola with 2 carbon fibre bows in blue Tonarell case with wheels.

KG Full size Cello with carbon fibre bow in Red hard case with wheels.

Bow case – Black with 6 assorted violin bows including one with red hair.

2 x 3/4 size German Trade Violins in Canvas covered cases.

The Smith violin was the first one illustrated in Violin and Bow Makers of Australia by Alan Coggins.

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Antonio Strings 4/4 Violin

Believed lost or stolen from the Collingwood railway station, Melbourne on Thursday 31 May 2018.

4/4 violin from Antonio Strings, model no. ASLH300 with a Gill 400 bow and case (silver/blue interior and black exterior).

If you have any information on this instrument please contact Luke Sharrock at Preston police station, 03 9479 6111

4/4 French violin, labelled Série Limitée, Mirecourt, 2002

Stolen from Brunswick, Melbourne on the night of 28 February 2018:

4/4 French violin, labelled Série Limitée, Mirecourt, 2002. It has a small shoulder rest scratch in the back, is in poor condition overall with some heat blistering to the varnish on the back and the belly.

French violin bow, in bad condition

Blue rectangular case

Also taken were 2 x ½ size Stentor violins and 1 x ¼ size Samick violin, all are well used and have “seen better days”.

If you have information, please contact the Brunswick Police Station on 03 8378 6000

G F Heberlein violin

Stolen in Canberra.

We received this email on Friday 26/05/2017:
Hi, on Monday (22nd May 2017) my daughter’s place at Braddon (ACT) was broken into. Among other things, her precious violin was stolen. I have contacted other music stores who are keeping an eye out for me in case someone brings a violin in to sell. The details of the violin are – bears a label of G. F. Heberlein dated 1925. It was in a red hardcover case. I would appreciate it if you could keep and eye out for it. Kindest regards Leanne Minter

Charles Darley Hume Violin – RECOVERED

Violin by Charles Darley Hume in excellent condition with the maker’s label attached and a second label The “Bertha”.

The front is of close grained spruce narrowing at the flanks. The two-piece back is of medium curl maple, the curl descending from the joint. The neck and scroll are of matching maple and the ribs are of a closer curl maple. The instrument is generously covered with an oil varnish, reddish brown in colour. Body length is 360 mm, Rib Height is 32.2mm – 29.8mm.

Also stolen was a (French) bow stamped “Lupot” and a second bow stamped “Egidus Dorfler” or just “Dorfler”. A third bow had no known markings.

Also taken was a Mamby violin and a 3/4 violin. One violin is in a well worn black Bobelock rectangular case.

If you have any information on this instrument please contact Detective Senior Constable Matt Prestage, Cobram, Victoria (03) 5871 2866, or Mathew.prestage@police.vic.gov.au reference no. LEDR2052917.

We are pleased to confirm that this violin and the accompanying bows have been recovered and are now back in the hands of their delighted owner.

Carleen Hutchins Viola – RECOVERED

Stolen in the early hours of Friday 13th November 2015 from St Kilda West.

Viola made by Carleen Hutchins, 1980, serial no. 240 with silver mounted bow made by A. R. Sandner, in a Bam case

Any information can be given to the Port Phillip Crimes Investigations Unit, Detective Sergeant Dave Barry, tel 03 9536 2626

We are pleased to confirm that this instrument has now been recovered by the police and returned to its owner.

We have been advised that this post on the AVMA Missing Instrument Register was referred to in the course of its recovery.

Nelson Oliver, 1918 violin

A house in Glen Iris, Melbourne was burgled on 25 July 2014. Amongst the many stolen possessions was a Nelson Oliver, 1918 violin, which Andre Rieu had signed. The maker’s label and year was written inside the violin and the violin itself featured a traditional flamed pattern.

If you see this violin please contact:

Detective Senior Sergeant Kurt Bansagi
Stonnington CIU
Ph 03 9520 5216
Incident number 140228454

Violins, violas, cellos and bows allegedly stolen from Kew, Victoria

The following violins, violas, cellos, and approximately $20,000 worth of bows were allegedly stolen from a vehicle parked in the Kew Recreation Centre over the weekend of 10 – 11 October 2015.

Benedikt Lang Cello
John D Ferwerda Cello
Romeo Antoniazzi Violin
William Hill Violin
Francais Breton
Giacomo Leandro Bisiach Viola
LeBlanc Viola
Charles Resuche Viola

Six assorted Bows worth approx. $20,000 altogether.

Police Investigator is Senior Constable Margaret Bonnett
Email is VP34104@police.vic.gov.au
Telephone is 8851 1111
Mobile is 0417 491 129
Boroondara Police Station, 34 Harp Rd, Kew VIC 3101
Member Reg No. is 34104.

Jerome Thibouville-Lamy violin, c.1890-1910

A Jerome Thibouville-Lamy violin, circa 1890-1910 was stolen in 2010.

This violin has a two piece back, ebony fingerboard and nut, rosewood pegs, chin rest and tail piece and a new bridge. It is in immaculate condition with no cracks. The varnish is gorgeous, with very little wear.

It was reported to Woden police station in Canberra, to Joshua Burnett, and the incident number is 4134370.