STOLEN – Light coloured German 18th century violin & 2 bows

Stolen from Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Noosaville sometime between the 17/9/21 and the 20/9/21.

Light coloured German 18th century violin with two bows, one a cheaper standard student bow, the other a more expensive European bow with a small chip from the ebony frog.

The violin is in an olive green case with grey interior, two grey cloth covers, one with mesh.

Police report reference number is: QP2101873000


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

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
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.

Guarneri-copy cello, c.1900

A cello has been stolen from St Kilda, Melbourne at the beginning of May. It is described as being a Guarneri copy (with fake Guarneri label), c. 1900 with reddish brown varnish and double bass type metal tuning pegs and a repaired crack on the lower treble bout.

Should you see or have any information about this cello please contact Detective Justin O’Brien at St Kilda CIB on 03 9536 2626. The Police reference no. is LEDR1603288.

Violins stolen in Melbourne

The following violins were stolen from Melbourne on 3 April 2013

French 7/8 violin by Sebastien A. Deroux
French labelled “Buthod”
German trade labelled Juanarius Galiano
Gliga Superior
Violin warquetry inlay, village scene on back
German trade 7/8
German trade, Strad copy

All the instruments are typical for their type, the exceptions being the violin with the distinctive marquetry back and the Deroux which is described as a very attractive instrument. All but two of the violins are 4/4 size.

Should you have information on any of the above, please contact Detective Senior Constable Wes Bryant from Oakleigh police station – Phone: 95678910; reference number: LEDR1588775.