CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
VARNHAM, Mr. Milton Rhodes
Page 876-77 and 887
Mr. M. R. Varnham
Varnham, M. R., Architect, Main Street, Greytown. This business was established by Mr. Varnham in 1877, and has been conducted
by him ever since. He is conductor of the local brass band, and fuller reference is made to him in that connection herein.
Mr. Milton Rhodes Varnham, Bandmaster of the Greytown Brass Band, was born in 1860, in Wellington, where he was educated. Coming to the
Wairarapa, he served his time with Messrs. Bishop and Hawkins, architects. Mr. Varnham practises his profession in Greytown, his residence
being situated in Main Street. He is a member of the Masonic Order, being attached to the local Lodge. As a volunteer he was connected
with the Greytown Corps, in which he held the position of ensign. Mr. Varnham is a married man and has two children.
The Greytown Brass Band. This band was established in 1877 by Mr. Varnham, who has been the bandmaster since that time, and to him much
credit is due for the way in which he has kept the members together. There are seventeen instruments altogether in the band, which practises
on each Tuesday and Friday in the Fire Brigade Hall. The band performs at the principal race meetings and shows, and is considered
the premier band of the district.
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