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Thomas Dowle ADDIS  ("Tom")1864 - 1932 PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Thomas Dowle ADDIS  ("Tom")1864 - 1932

aka Thomas D. Addis, Thomas Addis, T. D. Addis, T. Addis, Tom Addis
nationality
occupation
birth .. July/Aug/Sept 1864, Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, ENGLAND
baptism
death .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1932, Birmingham South, Warwickshire, ENGLAND (GRO 6d/360)
burial
marriage married on 10 Sep 1890 in Saint Augustine, Highbury, Islington, London, Middlesex:
Ethel Maud CASTLE

b. .. Apr/May/June 1868, Hampstead, Greater London, London, Middlesex
d. .. Oct/Nov/Dec 1940, Edmonton (72y) (GRO 3a/1667)

children
  • ..........

PARENTS

father Henry ADDIS

b. .... <1822>, ............
d. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1887, Ross, Gloucestershire/Herefordshire

mother Charlotte Sophia BRYAN

b. .............
d. ...........

marriage they got married in .. Apr/May/June 1845 in ........, Ross, Gloucestershire/Herefordshire
children
  • Elizabeth Powell
  • John Henry
  • Mary Jane
  • Henry William
  • Sophia Helen
  • Thomas Dowle

    b. .. July/Aug/Sept 1864, Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, ENGLAND
    d. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1932, Birmingham South, Warwickshire, ENGLAND (67y) (GRO 6d/360)

  • Margaret Hester
  • Trevor

LIFE


1871 CENSUS:
Henry ADDIS (49)
Charlotte Sophia ADDIS (41y)
- Elizabeth Powell (14y)
- John Henry (13y)
- Mary Jane (11y)
- Henry William (9y)
- Sophia Helen (8y)
- Thomas Dowe (6y)
- Margerit Hester (5y)
- Trevor (3y)



1881 ENGLAND CENSUS (Hampstead, London):
Thomas D. ADDIS boarder (b. <1865, Peterstow, Herefordshire, UK)



1891 ENGLAND CENSUS (68 Crayford Rd., Islington, London):
Thomas D. ADDIS railway clerk (b. <1865> Peterstow, Herefordshire)
Ethel M. (b. <1868>)



1901 ENGLAND CENSUS (Wood Green, Middlesex):
Philip CASTLE (62y)
Mary A. CASTLE (64y)
- Thomas D. ADDIS (35y; son-in-law) assistant manager Gramophone & Typewriter Co.
- Ethel M. (32y)



Thomas Addis accompanied F. Gaisberg on Indian Tour 1902 (see Gaisberg diaries)
He replaced Jack Hawd in 1903 as manager of The Gramophone Company in Calcutta, India
arrived back in England on 5 Aug 1903; illness (Kinnear has Sept 1905)
replaced by G. E. Gilpin (Branch Manager) for a few months.
In October 1905 he was given six months' notice (as required), while at the same time appointing G. E. Gilpin as his successor and preventing Addis from acting as manager.
In Dec 1905 Addis came back to England
Addis took the case to court and in 1909 he was awarded £340 for loss of commissions and £600 for wrongful dismissal.
(source: BAILII Citation Number: [1909] UKHL 1 Addis v Gramophone Co Ltd [1909] AC 488)

Dec. 1915: Works manager at Hertford is Thomas Dowle Addis.
Mr. Addis had been in the employ of the Favorite Record Company of Germany, and was its British representative at the time that label was taken over by Carl Lindström A.G. He automatically became an employee of Carl Lindström (London) Ltd. He had been in the trade many years, for he was among the office staff of The Gramophone Company at Maiden Lane, London W.C. in the first years of the century.
(source: A FONOTIPIA FRAGMENTA. A History of the Societa Italiana di Fonotipia - Milano 1903-1948 by Frank Andrews (Historic Singers Trust, 2002), p. 47)

For further info see:
"Favorite-Singer" by Michael S. Kinnear (in The Talking Machine Review, No. 70 (pp. 1993-1996)

The Fred Gaisberg Diaries Part 1 - USA & Europe (1898 - 1902) (illustrated)

by Fred Gaisberg

The Fred Gaisberg Diaries Part 2 - Going East (1902 - 1903) (illustrated)

by Fred Gaisberg




NOTES

  • The Fred Gaisberg Diaries - Part 7 (in: The Talking Machine Review No. 63-64, Autumn 1981, pp. 1765-1768)
  • The Fred Gaisberg Diaries - Part 8 (in: The Talking Machine Review No. 68, June 1984, pp. 1849-1850)
  • The Gramophone Company's First Indian Recordings. 1899-1908 by Michael Kinnear, p. 11-13, 27
  • Favorite-Singer by Michael S. Kinnear (in The Talking Machine Review, No. 70, 1985 (pp. 1993-1996)
  • A FONOTIPIA FRAGMENTA. A History of the Societa Italiana di Fonotipia - Milano 1903-1948 by Frank Andrews (Historic Singers Trust, 2002), p. 47
    (this (revised) edition originally appeared as a series of articles in The Talking Machine Review - International between June 1976 and December 1977)
  • The Gramophone Goes East by "London Reporter" based on a talk given by Leonard Petts on 17 Nov 1981 (in: Hillandale News No. 126 of June 1982 (pp. 36-38))
  • Favorite: Grammofoninnspillingene og artistene by Vidar Vanberg (Norsk grammofonplatehistorie 17. Eget forlag, Oslo 2007. ISBN 978-82-91962-03-0)
  • Favorite Records: A Discography by Frank Andrews and Bill Dean-Myatt (CLPGS Reference Series No. 8, 2010 with CD-ROM entitled Favorite Records in the United Kingdom: A history and catalogue reonstruction.


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