Benjamin Bantly Concert, 1935

Monrovia News, 9 December 1935

Local Orchestra will be heard Friday Night

A distinctive musical event occurs locally Friday night when the Community Symphony Orchestra will play the first performance anywhere in the world of a composition by Benedict Bantly, concertmaster of the orchestra, “Valse Grotesque”.  Mr Bantly wrote the composition a number of years ago for the piano solo and used it as such in concert appearances throughout Germany and England.

Recently he has rewritten the number as an orchestral composition, and in this arrangement the valse will be given its first hearing Friday night of this week.  The number is scored for a very rich instrumentation – the usual strings and the brasses and woodwinds plus bass clarinet and an extensive battery of percussion instruments including typani, side drum, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, tom-tom, Chinese gong and tambourine.  A number of Mr Bantly’s friends from his home community, Puente, are planning to attend the concert.

Other numbers on the program include the Largo from Dvorak’s “New World Sympathy”.  Tschaikowsky’s [sic] ever popular “Nutcracker Suite” and Bizet’s second suite from the incidental music to Daudet’s “L’Arlesienne”.  In the minuet movement of this suite.  Miss Margerete Weigel will play the famous flute solo.

An additional number which will move the great charm is a quartet by Mozart for flute, violin, viola and cello.  This number will be played by Messrs Fitzgerald, Bantly, Scott and Riley.

Benjamin Bantly Recital, 1926

Daily Santa Maria Times, 25 October 1926

Recital will be Attraction Wednesday

The recital at the Presbyterian church Wednesday evening will give the people of Santa Maria an opportunity to hear again a large number of their favorite local singers and musicians and also a recent accession to the musical circles of the community in the person of Mr Benedict Bantly.  Mr Bantly is a gifted musician who has had the best training and a long and varied experience in his profession.

As the family have become permanent residents of the community a few words introducing them to the people of Santa Maria will be of general interest. Mr Bantly is a native son, born in Lassen County, of naturalized German parents.  At an early age he became a resident of Victoria, BC, by the removal of the family to that city.  Here he passed through the high school and pursued musical studies from childhood, giving early evidence of unusual promise.  Victoria is an old and cultured city, offering many advantages to the student of music, of which the young enthusiast availed himself fully.  But the time came when he felt the need of larger opportunities, and soon after becoming of age he went to Germany, where he pursued his studies for four years, in the Royal Conservatory of Music in Leipsic.

This institution is one of the most famous music schools in Europe, founded in 1843 by the great Mendelsohn.  Here Mr Bantley studied the violin under Arthur Nikisch, a renowned orchestra conductor, at the time head of the school.  He studied the piano under equally good teachers.  It was his honor to be chosen for one of Europe’s greatest musical organizations, the famous Gewandhaus orchestra, where he played under Nikisch.

Upon his graduation, he returned to Victoria, and founded the Bantly School of Music, which he conducted for fifteen years, quite a number of his pupils having since attained high rank in their calling.  During this time he was organist in St Andrew’s Cathedral.

In 1922, desiring a change of climate, moved by the lure of California, the family broke the social ties and sacrificed their business interests, and came to Los Angeles.  The next year, at the solicitation of the Puente school board, Mr Bantly became head of the musical department.  His acceptance of this work in our own school occasioned universal regret, both in the Puente school and community.

While Mr Bantly was in Leipsic he met a young lady student of the same institution.  A romance developed and their marriage followed.  Mrs Bantly is an accomplished musician also, and collaborates with her husband, teaching voice and piano.

At the concert Wednesday evening Mr Bantly will play and Mrs Bantly will sing.  The recital promises to be of unusual interest.

Frederick Charles Pauline & Amy Mona Dudley Flint, 1913

Victoria Daily Times, 26 March 1913, page 21

On Monday morning at 9.30 an interesting wedding was celebrated at St James’ Church, James Bay, when Amy Mona Dudley, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Flint, of 33 Simcoe Street, became the bride of Mr Frederick Charles Pauline, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Arthur Pauline, of Foul Bay Road.  Rev JHS Sweet performed the ceremony, which took place in the presence of a number of the relatives and friends of the happy pair, the church being beautifully decorated with Easter lillies, daffodils, ivy, ferns and smilax.  The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a chic tailored costume of grey cloth, with white lace hat trimmed with roses, and a shower bouquet of white carnations.  She was attended by Miss Sybil Sales, who also wore a suite of pale grey, with white hat trimmed with pink roses, and carrying a bouquet of pink carnations.  Mr Harold Beasley acted as best man.  During the service the organist played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March and the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, the happy pair leaving immediately after the ceremony for Vancouver en route for Detroit, Walkerville and other Eastern points.  On their return they will make their residence in this city.

George Paulin – Back in Civvies – 1945

Victoria Daily Times, 14 November 1945, page 5

Back in Civvies

George Paulin

George Paulin is back in civilian life again and has resumed his position as head of George Paulin Ltd, custom brokers, and shipping and travel agent for the Black Ball Line.  The end of this war saw the end of his service in two wars, World War I and World War II.

He joined the 5th BC Coast Regt in 1912 as a bugler, and ended this war as commanding officer of the regiment, having held every rank but that of sergeant-major.  During World War I, he served 28 months in France.

On Sept 1, 1939, he assumed command of the 2nd AA Bty 5th Coast Brigade, and a month later was appointed brigade major, Esquimalt Fortress.  In May 1943, he organized and was given command, as lieutenant-colonel, of the 29th AA Regt, which had batteries in Prince Rupert, Alaska and the Queen Charlottes.

In March 1945, he returned to Esquimalt to assume command of the 5th BC Coast Regiment.  In June he was appointed to command the Prince Rupert Defences, and in September, was called to Victoria to disband the 5th, which ceased its active service on Oct 31.