J. Pennell Knowles

John Pennell Knowles (1874 - 1947)

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John Pennell (J. Pennell) Knowles
Born in North Melbourne, Australiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Hobart, Tasmania, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hobart, Tasmaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Oct 2011
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??ohn was born in 1874 in North Melbourne,
Victoria. He is the son of John Knowles and Adelaide Morris.

John moved to Hobart, Tasmania, around the turn of the century, where he met and married Annie Elizabeth Keeling, an up and coming singer/performer. [1]

KNOWLES-KEELING - On August 1, (1903), at Trinity Church, Hobart, by the Rev. Canon Shoobridge, John Pennell, youngest son of the late Robert and Adelaide Knowles, of Melbourne, to Annie Elizabeth (Vivie), second daughter of Job and Lucy Keeling of Hobart, late of Derbyshire, England. [2]

John Pennell was a regular contributor to the music scene of the early 20th Century, writing lyrics and/or music, or arranging music, for a number of published "popular" songs of the day. Among others, J. Pennell Knowles wrote the music for "There's Rum-uns About" and "When the Wattle Blooms Again" (1905); he was the composer of "See Me At The GPO" and "Forty Winks" (1911); and, between 1914 and 1918, he arranged the music for "It is the Men" and "Kewpie Scottische". [3] [4]

John Pennell established his own (7-member) Band, known as the J.P.Knowles Orchestra, which was very much in demand for both social functions at local hotels and dance halls and on the concert circuit throughout Tasmania over several decades of the early 20th Century. John Pennell had a parallel career as a Hotel Licensee (Commercial Hotel, Hobart, 1918; Goulburn Hotel, Hobart, 1921). [5] [6]

John Pennell Knowles passed away on February 22, 1947 and is buried in the Cornelian Bay Cemetery in Hobart. [7]

Note: Cornelian Bay Cemetery records list John's name as "John Neil Knowles".[8]



  1. Entered by Peter Knowles, Nov 11, 2011
  2. "Family Notices." The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) 12 Sep 1903: 1. Web. 10 Nov 2015 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12261809>
  3. Click here for [ http://www.musicaustralia.org] (Hosted by the National Library of Australia).
  4. Entered by Peter Knowles, October 30, 2011.
  5. "Hobart Mercury" via [ http://trove.nla.gov.au/]
  6. Entered by Peter Knowles, Nov12, 2011
  7. Hobart Mercury-Monday 24 February 1947. "KNOWLES - On February 22, 1947, at a private hospital, Hobart, John P., beloved husband of Elizabeth Annie (Vivian) Knowles, of 11 Gatehouse Street, Moonah....."
  8. [ http://www.millingtons.com.au/records-search]

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On 25 Nov 2011 Peter Knowles wrote:

John Pennell Knowles had many versions of his name, particularly throughout his musical career:

J. Pennell Knowles; Jack Knowles and his Orchestra; J. P. Knowles Orchestra; J. P. Knowles and his Masters of Melody; Johnny Knowles Dance Band; Johnnie Knowles Dance Band; Johnnie Knowles and the Three Wise Men; J. P. Knowles Rythm Band

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