Hugo Thomas Joseph “Tom” Alpen


BIRTH: 24 August 1882
Glebe, NSW
DEATH: 11 January 1963 Ashfield, NSW
DEATH: 11 January 1963
Ashfield, NSW

OCCUPATION: Auctioneer 1908, Skin and Hide Classer, 1930

RESIDENCE: Military Rd Mosman, NSW, 1913; The Avenue Strathfield, 1910


  • St Joseph’s College RU 1899
  • Glebe  RU 1903, 1904, 1905
  • Grace Bros. RU Half Day Holiday Competition 1905
  • Pittsworth District RU Queensland 1905
  • Toowoomba RU Queensland 1906
  • Past Brothers RU Queensland 1907
  • Oakey RU Queensland, Selector 1907
  • Glenwood RU (Glebe) Club Captain 1909
  • Eastern Suburbs RU 1910, 1911
  • Wests RL First Grade 1912


Tom Alpen was the son of Herr Hugo Alpen, a German immigrant who arrived in Australia in 1858. Hugo Alpen was a highly acclaimed musician and music teacher.

In Sydney, he was appointed as the singing master of the newly established Department of Public Instruction (Department of Education). He then taught at the Fort St and Hurlstone teacher training colleges.

Hugo led massed student choirs in what we would term as school spectaculars these days. To celebrate the inauguration of the Commonwealth on 1 January 1901, he brought together 10,000 school children in Centennial Park to perform his work ‘Federated Australia’.

The family lived at ‘Mozart House’ in Forest Lodge before moving to Strathfield in a house of the same name.

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