Alas, Grainger's vaguely Benthamite wishes were, indeed, ignored. The University of Melbourne does have his death mask, though.
COMPOSER LEAVESWHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK, April 14.—Mr. Percy Grainger, the composer who died on February 20, specified in his will, which was filed for probate today, that his skeleton go to the University of Melbourne, Australia, "for preservation and possible display in the Grainger museum".
Mr. Grainger's instructions concerning his skeleton have not yet been carried out; whether they will be is still questionable. A friend said that Mr. Grainger's widow had flown to Australia with the body soon after the death, and it had been buried at her request in a coffin beside that of his mother in Adelaide.
—The Times of London, April 15, 1961
October 31, 2008
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