The first Sydney Eisteddfod winners

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On August 19 1933, 8-year-old Maurice William O'Donnell of Coogee etched his name in history as the first winner to ever emerge from the Sydney Eisteddfod platform. Maurice won the Piano Solo (8/u) with a score of 94/100 and proudly pocketed the £1-0-0 prize.  Beth Duncan from Regents Park finished two marks behind him in second place. Since Sydney Eisteddfod began in 1933, an estimated 2.25 million entrants have performed on its stages. Over the decades, thousands have made successful careers in the performing arts and many have won international acclaim. The biggest event staged in Sydney Eisteddfod history was the Film Personality Contest.   Presented in 1934 through a tie-in with Cinesound and the Australian Women's Weekly, this event attracted close on 1,500 entrants. The winners Elaine Hammil and Peter Osborn (AKA Richard Francis) later featured in Cinesound movies.