During the period from 1904 through to 1930, there were few, if any, completed symphonies composed in Australia. This may be accountable both to the circumstances surrounding the First World War and the relative absence of strong professional orchestras during this period. Also, as discussed in Chapter 1, the second and third decades of the twentieth centuries were relatively fallow periods for symphonies in the international context. However, during the 1930s six symphonies were composed in Australia by Robert Dalley-Scarlett (1932), George English (two symphonies 1932-34), Fritz Hart (1934), Erich John (1936) and Alfred Hill (1933-38).