HEATHER WILLIS


HEATHER WILLIS

Whitemark
Flinder’s Island, Tasmania.

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In 2000 I commenced a correspondence with various residents of remote Flinders Island. I wanted to find out if the inhabitants had developed a traditional music repertoire. I had heard some dance music, accordeon-led, from some of the early Aboriginal urban dwellers. Mrs Willis became my main informant as she has been involved in local history of the early residents. Mrs Willis’s family are the remaining mutton bird farmers. At the time of first contact she and the family had been on nearby Dog Island (mentioned in the song) collecting the birds in full season. Her mother was born on Chappell Island in 1900.

Salted Mutton Bird

Tune: Spanish Flea

 

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Our “LITTLE SHIPS”

 

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This next item is very localised and, as you can imagine, a new bank is a major development in a small community. Why not celebrate it in verse and song!

Our New Bank

Tune of Cockles & Mussels

 

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