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Site IndexLatest site additions CopyrightAUSTRALIAN FOLKLORE UNIT

About the Australian Folklore UnitIndex to the Warren Fahey Oral History & Folklore Collection at the National Library of Australia.

about the collectionbiographical noteSeries 1: boxes 1-6Collecting Folklore and musicThe Folklore of Sydney Project 2004 – 2006

    1. (overview) and link to new Sydney section


An Introduction to the Collection Material


Australian Aboriginal and Islander Perspectives

OverviewSongs About AboriginalityEarly ImpressionsAboriginal Based Sydney ReferencesNatives of AustraliaDeath of King BoongarieAustralian Folk Music

Australia and its traditional music – an overview

      1. What is Australian Folk Music?
      1. Origins.
      1. How Does Folk Music Change?
      1. Folk music in a changing world
      1. Relevance to the 21st Century
      1. Characteristics

Hunting Down the Old Bush Songs: D.S. MitchellAustralian States & Territories – Folklore & Curious History

      1. Australian Perspectives

Foreword What is Our National Type? Australian Locality Songs 1900-1963

      1. New South Wales (NSW) – Sydney and Cornstalks

Sydney: Bold Brash and Beautiful– Introduction– The Project – The Survey Fields – Collecting & Researching FolkloreA Commentary on SydneySocial MannersEntertainmentThe Garden PalaceThe Sydney PoorSongs About SydneySydney Harbour Bridge SongsContemporary songs about SydneyPopular songs about SydneySayings of old SydneySydney SuburbsSydney place names and their historyObservations on SydneySmelly Old Sydney “On The NoseWoolloomooloo’s HistoryA Snapshot of ‘Manar’Paddington Born-Paddington BredVictoria (VIC) – Melbourne and Yarra Drinkers

Observations of MelbourneMelbourne, City of PalacesMiddle Class MelbourneThe Model Lodging HouseFashion on the FieldSouth Australia (SA) – Adelaide and CroweatersWestern Australia (WA) – Perth and SandgropersQueensland (QLD) – Brisbane and BananabendersNorther Territory (NT) – Darwin and TerritoriansAustralian Capital Territory (ACT) – Canberra and who cares?Billy Barlow

      1. Billy Barlow – an Australian Theatrical Phenomenon

The Many Songs of Billy Barlow Hey Ho Raggedy-O

        1. : A Study of the Billy Barlow Phenomenon (written by Joy Hildebrand)

Bush Life

      1. “What is the bush”?

Life in the bushThe Bushman’s Bible

      1. Droving:

Ron Kerr – Reminiscences of a Working DroverBoots and All – history of the boot in AustraliaBullock DrivingShearingStation lifeTimbe

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Bushranging – its originsBushrangersBushranger Exploits in NSWBushranging in Van Dieman’s LandMedals for BraveryRewards OfferedVictims MurderedThunderboltBushrangers Shot or HangedAn analysis of Australian Highwayman BalladsCarcoar – a portrait of a Country Town

    1. links for example ‘Bail Up!” bushranging poetry

Calendar & Weather Lore

Calendar LoreSydney Weather LoreSpecial Days and HolidaysThe Merry Month of MayThirty Days Hath SeptemberHalloween in Australia Christmas is a time of good cheer Christmas ParodiesChildren’s Lore

Kids LoreCollecting Children’s loreMethodology of CollectionSchool War CriesSchool SongsBawdy kids’ rhymesGames

Traditional gamesClapping games (includes 23 videos)Kookaburra Sits on an Old Gum Tree

The Marion Sinclair storyParodiesCorrespondence FilesSongs From An Old Gum TreeClassic Bush Poetry

IntroductionIndexBail Up verse collectionHard Yakka verse collectionThe Demon Drink verse collectionBush Life Bush Strife verse collectionFreedom on the Wallaby verse collectionHorses, Dogs and Dags verse collectionAustralian Dreaming verse collectionLand of Forests, Fleas and FliesThe Language of the BushJack MosesWilf Carter

The Life and Writings of Will CarterTumba-Bloody-Rumba Shootin’ Kanga-Bloody-RoosColloquial Sayings & Slanguage

Sayings from ContributorsThe History of an Autograph BookThe History of The Bulletin Antipodean LexiconOne Hundred Words and Sayings of Australian BushmenAussie SayingsConcerts & Radio Specials

      1. Radio Programs

IntroductionWhile the Billy BoilsThe Australian LegendSongs That Made AustraliaIntroductionIntroduction

      1. Concerts

Songs of Struggle :(Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger)Joe HeaneyDon Banks Music AwardSongs That Made AustraliaIntroductionIntroductionConvicts & Transportation

Australia – Its Discovery (an overview)The Convict’s Tour of Hell

about the workCockatoo IslandConvict BroadsidesConvict Life

An overviewStatsLettersConvict embarkationSufferings of the convictsCharles White: Convict Life extractThe VoyageConvict WorkConvict New ChumsSeparating ConvictsFemale ConvictspunishmentTicket of LeaveThe Last Convict ShipsCuriositiesConvict Insurrection (Castle Hill)

Videos – over 80 videos of bush songs, poems with introductions.