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BOX 6       SERIES 1       1 – 7



Wattle Records was established in 1955 during the height of the so called ‘folk revival boom years’. It was an extremely brave initiative and one that bore some important results and especially the Wattle Archive Series. Warren Fahey, being a record producer and label owner, had a particular interest in this pioneer label and especially since both wattle and Larrikin were housed in the Sydney suburb of Paddington. Peter Hamilton, founder of Wattle, delivered (via his partner) a bundle of documents pertaining to the label when he was relocating to the North of NSW in the 1990’s.


The Wattle label was established in 1955 by Peter Hamilton. Their first office was in Sydney central, Cathedral Street, and then relocated to Paddington, NSW.

1. Press release and general statement on label policy. Also lists distributors in Australia.

Original 1955/6 Wattle catalogue outlining releases.

Carinia, Sydney-based distributor of Wattle, listing of Australian folk recordings including the Wattle releases.


2. Statement 1957 from the International Folk Music Council on copyright in folk music. Clipping from 1957 Broadcasting & Television Magazine. Regarding local copyright issues.

Submission by Copyright Owners Reproduction Society Ltd to the Australian Copyright Committee of Enquiry. Wattle was an active member of CORCL.

Association of Record Manufacturers 1958 circular 58/40 with signed letter by (Sec.) Jack Sturman.

Original High Court of Australia Finding Report 1958

Submission (including Wattle) to Copyright Law Review Committee 1958.

Second Submission by Charles Moses on behalf of ABC

Letter and circular from Jack Sturman Dec 1958 cicular 58/38

Wattle Records Submission 1959 pointing to ‘Australian folk song is in danger of extinction’.

Letter from Peter Hamilton 1957 to Braodcasting Control Board asking the Board’s ruling on Wattle’s release of two Anglo Australian folksongs from the repertoire of Sally Sloan: If I Were A Blacklbird/Green Bushes as published on Wattle 78rpm. A15

Letter from ABCB responding to above 1957 “There are insufficient grounds for regarding the recording of these songs as works of composers who are Australian’

3. ABC Radio scripts by Edgar Waters (script and narration) for Wattle Archive. ‘Quality Street’ No 1 ‘Folk Songs and Factories’
‘Quality Street’ No 4. ‘The Australian Folk Song’ ‘The Flash Stockman’

4. Workers Education Association (WEA) Weekend School of Folk Music directed by Frank Moorehouse 1962 (13/14/15 July) and lectures by Edgar Waters and Peter Hamilton.

‘Work in Progress’ Seminar 29 Oct 1959. Presented by Edgar Waters at Research School of Social Studies History Dept. Presentation notes.

Comprehensive notes (assumingly by Edgar Waters) on folk music. Has margin notes.

Qulaity Street broadcast scripts:
* ‘Singing Sailors’
* ‘Wool & Gold’ No 2.
* ‘Land of Lags’ No 1
* ‘The Stringybark Cockatoo’ No 3

5. This appears to be a ‘dummy’ for a proposed songbook to be published by Wattle titled ‘Folksongs of Australia – and other countries’

Photostat of Australian Goldrush Songs booklet notes.
“ : Convicts and Currency Lads
“ Traditional Singers Vol 1
“ Folk Songs Of Australia
“ Old Bark Hut

Various reviews of Wattle recording releases 1957

6. Original record booklets that accompanied Wattle releases

3 copies American Songs of Protest/John Greenway 1957
6 x Workin’ on a Building/John Greenway. 1957
1 x Old Bark Hut
1 x traditional Singers & Musicians of Victoria Archive series no 1
1 x Across the western Plains/A L Lloyd
1 x Banks of the Condamine/A L Lloyd
1 x Convicts and Currency Lads/MacColl 7 lloyd

Letter from David Crisp to WF 1977 re Wattle catalogue check.

7. John greenway’s ‘dedicated and signed’ self published ‘Folklore Scholarship in Australia’ and reprinted from American Folklore magazine 1961 Vol 74 No 294

Original John greenway reviews in Western Kentucky Folklore Archive Journal with Prof D K Wilgus label followed by Wilgus reviews of various Wattle releases.

Journal of American Folklore reviews

Plastic bag from Earlwood Record Bar who were a major Wattle retail outlet in the 1950s.