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TRANSMISSIONS – September 2015

September 30, 2015


September 2015

Newsletter of the Australian Folklore Network

Edited by Graham Seal

and on Facebook at Australian Folklore Network

The AFN’s National Folklore Conference will take place on March 24, 2016 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, in association with the National Folk Festival. Further details and registrations will be available early in 2016.

The conference committee is now calling for proposals to present at the conference. Please send the title of your presentation together with a brief abstract of the topic and a very brief biography to by October 30, 2015.


The AFN is saddened to note the death of Norman (Norm) O’Connor who passed away early in September at the age of 92. Norm, often working with his wife, Pat, Maryjean Officer and other members of the Victorian Folk Lore Society, carried out fieldwork in Victoria from the 1950s until the late 1960s. There is a brief description of and links to his work at


The WA Folklife Project is an ongoing collaboration between Curtin University and the National Library. Beginning in 2004, the project has run on seven occasions since then. This time the project was carried out in July-August and involved interviews about the Men’s Shed Movement, Indigenous, country and community music and a range of other traditions. Locations were Perth, Fremantle, Mosman Park, Broome, Derby and Seville Grove. The fieldworkers were Rob and Olya Willis with local support and facilitation through the Australian Folklore Research Unit at Curtin University. The results of the project will be accessible through the National Library’s Oral History and Folklore collections and the WA Folklore Archive at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Curtin University.


The AFN has started a blog dedicated to the memory and work of Peter Ellis. We have a great deal of Peter’s material that we are gradually uploading (subject to technical issues) and request relevant material and information that others may have. Please post to


John Moulden’s 2006 PhD thesis – “The printed ballad in Ireland: a guide to the popular printing of songs in Ireland 1760-1920” is now available at DSpace. It has been assigned the following identifier:

It may be freely downloaded, quoted and cited. Could all citations also include the DSpace identifier?


A selection of new links. If you have other, why not post them to the AFN blog or Facebook page?

Australian traditional music

The Ghost Music Archives

Interesting Victorian library site

Nariel Creek dance

American interest in Australian traditions

Library of Congress Folklife Center Australian collections

Peter Parkhill
Transplanted Musical Traditions in Australia
Peter Ellis on Youtube
Traditional dance Youtube by Peter Ellis
Youtube clip of smallpipes tradition in Australia
John McIntyre plays a lament on Northumbrian small pipes to his ancestor Duncan Ban MacIntyre


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