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Ted Harrington interviewed by Stephen and Nita Murray Smith in Alan Scott folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2234208
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Harrington, Edward, 1895-1966, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1955 Jan. 11 
1 tape reel (ca. 60 min.): half track, mono ; 7 in. 
Series

Alan Scott folklore collection.

Summary

Conversation: his early life, Pine Lodge Creek near Shepparton, Vic.; shearer father; origins of bush stories, incl. E.J. Brady, Lawson; background to Lords of the Weddin' Range; his father's acquaintance with John Dunn, bushranger; attitudes to bushrangers, incl. Kelly gang; attendance at Winalta State School (Tom Collins' Schoolhouse on the Plain); Light Horse experiences, WW1; charge at Beersheba; death of mate in Jordan Valley. Recitation: Insomnia. Conversation: hard farming days, Mallee country, following WWI; Faithful Creek homestead; move to Melbourne & work in aircraft production; first publication of his poetry, 1920; Ted Brady; camaraderie between writers; Bernard O'Dowd; John Shaw Nielsen; his use of the bush ballad; familiarity with English poets; development of his poetry. Recitation: 35; Ballad of Discontent (stanzas 1 & 2). Conversation: views on modern poetry; origins of poem Old Black Billy. Recitation: Bushrangers; Who Spilt Casey's Beer.

Folkloric recording. Ted Harrington, Australian bush balladeer, speaks of his work and recites some of his poems.

Notes

Recorded on 11 January 1955.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 25 leaves). 
Subjects Harrington, Edward, 1895-1966 -- Interviews.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Interviews.  |  Ballads, English -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Murray-Smith, Stephen, 1922-1988, Interviewer  |  Murray-Smith, Nita, Interviewer

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