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Ted Egan interviewed by Bill Gammage [sound recording]
Bib ID 2378593
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Egan, Ted, 1932-, Interviewee
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2003 
4 sound files (ca. 244 min.) 
Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 


Ted Egan talks about: the attraction of Alice Springs and Darwin; Sydney Williams hut; white Australian prejudices, Catholicism; mixed-race friends; musical comedy society; Japanese bombing (1942), Chinese; Buffalo Lodge; Northern Standard newspaper; Vestey's strike; unions in Darwin; Jack McGuinness; Aboriginal rights, Kungarakan people; marriage of Alngindabu and Steve McGuinness; prospectors, tin, Lucy Mine; Litchfield National Park; intermarriage; Aboriginals Ordinance; the book Capricornia; the McGuinness family; Australian Rules Football and Rugby league; St Mary's Football Club; Tiwi players; learning Tiwi songs and language; coaching Aboriginal children; Darwin life; Aboriginal affairs; marriage; grass fighters; Piersscne family; Tiny Swanson; Steve Abala; Mainoru; Garden Point Catholic Mission; Missionaries of the Sacred Heart; Lutherans; Catholics; Jesuits; Methodists Overseas Missions; Anglicans; Roper River; Groote Eylandt; tobacco; Native Affairs personnel; polygamy; Wallaby Creek; his career and becoming a District Officer (1966); cyclone; Aboriginal desire for a traditional life; Manganese mining; Borroloola; David Attenborough; Roger Jose; Carnegie Institute; Arthur Calwell; Tank House; Fred Grey; Court cases; adoption of Aboriginal children; correspondence (1933-35); Marjorie Grey; Joe McGuinness; Melville Bay; Broome; conflict with the Japanese; trepang; the book, Justice all their own; Yuendumu; Baptists; John Guise; community self-sufficiency and investments; Central Land Council; finances; pay inequity; colonisation; Aboriginal education and employment; volunteers; Lingua franca; and Adelaide.

Full contents
  • Singing: She is on again in Darwin
  • Sings first song he wrote, based on Roger Jose.

Ted Egan, born in Melbourne, is a country and folk musician, entertainer and author. His early career was with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in the Northern Territory. He later taught in country schools. He has been writing and recording songs since 1969, and has produced 26 albums. He has also written several books and was a presenter of the TV series, This land Australia and The great outdoors. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1991 and is a life member of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame.


Recorded on Mar. 20, 2003 in Canberra, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) and completed transcript (typescript, 108 leaves) 
Subjects Egan, Ted, 1932- -- Interviews.  |  Country musicians -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Entertainers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- History.
Occupation Country musicians.  |  Entertainers.
Other authors/contributors Gammage, Bill, 1942-, Interviewer

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