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Stella Jenkins interviewed by Rob Willis in the Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3066817
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Jenkins, Stella, 1908-2006, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2001 Jun 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 112 min.) 
Series

Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection.

Summary

Folkloric recording. TAPE 1: Stella Jenkins recalls her family background; her father working on stations; father acquiring a property at Tooraweenah, N.S.W. which had an opal mine; her grandfather's family (name of Shumack); rural life in N.S.W. in the early 1900s; her mother's bush medical remedies; starting music lessons in Gilgandra, N.S.W. at age 9; her school days; family musical interests; father joining Big Brother Movement (a child migration scheme); woolshed dances on father's property; concertina, button acordion and various other instruments used for dances; early musical influences; early transport being a horse and sulky; having played for Masonic balls & training the debutantes; the various bands she has played with; Odfellows Balls, doing the Lodge Waltz; playing for the silent movies in her teens; family getting the first Ford car in the area; wedding customs of the day.

Tape 2 : Stella Jenkins recalls playing techniques for the silent movies; old time waltz competitions; teaching debutantes; dances applicable to deutante balls; debutante etiquette; rates of pay as a musician over the years; playing tempi for the various dances; MC's role at a dance; her work and marriage;

Partial contents
  • TAPE 1 Conversation: describing a square dance set
  • describes other dances
  • demonstrates the Armatree Brown Jug Polka (dance)
  • Singing: Redwing (fragment)
  • TAPE 2 Music (Piano): polka tune (unidentified)
  • schottische tune (unidentified)
  • polka tune (unidentified)
  • varsovienna tune (unidentified)
  • Loveliest night of the year (old time waltz)
  • mazurka tune (unidentified)
 
Notes

Recorded with John Harpley.

Recorded on June 17, 2001- June 18, 2001 at Coonabarabran, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Related Material Related video recording with Stella Jenkins: located at; National Library of Australia Oral History & Indigenous Programs collection at ORAL TRC 6936/45. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) 
Subjects Jenkins, Stella, 1908-2006 -- Interviews.  |  Folk musicians -- New South Wales -- Coonabarabran -- Interviews.  |  Dance parties -- New South Wales -- 20th century.  |  Folk dance music -- New South Wales -- 20th century.  |  Rural communities -- Economic aspects -- New South Wales -- History -- 1901-1945.  |  Rural communities -- Social aspects -- New South Wales -- History -- 1901-1945.
Occupation Folk musicians
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Harpley, John, 1948-, Interviewer

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    ORAL TRC 4778/20-21 (summary)
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