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Bill Wannan presents 'What is folklore?' workshop at the 1st National Folk Festival at Melbourne, Victoria in Queensland Folk Federation collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3105762
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Wannan, Bill, 1915-2003, Speaker
Access Conditions Access open for research use; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the performer. Written permission also required for public use from the Queensland Folk Federation. 
Description 1967 Mar 
1 sound tape reel (ca. 65 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips, 1/4 track, mono, 0.35 mm ; 5 in. 

Queensland Folk Federation collection.


Folkloric recording

Full contents Bill Wannan discusses: Bus trip ; columns and corres(?) ; "Eurelia" railway yarns ; A. H. Kruppe ; H. Gaster ; Reverend Thorn's "Popular Antiquity", 1886 ; current lore and old ; recipes, superstitions, ballads, recitations, musical instruments, tall tales, historical events handed down, by-ways, Christmas greetings ; quotes from garbage men ; Phar Lap verse ; Bullockies' Ball ; Charles Thatcher's 1850s song "Moggie's Wedding" ; earther song "Cadger's Ball" ; Irish-Australian and Cornish folklore, Captain Hancock ; present state of folklore ; not enough other than songs in greater collection ; yarns and superstitions ; government assistance ; Wannan's encyclopedia of Australian folklore ; weaknesses ; tales of pioneering society ; convict tales ; "taking down" somone, unsophisticated, nostalgia ; reactionary character of some folklore ; abos, xenophobia ; academic neglect ; lack of central collection ; why folklore is important ; common national heritage ; disappearance of some folklore, eg. Pacific ; American influence in Australia ; Discussion: origins of folklore ; xenophobia ; Buckland Chinese people ; new chums ; exile of convicts ; loss of roots ; Irish rebelliousness ; conscription ; Eureka ; collecting folklore ; death of subjects ; technicians ; lack of communication ; no controls on collection ; amateur nature of collection ; word meanings changing ; links with pop culture and young people ; American influence ; Australian attitude toward England ; older generations ; education ; imposing culture ; correspondence ; Australian tradies ; unexpected attitudes eg. Europeans, Kosciusko Australian murals, Man from Snowy River ; ski legend of the Man. 

Recordings of folk festivals, workshops, concerts, performances and recitations by various artists collected by the Queensland Folk Federation throughout the mid 1960s to the late 1980s. Included in this collection are select radio folk programmes.

Sound quality variable. The 1st National Folk Festival has also been referred to as the 1967 Port Phillip District Folk and Music Festival.

Recorded during March, 1967 at the Melbourne Teachers' College, Melbourne, Vic.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Related Material Recording with similar content is available in the National Library of Australia's Oral History and Folklore Collection at ORAL TRC 2272/124. 
Subjects Folklore -- Australia.  |  Folk festivals -- Victoria -- Melbourne.
Other authors/contributors Queensland Folk Federation  |  National Folk Festival 1967 : Melbourne, Vic.)
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What is folklore? workshop presented by Bill Wannan at the 1st National Folk Festival at Melbourne, Victoria


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