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Sid Binji Duncan interviewed by Chris Sullivan in the Chris Sullivan folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 681589
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Duncan, Sid, 1911-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1987 Mar. 1 
2 sound tape reels (ca. 64 min.) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, 2 track, mono ; 7 in. 

Chris Sullivan folklore collection.


Folkloric recording. Sid Duncan, cousin of Cyril Duncan, sings and talks about his experiences. He tells the story of the Aboriginal woman, Neemjerah being killed by blacks for stealing a fish; family members who played music; Uncles Bob (Kipper) and (Barney) Huey; Aboriginal (lingo) words in song. Duncan speaks of lingo, fish, trees, etc.; coversation about song: Bullocky-O, about Smekels mill; Uncle Barlow and brother Len going over to Bulmer show; surprise parties and tin cannoning (tin kettling); music and songs at dances; marriage; songs at dances; funeral customs; local show, dances; sports; Bachelors and Spinsters dances; people of other nationalities, expecially Germans; Tunes, German, Irish, first sets at dances; instruments, Kerosene tinner (4 strings); Gum leaf players; Aboriginals; Guitar, banjo, dances; itinerant hawkers, tea sellers, old seed man; buying instruments; Lingo and King Billy; estimating timber in your head; timber work, timber poles and working with uncles and eating ash damper.

Partial contents
  • Song fragments: Yip-i-dee yip-i-da the train won't run to Murwillumbah
  • A long time ago on the Logan
  • Singing: Chorus is sung again
  • Song fragment: Only one more drink.

Recorded on 1 March 1987, at Beechmont, Qld.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Subjects Duncan, Sid, 1911- -- Interviews.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Queensland -- Beechmont -- Interviews.  |  Folk singers -- Queensland -- Beechmont -- Interviews.  |  Folk music -- Queensland -- Beechmont.  |  Leaf music -- Queensland -- Beechmont.  |  Singing.  |  Beechmont (Qld.) -- Social life and customs.
Occupation Folk singers.
Other authors/contributors Sullivan, Chris (Christopher Daniel), 1953-, Interviewer


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