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Australian Folklore Research Unit
Curtin University of Technology
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FROM THE CONVENOR
Happy New Year custom to all and welcome to the sixth edition of Transmissions, connecting those with an interest in Australian folklore, in all its many forms. This time we bring news of a number of initiatives and project completions and another update of our list of Affiliates. AFN affiliation is open to all and includes many people active in relation to Australian folklore, our most recent addition being the eminent collector of and writer about Australian lore and legend, Bill Wannan. The first of Bill’s many books, the famous The Australian: Yarns, Ballads, Legends and Traditions of the Australian People was published in 1954.
We hope to publish one further edition of Transmissions before the AFN forum in Canberra this April. Please send in any items of interest. In particular I’ve received some informal responses to the paper on a national folklore centre included in the last issue of Transmissions and would be happy to print any formal responses or relevant thoughts as we lead into the annual Forum.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF FOLKLORE COLLECTIONS PROJECT COMPLETED AND ON THE WEB
In Transmissions 6 we reported on the progress of the AFN’s Verandah Music book and CD project. In this edition we are pleased to announce the completion of another AFN project, the National Register of Folklore Collections. ‘Completion’ is not really the right word as the Register will grow as collectors and institutions add their holdings to the Register through its current online address: http://tracks.panthers.net.au/FOLKLORE_AUSTRALIA/
Courtesy of Valda Low, editor of Simply Australia. Thank you Valda.
As mentioned in Transmissions 5, the revisiting of libraries and archives necessary to complete this project revealed that a number of collections had become ‘lost’ or otherwise disappeared since the 1980s, a worrying situation for folklorists.
PLAY & FOLKLORE ON THE WEB
Gwenda Davey and June Factor are delighted to inform you that the latest issue of Play & Folklore is finally up on the web. The web address is [www.museum.vic.gov.au/playfolklore]. All subsequent issues will be available in this format, and we are hoping shortly to make all back issues similarly accessible. As the first 'page' on the website explains: ‘Play & Folklore is a forum for discussion about childhood and children's culture. It publishes articles, letters, memoirs and research studies that examine what children do when largely free of adult direction or control-their colloquial speech, songs, games, rhymes, riddles, jokes, insults and secret languages, their friendships and enmities, their beliefs and hopes. Play & Folklore welcomes and publishes contributions from all parts of the world’.
Editors: June Factor & Gwenda Beed Davey
Editorial address: Dr June Factor, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3010, Australia. Phone +61 3 8344 7235 Fax: +61 3 9347 7731
AGENDA FOR AFN FORUM 2003
For those who will attend the National Folk Festival this year, or who may be in Canberra around that time, the National Library will host the 2003 AFN Forum on Tuesday, April 22, 10-12 in the Ferguson Room. If you would like an item placed on the agenda, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
CD/DVD REISSUE OF VICTOR JARA’S SONGS
Chilean protest singer Victor Jara was tortured and executed by the Pinochet regime when it seized power in 1973.A generation later, Chile is experiencing a full-fledged Victor Jara revival. Not only have Jara's remixed and remastered recordings recently been reissued in a sleek CD box set and his sheet music republished, but he is also the focus of a documentary available on DVD, a pair of tribute albums and a music festival. For furtehr details: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/23/arts/music/23JARA.html?ex=1041706737&ei=1&en=95753db907ebf8f0
KINLOCH’S BALLAD BOOK NOW ONLINE
George R. Kinloch's Ballad Book. Edinburgh, 1827. A Diplomatic Transcription in HTML by Robert B. Waltz. Preserving the pagination and illustrations of the original. Based on the Edmund Goldsmid reprint. Xiv + 88 pages. http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/reprints/KinlochBalladBook.html
This is the first offering of the Fresno Folklore Reprint Series - making major folklore works of the past available in electronic form: http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/reprints
David G. Engle
California State University, Fresno
Tel: (559) 278-2708; FAX: (559) 278-7878
The Traditional Ballad Index Web Site: http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/BalladIndexTOC.html
UNION SONGS ON WOBBLY RADIO
Union song historian Mark Gregory looks at how the Firemen in Britain are using the web to further their campaign for better wages,including an official union song - "Remember the Heroes"
SOME USEFUL WEBSITES
Folklore Australia – resource base
Australian Folklore Research Unit – Australia Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology
Simply Australia Online magazine of folklore and social history
National Library of Australia Oral History/Folklore Archive
Trad&Now – Australian Folk Music magazine
Play and Folklore- Australia’s journal of children’s folklore
Australian Folklore – journal of folklore studies
Australian Children’s Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria
Bush Music Club
David De Santi
Folk Alliance Australia
J D A Widdowson
J S Ryan
Luisa Del Giudice
Museum of Childhood, Edith Cowan University
Social Science Department, Aranmore Catholic College
Top End Folk Club
Victorian Folklife Association
Western Australian Folklore Archive