ISSUE 18 - NOVEMBER 2005

- Making Connections in Folklore -
Australian Folklore Network
Australian Folklore Research Unit
Curtin University of Technology

CONTENTS

CONFERENCES

PROJECTS

PUBLICATIONS

STUDY AND RESEARCH

AFN



FROM THE CONVENOR


This edition if Transmissions contains updates from members on current and recent projects, study and research resources. We also include a call for paper presentations at the 2006 Australian National Folklore Conference to be held in Canberra on Thursday, April 13 2006. Three of the nine available speaking slots have already been filled, so if you'd like to say something about the dissemination of folklore, please send your abstract in as soon as possible. As always, we are largely dependent on your input to make Transmissions as useful as possible.

Please send them to: g.seal@curtin.edu.au

Graham Seal

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CONFERENCES

2ND AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL FOLKLORE CONFERENCE

National Library of Australia, Thursday April 13, 2006
Preliminary Notice and Call for Papers


Following on the success of the first Australian National Folklore Conference this year, the Australian Folklore Network, the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival will again host a one-day conference.

The theme of the 2005 conference was 'folk collections'. Following on from this, the theme in 2006 will be the dissemination of folklore from collections and archives to wider audiences and applications. This theme should interest fieldworkers, performers, librarian, archivists, teachers, researchers, publishers and all those with an interest in the many possible uses to of collected materials.

Anyone interested in presenting a paper at the conference should contact the Convener, Graham Seal, at g.seal@curtin.edu.au or on 08 9266 3234.

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PROJECTS


WA FOLKLIFE PROJECT, 2005

Over late October-November, Rob and Olya Willis visited Western Australia for the second phase of the WA Folklife Project. This National Library of Australia-funded project is conducted in partnership with the Australian Folklore Network and Curtin University. The project began in 2004 with fieldwork on Swiss, Ukrainian and Indigenous traditions in Perth, the southwest and the Pilbara. This year the project focused on Greek musical and associated traditions and the lore and folklife of timber communities. Results of the fieldwork are deposited in the NLA and in the WA Folklore Archive at Curtin University.

This year's project has also enabled us to open links with the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre in the Academy of Athens. The Centre will also receive copies of the fieldwork which will be of interest to their own extensive research in this field and we look forward to an ongoing relationship of value to Greek and Australian folklore research.
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GALLIPOLI 2015

Gallipoli 2015 is a multi-faceted array of national, international and regional research projects focussed on the cultural responses to and from this particular historical incident, as well as the subsequent cultural consequences and representations of that event.

The Gallipoli 2015 research agenda involves individual researchers, groups, networks and institutions in regional, national and international collaborations. These partnerships are designed to produce a number of scholarly, educational and community outcomes over the period 2005-2015, illuminating the many and varied dimensions of Gallipoli and its long aftermath.

A number of projects within this program may be of interest to readers of Transmissions, including 'The Folklore of Gallipoli', as well as a number of other historical and cultural projects either already underway or in development. For more information go to:
http://www.humanities.curtin.edu.au/cgi-bin/view?area=asc&dir=Home&page=Gallipoli_2015

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PUBLICATIONS

TUCKER TRACK

Warren Fahey's new book on Australian food customs is published by ABC Books. It covers Australia's culinary folklore, from the perfect recipe for kangaroo tail cooked the Aboriginal way to the tantalising array of ingredients and dishes introduced by Asian and European migrants. Brimming with examples of culinary wisdom, old wives' tales and fascinating bite-sized chunks of information, Tucker Track is divided into 25 chapters on topics such as 'Iconic Foods', 'Festivals and Rituals', 'School Meals' and 'Entertaining and Etiquette', and the alphabetical entries are perfect for dipping into. Available in bookstores or from ABC Books at www.abcshop.com.au

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INTO THE WEST: WHEN AUSTRALIA'S BUSH POET HENRY LAWSON CAME TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA

A new book based on a god deal of research by author Chris Holyday is now published. As well as telling the story of Lawson's Western Australian experiences it includes a good deal of verse and short stories from WA writers working in the period from 1890-1930s.

Available from Hesperian Press PO Box 317, Victoria Park, WA 6979 Or books@hesperianpress.com

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STUDY AND RESEARCH

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN AUSTRALIAN FOLKLIFE STUDIES

This course is the only one of its kind in Australia and provides an opportunity for graduates to learn about the theory, method and applications of folklore. The course was established by Gwenda Beed Davey in the 1990s as an on-campus Graduate Diploma at Monash University's National Centre for Australian Studies. In 1999 the course became a national distance offering through the then Open Learning Australia operation, now Open Universities Australia. There are currently around thirty students at various stages of the course, which is designed as a part-time option, and our first completion, Margaret Alver of Sydney, is about to graduate.

The Graduate Diploma is run through Curtin University' Australian Studies Centre and coordinated and taught by Graham Seal and Gwenda Beed Davey. For further information http://www.humanities.curtin.edu.au/cgi-bin/view?area=afr&dir=Graduate_Diploma

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SA DANCE HISTORY INDEX

From Brian Samuels, Principal Heritage Officer, Heritage Branch
Department for Environment and Heritage - SA Government

The Manning Index of South Australian History was launched into cyberspace by the Minister for Environment and Heritage on 29 August 2005. Ten years in the compiling, it was purchased from Geoffrey Manning by the SA Government on the recommendation of the State Heritage Authority and is being made available to the world via the State Library of SA web site http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/manning

It selectively indexes articles in a large number of newspapers and periodicals 1837-1937 and is an extraordinarily useful resource, leading users to a host of items that they would never have time to find for themselves. It is also invaluable for the variety and scope of the subjects it covers, many of which are often only briefly mentioned or entirely overlooked in published histories.

Entries on dance can be found at http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/manning/sa/social/dancing.htm#dancing

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AFN AFFILIATES

Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria
Beth Sowter
Bill Scott
Bill Wannan (dec.)
Bob Bolton
Brian Dunnett
Brian Shepherd
Brian Wilkins
Bruce Cameron
Bob Rummery
Bush Music Club
Campbell Irving
Chloe Roweth

Chris Kempster
Chris Woodland
Chris Wright
Christina Mimmocchi
Cliff Hanna
Colin McJannett
Dani Rocca
Danny Spooner
Dave Hults
David De Santi
David Mulhallen
David S Azzolina
Dawn Anderson
Dieter Bajzek
Don Brian
Folk Alliance Australia
Graham Seal
Gregan O'Leary
Gwenda Davey
Hugh Anderson
Ian Russell
Jan Orloff
Jason Roweth
Jenny Gall
J D A Widdowson
Jeff Corfield
Jim Low
John Harpley
John Low
John Marshall
J S Ryan
June Factor
June Nichols
Karl Neuenfeldt
Katie Andrews
Keith McKenry
Kel Watkins
Kevin Bradley
Les Montanjees
Luisa Del Giudice
Mark Cranfield
Mark Gregory
Mark Moravec
Martin Chatfield
Martin Goreing
Maureen Seal
Mike Martin    
Moya McFadzean
Museum of Childhood, Edith Cowan University
Noris Ioannou
Olya Willis 
Patrick Watt
Peter Ellis
Phillip Ashton
Philip Hayward
Phyl Lobl
Robert Smith
Rob Willis
Roger Hargraves 
Ron Brown
Ron Edwards
Ruth Hazleton
Sandra Nixon
Steve Bullock
Steve Gadd
Susan Faine
Terry Clinton
Tony Suttor
Top End Folk Club
Valda Low
Vic Orloff
Victorian Folklife Association
Warren Fahey
Wendy Corrick
Western Australian Folklore Archive

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LINKS

National Register of Folklore Collections
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
Useful Ballads link
Warren Fahey's folklore site
Graduate Diploma in Australian Folklife
Verandah Music: Roots of Australian Tradition A joint project between the AFN, Curtin University and the National Library of Australia.
Folklore Weather Forecasting - well worth a look. .
Weather Forecasting and Folklore

Graham Seal
Australian Folklore Research Unit
Australia Research Institute
Curtin University of Technology



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