ISSUE 6 - JANUARY 2003

Australian Folklore Network
Australian Folklore Research Unit
Curtin University of Technology

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.
Graham Seal

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 tothe Register through its current online address: 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
Email: j.factor@unimelb.edu.au

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 g.seal@exchange.curtin.edu.au

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 visit this site.

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. For further details visit this site.
This is the first offering of the Fresno Folklore Reprint Series - making major folklore works of the past available in electronic form:
David G. Engle
California State University, Fresno
Tel: (559) 278-2708; FAX: (559) 278-7878
website

The Traditional Ballad Index Web Site:

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"
website

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

AFN AFFILIATES

Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria
Bill Scott
Bill Wannan
Bob Bolton
Brian Dunnett
Brian Shepherd
Bruce Cameron
Bob Rummery
Bush Music Club
Campbell Irving
Chloe Roweth
Chris Kempster
Chris Woodland
Chris Wright
Colin McJannett
Dave Hults
David De Santi
David Mulhallen
Dawn Anderson Dieter Bajzek
Folk Alliance Australia
Graham Seal
Gregan O'Leary
Gwenda Davey
Hugh Anderson
Ian Russell
Jason Roweth
J D A Widdowson
Jeff Corfield
Jim Low
John Harpley
John Low
J S Ryan
June Factor
Karl Neuenfeldt
Keith McKenry
Kel Watkins
Luisa Del Giudice
Mark Cranfield
Mark Gregory
Mark Moravec
Martin Goreing
Mike Martin
Moya McFadzean
Museum of Childhood, Edith Cowan University
Noris Ioannou
Olya Willis
Patrick Watt
Peter Ellis
Phyl Lobl
Rob Willis
Roger Hargraves
Ron Brown
Ron Edwards
Ruth Hazleton
Social Science Department, Aranmore Catholic College
Steve Gadd
Susan Faine
Top End Folk Club
Valda Low
Victorian Folklife Association
Warren Fahey
Wendy Corrick
Brian Wilkins
Western Australian Folklore Archive

Graham Seal
Australian Folklore Research Unit
Australia Research Institute
Curtin University of Technology
October 2002



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