Alexandra Alexandrovna Asovtseff emigrated to Australia with her husband in August 1954, the year that the new Queen of England visited. Although of Russian descent, for most of her life Alexandra had lived in China. After a short time at Bondi, she and her husband bought a house across the harbour at Neutral Bay.Continue reading “Alexandra Alexandrovna Asovtseff: The Sights That Filled Her Head”
© Valda Low
Sally Sloane has an important place in the history of traditional music in Australia.
She was the most documented traditional performer in Australia and the source of many collected tunes and songs. Continue reading “Who is Sally Sloane?”
On entering the church I was struck by the wonderful acoustics of this now empty building. I thought I would test them out and sang a couple of songs I had learnt as a child at Sunday school at North Sydney in the 1950s. Not having sung the songs, “Be valiant, be strong” and “My cup’s full and running over” for so long, I was surprised at the accuracy and confidence of my recall. It was only later, when I returned home, listened to a recording I made of my singing and read and reflected on the mission that I realized how appropriate my song choice had actually been.
© Jim Low
Jim Harper was born in Coonabarabran in May, 1878. As a child, he moved to Angledool in northern New South Wales with his parents James and Lillias Harper. This area was first settled by Europeans in the late 1840’s, after Sir Thomas Mitchell’s exploration in 1846. Angledool was originally Angledool Station and later became a private township. Continue reading “Jim Harper of Mulga Land”