Sunday, 6 August 2017

Bush Music Club involvement in Henry Lawson Concerts at Como - 1955, 1956, 1958





For at least 3 years the Bushwhackers (1953-1957) and the Bush Music Club were involved in the annual Henry Lawson Concert at Como.

An article (below) in Singabout, 1(4), Spring 1956 refers to a performances by the Sutherland High School Players at the West Como Progress Association's 3rd Annual Lawson concert in Henry Lawson Reserve in Como.



An article on Sutherland Primary School website giving the history of the Primary School referred to this otherwise unknown high school -

The school was opened in 1887 & by 1955 the student enrolment was 1790 students across 4 departments, ‘high, girls', boys' and infants'- on 3 acres of accommodation including 8 portables.

1959 Goodbye Sutherland Intermediate High School

Port Hacking High opened in 1959 with Sutherland students providing the nucleus of the enrolment. Prior to its opening, the Sutherland P&C had vigorously campaigned for Port Hacking to be a  co-educational  school as was the case at the Intermediate High School. The department conceded to the pressure, later  opening Jannali Boys and Jannali Girls High Schools.

The recent 150th Anniversary activities at Sutherland Library included reminiscences of local residents associated with these earlier celebrations.
Celebrate the 150th birthday of Henry Lawson, much loved Australian writer, poet and journalist. Come along and enjoy a program of readings of his poetry and prose, singing, and talks about his life and writing from Bob Walshe (OAM) and Chris Sim. Presented in partnership with the Henry Lawson Appreciation Group of Como. Light refreshments provided.


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1954


Thanks to Sutherland Library's Local History Librarian Helen McDonald for locating these clippings and the five 1955 photos, and to the Library for allowing them to be reproduced here. 













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1955


Thanks to Sutherland Library's Local history Librarian Helen McDonald for locating these photos, and to the Library for allowing them to be reproduced here. 


West Sydney Singers at the Henry Lawson Concert, West Como, 18th September 1955

References to West Sydney Singers from our archives

Jamie Carlin's memories of the first 10 years
Reproduction of our first newsletter, 1(1), October 1955

 












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Bushwhackers at Henry Lawson Memorial Concert, Como, September 1955



Photo supplied by Warren Fahey


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1956

West Como Progress Association's 3rd Annual Lawson Concert in the Henry Lawson Reserve in Como.



Singabout, 1(4), Spring 1956, page 2
Singabout, 1(4), Spring 1956 - page 11 - top

Singabout, 1(4), Spring 1956 - page 11 - top



Singabout, 1(4), Spring 1956 - page 11 - bottom
Silvia Salisbury shared her experiences with New Theatre & Reedy River at our 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years and is still singing as a member of the Sydney Trade Union Choir


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1958














(BMC Archives)



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1 comment:

  1. fantastic memories of the Club's early days. Thank you.

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