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Terry McGee

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    Malua Bay, NSW Australia

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  1. And speaking of Lawson, the ACT Government has gazetted the placenames to be used in a new subdivision of the Canberra suburb of Lawson. The names are taken from the writer's works, and include a Concertina Street. The listing and map can be found at: http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/di/2013-228/current/pdf/2013-228.pdf Terry
  2. Lawson's poem "Song of the old bullock driver" contains the lines: And sing to the sound of an old concertina Their rugged old songs where strange fancies were linked. And his short story "Going Blind" contains four mentions: He was a typical bushman, not one of those tall, straight, wiry, brown men of the West, but from the old Selection Districts, where many drovers came from, and of the old bush school; one of those slight active little fellows whom we used to see in cabbage-tree hats, Crimean shirts, strapped trousers, and elastic-side boots —“larstins,” they called them. They
  3. And don't forget Henry Lawson's poem "The Good Old Concertina" 'Twas merry when the hut was full Of jolly girls and fellows. We danced and sang until we burst The concertina's bellows. From distant Darling to the sea, From the Downs to Riverina, Has e'er a gum in all the west Not heard the concertina? 'Twas peaceful round the campfire blaze, The long white branches o'er us; We'd play the tunes of bygone days, To some good old bush chorus. Old Erin's harp may sweeter be, The Scottish pipes blow keener; But sing an old bush song for me To the good old concertina. 'Twas cosy
  4. Hmmm, it seems while we've been muttering about the merits of old and new record-keeping technologies, the "Internet of Things" has been sneaking up behind us.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyjgn5YO1Lk Terry
  5. Half of anything will be below the average. How's about the australian expression " Conca" or the very english "Leather Ferret". I'm sure Maki was just making a little joke there Geoff but thanks for the clarification. Actually I'd say most Aussies are below average, the way we voted in the last election points to that. But we're not all that "uncoof". I may say "conca" but I spell it "concer" thankyou very much. Well Steve, I was trying to be funny too but Maki's joke was more subtle I guess. Sorry "Concer" it should have been indeed! Hang on
  6. Hah hah. I'm afraid I'd do the realist thing and get the better instrument, but I'd look back wistfully at the revered object as I left. But you're right, it does have relevance to the topic of marking instruments with their history. How will we know the provenance of any of these instruments, new or old, if we don't encourage people to keep those records? And what better place to keep them than inside where they can't be separated from the instrument in question*? I think there should be a concertina.net Concordat on the issue, setting out the recommendations of this peak body! *I gu
  7. Wow, you can't afford to sit around here for long, they change the topic while your back is turned! Harking back to our earlier discussion, I did check with my musical instrument conservator friend (Bronwen Griffiths, ex of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney), and she just came back to me with these observations: The question about how to write things on objects comes up a lot in Museums, because in almost every case, an object / catalogue number needs to be written on for identification. Everything is tagged too, because a tag is easier to see, but tags can get lost or mixed up. What you us
  8. Can I add that we've been discussing the leaving of historical messages inside concertinas at the other location HansiRowe mentioned (prompted by image 3 above). It lead me to wonder if we should ask current makers to encourage owners and repairers to contribute to the future history of their instruments by including prompts for the information we'd like to find. You'll find that discussion at http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=17000 . It would be interesting to hear from historians what those prompts should be, and from makers, how best could it be achieved in practice?
  9. It's certainly an interesting question, and I have an example. I bought a refurbished Lachenal anglo from Neville Crabb in London in 1974. On the outside, it bears the Crabb label where once the Lachenal label would have been. Inside the RH end, in pencil we find: Made by G Jones. A second entry says Renovated By followed by the H. Crabb & Son inked stamp. The LH end has no writing, just the Crabb stamp. It doesn't appear to me that extensive work was done on it, so "renovated" seems like an apt description. In that light, replacing the Lachenal label with the Crabb label seems t
  10. I'd caution against any hi-tech approach (funny coming from a technologist, I know!). Moore's Law suggests that technological advances will come many times faster than a concertina's mean-time-between-repairs. Conceivably, in the interregnum between repairs, the previous technology could become unreadable. Black ink on acid-free paper is probably still the best bet, but I can check with conservators if anyone feels the need for confirmation (just ask). Pencil on wood seems to be hanging in pretty well too! The environment is almost ideal - no abrasion, moisture, light, heat or anything
  11. Hmmm, I wonder if our modern makers should glue a sticker inside the LH end headed "Owners", and one in the RH end titled "Repairers"? We could discuss what the printed columns on the stickers would be headed.
  12. Does that say "Tuned & Repaired" at the top? "Tuned" would imply a reasonable level of technical knowledge. A date would have been nice. I am amused that he took up most of the available real estate for one repair message, not leaving much for the future. As if to say: "When I've finished tuning and repairing this, it will never need attention again..." And is the big squiggle under the address just a squiggle, or his initials, or a date (91?), or... Nothing under the other end I assume? And, turning to the present, do we have an agreed protocol for leaving messages in co
  13. This instrument didn't come from Australia, did it John? There is a Bennett St in Newtown, just behind Sydney Uni. The initial could be a cursive T or J Terry
  14. When I worked at the Research School of Physical Sciences at ANU, we used to send new apprentices down to the stores for a "long felt want". Later, we'd send them down for a "short weight". The storemen would tell them to wait over there and then send them back, sometimes totally mystified. The storemen probably got a bit sick of us, although it must have made a change from the left-handed screwdrivers and the metric shifting spanners.
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