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Australian Bush Music 1909

Chris Ghent

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Photo taken 1909 at Newmeralla, Victoria, Australia. The dwelling is a bark hut belonging to a logger. That’s him slugging it out with the preacher, and his three kids looking on.  Not sure about the guy playing the dog... Photo via Karlie Robbie of  the logger’s family.


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On 5/29/2019 at 11:18 PM, Peter Laban said:

There are a few like it going around. What's the thing with the boxers?





Is this a comedy skit or social satire? Someone reading a publication called 'Truth'; Someone aiming a gun; someone holding up a bottle of whiskey, a skull and cross-bones,  someone getting a haircut. concertina, mandolin. Not an ordinary day in the life of clogging folks.

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From Wikipedia: ""Truth was a newspaper published in Sydney, Australia. It was founded in August 1890 by William Nicholas Willis and its first editor was Adolphus Taylor. In 1891 it claimed to be "The organ of radical democracy and Australian National Independence" and advocated "a republican Commonwealth created by the will of the whole people",[1] but from its early days it was mainly a scandal sheet. Subsequent owners included Adolphus Taylor, Paddy Crick and John Norton.[2]"

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The amazing Nicole Murray (from Australia) has provided the following, detailed information about the photographs:



Here is the story for image one, which comes from New Zealand:

And here’s the story for image two, which is Australian:
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