9 Feb 2022 Once Only Event
Although it was recognised that convicts brought their popular culture when transported to colonial Australia, little was known of the details. Dr Heather Blasdale Clarke has investigated the culture of dance and music which was important for these forced migrants by examining Old Bailey Court Transcripts, Medical Journals from convict ships, newspaper reports in the colony, and contemporary art and literature. These resources have revealed a remarkable amount of information about non-elite music and dance in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in the Britain, Ireland and Australia.
This presentation will follow the convict experience from Britain, in transit, and within the colony, exploring the music, dances, occasions, and locations (including Moreton Bay), and revealing the significance of popular culture in their lives.
Once Only Event
9 Feb 2022