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Thread #154724   Message #3634374
Posted By: Brian Peters
18-Jun-14 - 03:45 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Aussie versions of Child ballads?
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Aussie versions of Child ballads?
Wow, Fergie, that's lurid stuff!

I've just come across another possible element in the picture, in an article on the collecting practice (actually involving songs sent to him by newspaper readers) work of the Rev. Dr. Percy Jones in Melbourne in 1940.   Apparently Dr. Jones believed in collecting only material obviously composed in - or at least relevant to - Australia, and the collectors who came after him followed his example, at least until the discovery of Sally Sloane. Keith McKenry, who wrote the article, suggested that a lot of good material was probably rejected by collectors looking for exclusively Aussie songs. Which supports what Fred is saying about collectors' motives. I still think Appalachia (and to a lesser extent the Canadian maritimes) are a special case, though.