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Musical Score - Dr H.O. Lethbridge & Arthur S. Loam, 'Australian Aboriginal Songs', Allan & Co, Melbourne, 1952 Document Reg. No: HT 25468

Summary:
Collection of Australian Aboriginal Songs, compiled and translated by Dr. H.O. Lethbridge, with accompanying arrangements by Arthur S. Loam. Published by Allan & Co. Pty Ltd, of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide & Bendigo. It is a collection of songs from the Maranoa district in Queensland. The melody, rhythm and words of the songs are recorded exactly, while the translation is described as 'free, but true'.

Dr Harold Octavius Lethbridge (1880-1964) was a physician and surgeon who worked with Aboriginal people for over 30 years in the early 20th century. He worked particularly with the Wiradjuri people in New South Wales and the Narrandera Museum holds many items from his private collection. A major part of his work was the collection and recording of Aboriginal songs.
Description:
Paper booklet of sheet music stapled in the centre. The cover is decorated with brown and black Aboriginal objects such as boomerangs and shields. The text is in black.
Statement Of Significance:
This publication is significant because it represents the ethnographic work of Dr Harold Octavius Lethbridge (1880-1964), physician and surgeon, who worked extensively with Aboriginal populations of remote New South Wales and Queensland communities during the early 20th century.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 304 mm (Height), 235 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: music, indigenous peoples
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity
Tertiary Classification: stereotypes
Inscriptions: Cover: 'Australian Aboriginal Songs/ Melodies, rhythm and words truly and authentically aboriginal/ Price 3/-/ Collected and translated by Dr. H.O. Lethbridge/ Accompaniments arranged by Arthur S. Loam/ Allan & Co Pty Ltd/ Melbourne - Sydney - Adelaide - Bendigo'
Publisher: Allan & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1952
Other Association (See Comments): Australia, 1952

Score compiled and translated by Dr. H.O. Lethbridge, with accompanying arrangements by Arthur S. Loam
References: http://cdn.australianmusiccentre.com.au/documents/att_581.pdf, accessed 20/04/2011.
W.S. (Bill) Oliver, The Great White Father: The biography of a great Australian: Dr H.O. Lethbridge (1880-1944).

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