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S – Dancing reported by Police

◄ Previous page Back to main page Next page ► SAULTER subscription balls under the custom house 1830 Sydney POLICE INCIDENTS.—King v. Saulter. The defendant in this case, the landlord of the Kings’s Head Harrington-street, appeared on summons to answer … Continue reading

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K-L – Dancing reported by Police

◄ Previous page Back to main page Next page ► KENN, John Ordered to cut capers, 1833 Sydney Josiah Davidson and John Kenn, from absenting themselves from their master’s house, and philandering it in the Domain with a couple of … Continue reading

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A minuet at Government House – 18 January 1800

We spent the afternoon with the greatest pleasure & harmony being entertained with some beautiful songs by the ladies, after which the Governor having played on the violin, we had some minuets and country dances….[1] On 18 January 1800, a … Continue reading

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Dancing cures epidemic

In 1832 an outbreak of cholera threatened the women in the prison of Cork, Ireland. No-one knew how to prevent the development or spread of cholera because the discovery of germs —  the cause of cholera — did not happen … Continue reading

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2020 Regency Ball Gallery

In 2020, our Jane Austen/Australian Regency Ball was held in the heritage-listed hall in the village of Dayboro.  Covid restrictions meant the numbers were strictly limited to  40. Here’s a selection of photos taken by our dancers.

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Video – James Cook-a culture of music and dance

We created this video for the Historical Dance Society (UK). Premiered  21st October 2020 Followed by a Q & A session.

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Cook’s Death in equestrian drama

The Death of Captain Cook: a grand equestrian dramatic spectacle The Death of Captain Cook was first presented as a ‘grand serious ballet’ in Paris in 1788, with an English adaptation in London’s Covent Garden Theatre the following year.  Although … Continue reading

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Astley in Dublin 1789

Astley’s equestrian drama The Death of Captain Cook, Dublin 1789 …the grandest spectacle ever exhibited in this metropolis 1 The grand equestrian drama The Death of Captain Cook enthralled audiences in Dublin throughout the winter of 1789-90.  Astley was keen … Continue reading

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Convict Tune Book

A collection of 12 tunes known to be popular with Australian convicts between 1788 and 1840.  Each tune includes sheet music and historical notes. Developed as part of the exhibition “Dancing in Fetters: The culture of convict dance”  at the … Continue reading

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