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F – Dancing reported by Police

◄ Previous page Back to main page Next page ► FAY, Mary Waltzing, 1832 Sydney TUESDAY.-Mary Fay, a tol-lol, so-so body, was placed, kicking and struggling at the bar of the Court, on a charge of visiting the Sydney St. … Continue reading

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E – Dancing reported by Police

◄ Previous page Back to main page Next page ►   EMANUEL, Elizabeth Dancing a pas seul, 1833 Sydney THURSDAY–Elizabeth Emanuel advanced trippingly to the bar, charged with the following dereliction of duty which she owed to her lord and … Continue reading

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D – Dancing reported by Police

◄ Previous page Back to main page Next page ► DANCING master strikes pupil 1832 Sydney A man applied at the Police Office, on Monday, for a summons against a dancing master, who had struck his toes violently with his … Continue reading

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C – Dancing reported by Police

◄ Previous page Back to main page Next page ► CAINS, Margaret Irish fling, 1832 Sydney Margaret Cains, exhibiting the Irish fling at soirée, to the great delight of a numerous assembly, who were shouting ” Go it Mog, you’r … Continue reading

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B – Dancing reported by Police

◄ Previous page Back to main page Next page ► BAKER, Dinah  Dancing in tavern, 1840 Hobart Ann Dixon and Dinah Baker, two ticket-of-leave ladies, were charged by Constable Adams with dancing in Mr. Walton’s tavern last evening; fourteen days … Continue reading

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Lady Franklin’s Reel

  “…the assemblage was brilliant, the punch superlative, and the dancing extremely active, if not elegant.” Jane Franklin1, Government House, Hobart, 1838 Most histories of the Franklins concentrate on Sir John’s explorations and disappearance in the Arctic, supplemented with stories … Continue reading

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François Girard, dancing master, convict

No portrait of François Girard exists, yet from the convict records a fascinating image emerges.  Twenty-seven years old upon arrival in Sydney of “dashing appearance and pleasing address” 1, François was 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a sallow complexion, … Continue reading

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Lord Castlereagh’s Waltz

Lord Castlereagh was a “warm friend”1 of Lachlan Macquarie; as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies 1807-1809 he proposed the appointment of Macquarie as fifth governor of New South Wales. I met Lord Castlereagh by accident this afternoon … Continue reading

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Clog dancing

English clog dancing, which was hugely popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth century in Australian, has almost completely disappeared from our tradition.  However, there are many references and a wealth of collected tunes.  A number of dances have survived, … Continue reading

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The Quadrille Arrives.

This page will soon be updated with information about The Currency Lasses, Sydney (1825), and the Mundy Quadrilles, Tasmania (1837) Development Arrival in Australia Difficult first steps Quadrille mania Music Listen to Ellard’s La Sydney Development of the quadrille. The … Continue reading

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