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Dancing in Fetters at the Redcliffe Museum

Dancing in fetters: the culture of convict dance Discover a completely different aspect of convict life. When we think of convicts, we don’t tend to think of music and dance, but dance was an integral part of everyday life and … Continue reading

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Dancing on Convict Ships

Life onboard convict ships varied significantly according to the date of transportation, the attitude of the captain, and the surgeon in charge of the prisoners. On some ships, dancing was actively encouraged every day for its health benefits. On the … 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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Tekeli

Tekeli – a convict tune Tekeli was an influential and highly successful melodrama, one of the first of its genre, full of suspense and intense emotions.  The French play by Rene Charles Guilbert De Pixerécourt was produced in Paris in … Continue reading

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Off She Goes

From a Police Report in the Sydney Herald, 2nd of September 1833 EIizabeth Fisher, Matthew Fisher, and Hamilton Murray, belonging to the Waterloo, were charged with dancing a reel on the King’s Wharf, at the hour of eleven overnight, to … Continue reading

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Auld Robin Grey

From a Police Report in the Sydney Gazette, 28th of January 1837 William Lee, with a vest of plush buttoned over his chest, which blushed at the position both of itself and master, was called upon to account for singing … Continue reading

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The King of the Cannibal Islands

From a Police Report in the Sydney Herald, 10th of June 1832 Ann Roberts, a dab at culinary preparation, was charged by her master with continually annoying him, and quoting extracts from the times of Helfogabalus down to the King … Continue reading

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Drops of Brandy

From a Police Report in the Sydney Herald, 3rd of January 1833 TUESDAY. – Ann Painter was placed at the bar on the following charge, brought against her by her lord and master:- Having retired to bed at an early … Continue reading

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Michael Wiggins

This version transcribed from Fentum’s Annual Collection of Twenty-four Favorite Dances For the Year 1810, down an octave with flattened C in bar 4. From a police report in the Sydney Herald, 22nd of April, 1833 Paddy Cary was charged with … Continue reading

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