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Article: Cry of the earth

  • by Vincent Plush — © News Limited
  • Source: Source: Courier-Mail, 9 April 2005, M05
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Australia's most celebrated composer Peter Sculthorpe will join didgeridoo master William Barton for a series of Brisbane performances, writes Vincent Plush

AMONG Hobart's many treasures is a photograph in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. A sturdy Aboriginal woman, dressed in Victorian finery, peers into an Edison recording machine.

In 1899, "Mrs Fanny Cochrane-Smith, said to be the last of the Tasmanian Aborigines" is recording her tribal songs for Horace Watson, who hovers purposefully in the background.

Forty years later, acetate copies of these recordings were acquired by a Launceston teenager who, moved by his father's stories of the slaughter of Tasmanian Aborigines, was assembling a dictionary ...