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 ...