Norfolk Island Folk History

Norfolk Island Folk History – Music, poetry & stories from our Convict, whaling & Bounty heritage

Norfolk Island Folk History

31 August 2018 - 08 September 2018

A unique telling of Norfolk Island’s convict and whaling histories focusing on the real-life stories of our past.

As a Folk historian and musician Don includes performances of the songs and shanties of the time in his presentations as well as readings from letters, journals and diaries. Based on their years of historical research conducted on Norfolk Island, Australia, the UK and US, together Don and Sue present stories that are not usually heard of the personalities, intrigues and fascinating occurrences of Norfolk’s past.

Your Hosts: Don and Sue Brian

Don Brian has been exploring his linked passions for history and folklore for over 40 years. He sings traditional folksongs, sea songs and shanties which tell the maritime history of the Pacific. In Sydney, he sings with the traditional shanty group, The Roaring Forties aboard the square-rigged barque, the James Craig. He also sings traditional, collected songs with The Southern Cross Trawlers.

Since arriving on Norfolk Island in 2009, Don has had a particular interest in collecting the folklore, stories, songs and poems of the Islanders from the convict settlers to the present day.

Together, Don and Sue have been researching the influence of the whaling industry and the American ship-based whalers on Norfolk’s heritage and will recount some of the less well known stories they have found during their research.

While living on Norfolk, Sue became involved in the research and the conservation of the Museum’s artefacts from the Bounty to the current day. She developed a passion for learning traditional skills in hat-making which she was taught by the Island’s hat makers and has extended this into a study of cabbage-tree hat making in Australia.

Together, they bring an articulate, thoughtful and thoroughly fascinating perspective on Norfolk Island’s folk heritage.

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