‘Musical Aboriginalia’ – Index & Database

UPDATE: this index and database is a work in progress. Last updated 16/01/2019.

WARNING: Members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are advised that this database contains offensive and racist words, terms, phrases and imagery. Discretion is advised.

The following is a listing of popular songs, musical works and sound recordings that make reference to Indigenous Australian cultures and themes, through title, lyrics, music, sounds or words, often appropriated or mis-appropriated. It must be noted that most references are made to Aboriginal rather than Torres Strait Islander cultures, although the depictions can be so distorted and grotesque that it is difficult to find any traces of ‘authentic’ Australian Indigenous cultures or practices.

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Songs with Music & Lyrics

(1836 – 1973)

Listed alphabetically by title, then date (when the song was first published, performed, copyrighted, recorded or collected), and then by composition credits, with basic details given in parentheses specifying the credit for collection, translation and arrangement, as well as music and lyric credits for each songwriter. Where only one name is listed without further specifications, this means that they composed both words and music, e.g. Boomerang, 1961, Peter Hiscock. Shared composition credits for both music and lyrics are also listed without specification, e.g. Trumby, 1966, Slim Dusty & Joe Daly. No genre distinctions are made in this index, e.g. between popular, art songs, childrens and folk songs. Complete lyrics, images, discographic and other notes/details will be included in a seperate page for each song via a clickable link through the title. For the purposes of an alphabetical listing, “A”, “An” or “The” have been removed from the beginning of song titles in this index, but are retained in the seperate “song profile” page. Individual songs that were published together in a sheet music folio are treated separately in this listing, so the title of the song collection is not included, e.g. John Antill’s “Five Australian Lyrics.”

Aboriginal Father “Native Song of the Maneroo Tribe”, 1844, Isaac Nathan, & E.H. Dunlop (words).

Aboriginal Mother, 1841-45/1848?, Isaac Nathan & E.H.Dunlop (words).

Aboriginal Nonsense Song, 1954, Anne Dreyer (collector) & Robin Wood (arranger).

Arunta The Hunter, 1960(?), Nat Kipner & Clyde Collins.

Australian Christmas Song, 1969, Morva Cogan (words & music) & David Stone (arranger). 

Bangee Rang An-An-Ah, 1937, Dr. H. O. Lethbridge (collector & translator) & Arthur S. Loam (arranger).

Beware! The Yaramayhawho, c. 1956, Lucia Rees.

Bigaret Man, 1969, Morva Cogan (words & music) & Geoffrey Russell-Smith (arranger).

Bingo-Bingo, 1937, Boss Davey (words & music), Dr. H.O. Lethbridge (collector & translator), Arthur S. Loam (arranger).

Blackboys Waltzing Matilda, 1973, Warren Fahey (collector – from Herb Green in St Lucia, QLD).

Blind blackfellow finding his way back to camp, 1937, Boss Davey (words & music), Dr. H.O. Lethbridge (collector & translator), Arthur S. Loam (arranger).

Boomerang, 1960(?), Nat Kipner & Clyde Collins.

Boomerang, 1961, Peter Hiscock.

Boomerang Bender, 1964, Slim Degray.

Boom Boom Boomerang, 1955, Lonnie Coleman.

Bunyip, 1911, Madge Dickson (words) & May H. Brahe (music).

Bunyip, 1914-1918, Herbert de Pinna.

Bunyip, 1959, Tom Berryman.

Bunyip, 1969, Morva Cogan (words & music) & Geoffrey Russell-Smith (arranger).

Bunyip Will Get You, 1952, Werner Baer & John Wheeler.

Camp-fire, 1954, Anne Dreyer (words) & Robin Wood (music).

Cannibal Feast, (date unknown), from the Adelaide Observer.

Carra Barra Wirra Canna, 1969, Morva Cogan (words & music) & David Stone (arranger).

Chant of Beenak, 1939, Olga D.A. Waller (words) & Jean Fraser (music).

Chief Savage Song, 1938, Joe Collins (words) & Alfred Hill (music).

Closing Ode [of the Sydney Savage Club], 1945, James Brunton Gibb (words) & Lindley Evans (music).

Cobbon Aboriginal, 1875, folk song set to the tune of ‘Fine Old English Gentleman’ published in the Boomerang and Murrurundi Critic, June 1875.

Cooee!, 1916-18, Henry Tate.

Coo-ee (The Australian Bush Call), 1936, Annie R. Rentoul (words) & Georgette Peterson (music).

Cooee Call, 1960(?), Le Garde Twins.

Corrobboree, 1954, Anne Dreyer (words) & Robin Wood (music).

Corroboree, 1936, Annie R. Rentoul (words), Georgette Peterson (music), Sir Baldwin Spencer (collector).

Corroboree, 1957, Gary Ellis.

Corroboree Rag, 1916, Vincent Courtney.

Corroboree Rock, 1957(?), Helen McEwan (words) & Tom Davidson (music).

Cream In Between, 1967, Tex Morton.

Didjeridoo, 1954, Anne Dreyer (collector) & Robin Wood (arranger).

Doin’ The Didjeridoo, 1960(?), Nat Kipner & Clyde Collins.

Donna Buang and Toolebewong, 1939, Olga D.A. Waller (words) & Jean Fraser (music).

Dreamtime for Jedda, 1954, Leslie Raphael.

Eucalyptus Baby, 1927, Stiffy & Mo (comedians Nat Phillips & Roy Rene)

Gathering Food, 1954, Anne Dreyer (words) & Robin Wood (music).

Gone Away, 1954, Anne Dreyer (words) & Robin Wood (music).

Goondiwindi Song, 1950s, John Meredith & Alan Scott (collectors – from the singing of Leo Dixon & Arthur Davis).

Go Walk-About (Jubilee Corroboree Song), 1951, Sonia St. Louis.

Gumtree Canoe, 1973, Warren Fahey (collector – from Jim Cargill, Randwick, NSW).

Gurindji Blues, 1971, Ted Egan.

Homeland Calling, 1955, Grace O’Clerkin.

Hush, My Small Biraghlee, 1953, Lucia Rees.

I Like To Love, 1953, Bill Harney (collector – letter to Nancy Keesing).

Jabbin Jabbin, 1937, Mrs. F. J. Murphy (collector), Dr. H. O. Lethbridge (translator), Arthur S. Loam (arranger).

Jacky-Jacky, published in Singabout.

Just Like a Boomerang, 1923, Lynn Cowan.

King Billy and Black Mary, 1911, Madge Dickson (words) & May H. Brahe (music).

King Billy’s Song, 1922, Richard Baylis (words) & William G. James (music).

King Bundawaal (Of the tribe of Kurnai in Victoria), 1957, Slim Dusty.

King Paraway, 1984, Ted Egan.

Koorinda Braia (Aboriginal Melody), 1849, Isaac Nathan.

Kulaman (Djingoli Tribe – Lira Rhythm), 1952, W. E. Harney & A. P. Elkin (words), Alfred Hill (music).

Last of His Tribe (Part-song for Male Voices T.T.B.B.), 1937, Henry Kendall (words) & Cyril Jenkins (music).

Last of His Tribe, 1953, Henry Kendall (words) & Christian Hellemann (music).

Little Aboriginee, 1907, Annie R. Rentoul (words) & Georgette Peterson (music).

Little babe of Arnhem Land, 1954, Mirrie Hill (words & music) & C.P. Mountford (collector).

Little Bear, 1941, Bronnie Taylor (words) & Edith Harrhy (music).

Little Hunter, 1941, Bronnie Taylor (words) & Edith Harrhy (music).

Little Mia Mia, 1907, Annie R. Rentoul (words), Georgette Peterson (music).

Long Time Ago On The Logan, 1973, Warren Fahey (collector – from Cyril Duncan).

Lubra’s Lullaby, 1954, Anne Dreyer (words) & Robin Wood (music).

Maranoa Lullaby, 1937, Dr. H. O. Lethbridge (collector & translator) & Arthur S. Loam (arranger).

Maranoa Moon, 1955, Grace O’Clerkin.

Mine Tinkit Gibit Love, 1951, George S. English & Deryck Barnes.

Moonya, 1951, Harold F. Hoad (words) & Elsa Marshall-Hall (music).

Mountain Jingle, 1939, Olga D.A. Waller (words) & Jean Fraser (music). 

Mountains’ Secret, 1939, Olga D.A. Waller (words) & Jean Fraser (music).

My Boomerang, 1916, G.R. Hyam.

My Boomerang Did Come Back, 1963, Nat Kipner, Clyde Collins & ???? Devlin.

My Boomerang Won’t Come Back, 1961, Max Diamond & Charlie Drake.

My Little Lubra, date?, Charles Vaude (of comedians Vaude and Verne).

Namatjira, 1964, Slim Dusty & Jim Wesley.

Nigger Minstrel, 1924, anonymous verses published in the Northern Territory Times  & Gazette.

Nimble Jack, 1954, Anne Dreyer (words) & Robin Wood (music).

North Queensland Lullaby, 1953, Lucille Quinlan (words) & Percy Jones (music).

Nullabor Prayer, 1951, Rex St. Louis.

Opening Ode [of the Sydney Savage Club], 1934, Colin Wills (words) & Frank Hutchens (music).

Old Rugged Hills, 1955, Grace O’Clerkin.

Paddy and Gundi, 1970, Alex Hood.

Piccaninnies Prayer, 1954, Anne Dreyer (words) & Robin Wood (music).

Piccaninny’s Cradle, 1928, Charles MacGregor (words) & Edith Harrhy (music).

Poor Fellow Me (Wanderer’s Song – Walaka Rhythm), 1950, W. E. Harney & A. P. Elkin (words), Alfred Hill (music).

Porcupine Song, 1937, Boss Davey (words & music), Dr. H.O. Lethbridge (collector & translator), Arthur S. Loam (arranger).

Prayer, 1953, John Antill.

Rhythm of Corroboree, 1955, Grace O’Clerkin.

Saddle Is His Home, 1959, Slim Dusty.

Savage Christmas, 1945??, unknown lyricist, sung to the tune of “White Christmas” – Irving Berlin.

Savage Greeting [of the Sydney Savage Club], c. 1940, James Brunton Gibb (words) & Christina Macpherson (music & arranger for “Waltzing Matilda”).

Snake Gully Swagger, 1939, Jack O’Hagan.

Song For Albert Namatjira, 1966, John Joseph Jones.

Song of Corhanwarrabul, 1939, Olga D.A. Waller (words) & Jean Fraser (music). 

Song of the Braves, 1938, Joe Collins (words) & Alfred Hill (music).

Song of the Dijeridoo, 1949, Frank Coughlan & Jim Riley.

Song of the Women of the Menero Tribe near the Australian Alps, ca. 1836, John Lhotsky.

Song to the Storm, 1953, John Antill.

Square Dance By The Billabong, 1951, Vernon Lisle.

Stones Cry Out, 1953, John Antill.

Sun Arise, 1961, Rolf Harris & Harry Butler.

Sunset Song, 1953, John Antill.

Tale of Mt. Dandenong, 1939, Olga D.A. Waller (words) & Jean Fraser (music).

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, 1960, Rolf Harris.

Tuckonie Tree Song, 1956, Lucia Rees.

Tribal Land, 1971, Ted Egan.

Trumby, 1966, Slim Dusty & Joe Daly.

Two Australian Aboriginal Songs – 1. Maranoa Lullaby 2. Jabbin Jabbin, arr. for two parts, 1937, Dr. H.O. Lethbridge (collector & translator), Arthur S. Loam (arranger).

Wahn The Crow, 1956, Lucia Rees.

Walkabout, 1960(?), Nat Kipner & Clyde Collins.

Walkabout Rock and Roll, 1958(?), Reg Lindsay.

Wanderer, 1953, John Antill.

Warrego Lament, 1937, Dr. H. O. Lethbridge (collector & translator) & Arthur S. Loam (arranger).

Warrior’s Song, 1954, Anne Dreyer (words) & Robin Wood (music).

Weerinbrinalli, 1953, Lucia Rees.

When I’m a man, 1928, Edith Harrhy (music) & Charles MacGregor (words).

Why Can’t You Try To Didgeridoo, 1966, Frank Hardy (words & music) & David Boyd (music).

Willy-Willy, 1969, Morva Cogan & Rolf Harris (words & music), David Stone (arranger).

Yarra River Blues, 1962, Bob Crawford.

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Musical & Instrumental works – Index

(1824 – 1995)

Listed alphabetically by title of the work, then date (when the work was first published, composed, performed, copyrighted or recorded), then the type of instrument/s or ensemble it was composed for e.g. solo piano, brass band, choir, or the type of musical work e.g. film soundtrack, opera and etc. This is followed by the composer credits, with basic details given in parentheses specifying the credit for collection, translation and arrangement (where applicable) as well as other roles. Included in this listing are all instrumental and purely musical works, for orchestra, solo instrument/s, brass band, chamber ensemble and etc. Also included are works which have libretto or spoken word, in operatic and choral works, as well as soundtracks for film and theatre. This index does not include compositions for solo voice and solo instrumental (i.e. piano or violin). Where possible, sheet music scans, images, discographic info and other details will be included in a seperate page for each musical work via a clickable link through the title. For the purposes of an alphabetical listing, “A”, “An” or “The” have been removed from the beginning of titles in this index, but are retained in the seperate “musical work profile.” Individual compositions that were published together in a sheet music folio are treated separately in this listing, so the title of the song collection is not included e.g. Mirrie Hill’s “Three Aboriginal Dances For Piano.”

Aboriginal Concert March, 1909, brass band, Alex Lithgow.

Aboriginal legend, 1946, solo piano, Peter Sculthorpe.

Aborigines of the sea coast, full orchestra, 1948, Mirrie Hill.

Big Walkabout, 1951, (jazz band?), Norm Baker.

Billabong Suite For Small Orchestra, (date unknown), Oscar Milsen.

Boomerang, 1955, (arr. for jazz band?), Kenny Graham.

The Boomerang Thrower, 1948, solo piano, Arthur S. Loam.

Brolga (The Dancer), 1950, solo piano, Mirrie Hill

Bunyip Pool, 1941, solo piano, Archy Rosenthal.

Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, 1982, Bruce Smeaton.

Corroboree: Symphonic ballet, 1950(?), John Antill.

Corroboree in Dixie, 1967?, Graeme Bell…

Corroboree (‘A Weird Australian Aboriginal Dance’), 1906, J.M. Stevens.

Dalgarie, 1958, opera, James Penberthy.

Dietal, Dital, Boolani, 1849, Isaac Nathan, Henry Tate (arranger).

Djilile, 1986, Peter Sculthorpe (composer), A.P. Elkin & Trevor Jones (collectors).

Earth Cry (string quartets with didjeridu), 1986, Peter Sculthorpe.

From Nourlangie: string quartet, 1993, Peter Sculthorpe.

From Saibai, 1992, Peter Sculthorpe.

From Uluru: full orchestra, 1991, Peter Sculthorpe.

In The Dreamtime, 1973, Dulcie Holland.

Into the Dreaming: for cello, 1993, Peter Sculthorpe.

Irkanda I: for violin, 1955, Peter Sculthorpe.

Kakadu: for orchestra, 1988, Peter Sculthorpe.

King Billy Bon Ton (Two Step), 1912, Joseph Bernard.

The Kunkarunkara Women, 1950, Mirrie Hill.

Lindy, 1992-2002/2004, Moya Henderson.

Little fella bindi, 1966, Peter Scriven (writer & director), Eric Rasdall (music & lyrics).

Little Prelude on an Australian Aboriginal Hymn Tune, 1995, Philip Jones.

The Lonely Desert-Man Sees the Tents of the Happy Tribes, 1913, Percy Grainger.

Maquialo: cancion debaile de los Australianos Occidentales [“Dancing song of the Australian Aborigines”], 1853, Dom Rosendo Salvado.

Maranoa, fantasy on an Australian Aboriginal theme, 1938, solo piano, Arthur S. Loam.

Maranoa Lullaby, 1996, Peter Sculthorpe (arranger).

Musique des Naturels, I.Chant. II. Air de danse. III. Cri de ralliement, 1824, Louis Freycinet & François Péron.

Nalda of The Echo, 1950, solo piano, Mirrie Hill.

Songs of Sea and Sky, 1987, Peter Sculthorpe.

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Discography 

(1914 – 1961)

Focused on sound recordings referencing Indigenous Australians and their cultures, or similarly, recordings inspired by Indigenous Australian music and cultures.

Title, artist/s, date, location of recording, catalogue number. Cylinder/78/33/45

Note: sources for this listing are from the labels of issued discs (where possible) and published discographies.

Aboriginal Concert March, New York Military Band, early 1914, New York, Edison Blue Amberol 22540 or 11600 (4 minute cylinder).

Aboriginal Concert March, Massed Bands of the Royal Australian Navy, 1962, Sydney, Columbia 33-OSX-7682 (12″-33) and Columbia SCXO-7682.

Aboriginal Concert March, Onslow Brass Band (NZ), date?, place? NZ?, Crest CRINT-103.

Arunta the Hunter, Horrie Dargie Quintet, early 1960, Melbourne, Astor AEP-4001.

Australian Aboriginal Legends – The Story of Wilga-Mia, Story of Clarabilla, 1956, Sydney, Philips 421 726 PE (7″- 45).

Australian Aboriginal Songs, Part 1. (With Introductory Remarks). (a) Jabbin Jabbin; (b) Bangee Rang An-An-Ah, Clement Q. Williams (baritone) accompanied by Enid Conley (piano), November 28, 1946, Sydney, Columbia DO-2948 (10″-78)

Australian Aboriginal Songs, Part 2. (With Introductory Remarks). (a) The Bingo Corroborees (Bingo-Bingo); (b) Maranoa Lullaby; (c) A Warrego Lament, Clement Q. Williams (baritone) accompanied by Enid Conley (piano), November 28, 1946, Sydney, Columbia DO-2948 (10″78).

NOTE: In Bill Casey’s essay ‘Modernity Denied: The case of Harold Blair’s 1956 EP, Australian Aboriginal Songs’ the following claim is made: “…the EP [Blair’s Australian Aboriginal Songs] is almost certainly the first studio recording of Aboriginal songs commercially available.” Columbia DO-2948 predates Blair’s record by ten years! Making it the first studio recording of Aboriginal songs that were commercially available.

Bangee Rang An-An-Ah, Harold Blair, 1956, Score/Polytone POL-003 (7″-33).

Bangee Rang An-An-Ah, Clement Q. Williams (baritone) accompanied by Enid Conley (piano), November 28, 1946, Sydney, Columbia DO-2948 (10″-78).

Big Walkabout, Graeme Bell and His Australian Jazz Band, 1951, Parlophone A 7797 (Aus), Parlophone R-3445 (10″-78).

Bingo Corroborees (Bingo-Bingo), Clement Q. Williams (baritone) accompanied by Enid Conley (piano), November 28, 1946, Sydney, Columbia DO-2948 (10″78).

Boom Boom Boomerang, The DeCastro Sisters, 1951, London HL-1032 (10″78).

Boomerang, Horrie Dargie Quintet, early 1960, Melbourne, Astor AEP-4001.

Boomerang, Ted Heath and His Music, March 31, 1955, London, Decca DFE 6300, Decca DFEA 6300, London LL 1475. 

Boomerang March (Lithgow), New York Military Band, c. mid 1916, New York, Edison Blue Amberol 3008 (four minute cylinder).

Boomerang March (Lithgow), US Navy Band, date?, location?, Heritage of the March Vol 2 LP (12″-33).

Bunyip, Lionel Long with instrumental accompaniment, November 11, 1959, Sydney, Columbia 45DO-4099 (7″-45).

Bunyip Will Get You, George Trevare and His Orchestra, February 26, 1952, Sydney, Parlophone A7792 (10″-78).

Captain Cook discovers Australia – Part 2, John Henry and Gladys Horridge (unaccompanied spoken word), January 27, 1932, Sydney, HMV EA997 (10″-78)

Central Australia Ballet Suite – Kulmurra, Camille Gheysens’ Orchestra, 1956, Sydney, Prestophone A 56-11 (Act 1, Part 1), A 56-12 (Act 1, Part 2), A 56-13 (Act 2, Part 1), A 56-14 (Act 2, Part 2), A 56-15 (Act 3, Part 1), A 56-16 (Act 3, Part 2), A 56-17 (Act 4, Part 1), A 56-18 (Act 4, Part 2). Note: All or some of the above couplings appeared on 45rpm releases with the same catalogue numbers.

Coloured Lad, Jimmy Little, May 7, 1958, Sydney, Columbia DO-3962 (10″-78) and Columbia 45DO.3962 (7″-45).

Corroboree, Garry Ellis, 1958, Melbourne, Roundup REP 102 (7″-45).

Corroboree No.1. Welcome Ceremony – Men of the Wichetty Grub Totem Assisted by the Emu Men. Dance of the Evening Star (Part 1) – Men of the Phippa-Phippa Bird and Bell-Bird Totems, A.B.C. Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eugene Goossens, December 5, 1950, Ashfield Town Hall, Sydney, HMV E.D. 1193 (12″-78)

Corroboree No.2. Dance of the Evening Star (Conclusion) – Men of the Phippa-Phippa Bird and Bird Totems. Rain Dance – Men of the Frog and Fish Totems, A.B.C. Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eugene Goossens, December 5, 1950, Ashfield Town Hall, Sydney, HMV E.D. 1194 (12″-78).

Corroboree No. 3. Rain Dance (Conclusion). Procession of Totems and Fire Ceremony (Part 1) – Men of the Lace Lizard, Cockatoo, Honey Ant, Wild Cat and Small Flies Totems, A.B.C Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eugene Goossens, December 5, 1950, Ashfield Town Hall, Sydney, HMV E.D. 1194 (12″-78).

Corroboree No. 4. Procession of Totems and Fire Ceremony (Conclusion) – Men of the Lace Lizard, Cockatoo, Honey Ant, Wild Cat and Small Flies Totems, A.B.C. Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eugene Goossens, December 5, 1950, Ashfield Town Hall, Sydney, HMV E.D. 1193 (12″-78).

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Record cover for the ‘Corroboree’ recordings on HMV E.D. 1193 and HMV E.D. 1194.

Doin’ the Didjeridoo, Horrie Dargie Quintet, early 1960, Melbourne, Astor AEP-4001.

Dreamtime For Jedda, Bob Gibson and His Orchestra, October 4, 1954, Sydney, Columbia DO 3668 (10″-78).

Dreamtime For Jedda, Wilbur Kentwell (organ solo), August 1956, Sydney, Columbia 33 OS 7556.

Eucalyptus Baby, Stiffy & Mo (comedians Nat Phillips and Roy Rene) with piano accompaniment, c. October 1927, Sydney. Parlophone A2329 (10″-78).

Five Australian Lyrics – i) The wanderer ii) Sunset song iii) The stones cry out iv) A prayer v) A song of the storm, Stewart Harvey (baritone) with Henri Penn (piano), 1953, Sydney?, World Record Club disc A/601. (Total running time listed as 12 minutes 21 seconds).

Five Australian Lyrics, Brian Hansford (baritone) with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra (conductor Hans-Hubert Schonzeler), February 1971, ABC tape.

Jabbin Jabbin, Harold Blair, 1956, Melbourne, Score/Polytone POL-003 (7″-33).

Jabbin Jabbin, Country Women of Australia Massed Choir, 1960, Melbourne, Spotlight S.V.240 (7″-45).

Jabbin Jabbin, Lionel Long with accompaniment directed by Geoff Harvey, 1962, Sydney, The Wild Colonial Boy Columbia 33-OSX-7674 (12″-33) and Columbia SCXO-7674.

Jabbin Jabbin, Clement Q. Williams (baritone) accompanied by Enid Conley (piano), November 28, 1946, Sydney, Columbia DO-2948 (10″-78)

King Billy’s Song (Poor Fellow Me also on the same side), Alan Coad (baritone) with orchestra directed by Albert Fisher, March 15, 1951, Sydney, Columbia DO-3391 (10″-78).

King Billy’s Song, Arthur Wallington – bass baritone acc. Edith Harrhy on piano, late 1950s, W&G (catalogue number unknown).

Maranoa Lullaby, Harold Blair, 1956, Melbourne, Score/Polytone POL-003 (7″-33).

Maranoa Lullaby, Country Women of Australia Massed Choir, 1960, Melbourne, Spotlight S.V.241 (7″-45).

Maranoa Lullaby, Clement Q. Williams (baritone) accompanied by Enid Conley (piano), November 28, 1946, Sydney, Columbia DO-2948 (10″78).

Maranoa Moon, Olive and Eva (Aboriginal harmonists) with Gus Merzi Quartet, 1956, Sydney, Prestophone A 56-19 (10″-78)

My Boomerang Did Come Back, Horrie Dargie Quintet, early 1960, Melbourne, Astor A-7015.

My Boomerang Won’t Come Back, Charlie Drake – accompaniment directed by Johnnie Spence, 1961, Parlophone A8052 (Australian pressing, among others).

Namatjira, Slim Dusty with the Bushlanders, March 17, 1964, Sydney, Columbia 45DO-4458 (7″-45).

Nananala Kututja, Harold Blair, 1956, Melbourne, Score/Polytone POL-003 (7″-33).

Poor Fellow Me, Igor Gorin – vocal acc. Henri Penn Orchestra and Choir, November 30, 1959, Sydney, HMV 7EBO-70001.

Poor Fellow Me (King Billy’s Song also on the same side), Alan Coad (baritone) with orchestra directed by Albert Fisher, March 15, 1951, Sydney, Columbia DO-3391 (10″-78).

Rhythm of Corroboree (Grace O’Clerkin), Olive and Eva with quartet, 1955, Sydney, Prestophone A 55-12 (10″-78). Note: ‘Old Rugged Hills’, issued on Prestophone A 55-11 by the same artists may also feature explicitly Indigenous content or themes.

Song of the didgeridoo, The Harmoniques (vocal quartet with guitar), late 1949, Sydney, Pacific 10-0005 (10″-78).

Square Dance By The Billabong (Parts 1 & 2), Smiling Billy Blinkhorn, 1957, Sydney, Fidelity FY-1004 (10″-78)

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, Rolf Harris with the Rhythm Spinners, 1960, Columbia 45-DO-4131 (Australian pressing, among others) (7″-45).

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, Horrie Dargie Quintet, early 1960, Melbourne, Astor A-7007.

Walkabout, Horrie Dargie Quintet, early 1960, Melbourne, Astor AEP-4001.

Walkabout Rock N Roll, Reg Lindsay, October 23, 1958, Sydney, Columbia DO-4008 (10″-78).

Warrego Lament, Harold Blair, 1956, Melbourne, Score/Polytone POL-033 (7″-33).

Warrego Lament, Clement Q. Williams (baritone) accompanied by Enid Conley (piano), November 28, 1946, Sydney, Columbia DO-2948 (10″-78).

When My Homeland Is Calling, Olive and Eva (Aboriginal harmonists) with Gus Merzi Quartet, 1956, Sydney, Prestophone A 56-20 (10″-78).

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Bibliography 

Sources used to compile the discography and listing:

Burgis, Peter, Discography of the works of Alex F. Lithgow, Armadale, W.A. : P. Ward, c1990.

Heinecke, Alan, Unpublished EMI process recording discography

Laird, Ross, A Discography of popular music recorded in Australia or by Australians overseas, 1924-1950, 5th (Revised) edition, Canberra, Discographic Researchers, 1997.

Laird, Ross & Mitchell, Jack, ‘Prestophone 78rpm releases’, Australian Record and Music Review, No. 29, 1996, p.6.

Snell, Kenneth Richard, Australian popular music: composer index, 2nd edition, East Bentleigh, Vic. : Quick Trick Press, 1991.

Ward, Pat, Alex F. Lithgow, 1870-1929 : march music king, Armadale, W.A. : P. Ward, c1990.

Wills, Ron, “A Recording History”, 1926-1964, self-published, Pymble N.S.W., 1997.

Numerous other articles in the magazine ‘The Australian and Record Music Review’, published and edited by Mike Sutcliffe. Issues ran from April 1989 – January 2007.

http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/

(more sources to be added)

Trove

This post is written and compiled by Michael Alexandratos. All scans made by the author unless otherwise noted.

Last updated 16/01/2019

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