Thursday 30 April 2020

From the Archives - Bush Bands

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Photos from Archives, photographers named if known.*
If you can identify bands & members, please email 

1. Unknown band, unknown photographer -  Paul Weaver with lagerphone, identified by Ralph Pride. (Archives)  

2.   Tempe Tipsters, c.1989. Bob Fagan, ?, Gary Pudney, Igor Nossar, Margaret Fagan, James Fagan, Hugh Keogh, Gary Milligan (Margaret Fagan photo) 

3.  Wild Colonial Boys, 1969 - Jacko Kevans, Declan Affley, Jim Fingleton, Tony Lavin, Bob McInnes. (Archives)  

4.  Pinchgut c1974 - the original lineup - David Johnson, Ralph Pride, Chris Moore, Richard Evans. 

5.  Reedy River Bushmen - John Burch, Jamie Carlin, Barry Collerson, Tony McLachlan, Frank Maher wearing Fred Sloane's hat at a Westfield Shopping Centre at an unknown date (John Burch collection)

6.  Reedy River Bushmen, c1976, taken at Australiana Village, Wilberforce. Ralph Pride, John Burch, Jamie Carlin, Frank Maher, seated Barry Collerson & Mary Williams (Bob Bolton photo)

7.  Rouseabouts, c.1977.  standing -  Bob Bolton, John Poleson, Ray Grieve, Chris Kempster, seated - Len Neary, Keith Snell, Bob Thompson (Bob Bolton photo)

8.  Rum Culls 1978. Shayne Kerr, Adam Macaulay, Pam Merrigan, Phil  Bates, Norm Merrigan  (Archives)  

9.  Ryebuck founders, 1979 - Stuart Leslie, George Bolliger, Wally Bolliger (Bob Bolton photo)

10.   Ryebuck, Bush Music Festival, October 1981, concert at Sydney Opera House - Wally Bolliger, Dave Roland, Alex Bishop, Stuart Leslie, George Bolliger, Sally Stevens, later Leslie (Bob Bolton photo),

11.  Selectors, 1983 - Eric Eisler on the left, Bob Bolton on the right (Eric Eisler) 


13.  Southern Cross, Mark 1 (Archives) , June 1981, L to R - Dave Johnson, Annette Dwight (behind), Anne Pidcock, Anne D'Arcy (behind), Megan Broadbent, Peter Mason (behind), Chris Cole, John O'Sullivan (Jos)  Names found here Dave Johnson's Southern Cross album celebrating the band's 40th anniversary    Invitation to Southern Cross's 10th birthday (Ralph Pride collection) 

14. Southern Cross, Heritage Ball, Willoughby 1981 (Bob Bolton photo)

15.  Southern Cross 1986  (Bob Bolton photo)

16.  FlyingWombats - 21/06/91, Col Douglas, Bill Waterhouse, Ralph Pride, Malcolm Clapp. (Archives)  

17.  FlyingWombats -1986/8, Ashfield, Brian Crawford, Bill Waterhouse, Bob Foggin, Malcolm Clapp (Archives)  

18.  Flying Wombats, 1986/87, Ashfield. Brian Crawford, Bill Waterhouse, Bob Foggin, Malcolm Clapp (Archives)  

19.  Flying Wombats, 1990, Ralph Pride, Bill Waterhouse,  Malcolm Hamilton, Colin Douglas (Archives)  

20. Flying Wombats lagerphone in the Hut, 2018.  It is still in the Hut, minus its wombat which is back with Malcolm.  (Sandra Nixon photo) 

21-23.  Murray Darlings - Sue McMahon, Amanda Daley, Ann Pidcock, Sam O'Brien, Wendy Richmond, Helen Romeo, Jess Randall, 2006, (Sandra Nixon photo)


24. - Scratch Band, 2003 - Eric Eisler, Pam Merrigan, Norm Merrigan, Alison Boyd, Jackie Luke, Greg Wilson. (Archives)  

25. Bennelong Bush Band at Glebe Town Hall - Julie Furneaux on guitar, John Coombes, Helen Romeo (Brain), Alex Cronin.  Dancer facing camera is Sue Bartos (Archives)  
26-27.  Woronora Bush band,

26-27.  Woronora Bush band, undated (photos from Ralph Pride collection)  see also The History of the Woronora Bush Band, 1979 - 1986 
28-33. Shearer's Dream reunion, 2016

28-33. Shearer's Dream reunion, 2016. UK-based Doug Jenner (fiddle) & Aus-based Pete Jenner (lagerphone)    Kerry Doherty photos

34. Unknown band - They were playing at a winery when we attended the Griffith Wine Festival way back in 1979. It wasn't until I looked at the photo that I noticed a distant family member Eric Eisler on the tea chest Bass. I don't know who the other members of the band are - I apologise for cutting off the banjo player when I took the photo! (photo by John Gow, email 22/04/2020)

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