Minutes of the Bush Music Club, 14th October 1954 to 11th March, 1955 The minutes of the first 5 months of the Club are in a cheap school exercise book, written in pencil and pen and ink (ballpoint pens were new & expensive!) Alan Scott was elected as Secretary/Treasurer so probably wrote them up. They finish with the minutes for 11th March, then the date of the next meeting, & the following pages have been torn out.
Red covered Minutes books have been used for a long time to keep Minutes safe & accessible, so our Red book probably continued on from the first Minutes book (a logical reason for not filling up the exercise book), but as the earliest pages are missing we'll never know. As some of the loose pages were out of order, I numbered every page.
The Red book includes General meetings from April 1957 to August 1970, and Annual General meetings from 1958 to 1978. Annual General Meetings were normally held in February or March.
The incomplete Minutes of the Conference held on the 9th of February (1957), at the Esperanto Hall, Milson's Pt., Sydney were included in front of the Red Minutes book, although they had never been pasted in. Perhaps the last page had been pasted in & the weight of these minutes tore them from the page????? (another supposition, not a fact.)
Neither the missing page/s from the Conference Minutes, nor the missing pages from the Red Minutes book have been found in Archives, so we have no record of meetings between 11th March 1955 and 26th April 1957.
page 00A The Three Bushwhackers - our aims and constitution (which was discussed at 26th June 1957 General Meeting.
note written by Secretary Lorna Lovell - The group have since taken the name of "The Ramble-eers" 16/10/58 L.Lovell
page 000B - Motion passed General Meeting 26th April 1957 - reorganisation of Concert Party into different groups and individual performers.
page 001. Minutes of the General Meeting of The Bush Music Club Friday 26th June, 1957 - 1. Correspondence ... letter from Pete Seeger ... 2. Business arising from Correspondence 3. Constitution of Ramble-eers (discussion - as Ramble-eers have their own constitution they can't be part of Concert Party
page 002. Minutes of the General Meeting of The Bush Music Club Friday 26th June, 1957 - 3. Constitution of Ramble-eers (cont) ...The chairman stated he would give his ruling at the General meeting of 26th July, 1957 4. Motion ... to add a clause to the Constitution 5. Election of Three Trustees - Duke Tritton, John Meredith & Alan Scott elected 6. Notice of Motion given by Mr Graham Ascott
page 003. Minutes of the General Meeting of The Bush Music Club Friday 26th June, 1957 - 7. General Business a. Mr Harry Kay moved that minutes be taken at General Meetings. Seconded Mr Alex Hood, Carried. (could this explain the missing minutes between March 1955 & June 1957?) b. Mr Alan Scott ...suggestions for improving the running of club nights ...
page 006. Minutes of the General Meeting of The Bush Music Club Friday 3rd July (1957) 6. Motion to be passed re addition to constitution (cont) 7. Recommendations from the executive that the meeting elect an Assistant Master of Ceremonies and an assistant to help handle sale of publications - John Meredith & Fran Shaw 8. Recommendation from Executive that the organising committee for the Waratah Festival. 9. General Business -
page 007 Minutes of the General Meeting of The Bush Music Club Friday 3rd July (1957) 9. General Business (cont)
page 008- undated 1959 leaflet, another copy is on page 020 with 1959 minutes
page 009 - Minutes of General Meeting of Bush Music Club, Friday 30th August, 1957. 1. Correspondence ... East Woonona Bush Band (Illawarra) no longer affiliated with BMC ... 2. Business Arising ... Decided sec. should write & explain matters to East Woonona Bush Band ... 3. Talk by John Meredith re Waratah Festival arrangements 4. Notice of Motion arising out of Discussion on Constitution
page 010 - Minutes of General Meeting of Bush Music Club, Friday 30th August, 1957. 4. Notice of Motion arising out of Discussion on Constitution (cont) 5. Report on offer from Wattle Recordings ... they have offered to pay half postage on sending "Singabout" out in return for Wattle distribution sheet being enclosed with each copy ...donate 3 records ... moved to accept ... 6. General Business - visit to Mudgee ... Ramble-eers, G. Ascott, P. Burns & D. Tritton volunteered to go ... 7. Announcements Singabout arrangements at YWCA. Pete Seeger Kick up - Joan Lisyak Hon. Sec.
page 011 - Minutes of General Meeting of Bush Music Club, 27th September, 1957
page 012 - Minutes of General Meeting of Bush Music Club, 27th September, 1957 Alan Scott ... talk on recent visit to Bush Music Club and the Brisbane Singers while he was on holiday ... not losing sight of our goal ... popularising Australian folk songs. meeting closed
age 013 - Minutes of General Meeting of Bush Music Club, Friday 25th October, '57 Meeting was opened by Mr Duke Tritton, Vice President. Correspondence. Singabout night to be held on Saturday November 30th ... conference prior to Annual General Meeting ... Saturday 1st February ... AGM Friday February 7th... next picnic at Neilson Park ... Lorna Lovell Hon. Secretary
age 014 - poster for May Singabout night, 17/5/58
page 015 - Minutes of General Meeting of Bush Music Club, 29th November, 1957 Meeting opened by President Brian Loughlin. Correspondence. ... election of 3 delegates to Australian Book Fair ... John Meredith and Duke Tritton ... Gil Small be approached ... running of an organised picnic be deferred until next year ... Conference ... date be altered to 8th February ... AGM be held on 14th February ... carried.
NOTE - there are no minutes for any 1958 meetings in this book, and we do not have any 1958 newsletters, either. Singabout 2(4) May 1958 Singabout 3(1), Summer 1958
page 016 - 1958 AGM minutes - 3 pages, 016, 016f & 017
pages 016a-016e - Conference notes
page 021 - Minutes of General Meeting of Bush Music Club, 25th August 1959 and 25th September 1959
August - Chairman Peter Francis. Present S Wakefield, J Carlin, F Maher, P Francis, M Davies Apologies J Meredith. Correspondence - Letter from Victorian Bush Music Club requesting 10% of the space in Singabout - accepted. An offer on the same terms was to be made to the Queensland Bush Music Club. General Business - Report on lecture given by Roland Robinson ... £3.4.0. was amount taken at the door. Concert Party had 3 engagements in the month. 20th September ...picnic at Henry Lawson memorial park, Como ... Folklore Festival 10th October Meeting closed. Frank Maher, Asst Secretary
September - Chairman - F Maher Executive Present - J Meredith, M Davies, S Wakefield, F Maher, A Scott, J Carlin. Apologies - P Francis. Correspondence was read out. General Business - Folklore Festival - publicity ... moved that free copies of Singabout would be sent to any libraries who requested same. F Maher Asst Secretary