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In our Archives we have two minutes books, the first starts with the minutes of the initial meeting held on the 14th October 1954 & ends with minutes of the meeting held 11th March 1955.
The second (the red book) is missing pages from the front, with the first dated page from the minutes of the 26th April 1957 General meeting, & the final minutes in the book are from the 1978 Annual General Meeting.
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.
Page 003 of 26th April 1957 minutes contains a motion that minutes be taken at General Meetings - proposed Mr Harry Kay, seconded Mr Alex Hood - carried. This might be the reason for the lack of minutes between March 1955 & April 1957. (more research is needed - unfortunately Alex Hood does not remember this motion - phone call Jan 2021)
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 the incomplete minutes of the General Meeting on 26th April 1957.
MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETINGS, 1963 & 1964 Only 1 set of 1963 minutes was in the Minutes book.
086 General Meeting 29/9/64 - Motion: Jan Jones/Jamie Carlin minutes be received. Secretary's report read & received. Reports: Alan Scott reported on Concert arrangements. Helpers on the night Ronda Carlin, Janet Wakefield, Jan Jones, Ruth Lindsay, Ken Fairey, & Pam Loughlin. Frank Moorehouse - publicity. Singabout night - Noreen Grunseit to be invited to make and ice a cake. General Business - Henry Lawson Pilgrimage announced, (date illegible) "Songs of the Sundowners" contains many Club songs. Meeting closed early so Festival Records manager can hear Concert Party perform for a record due out soon. Janet Wakefield. Hon. Sec.General meeting 27/10/64 (mins taken by Ruth Lindsay) 10 members, 9 non-members, F. Maher in chair. Minutes read. Motion: R. Lindsay/J.Meredith, carried. Folk Concert at Trocadero I.C.F.O. 28/10/64. Canterbury Historical Society to be invited to come to Tuesday (workshop) Letter from Wild Colonial Days Society read. NSW Bank display postponed until December. Secretary's report - Volunteers to staff BMC (cont)