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Obit: Peter Hamilton/Wattle Records Oct 2008

Rowan 26 Oct 08 - 07:09 PM
mark gregory 26 Oct 08 - 11:47 PM
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Subject: Obit: Peter Hamilton/Wattle Records Oct 2008
From: Rowan
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 07:09 PM

From the Ausfolk list
Pioneer record and film producer PETER HAMILTON died peacefully at home on October 23rd.

Founder of the Wattle Record label and Wattle Films, Peter started the company in the 1950s at Paddington, Sydney, with his associate Edgar Waters. The label released the first commercially available bush songs including landmark recordings by The Bushwhackers Band[*], including their surprise hit 'The Drover's Dream'. Wattle also released Australian albums of A.L.Lloyd, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. One of the label's most significant releases offered traditional singers and musicians recorded by John Meredith.

his is the inside story of the legendary Wattle record music label. Wattle was unique in many respects. It was the first Australian record label to have a major hit record on the Australian record charts; the first to make dramatised and animated films of bush ballads; the first to commercially release recordings of didgeridoo playing and Aboriginal traditional songs; the first to invent and use a portable recording desk and a synchronised film and audio tape machine and the first to have Australian bush music played on television - on ABCTV
You can listen to The Wattle Story at¤tBibRecord=000026137261&itemSeq=&total=&returnFunction=getACopy&&sessionId=

Peter's partner Denise Nagorcka has advised that the funeral will be held on Saturday 1 November at Bodhi Farm, The Channon near Lismore. Bodhi Farm is the community he lived on that meant so much to him. All are welcome to attend his funeral.

To say Peter and Wattle had an influence on me starting Larrikin Records (also at Paddington) would be an understatement.

RIP Peter Hamilton

Warren Fahey
Australian Folklore Unit

[*] Not to be confused with The Bushwackers who toured widely in the late 70s.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Peter Hamilton/Wattle Records Oct 2008
From: mark gregory
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 11:47 PM

Peter Hamilton was a recording and filmaking pioneer. (See link to Hindsight below)

I don't have all the details of Wattle recordings but here is a start

The Green Bushes /Beth Schurr 1956
The Green Bushes /Beth Schurr 1956
Drovers' Dream /The Bushwhackers 1956
Black Velvet Band /The Bushwhackers 1956
Botany Bay /The Bushwhackers 1956
The Bullockies Ball /The Bushwhackers 1956
The Old Bullock Dray /The Bushwhackers 1956
Travelling Down The Castlereigh /The Bushwhackers 1956
Nine Miles from Gundagai /The Bushwhackers 1957
Australian Bush Songs / The Bushwhackers 1957
American Songs of Protest /John Greenway 1957
Workin' on a Building /John Greenway 1957
Irish Songs of Resistance /Patrick Galvin
The Art of the Digeridu
Music of New Guinea
Australian Traditional Singers and Musicians /1957
Singing Sailors /Ewan MacCol and A L Lloyd 1957
Banks of the Condamine /A L Lloyd 1957
Convicts and Currency Lads /Ewan MacColl & A L Lloyd 1958
Across the western Plains /A L Lloyd 1958
The Old Bark Hut /The Rambleers 1958
The Shearers Dream /The Rambleers 1958
The Waltzing Matilda /The Rambleers 1958
Songs from Queensland / Morton Bay Bushwackers and the Bandicoots
Billy Goat Overland /Stan Arthur and Bill Scott 1958
Traditional Singers & Musicians of Victoria Archive series no 1 /1962
The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards /Dougie Young 1963

In 2004 there was an ABC Hindsight Radio program about Wattle


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