By Robert Holden
Professor Peter Stanley, joint winner of the 2011 top Minister’s Prize for Australian History
Imagine Australian lifestyles again within the first decade of the 20 th century, while enjoying the piano, making a song, acting or reciting poetry have been all staples of kinfolk life.
When the lads of this younger kingdom marched off to struggle a standard name used to be: ‘Are you a making a song man?’ ‘Can you spin a humorous yarn?’
Impromptu entertainments, sing-a-longs, storytelling and recitations have been all a part of a homespun repertoire that followed those males to struggle. And the Band performed On can pay homage to that camaraderie, and the spontaneous leisure that lifted the spirits of the ANZACs – whether or not they have been on board battleships, less than the shadow of the pyramids, within the trenches, convalescing in hospitals or maybe interned in POW camps.
Robert Holden is a historian, curator and writer of greater than thirty books. He has been presented a Senior Fellowship by means of the Literature Board of the Australia
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