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2015 was the first year of the Centenary of the birth of the Anzac tradition.

We honour some of the ordinary people swept up in the events of of the First World War and beyond. We have recently completed recording some new songs which reflect this important period in our history.

The current albumn contains fourteen tracks of original songs and accompanying booklet of lyrics to all songs and their stories.

 

Unsung Heroes of Australian History
Concept by Moira Tyers
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Neil Robertson
CD artwork design and production editing by Wendy Ealey
Produced by Neil Robertson, Moira Tyers, Bruce Watson and Wendy Ealey
Mastered by David Nelson at Crystal

The Musicians: Moira Tyers, Bruce Watson, Neil Robertson, Wendy Ealey

$25.00 (+ $2.00 postage and handling)
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Also available now from CD Baby or iTunes...two more songs about a couple of great characters - Jockey Smith and Eyes for Africa - from the Unsung Heroes of Australian History.

Jockey Smith Eyes for Africa Jockey Smith Eyes for Africa

Listen to excerpts of tracks on the Unsung Heroes of Australian album by simply clicking on the song title icon.

You have stolen a loaf of bread, a skein of thread. You are herded onto the Lady Juliana. Imagine the journey... the dread... the arrival... to face what...? Arthur Stace was born in the Balmain slums to two drunken parents. He was a petty criminal, gassed and half blinded in France in WW1, homeless, a metho drinker...until he found salvation with a piece of chalk...
This continent was not Terra Nullius prior to 1788, and those who came from the other side of the world, in chains or to a new life, trod on land that provided a livelihood for hundreds of thousands of people for 2500 generations. Australia is again at war. Our men faced arduous tours of duty, unforgettable feats of courage, loss of mates who they depended on for their lives, scenes of horror that would embed deeply in memory, to surface in nightmares.
There are racial overtones in this tale of mythologising someone who made bad choices. Would a black Ben Hall have been hailed a hero? Was Billy Dargon the sacrificial lamb?

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Even the loneliest of souls can achieve great things with enough determination and courage. Bill was a horse lover who worked both as a jockey and a trainer in the 1940s.
In the tense hours before dawn, three miner’s wives craft the coarsely sewn Eurkeka flag out of heavy blue wool with stars made of petticoat lace. Australia is a nation of immigrants who have made a huge contribution to our society. After the horrors of WW2, Olegas Truchanas eventually made his way to Tasmania as an assisted migrant.
Louisa Lawson was a trailblazer for women’s rights, child protection, was an active suffragette, publisher, author and poet. She also managed to raise her four surviving children single handedly! Three verses of this song are a poem by Oodgeroo Noonuccal who was instrumental in winning the vote for Aboriginal people. She wrote this poem for children to tell the story of Namatjira.
If you visit the Hobart Museum you’ll see a photo of an elderly, Aboriginal woman singing into a large brass trumpet attached to an Edison phonograph, while a gentleman dusts the loose wax off the cylinder. Dr Mangrove is still going strong after a life taken up with a succession of ‘firsts’ fighting to salvage the coastline at his home in Western Port Bay..
It was common to refer to England as ‘Home’ in 1914 and young Australian men were eager to fight for the Empire. Jim Martin was one of those brave boys...


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Julie Tyers is an amazing woman who has helped to restore sight to hundreds of people in Tanzania, Timor and Ethiopia. Find out more about her quest at www.eyesforafrica.org
In this land of culinary excellence what could be better than dry bikkies spread with so much butter and vegemite that salty brown worms splurt out at first bite!! There is kindness and courage in most people. We can’t all be Warnies or Kylies or Clarkies or Blanchets. We can all be loyal, truthful, hardworking and brave - and most of us are much of the time. When we are dust and ashes, what traces will we leave...

Listen to the show's finale "Unsung Heroes"
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with Alan Brough,
Feb 2011
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There is kindness and courage in almost everyone. We can’t all be Warnies or Kylies or Clarkies or Blanchetts.
We can all be loyal and truthful and hardworking and brave - and most of us are much of the time.
When we are dust and ashes, what traces will we leave...