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Tarraleah

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Grenfell, M, Tarraleah, Self, Hobart, pp. 45 (2014) [Minor Creative Work]


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Abstract

Maria Grenfell, "Tarraleah" (programme note) In the early 1900s, electricity was just arriving in Tasmania. The state government began building power stations in the midlands, opening the first power station at Waddamana in 1916. Thus began one of Tasmania’s most important continuing construction programs, but with the Second World War the progress slowed due to lack of manpower, equipment and materials. In 1948 a British transport ship docked at Elizabeth Street Pier in Hobart with 300 Polish ex-servicemen from post-war Europe. Initially expecting to work in New South Wales, they had been persuaded to travel to Tasmania (supposedly "mild and not as hot") to work on the expanding hydro-electric scheme in Tarraleah, Waddamana and Butlers Gorge. The construction of the subsequent dams and power stations could not have happened without these and many other immigrants, who made new lives for themselves and worked hard, despite the cold, and, at times, difficult and dangerous conditions. I was fascinated by many of their stories, both hair-raising and humorous. There is an old Polish prayer hymn, Bogurodzica, that originated somewhere between the 10th and 13th centuries, and calls on Christ to give people a blissful stay on earth and everlasting existence in heaven. It seemed appropriate to draw on this hymn for musical inspiration in tribute to the invaluable contribution of those who settled in this state.

Item Details

Item Type:Minor Creative Work
Keywords:music composition
Research Division:Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Research Field:Music Composition
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Arts and Leisure
Objective Field:The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
Author:Grenfell, M (Dr Maria Grenfell)
ID Code:101898
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Creative Arts
Deposited On:2015-07-16
Last Modified:2015-07-22
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