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Sovereign Hill’s Honorary Musicologist, Dr. Terence Fitzsimons presents this wonderful insight into early immigration to the Port Phillip District, Victoria. This podcast was published in November 2010. Download text here
Sovereign Hill’s CEO, Jeremy Johnson, recently delivered this entertaining presentation at the University of Ballarat Beer Awards. Jeremy explores some of the laws and vices surrounding alcohol on the Victorian goldfields. This podcast was published August 2010. Download the text here.
On 15 July 2010 a special Sovereign Hill members night entitled Lola Montez Returns to the Victoria Theatre reconsidered the history of this famous figure. Much of Lola’s original bill was recreated. A special part of the evening was an audience with Countess Montez. In this video, Lola is interviewed by Tim Sullivan,Sovereign Hill Deputy CEO and Museums Director, Dr. Terence Fitzsimons, Honorary Musicologist and Marion Littlejohn, Education Officer. Lola is played by Eloise Gooding and Mr Crosby is played by Barry Kay. This piece was largely unscripted and adlibbed. Download some photos of the evening here.
Dr. Terence Fitzsimons is Sovereign Hill’s Honorary Musicologist and a member of the resident band Men’O The Hill. Terence possesses a passion for the music of the 1850s and an understanding of the origins and contemporary meanings of individual songs. In this podcast he explores the history of the goldrushes through song. We suggest you download the songs lyrics so you can read along. Download the text of his narrative here. Published in June 2010