Dr Jennifer Gall

Jennifer Gall portrait
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Jennifer Gall was awarded her doctorate from the ANU School of Music in 2008 under the supervision of Dr Stephen Wild and Dr Edgar Waters. The title of her dissertation was Redefining the Tradition: The Role of Women in the Evolution and Transmission of Australian Folk Music.

Jennifer is the Assistant Curator, Documents and Artefacts at the National Film and Sound Archive, She writes about music for the Canberra Times and is currently writing a book examining the Illalong Letters of Rose Paterson: a record of 19th century rural life and music making, to be published by the National Library of Australia in late 2014. She is affiliated with the Kommission für Volksdichtung ( International Ballad Commission) and she plays and teaches traditional fiddle music.

2014 Awarded an ACT heritage grant for the project Listening to the Past: Music in Historic Places - a major research and multi-media project exploring the music collections of Lanyon Homestead, Mugga Mugga and Calthorpes House.

2013 April. I gave the Sylvia Curley Oration at Mugga Mugga homestead  -titled Music in Early Canberra

‘The Irish Australian Laments of Sally Sloane’ in One Common Thread : The Nature of Laments, in Humanities Research Vol XIX No.3 2013

Re-enactment, Re-creation and Regeneration in the Australian version of the Ballad of The Female Rambling Sailor’, Thomas A. McKean (ed.). BASIS, vol. 8. Trier: WVT Wissenschalklicher Verlag Trier, 2012. 223 pp. Illus. Music. ISBN 978-3-86821-411-6


·        Graham Seal & Jennifer Gall (Eds) Australian Folklore: Exploring Antipodean Traditions, Selected Papers from the National Folklore Conference, 2005-9,            Black Swan Press.

·        In  Bligh’s Hand: Surviving the Mutiny on the Bounty, National Library of Australia, Canberra March 2011

·        Library of Dreams: Treasures from the National Library of Australia, National Library of Australia, Canberra, May 2011

·        ‘Translating the Tradition: the Many Lives of green Bushes’, in Proceedings of Sounds in Translation: Intersections of music, technology and society.                  (refereed)

2008        Sally Sloane: Queen of Singing Folk, NLA News, March 2008; Report on the Unesco Memory of the World Conference for National Library of Australia Gateways Journal, March 2008.
-Mary Jean Officer: Life, Work and Ideology is published in the NLA News October 2008

Report on the Unesco Memory of the World Conference, International Newsletter of the Unesco Memory of the World Committee.

2007        ‘Listening to the Tradition’ in Australasian Sound Archive, No.33.
Our Park, our Community, Stories from the Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park, Softlaw Community Projects & ACTCOSS. The project featured on ABC Radio in Claudia Taranto’s Street Stories.
2006        Australian entry for publication in The Ethnomusicologist’s Cook Book, Routledge, New York.

2005        Paper “Resonating Voices Women composers in the Oral History Collection of the National Library”. in the refereed publication: Loose Cannons: Proceedings of the National Festival of Women’s Music Conference.
-“Australian Folklife Centre Schools Oral History Project”. Published in Issues in Arts Education CD-Rom; published by ANU/School of Music

2004        Redefining the Tradition. CD Rom proceedings of the Joint NZMS and MSA conference, Wellington, 2003

1988       “The Man with the Pipe” in conference proceedings, Our Everchanging Forests.

1986        From Bullocks to Boeings: The Illustrated History of Sydney Airport

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