Square Dance History Project
The rich story of North American square dance finally has a home in the digital age.

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  • Tags: Australia
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Polly Wolly Hoedown - Eddie Evans

Eddie Evans was an Australian caller. View item
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MacNamara's Band - Irene Hewitt

Irene Hewitt was an Australia caller, here doing a well-known singing square. View item
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Cindy - Graham Rigby

Graham Rigby, author of "My Life's a Dance," was an Australian caller. Here he does a traditional American square dance figure. View item
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Sally Goodin - Eddie Carol & his Corn Cobbers

Eddie Carol, called by some "the greatest authority on the American square dance In Australia," was a leading Australia caller who specialized in a singing patter style of calling after… View item
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El Paso Star - Bill McGrath

Bill McGrath was one of the leading callers in Australia, a self-taught patter caller based in Melbourne. View item
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Captain Jinks / Divide the Ring - Leonard Hurst

Two clips from Colorado caller Leonard Hurst, who came to Australia in 1951 to do a series of radio broadcasts. He played an important role in spreading square dance to that area. More information… View item
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Come Square Dancing (Australia, 1953)

Note: The file no longer appears in preview mode. To view it, click on the link at the top right hand corner of this page.Modern square dance came to Australia in a big way in the early 1950s, spurred… View item
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John Brown's Body (clip) - Jim Vickers-Willis

Live recording of the popular Australian caller who spearheaded a huge surge of interest there in American square dance in the 1950s. See additional newsreel footage and references on this website. View item
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Australia Square Dance Boom, 1952 - Jim Vickers-Willis

Drawing on audio clips, still photographs, newspaper clippings, and other illustrates, this short piece describes the enormous interest in square dancing in Australia in the 1950s. The primary focus… View item
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Square Dancing with Joe Lewis - Australia, 1952

A unique heritage clip of the Australian visit of American 'Hall of Fame' Square Dance Caller, Joe Lewis, on arrival at Essendon airport, Melbourne, in 1952, with commentary by Australian square dance… View item