Music, Myth & Memories: A Kyle Family History
by Noeline Kyle
(with Joyce Lawson)Music Myth & Memories traces the descendants of Henry and Michael Kyle (arrived Australia 1841). These Kyles were mostly dairy farmers. They were also talented musicians. Rob Willis from the National Library and Noeline Kyle have interviewed many people from the Macleay Valley and are convinced there is no other place in Australia like it. A unique musical tradition with Irish roots survived and was nurtured especially at Nulla Nulla Creek on the Upper Macleay and the history of the Kyles and their contribution to that musical tradition is included in this book. It also records the stories of workers, soldiers, husbands, wives, mothers, daughters, sons and children and their diverse worlds of love, marriage, immigration, birth, hope, duty, joy and changing attitudes. It is about country people, hard work, determination and sometimes despair. These stories of Irish and colonial life are based on meticulous research of official documents and oral history. The Nulla Nulla Creek is also where Slim Dusty spent is childhood and growing and his musical talent was nurtured here. The research and writing of this family history has taken more than 20 years and the real people who step from its pages open another small window into Australian Irish history, and Australian national life and character.
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postage.] order a copy hereAlexander Henderson Award Highly Commended 2008