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ERIC Number: EJ1062012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
One Hundred Years of "Anglo-Saxondom" in the South: The Children's Demonstration Pageant of Empire, South Australia 1936
Southcott, Jane
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p159-183 2014
There is a universality to the sight of groups of children celebrating public events. These groups might be large or small but teachers and students put much time and effort into preparing performances for appreciative audiences. These events occur across cultures and countries, are commonplace and expected but also highly memorable to participants and spectators. Sometimes such events gain greater historical significance due to time, place and context. One such example occurred in the years preceding World War 2 in the small but staunchly patriotic State of South Australia. In 1936 13,000 school children gathered in Adelaide to perform a Pageant of Empire as part of the State centenary celebrations. Despite there being rumblings across the globe about the viability of the British Empire or its successor, the Commonwealth, Adelaide was overwhelmed by the spectacle. Miss Inspector Adelaide Meithke brought the production to fruition. The pageant presented choreographed musical displays representing England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The Empire was represented by Indian rajahs, dancing girls, guards, and an elephant, followed by Canadian scenes, then Australian iconic images. The event concluded with the "Family of Nations." This article includes participant recollections and is framed by contemporary discussions of the place and role of the Empire. This South Australian celebration can be understood as a looking back to what had been, using visual icons, music, dance and a cast of thousands. [A bibliography is included.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia