Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Midnight Oil/Great Big Sea on E-Town

fish_oil@space.com fish_oil@space.com
Wed, 24 Apr 2002 15:17:47 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 24 April 2002, Mike Blackwood wrote

> a LOT of historical similarities between
> Newfoundland and Australia, BTW. Sadly our indigenous
> people went extinct once the got exposed to our 
> diseases (and some bullets, too), so 
> Australia fared much better on that front...

Interesting stuff Mike. I remember a thread a while ago
about Truganini, and her being the last of her kind in
Tasmania, so in fact, Native folk from some parts of Oz
didn't fare any better than the Beothuks. What was the
last woman called - Shannadevit? - I think the
Brits/Irish/Newf's called her "Nancy", and she died of
TB, if memory serves. Anyway, I recall thinking there
was a strong and tragic parallel, and wondering if any
poets had taken up her story in song or otherwise? I'd
be very interested in getting hold of any songs you
might have heard out on the Rock.  :)

> (it's especially sad since thier ancestors managed
> to drive off the vikings in about 1025 AD after 
> they'd only been here for a quarter century!

Must have been a tough bunch, eh. Weren't too many
could drive off the Vikings and live to talk about it.

> out-of-work nature/history interpreter for the local
> tourism industry?

Out of work? In Newfoundland?


bruce  :)

Mike: every heard Buddy Wassisname and the Other Fella?

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