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date: 15 October 2019

Ellis [née Caughie], Catherine J(oan)locked

  • Werner Gallusser


(b Birregurra, Victoria, May 19, 1935; d Adelaide, May 30, 1996). Australian ethnomusicologist. After graduating in music at the University of Melbourne in 1956, she worked at the University of Adelaide analysing the Central Australian recordings collected by the linguist Theodor Strehlow. She took the doctorate in Glasgow in 1961 with a dissertation on Strehlow’s recordings of Aboriginal music. On her return to Adelaide she joined the university music department as a research fellow (1964–9) and subsequently lecturer (1970–84). She was professor of music at the University of New England (1985–95). During her time in Australia she and her husband, A.M. Ellis, did intensive fieldwork among the Pitjantjara tribe in the northern part of South Australia, analysing and comparing the results with those of earlier expeditions. In 1968 she started a musical education programme for both tribal and urban Aborigines which, whenever possible, involved people of different races in inter-cultural activities. In ...

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