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y separately published work icon Ronnie : Tasmanian Songman single work   life story  
Note: Written by Ronnie Summers with Helen Gee.
Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Ronnie : Tasmanian Songman
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'Ronnie: Tasmanian Songman is the heartwarmimg story of musician, storyteller and craftsman, Ronnie Summers as he recalls the freedom of growing up Cape Barren Island and how the music passed on by his uncles and the island's old fellas has shaped his life. He draws on a childhood working the mutton-bird islands, a 'kangaroo court' prison term as a bewildered teenager, and then turning to alcohol after the death of his baby son.

'It wasn't until later in life that he discovered he was part of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. At last, guided by the power of his ancestry, he was able to turn his life around. Born an 'Islander' - not Aboriginal, not white - he had been without race. This story documents his struggle for a place in his own country, and echoes and amplifies that of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,: Magabala Books , 2009 .
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      Extent: 147p.
      Description: illus., (some col.), ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes CD of Cape Barren Music
      ISBN: 9781921248108 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Tassie's Ronnie Tells His Story : Songman Tells Story Jillian Mundy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 18 November no. 464 2009; (p. 6,41)
'The biography of well-known and much-loved Tasmanina Aboriginal Elder Ronnie Summers has hit the bookshop shelves. Launched in Hobart this month, Ronnie: Tasmanian Songman is the intimate story of a musician, storyteller and craftsman.' Source: Koori Mail (2009) no. 464, p. 41
Tassie's Ronnie Tells His Story : Songman Tells Story Jillian Mundy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 18 November no. 464 2009; (p. 6,41)
'The biography of well-known and much-loved Tasmanina Aboriginal Elder Ronnie Summers has hit the bookshop shelves. Launched in Hobart this month, Ronnie: Tasmanian Songman is the intimate story of a musician, storyteller and craftsman.' Source: Koori Mail (2009) no. 464, p. 41
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