Book Chapter

The Politics of Music in a New Society: Musical and Social Development in Canberra’s First 100 Years

Peter Campbell, Dorottya Fabian, John Napier

Diversity in Australia’s Music: Themes Past, Present and for the Future | Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : 2018


The individuals and organisations that shaped the new city of Canberra are investigated revealing that historical and political circumstances created particular forms of music. The interrogation of archival sources, historical records, newspaper reports and personal reminiscences, shows how music can build—and sometimes divide—communities. Set against the historical background of Canberra, the chapter illuminates our understanding of the development of cultural activity in Australia.