Pied piper of Ballarat 1956 (Opa Meerbach) +Trove newspapers plugin

1956 Argus newspaper image
In The Argus, May 22, 1956 (via Trove): Anthony Meerbach on the flute, with children

Today I (re?)learned Opa Meerbach had been called the “Pied Piper of Ballarat” (in 1956).

Pied Piper has a way with kids

Pied Piper has a

way with kids

Mr. ANTHONY MEERBACH - "The Pied Piper of Sebastopol" brings the children running

WHEN the "Pied Piper of Ballarat" starts to play his flute, children

race from their homes to be enchanted by his playing.    

To them Mr. An thony Meerbach, a music teacher, who

arrived in Ballarat from Holland 10 months ago, is a real virtuoso.

There's a little bit of   Holland at the end of Drummond st., in Sebas topol.  

From three houses come a total of 28 chil dren, and from Mr. Meerbach's house come his eight.

There are the Meer bach's eight, then next door the Damen's nine children. On the other side of the Meerbach's       live the deKroon's, with nine, and across Drum mond st., the Coppens top the list with 10 healthy children.

Mr. Meerbach, who has earned the title of the Pied Piper of Bal larat, is a part-time music teacher at the East Ballarat High, and other schools in Ballarat.

The students learn   musical appreciation, singing and music from   Mr. Meerbach, who plays eight instruments with   equal facility.

They include wood- wind instruments, piano, percussion instruments and "the old squeeze box," as Mr. Meerbach described his piano ac cordion.  

Source: Trove

It is an amusing little window into the past – amusing, but also somewhat sad: I never met Opa, I can never know what it was like to grow up in that neighbourhood at that time.

Slightly more entertaining for me if not my family is the little electronic adventure at the end of which I dug up the article:

  1. After a morning of reading a somewhat disappointing account of library 2.0 endeavours I finally sat at the computer, determined to move forward in my study.
  2. Coincidentally ellenforsyth’s rebelmouse page was the tab topmost from yesterday’s browsing.
  3. Her tweet of 18 hours ago caught my eye – linking to David Armano’s urging to focus on mobility as lifestyle rather than mobile as device
  1. In the process of saving to delicious via Diigo and synchronously tweeting it, Twitter suggested I follow Diigo’s twitter stream (I did).
  2. Twitter then suggested Trove’s in which I found a retweet of Bradley Headland’s about Paul Hagon’s Trove newspapers plugin for WordPress:
  1. Although I don’t normally search the newspapers, if I did want to share something, Paul Hagon’s rationale for attribution – and use of the text – made me curious.
  2. Upon finding the above article, had the opportunity to correct the OCR, before giving the plugin a try.

Not bad – a little irritating that some paragraphs reunite lines while others do not – I wonder how that happens?

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