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A. Hayward-Bannister / Blog

Is there any relevance to being signed these days!

With the power of the internet, should musicians still foster ambitions for being signed by major record labels!

Song structure and the internet!

Wondering how the internet might effect song structure! E.g. Traditionally songs have had to sit around the 4 minute mark To accommodate commercial radio airplay! Will song structure change as commerce is smothered out of the music industry, with so many online radio shows and the ease of posting your own music!

Swamp Lady - Ms Clement

This song will have two layers. The first: as a historical reference to Margaret Clement - The lady of the swamp. And the second: a feminist message that education does not neccesarily mean power. Its what you do with it that counts!

A. Hayward-Bannister
A. Hayward-Bannister  (over 6 years ago)

History - Part 1
"The disappearance of 72-year-old Margaret Clement on the night of 21 May, 1952 made headlines around Australia. Because of the flood waters that surrounded her home, Tullaree at Tarwin Lower, Miss Clement became known as the Lady of the Swamp. . .Margaret Clement came to Tarwin Lower with her sister, Jeanie, in November 1907. Their brother, Peter, purchased Tullaree on their behalf 1000 hectares of fine farming land fronting on to the Tarwin River together with a huge mansion of 17 rooms. When the Clement sisters moved to Tarwin Lower, they were regarded as social butterflies from Melbourne daughters of the late Peter Clement, a rich Gippsland grazier, from whom they had each inherited E25,000. But few knew the real source of the Clement money. . .Peter Clement came across some miners desperate for provisions. In exchange for two bags of highly priced flour, they offered him the possibly worthless advice to buy shares in the Long Tunnel Mine at Walhalla. Clement acted on the advice, often taking shares from customers who were Long Tunnel Mine shareholders in lieu of cash payment. Gradually the penniless ``bullocky" himself became one of the biggest shareholders in what became the richest goldmining company in the world. . .He died in 1890, leaving his widow and six children a fortune. They all indulged in extravagant tours overseas and a hectic social whirl at home.As most of their siblings married, Margaret and Jeanie spent some years living the high life in Melbourne, which they exchanged for an almost equally busy social life in the country when they moved to Tarwin Lower. While Peter Clement managed the farm, Margaret and Jeanie hired a staff of 11 for the house and garden and spared no expense in decorating and furnishing Tullaree, and often threw extravagant parties that were the talk of South Gippsland. Until 1916, the Clements seemed to live a charmed life. Richard Shears describes it as the epitome of Edwardian indulgence. The sisters frequently travelled overseas and, nearer home, travelled in a large English carriage preceded by a footman in livery to open gates. After World War I, things began to change at Tullaree. The deterioration was imperceptible at first. Peter Clement returned from the war a sick man and did not return to Tarwin Lower. His sisters were not interested in the farm and employed a series of managers. Most were incompetent; some were dishonest. Gradually, the pasture was contaminated by weeds and the drainage channels became blocked. Reality dawned too late for Margaret and Jeanie. Clearly these two women had never understood their own finances or the workings of their own property. They sold the stock and mortgaged the land to pay debts. In 1926, the bank sold Tullaree to a Melbourne solicitor but Margaret and Jeanie refused to leave their home and had a caveat placed on the title, which prevented any further sale. They lived alone with their dogs, their cats and their memories as the house fell into ruin around them. Until her death, their mother sent small amounts of money and food.” (http://www.accommodationgippsland.com.au/accommodation-gippsland-news/1995/2/18/murder-mystery-of-the-marsh/)

A. Hayward-Bannister
A. Hayward-Bannister  (over 6 years ago)

History - Part 2
“The sisters became almost total recluses, cut off from the world by their misfortune and the relentless deterioration of their former paddocks into swamp. To leave the house to reach the store at Buffalo or Tarwin Lower, they had to wade through water often waist deep. Jeanie died in July 1950 and Margaret Clement was befriended by a local farmer and his wife, Stanley and Esme Livingstone. They were very kind to her and did much to make her life easier.
In July 1951, after many years of legal complications regarding the ownership of Tullaree, Margaret authorised the removing of the caveat and cleared the way for the Livingstones to buy the property cheaply, provided that Margaret could remain there for the rest of her life.
On Saturday 24 May, 1952, Stanley Livingstone walked into the police station at Meeniyan and officially reported that Margaret Clement was missing. The previous few days had been wet and wild, and the water level at Tullaree was higher that usual. The Livingstones had not yet moved in and Margaret was still alone on the property. Her walking stick lay by the front door and the bed had not been slept in. Hundreds of local people and police from Melbourne searched the scrub and waded through the cold waters of the swamp but the body of Margaret Clement was never found. . .Accusations were aired against Stanley Livingstone, who was known to have a fiery temper; and against members of Margaret Clement's family known to be angry about her dealings with the Livingstones.
Many years later, in November 1978, the remains of an elderly female were discovered in the sand dunes at Venus Bay but they could not be positively identified as those of Margaret Clement." (http://www.accommodationgippsland.com.au/accommodation-gippsland-news/1995/2/18/murder-mystery-of-the-marsh/)