Vintage Concertina Pictures

Peter Nicolaus Ellis of the Emu Creek Bush Band ( sent me this. He says ” In the first half of the 19th Century, particularly on the gold fields, but elsewhere before the 1850s when gold was discovered, there was an extreme shortage of woman, so men had to partner each other. Usually it was in 'buck sets', quadrilles for 4 couples, but in this case, a couples dance accompanied by what was undoubtedly a German 20 button concertina. This antique wood cut was published in Australia's Dancing Heritage -Stories of the 19th Century, by Nell Challingsworth. Go Dancing Publications

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