Story: Folk, country and blues music

The inimitable Charles Thatcher, Ballarat, 1855

The inimitable Charles Thatcher, Ballarat, 1855

Humorist and balladeer 'the inimitable' Charles Thatcher performs at the Charlie Napier Hotel on the Australian goldfield of Ballarat in 1855. Thatcher was a highly popular entertainer on both sides of the Tasman. He made extensive tours of New Zealand's goldfields and towns in the 1860s, and his satirical ballads about local characters and events were so popular that some gained the status of folk songs.

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Watercolour by Samuel Thomas Gill, 1855

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Chris Bourke, 'Folk, country and blues music - Folk music – the voice of the people, 1790s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/42428/the-inimitable-charles-thatcher-ballarat-1855 (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014