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Marrying Out
The passion and prejudice behind White Australia,
when Catholics and Protestants married.
This powerful and revealing radio series, written and produced by Siobhan McHugh with original music by Thomas Fitzgerald, explores the religious bigotry and post-colonial tensions between English (Protestants) and Irish (Catholics) still prevalent in Australia only two generations ago. Based on three years research and over fifty oral history interviews, the series explores the family feuds occasioned by Protestant/Catholic mixed marriage and the virtual social apartheid that at times resulted from systemic discrimination against the Irish Catholic underclass until the 1960s. The series also contests the use of the misleading term 'Anglo-Celtic Australia' to denote non-indigenous Australia prior to the mass immigration that followed the Second World War.
Part 1. Not in Front of the Altar In pre-multicultural Australia, marrying across the Protestant/ Catholic Divide was consorting wth the enemy for many families. Mixed- religion couples describe being estranged, disinherited and vilified in a society where a quarter of the population (Catholics) was barred from applying for some private sector jobs and Freemasons and Catholics jostled for control of the public sector. The Catholic Church showed its disapproval of the 'impediment of mixed marriage' by relegating such ceremonies to a cheerless setting away from the main altar, out of sight of family and friends. Yet from the 1890s to the 1960s, one in five Australian weddings was a mixed marriage.
Part 2. Between Two Worlds Children raised in a mixed marriage had to negotiate a delicate balancing act. Until 1966, the Catholic Church required both parties to pledge in writing that all children would be raised Catholic. Some compromised by raising the boys Protestant and the girls Catholic. Some Protestant parents refused to comply; others were assiduous in nurturing their children's Catholic faith, even after the death of the Catholic parent. Some children were secretly baptised and raised in one parent's faith unbeknownst to the other - eventually a source of enormous family conflict. In a society polarised between the two main religions, children of mixed marriages were torn by divided loyalties.

Peggy's Hothouse
A fascinating insight into Australia's only dedicated composers' house, which has become a hothouse of musical creativity, a unique and inspirational musical environment where 18 of our finest composers have lived and worked since 1990, celebrating the generous vision of one of Australia's first international composers, Peggy Glanville-Hicks.
Producer Thomas Fitzgerald, a former resident and now a trustee of Peggy's house, also spoke with fellow composers Peter Sculthorpe, Anne Boyd, Matthew Hindson, Ross Edwards and Andrew Ford, as well as lawyer Shane Simpson, who is chair of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Trust.
The program also explores the challenges for women composers through the experiences of five former residents: Elena Kats-Chernin, Liza Lim, Mary Ann Kiriakou, Ros Bandt, and Mary Finsterer, who have followed in the giant footsteps of Peggy Glanville-Hicks.
Dis Place This Place
Multimedia Theatre of Mixed Means
Thomas Fitzgerald & Ron Eden

Dis Place This Place
The Art of Displacement
Murray Darling Palimpsest is an Australian contemporary visual arts event remarkable for its locations in distinctly regional places rather than capital cities and significant for its direct engagement with issues of environmental and social sustainability. The theme for the 2009 Palimpsest is "displacement."

As part of Palimpsest 2009, Dis Place This Place bought together 6 artists at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery. Artists: Thomas Fitzgerald, Ron Eden, Thomas Henty, Sheridan Williams, Lexie Ramptha Edwards, Julie Chislett-Duffus.

The Multimedia Theatre of Mixed Means is a collaborative project by Thomas Fitzgerald and multi media artist Ron Eden. In a new sound work, the sounds of Swan Hill and the elements are combined in live performance, enhancing the message of the accompanying projected images of the DEW pics by Ron Eden with their distant early warnings of global warming and climate change. Visit the Dis Place This Place page for further information

The Adelaide Festival Centre's
OzAsia Festival 2008
CHIKA: A Documentary Performance
CHIKA is a multi-layered production which crosses the genres of journalism, visual and performing arts, incorporating original live music, dance and narration, documentary images, archival video and recorded interviews to tell a story - the story of Chika Honda, a Japanese woman who spent a decade in Australian jails for a crime she has always insisted she did not commit.
The music for CHIKA was composed by Thomas Fitzgerald, with one exquisite work, a Koto Solo by Satsuki Odamura.

Japan Foundation Arts NSW ABC Radio National Australia Council for the ArtsAdelaide Festival Centre'sOzAsia Festival
Chika Soundtrack CD released
The music for CHIKA was composed by Thomas Fitzgerald, with one exquisite work, the Koto Solo by Satsuki Odamura.
This unusual collaboration of instruments featuring Satsuki Odamura on koto and bass koto, Anne Norman's shakuhachi, Toshinori Sakamoto's wadaiko and Thomas Fitzgerald playing acoustic and electric violin and keyboards, blends live music and pre recorded acoustic and electronic sounds with a unique result. It is the sum of these myriad combinations of a surreal reality that have become CHIKA's musical world.
The music for CHIKA was composed by Thomas Fitzgerald, with one exquisite work, the Koto Solo by Satsuki Odamura.
"Chika" by Cate Shaw released
"Chika" is the vocal version of the 'Chika Chika Cha Cha' from the CHIKA soundtrack. It is available through iTunes and as an MP3 and CD download through CD Baby
SBS Peace Song Tapestries
SBS Peace Song Tapestries
Peace Song Tapestries is the concept of Thomas Fitzgerald, it invites young people to discover new ways for peace through the power of music, their contributions formed part of The Peace Song Tapestries radio program which was broadcast on SBS World View from November 2007 to April 2008. The Harmony Day 2008 Concert in Angel Place showcased these creations performed by many of Australia's talented young music makers. Visit the website to find out how to make music and contribute to the project.

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