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Taught/practised on: 2014 September 28th
FAREWELL TO HELENSBURGH (S8x32) Brian Charlton (June 2003) Waratah Collection & RSCDS Book 48   1- 2 1M+2L set, while 1L+2M turn LH to finish B-to-B in centre, 1L facing 2L & 2M facing 1L on diagonal  3- 6 1s+2s dance ½ reel of 4  7- 8 1L dances to 1M's place, 1M to 2M's place, 2L to 1L's place and 2M to 2L's place  9-12 1s+2s set on sides & petronella in tandem to finish with 1s facing 2s in centre 13-16 1s+2s Set&Link to finish in progressed places, with 1s facing out 17-20 2s+1s+3s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 on own side, 1s turn ¾ LH on bar 20 21-24 Continue reels of 3 on sides, 1L giving LSh to 2M (3rd place) & 1M giving LSh to 3L (2nd place) (1s on opposite sides), 1s turn ¾ RH on bar 24 to finish in 2nd place on own sides 25-32 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
The dance was written to celebrate the 18th and last annual social of the Helensburgh Scottish Country Dance Class in 2003. The small town of Helensburgh (pronounced with no final 'h') at the northern end of the Illawarra region, lies between Sydney and Wollongong in New South Wales. Originally known as Camp Creek, when coal was discovered in 1884, a mining town grew up and was named Helensburgh by the founder, Charles Harper, after his daughter Helen. The coal mine still exists today and is Australia’s oldest working mine. Coal and the railway ensured the town’s growth until The Depression in the 1930s but soon the construction of the Woronora Dam before WWII and post-war reconstruction reversed any decline. The town has enjoyed several boom periods since and is no longer reliant on the mine which had its own business difficulties in the 1980-90s. Helensburgh borders the southern end of the Royal National Park and the western side of the Garawarra State Conservation Area and enjoys peaceful isolation bypassed by the Southern Freeway and Princes Highway.
Helensburgh’s first Railway Station (part of which still exists today). Metropolitan Tunnel in the background. State Records NSW – Photographic Collection. No known copyright restrictions. (The Commons) <Previous Cribs F Next>