Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 47 — Judith

How cryptic is that?

Yesterday I posted this on Facebook, initially for my niece Christine who has been in hospital for a VERY long time:

I had never seen this particular clip before, though millions have! The sound is really good

Response was strong — my friends and relations love it! Kanani Fong responded from the USA with another video, saying “That voice! Those harmonies! So solid.”

Yes, The Seekers and their female lead, Judith Durham — Judith — my twin, almost (3 July 1943 — me less than a week later!) Except she has aged better and, need it be said, is much more talented!

Judith today.

This I did not know:

In May 2013, during The Seekers’ Golden Jubilee tour, Durham suffered a stroke which diminished her ability to read and write—both visual language and musical scores. During her convalescence she made progress to rebuild those skills. Her singing ability was not affected by the stroke.

Judith Durham sits down with Craig Bennett and opens up about the success of ‘The Seekers’, her insecurities and overcoming adversity. 2018

Who can forget this, having heard it once? YouTube credits it with over 17 million views.

In recent years one of her projects has been a version of the Australian National Anthem to avoid the colonialist memories and attitudes embedded in the version we use. The Morrison government recently took a small step in this space by changing “for we are YOUNG and free” (after 60,000+ years of continuous culrures?) to “for we are ONE and free.” I don’t think anyone seriously objects to that change, but Judith’s version goes much further. I like it.


Note the participation there of noted First Australians Kutcha Edwards, a survivor of the Stolen Generation, as is opera singer Deborah Cheetham, also in the video. The two choirs are the Aboriginal Children’s Choir and Australian Children’s Choir.

Kutcha Edwards released this moving version in 2017: