Message Stick - Healing Sounds of the Bungarum Orchestra
In 1936 The John Of God Sisters took over ccontrol of the Bungarum Leprosarium for Aboriginals near Derby in WA. The Holy Mother, who was a classical musician as well as a nursing Sister, developed an orchestra there. Now 50 years later the remaining musicians talk about their time then.
The Derby Leprosarium was home to hundreds of north Western Australian Aboriginals suffering from Leprosy. This is a historical documentary that traces the lives of a number of patients who played in the Lepers Orchestra, playing Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and even Handel, this curious ensemble lifted the spirits of all who were there. This is the story of the journey that some surviving members of the orchestra take back to the medical institution.
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