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Timothy Edmund MCNAMARA (1922-1983)

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Timothy Edmund McNamara

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Timmy's "1956 Supershow" on the road touring with Christina Bourne as his female headline act.

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Daphne Frances Ford

Timothy Edmund MCNAMARA1 (known as 'Timmy'), son of Thomas Patrick MCNAMARA (1872-1945) and Ellen Agnes GRADY (1883-1958), was born on 10 October 1922 in Lucknow, NSW.2,3,4,5,6 In 1934 he was a boundary rider . The following year, when the family relocated to Sydney, he refused to accompany them. Instead, having quit school, he spent the next four or five years working on dairy farms.7 He married Daphne Frances FORD on 15 March 1941 at the BDM District in Canterbury, NSW.5,8

between 25 July 1944 and 24 May 1946 when aged 21-23 he served in World War II in the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force). He enlisted at Bankstown, NSW and his service number was 164924.9

After the war and with the encouragement of his wife Daphne, he decided to pursue a music and entertainment career and successfully became a professional entertainer and promoter. He played guitar and sang. He was a pioneer of Australian country music, not only by his own performances but by the help he gave fellow performers. He learned to play guitar, sing and yodel the hillbilly songs that he heard on the radio by such singers as Tex Morton. He wrote much of his own material and sometimes worked as a duo with his brother Tom McNamara who performed under the stage name Tommy Mack. In 1945 they won The Australian Amateur Hour (a national radio competition).

By 1948, he was well established and appeared in the film 'Into The Straight'. He sang two of his own songs, "Riding Along" and "We're Going To The Rodeo Today" in that film, both of which he later recorded, with four other songs, at his first recording session on 9 August that year. He recorded them for Regal Zonophone in Columbia Studios, Sydney. In later times, he recorded for EMI.

In 1949, he joined 2SM Sydney as the presenter of their Country and Western show. He played records, sang songs and interviewed guests. Both Slim Dusty and Gordon Parsons gained initial promotion of their careers through appearing on the show. It was a constant source of pride in the McNamara family that Timmy had given Frank Ifield his first chance on his radio programme when young Frank was only fourteen. Frank Ifield acknowleges this himself on his website. He wrote a note to Tim trying to get to perform on the programme. In August 1950, he persuaded 2SM and Rodeo Records to sponsor a national talent show, with a recording contract as the prize. In 1951 he packed Sydney Town Hall for the grand final. The first show attracted massive interest, eventually being won by Reg Lindsay with "Shorty" Ranger second. The talent quest continued for a number of years and many artists had their inital break by appearing in the contest.

In 1950, he had joined Rodeo Records and during the 1950s, he recorded about 52 tracks for the label, with many being his own compositions and then he resigned and moved to Festival. He recorded six sides for Festival in 1956 but made no further recordings until returning to EMI for one album in 1971. He then did another for Picture Records in 1974. He was known as "The Cowboy Troubadour" and was a major recording star in the Australian country music scene and is recognised in a number of Tamworth Memorials including the Tamworth Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown.

He was also well known for his promotional abilities continually producing concerts all over Australia over many years. In 1952, he became more active in production and with Daphne promoted shows in many areas that featured most of the top Australian artists. He maintained regular appearances around the Australian country circuit and even played the Grand Ole Opry in 1959 during an American visit.

In 1981, his dedicated commitment to the Australian country music scene saw him become only the sixth person elected to the Country Music Roll Of Renown. He remained active promoting shows and helping fellow artists, until his death. It is also believed that he went and performed for the Australian troops in Vietnam a number of times. A summary of his career can be found at http://www.countrymusichalloffame.com.au/RollOfRenown/1981_TimMcNamara.htm.7,10,11,12,13,14,15,16

Timmy died (aged 60) on 17 April 1983 at Auburn in Sydney, NSW. The cause was throat cancer. A death notice was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 18 April 1983.4,5,17

 

Daphne Frances FORD5 was the daughter of Arthur Samuel FORD (1875-1942) and Catherine SHERIDAN (1885?-1968). She and Timothy Edmund MCNAMARA had the following children:

 

Terrence Arthur MCNAMARA (1945-1975)

Timothy Peter MCNAMARA (known as 'Peter')

Sandra Frances MCNAMARA ( -1976)

Citations

1{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
2{S0727}, Internet (NME) : McNAMARA, Timothy Edmond (0027) (http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/urAzpcVOCLs#KpfHgDGjFdI6TYDQ.99). Cit. Date: 9 October 2013. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Original page stated "born in Lucknow near Orange"
3{S0032}, Certificate - Birth : MCNAMARA, Johanna [Nellie] (0113). Custom Id: NSW 39386 / 45. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{S0107}, Monument : Tamworth Country Music Roll of Renown. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
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Tim's Honour Roll in Tamworth

5{S0116}, Internet (WCP) McNamara : re MCNAMARA, Bartholomew (0032) and LENEHAN, Bridget (0031) and Descendants (Rootsweb World Connect Project : http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2471560). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{S0108} John Thomas Michael (Jack) MCNAMARA, Manuscripts : "A Family Affair" and Other Assorted Essays by MCNAMARA, John 'Jack' (0118) (See http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owenjones/biogind/mcnamara/mcnamara_john...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Eyewitness evidence
7{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.nme.com/artists/tim-mcnamara. Cit. Date: 16 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
8{S0065}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Marriages (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Marriages Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no. 2220/1941
9{S0173}, War Records : Nominal Roll : World War II (Certificates) (http://www.ww2roll.gov.au). Cit. Date: 3 September 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
10{S0475}, Photo : McNAMARA, Timothy Edmund (0126) : 1956 Supershow on the road. Cit. Date: 3 September 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Timmy's "1956 Supershow" on the road. He was touring with Christina Bourne as his female headline act. Christina is the lady standing on stage in the ‘genie’ pants. She performed as 'Chris Del Rio', 'Sarina the bulletproof girl' and 'Panthia', two of which can be seen promoted on the tent. Tim is probably the man on our right of the stage with the shoestring tie (in front of the Del Rio, Seven Veils sign)

11{S0105}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : OWEN (nee JONES), Ellen Mary (0002). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.


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12{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.acmf.org.au/ror/timmcnamara.html. Cit. Date: 16 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
13{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.frankifield.com/memories.html. Cit. Date: 16 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
14{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.freewebs.com/thisday/aug.html. Cit. Date: 16 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "August 9 : Recorded :- 1948 : Tim McNamara recorded "Going to the Rodeo Today" & "Riding Along" singles for Regal Zonophone in Columbia Studios, Sydney"
15{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.freewebs.com/thisday/sept.html. Cit. Date: 16 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Tommy Mack born Thomas Emmett McNamara - Worked as a duo with older brother Tim McNamara- Atomic Comic singer & comedian - brother of Tim McNamara - Worked for Bob Dyer on his Solvol radio shows in 1952 - Ran a Talent Agency in Sydney - (Died April 18 2004)"
16{S0199}, Internet : General. http://www.countrymusichalloffame.com.au/RollOfRenown/1981_TimMcNamara.htm. Cit. Date: 12 May 2010. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
17{S0510}, Ryerson Index : Death : McNAMARA, Timothy Edmund. Cit. Date: 22 March 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
The death notice gives 16 April 1983 as his date of death whereas it is believed it was 17 April 1983

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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