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Square Dancing Heritage - Jim Vickers-Willis

On this page you can listening to, watch and reading some of Jim's unique square dance memorabilia from the 1950's BOOM years.



Read the Jim & Beth Vickers-Willis square dancing story. Compiled in 2008 from original documents including newspaper clippings, this 30 page eBook tells many interesting stories of the 1950s square dance entertainment Boom! that occurred in Australia in the early 1950s, and the central role played in it by Jim & Beth Vickers-Willis. The book is in Pdf format, and is titled:

An Australian Square Dancing Story -
The Epicentre of a 1950's Entertainment BOOM! (Pdf)



Start the You Tube media player below to view a 5 minute heritage film clip about Jim's role in the 1950's Australian Square Dance BOOM!


Start the You Tube player below to view a 2 minute film of the 1952 visit to Australia of the great American 'Hall Of Fame' Square Dance Caller, Joe Lewis, on his arrival at Essendon airport, Melbourne.


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On the right bar are some samples of Jim calling square dances.

Also included are some other heritage recordings, including the call of a round up and a hoedown. Another recording is the very moving radio broadcast on Jim's 'come back' square dance following his fight back after polio in 1955 - plus a pre-recorded 'thank you' speech which Jim prepared in case he collapsed.......fortunately he didn't need to use it.

Jim's Square Dance Exhibition Set:

Square Dance - Jim Vickers-Willis Exhibition Set
L to R - Peter Tidex, Moya Holden, Kevin Collins, Betty Tidex, Gerald Egan, Kathie Randle, Beth Vickers-Willis (front), Jim Vickers-Willis (back) , Peter Harrison, Teddy Preston.

Jim's Australian Square Dance Band:

The Australian Square Dance Band variously included the following musicians: Margaret Swan (piano); Bob Patey (piano); Teddy Preston (piano); Tom Potts (drums); Barry Brennan (drums); Ed Zavod (violin); Tommy Torrens (violin); Freddie Thomas (accord ian); Norm Berger (accordian); Denny Martin (trumpet); Peter Boyce (guitar); Col Leason (guitar); Frank Raleigh (bass).

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Here are some sample recordings of Jim calling square dances in the 1950s. If you would like the complete recording, these can listened to here at Jim's Catalogue

Virginia Reel


Robert E Lee

Alabama Jubilee

John Brown's Body

Inky Pinky
Parlez Vous

Red River Valley


Jim's Emotional 'Come Back' Square Dance (1955)

Jim's Last Square Dance Call Before Polio Was Diagnosed
(Adelaide, March, 1954)

Jim's Pre-Recorded
Come Back Square
Dance "Speech"

A Round Up
(Earls Court)

Round Up 2

by Eddie Zavod

Listener In
"Star Caller" Award To Jim

Bert Newton's
Late Show (HSV 7)

A Square Dance
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