Maurie LAWSON (1986)
1927 – Born on the 4th
of September in Dimboola, Victoria.
1939 – Moved to Melbourne.
1941 – Became hooked on country
music after hearing Tex Morton. Bought a guitar and taught
himself to sing and play.
1943 – Left school at 16 and
worked as a cinematograph operator until an accident left him
blind in one eye.
1947 – Due to extreme nervousness
he did not perform in public until he was 20 when he appeared on
Australia’s Amateur Hour. This lead to a recording session for
Married his first wife Vi and
performed as the Yodelling Sweethearts. Maurie could play seven
instruments and started doing rope tricks.
Toured with Ashton’s Circus as
well as their own shows, mainly on the club circuit.
1952 – Took out their own tour-
this lasted for 7 years, touring around Australia.
1959 – With their four children
they settled in Adelaide and took a spell from entertaining.
Maurie formed a band and worked
on a country show aired on the ABC.
1963 – Marital problems led to
divorce. Maurie went to Europe for six months. The country music
program moved to the commercial network and became the Reg
Maurie worked as a solo performer
for a few years until he met and teamed up with Thirza McColm
and became the Singing Lariats.
1972 – Maurie and Thirza married.
The Singing Lariats had a 10 year
full time career in which they performed in Sydney clubs, P & O
cruises, had two seasons in America and overseas trips to Japan,
Hong Kong and the Philippines.
At the end of the second American
tour Maurice developed angina and this resulted in a slowing
down of their career. On returning to Australia they bought land
near Woodburn, northern NSW and established a tourist
1986 – Inducted into the Hands of
1994 – Maurie Lawson passed away
on the 13th of