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The Story of Australian Country Music

A Tribute to Buddy

A Tribute to Jimmy

A Tribute to Reg

A Tribute to Shirley

A Tribute to Slim

– Slim, Chronicler of the Bush

A Tribute to Smoky

A Tribute to Tex

– Tex Morton White Guitars

A Tribute to The McKean Sisters

Arch Kerr – pioneer record producer

Australia's College of Country Music

Bicentennial Concert 1970

The Big Golden Guitar

Birth of the Golden Guitars

Brief History of the Golden Guitar Awards

Brief History of Star Maker

The Buddy Bishop Story

Country Music Capital Meets Music City

Country Music Hands of Fame

Country Music Media

Country Music Roll of Renown

Country Timeline

First The Song

Ghosts of Tamworth

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Golden Guitar Winners Tally

The Gympie Muster

The Hadley Records Story

History of the College of Country Music

How the CMAA Was Born

How Tamworth became Country Music Capital

How the College of Country Music Works


The John Minson Story


Minson Memories

Narrative! Narrative! Narrative!

Origins of the Tamworth Country Music Festival

Radio Ranch & Spurs

Ross Murphy

Sources and Resources

Stairway to Stardom

The Story of Maton Guitars

Tamworth Milestones

Tamworth, We've Done Us Proud

What is Country Music

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The Tex Morton White Guitars

As well as being one of the most talented and charismatic characters in the history of Australian show business, Tex Morton was always looking for new challenges.

During the ‘30s and ‘40s he found one such opportunity by selling guitars and lessons by mail order. For just 14 pounds 10 shillings you could order a package, which would have you playing like Tex, in no time!

The white guitars with the cowboy and lariat transfer, were made for Tex by Harry West in a small factory in Ferntree Gully in Victoria. Harry West was the father of Sid and John West, later proprietors of Wayne Music in Melbourne. 

Among the workers was one Les Partell, who became very well known himself as the founder of the Trailblazers Show and a widely recorded country music artist. Les now lives in Kempsey, NSW.

 The small painted guitars were known by some, as "butter box guitars", a reference to their plywood construction, reminiscent of the plywood boxes used to transport packets of butter at that time.

There's no record of how many guitars were made but with Tex's ability to sell, it would have been a substantial number. Today only a handful survive to remind us of those early days of Australian country music.

They serve as a tribute to Tex Morton, the versatile and talented man who will always be recognised as “The Father of Australian Country Music.”

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