A Brush With Fame

James Morrison

A  few famous faces:


James Morrison the jazz trumpeter and multi-instumentalist was born in Boorowa in 1962 and lived in Boorowa as a young child. His father the Reverend GT Morrison, was the local clergyman of the Methodist Church. At the age of seven he was given his first instument, at nine he formed his first band and at thirteen commenced playing professionally. Now a resident of Sydney's Northern Beaches and a much lauded performer dubbed 'The Genius', by the late Ray Brown, James Morrison does much to encourage young talent, is greatly in demand world wide but took time to return to his birthplace to perform at the Boorowa Woolfest in 2008.

Anna Volkovaa


Anna Volkova came to Australia for the first time in the second Ballets Russes tour in 1938, when she was 21. Born in Moscow, Anna was whisked away from Russia at the time of the revolution and the family settled in Paris as did many other White Russians.

Anna Volkova has lived in Australia since 1945, when she returned to marry the Australian pastoralist Jim Barnes of Boorowa and settled into country life raising two boys. Anna now lives in Sydney and regularly attends Australian Ballet performances, sometimes two noghts in a row, at both the dress rehearsals and opening night.