Extracts in this chapter describe the birth in England of Grainger's father, John Grainger, and his education. It covers the family tradition of “Graingerising” (keeping an artistic scrapbook) and its influence subsequently on Percy, and John Grainger's attempts to keep Percy “British” using the works of Rudyard Kipling. John Grainger's most notable designs, in Perth, Melbourne, and Adelaide are also listed. The effects of John Grainger's alcoholism on his marriage, and subsequent separation from his wife, are recounted, as is his surprising ability to get on with the Aldridges—his mother's family—better than she could herself. Pride in his young son's achievements, coupled with his inability to understand them are addressed, along with his substantial patience with his son. Consideration is given to the racial characteristics of the Irish and the Scots, John Grainger's “dark-eyed” (not “blue-eyed” and therefore Nordic) background and its implications for subsequent family disaster. Early concert life in colonial Adelaide receives sensitive attention.
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