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Vale Margaret Cleaver: 1931-2013

SAD news from the people at the Victorian Jazz Archive: Margaret Cleaver, widow of Melbourne banjo player, Peter Cleaver, died on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at the age of 82.

Margaret had been a volunteer at the Archive for many years. Her wealth of knowledge about jazz and the Australian jazz scene made her a very valuable asset as a guide, providing as she did first hand information and tales of past jazz greats and events to enliven her tours of the Archive. She will be much missed by her friends and colleagues.

She is survived by her sons and grandchildren.

Here is a photo of Peter Cleaver playing with the Len Barnard Band in 1953.

Peter Cleaver

It is from the Archive collection, and was used in Nick Ribush’s hour long video: “Australian Jazz: the Melbourne Sound, the first forty years” which you can watch on YouTube.