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    Theatre Heritage Australia Inc. is a non-profit organisation established in 1995 to foster knowledge and research into the history of Australian theatre. Our members include theatre professionals, scholars, and enthusiasts dedicated to documenting and sharing Australia’s unique theatre heritage.

    Note: Access to our site including the On Stage Magazine menus is now free. However to support our work please consider joining. Membership of THA is also free! Apply via the login panel.

  • 8th Annual General Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the 8th Annual General Meeting of Theatre Heritage Australia Inc. will be held at Prahran Mechanics Institute, 39 St Edmonds Road, Prahran on Saturday 18 March 2017, commencing at 2.30 pm sharp.

    Master scenic artist, PAUL KATHNER, OAM, will be our special guest with his talk "A History of Scenic Art in Australia." Paul, along with Ross Turner, founded Scenic Studios, Australia's premier commercial painting and scenic design studio 40 years ago. The studios continue the tradition of J. C. Williamson Ltd.

    Agenda: 2.30 pm – AGM; 2.50 pm – Paul's talk; followed by refreshments

    This is a free event - all THA members & their guests are welcome

    To assist with catering, please RSVP by March 13 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Digitizing the JC Williamson Scene Books

Between 2014–2016, THA undertook a program of digitization of Scene Books from the JC Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston. The collection comprises thousands of images of JCW sets, backdrops, scenic details, lighting rigs etc. stretching back to the end of the nineteenth century.

The collection will eventually comprise 10 digitized volumes, and will be made available to the public as the work is completed.

JCW Scene Book 1

JCW Scene Book 1

JCW Scene Book 2

JCW Scene Book 2

JCW Scene Book 9

JCW Scene Book 9

The Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

The Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

The John Riley/Fred Hailes Scrapbook contains theatrical and musical items including engravings, photographs, newspaper cuttings, and entrance tickets. The scrapbook was compiled between the 1830s and 1917 by at least two people, circus performer John Riley (c.1819-1911), and journalist Fred Hailes (c.1852-1917). The ‘scraps’ are pasted on 309 pages of an international trade book.

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THA has a range of online resources, including artist profiles, member articles & historic images

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Much of Australia's important theatre history is in danger of being forgotten. The very theatres themselves, which gave us the framework for this panorama of talent, are endangered. THA has been formed to fight for the preservation of both the history and the fabric of our ongoing theatre heritage.

The purpose of THA is to promote and encourage:

  • the study of and research into Australia’s rich theatre history;
  • the preservation, renovation and use of Australia’s theatres;
  • the identification, documentation and preservation of items relating to Australia’s theatre history;
  • the establishment and maintenance of links with similar organisations in Australia.

If you believe you have items that might be of interest to the THA, please contact us 

Digital Collection

The THA has a digital collection of rare production photographs, many from the JC Williamson era.

 

 

  • Kings Theatre, Russell St, Melbourne
  • Yeomen of the Guard
  • Comedy Theatre, Russell St, Melbourne
  • Pirates of Penzance
  • My Fair Lady
  • The Pajama Game
  • Barkly Theatre, Acland St, St Kilda
  • The Chalk Garden
  • The Gondoliers

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