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MUSGROVE, George (1854-1916)

English-Australian manager. Born 21 January 1854, Surbiton-on-Thames, England. Son of Thomas John Watson Musgrove and Fanny Hodson. Married (1) Emily Knight Fisk, 1874, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (2) Nellie Stewart (actress) (de facto). Father of Emily Musgrove and Rose Musgrove (actress); and Nancye Stewart (actress) with Nellie Stewart.

Moved to Australia with family in 1860s. One of Australia’s most prominent theatre managers as partner in the ‘triumvirate’ with JC Williamson and Arthur Garner, 1882-1890, and with Williamson, 1892-1899. As manager of own company visited San Francisco in 1906 at time of earthquake, where he and Nellie Stewart lost most of their scenery, costumes and props.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 244.

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