THA regularly publishes original research into Australian theatre history, both in print and online via the On Stage Magazine.
Comprising some 1600 portraits of theatrical and other celebrities, The Falk Album was probably compiled in the late 1890s. The Falk Album was digitised by Theatre Heritage Australia in 2019.
Image: Sarah Bernhardt, 1891. Falk 010/7, Falk Album, Nick Henderson Collection, Digitised by Theatre Heritage Australia, 2019
Working as a senior stagehand for J.C. Williamson Ltd during the 1940s and 50s, Les Thorp captured footage of the stars and the shows with his 8mm film camera. This rare footage has been made available to THA by his grandson Paul Worsnop.
Image: Let's Face It. Les Thorp Collection.
Between 2014–2016, THA undertook a program of digitisation of Scene Books from the J.C. Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston. The books provide a rare account of theatrical productions staged in Australia between the 1890s and 1930s.
Image: The New Moon. Act 1, Sc. 2. Book 1, J.C.W Scene Books. Digitised by Theatre Heritage Australia, 2016
The John Riley/Fred Hailes 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). Digitised by THA in 2016.
Image: The Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, Digitised by Theatre Heritage Australia, 2016
In 2019, Theatre Heritage Australia undertook a major digitisation project of The Falk Album. In 2020 we produced a limited edition book to highlight this extraordinary collection.
** NEW IN 2022 **
In 2022, Theatre Heritage Australia will begin a new Oral History program, with a view to creating a specialist resource for performing arts researchers, including theatre historians, arts journalists, educators and students.
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Background image: JCW Scene Book, Book 01, The Desert Song. His Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne (1928–9). Digitised by Theatre Heritage Australia 2016