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.
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In June 2015, THA was awarded a PROV History Grant for the digitisation of ten scene books from the JC Williamson Ltd collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston.
The ten newly digitised scene books provide a rare account of over 440 theatrical productions staged in Australia between the 1890s and 1930s.
This is THAs first event in association with the Arts Centre Melbourne.
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 comprises 10 digitized volumes and is now available to view online.
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On Stage is THAs magazine dedicated to Australia's theatre heritage
THA has a range of online resources, including artist profiles, member articles & historic images
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:
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