Digital Galleries

Theatre Heritage Australia maintains an ever increasing collection of digital assets including rare books, archival images and audio.

Audio

Audio

These audio files were originally distributed as CDs with ON STAGE, the magazine of THA. They are now available to listen online.

Books

Books

THA has digitised a number of important books, pamphlets & programs, now out of copyright

JCW Scene Books

JCW Scene Books

Digitized Scene Books from the JC Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

Theatrical and musical items including engravings, photographs, newspaper cuttings, and entrance tickets.

Photo galleries

Photo galleries

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

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 comprises 10 digitized volumes and is now available to view online.

View the collection

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

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.

View the scrapbook

Melbourne Theatres

Early production photos

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Melbourne c.1959

Trial by Jury

Trial by Jury

The Gondoliers

The Gondoliers

Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance

The Chalk Garden

The Chalk Garden

The Pajama Game

The Pajama Game

Iolanthe

Iolanthe

Yeomen of the Guard

Yeomen of the Guard

The Mikado

The Mikado

c.1958