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Digital Collection
Theatre Heritage Australia

Special Projects

Theatre Heritage Australia regularly undertakes a range of Special Projects, from publishing books and original research, to digitising important theatrical records. Keep up to date with the latest projects by clicking on the links below.

Entertaining Mr Coppin

Entertaining Mr Coppin

COMING SOON

Entertaining Mr. Coppin: An Australian showman in Civil War America will recount an unlikely theatrical tour, conveying the gaslight and greasepaint atmosphere of a vanished world and the peculiar sights and sounds of mid 19th century American life.

The Falk Studios

The Falk Studios

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.

Australian Theatre Programs

Australian Theatre Programs

Theatre Heritage Australia has digitised hundreds of theatre programs, some dating back to the early 1900s.

Oral History program

Oral History program

In 2022, Theatre Heritage Australia will begin a new Oral History program, with the focus on Australian performing arts practitioners.

I Have a Song to Sing: the memoirs of Viola Tait

I Have a Song to Sing: the memoirs of Viola Tait

Viola Tait’s memoirs are important as both a personal history and a social history, providing not just details of a life in the theatre, but about the theatre in Britain, America and Australia during the middle of the twentieth century.

JCW Scene Books

JCW Scene Books

These ten digitised scene books provide a rare account of over 440 theatrical productions staged in Australia between the 1890s and 1930s.

Digital Galleries

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

Audio

Audio

THA maintains a growing collection of audio files, including archival recordings and interviews.

JCW Scene Books

JCW Scene Books

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

The Falk Album

The Falk Album

Digitized album containing over 1600 prints of predominately theatrical sitters taken during the 1890s by H. Walter Barnett’s Falk Studios in Sydney.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

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

Books

Books

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

Photo galleries

Photo galleries

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

 

Melbourne Theatres

Early production photos

Yeomen of the Guard

Yeomen of the Guard

Iolanthe

Iolanthe

The Mikado

The Mikado

c.1958

The Chalk Garden

The Chalk Garden

The Gondoliers

The Gondoliers

Trial by Jury

Trial by Jury

The Pajama Game

The Pajama Game

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Melbourne c.1959

Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance