IMAGE: Is Zat So? Act 3. Book 1, J.C.W Scene Books. Digitised by Theatre Heritage Australia, 2016
About Block II
Welcome to Theatre Heritage Australia
Theatre Heritage Australia Inc. was established in 1995 to foster knowledge and research into the history of Australian theatre. THA publishes original articles and books, holds regular events and undertakes a range of special projects with the aim of promoting and encouraging greater understanding of Australia’s rich performing arts history.
Image: Sarah Bernhardt, 1891. Falk 010/7, Falk Album, Nick Henderson Collection, Digitised by Theatre Heritage Australia, 2019
Les Thorpe Collection
Les Thorpe Collection
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.
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 Riley/Hailes Scrapbook
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.
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.
Between 1999-2012 THA produced the quarterly 'On Stage’ magazine, a leading performing arts publication featuring research into Australian theatre history along with current industry news and interviews.
On Stage continues to this day in digital form with new articles added regularly. Click the links below to read the latest articles online, or view digitised copies of the original magazine in the On Stage archive.