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Elisabeth Kumm

Elisabeth Kumm

Elisabeth is a founding member of the Victoria Theatres Trust. Her series Pets of the Public was a regular feature of On Stage from 1999 to 2005, looking at “forgotten” nineteenth century performers. She continues to contribute articles for the THA website, and from 2018 has been editor of the THA Newsletter. As a theatrical historian and biographer she assisted Viola Tait with her book on pantomime – Dames, Principal Boys…and All That (published by Macmillan in 2001) and also worked with her on her memoirs I Have a Song to Sing (published by THA in 2018). Elisabeth has also undertaken research for the Riley/Hailes Scrapbook and JCW Scene Books projects. Most recently she has been working on the Falk Studios album project including acting as editor of The Falk Studios book (published by THA in 2021). 

Monday, 01 May 2017

HILL, John (fl. 1870s)

English pianist & violinist. Né John Thomas Hill, aka Mr Strauss Illa. Married Ilma di Murska (vocalist), 15 May 1876, Dunedin, New Zealand (bigamous).

In Australia for WS Lyster in 1870s.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 208.

English actor & vocalist (baritone). Son of Andrew Higginson (draughtsman) and Jane --. Married (1) Daisy Revette (actress), 1902, London, England (div. 1929), (2) Enid Lavisse (pianist), (3) Andree Portier (Porthier), 1935, Sydney, NSW, Australia (d. 1949). Died 1959, Gosford, NSW, Australia.

On stage in Australia from 1908.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 172, 220.

Monday, 01 May 2017

HENNINGS, John (1835-1898)

German scenic artist. Né Johann Friedrich Hennings. Born 6 July 1835, Bremen, Germany. Married (1) Ellen Targett (ballet dancer) (de facto?), (2) Lizzie Collins (Mrs Gardiner) (de facto). Died 3 October 1898, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Father of John Henry Hennings (scenic artist) and Kitty Hennings.

Leading scenic artist in Australia from 1855 notably at Melbourne Theatre Royal of which he was also co-lessee with Coppin and others.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 175.

Monday, 01 May 2017

HEIR, Robert (d. 1868)

English actor. Married Fanny Cathcart (actress), 1855. Died 27 February 1868, on board ss Auckland, during a trip from Melbourne to the Bluff (NZ).

On stage in Australia with GV Brooke and Fanny Cathcart from 1855.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 185.

Monday, 01 May 2017

HARWOOD, H.R. (1830-1898)

English actor & manager. Né Henry Richard Beggs. Born 19 October 1830, London, England. Married (1) ??, (2) Docy Stewart (actress). Died 16 April 1898, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

On stage in Australia from 1852. Managed Melbourne Theatre Royal with Greville, Hennings and others in 1867.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 196.

Monday, 01 May 2017

HARRISON, John (1868-1929)

English operatic vocalist (tenor). Born 27 February 1868, Colne, England. Son of Joseph Harrison and Martha Brown. Married Margaret Capstick, 8 October 1907, Colne, England. Died 19 March 1929.

Performed in Australia with Ada Crossley in 1908 and with Thomas Quinlan's opera company in 1912.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 255.

Monday, 01 May 2017

HARLAND, Julia (c.1825-1872)

American operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Julia Susannah Wallack. Born c.1825, Washington, USA. Daughter of Henry Wallack (actor) and Fanny Jones. Sister of James William Wallack (actor). Married William Hoskins (actor), 1842, Medway, England. Died 19 August 1872, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 47.

Member of the famous American Wallack theatre family. On stage in England and Australia. Studied singing with Manuel Garcia. Arrived in Australia in 1856 as a member of an operatic touring party that included Walter Sherwin, Robert Farquharson and Linley Norman. Retired in 1868 to take up teaching.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 18.

Monday, 01 May 2017

HAMBOURG, Mark (1879-1960)

Russian pianist. Born 1 June 1879, Boguchar, Russia. Brother of Boris Hambourg (cellist) and Jan Hambourg (violinist). Married Dorothea Muir Mackenzie (violinist). Died 26 August 1960, Cambridge, England. Father of Michal Hambourg (pianist).

In England from 1889. First visited Australia in 1895 and then for J&N Tait in 1908.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 243.

Australian actress. aka Mrs Bishop.

Retired from the stage following her marriage and settled in San Francisco.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 271.

English actor. Born 7 March 1875, London, England. Married Dorothy Adeline Miller. Died 29 November 1929, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 259.

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