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).
English conductor & composer. Né Frederic Hymen Cohen. Born 29 January 1852, Kingston, Jamaica. Son of Frederick Augustus Cohen and Emily Davis. Married Frederica Gwendoline Richardson, 23 June 1908, London, England. Died 6 October 1935, Hove, Sussex, England.
Moved to England with family in 1856. Visited Australia in 1888 to conduct the orchestra at the International Centennial Exhibition in Melbourne.
German operatic vocalist (tenor).
English actor, manager & theatre owner. Né George Selth Coppin. Born 8 April 1819, Steyning, Sussex, England. Son of George Selth Coppin and Elizabeth Jane Jackson. Married (1) Maria Watkins Burroughs (actress) (de facto), (2) Harriet Bray, 1855, (3) Lucy Hilsden. Died 14 March 1906, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
On stage in Australia from 1843. Entrepreneur and low comedian. See biography by Alec Bagot for further information.
Australian operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Mary Jane Conly. Daughter of James Conly and Sarah Houston. Married John Jarrett, 1900, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died August 1930, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 56.
Italian operatic vocalist (baritone). Father of Antonietta Coliva (soprano) and Giovannina Coliva (soprano).
English actor/manager. Né Edward Irham Cole. Born c.1857, Croydon, Surrey, England. Son of Irham Cole and Isabella Holliday. Married (1) Ada Dale, (2) Vene Linden (actress). Died 1 July 1942. Father-in-law of Tom Ayr (actor).
Toured Australia with his Bohemian Dramatic Company.
English operatic vocalist.