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). 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:13

PALMIERI, Madame

English operatic vocalist (soprano). aka Marie Palmieri. Married Tito Palmieri (tenor).

On stage in England, Australia and USA. In Australia as member of Lyster's Opera Company during 1870s.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

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PAGE, Miss Elliott (fl. 1890s-1900s)

American actress. Née Mary Elliott Eaton Page. Daughter of Colonel J Augustus Page. Married Ernest Hatheway Turnbull, 17 July 1901, London, England.

On stage in Australia from 1890s.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 173.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:10

PADEREWSKI, Ignacy Jan (1860-1941)

Polish pianist & composer. Born 6 November 1860, Kurylówka, Poland. Died 29 June 1941, New York City, New York, USA.

Toured Australia several times in early 20th century.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 196, 243.

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OWEN, Margaret Dale (fl. 1910s)

American actress. Married Harry Corson Clarke (actor).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 187.

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O'BRIEN, Stuart (1833-1883)

Irish actor & manager. Né Francis Stuart O'Brien, aka Frank Stuart. Born 1833, County Tipperary, Ireland. Died 25 August 1883, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

On stage in England, USA and Australia. Popular Irish comedian.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 175.

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NORDICA, Lillian (1857-1914)

American operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Lillian Allen Norton. Born 12 December 1857, Farmington, Maine, USA. Married (1) Frederick A Gower, 1882, (2) Zoltan Dohme (vocalist). Died 10 May 1914, Jakarta, Java.

Sang leading Wagnerian roles in Europe and America.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 247, 257.

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NICHOLLS, Agnes (1876-1959)

English operatic vocalist (soprano). Born 14 July 1876, Cheltenham, England. Daughter of Albert Chapman Nicholls (draper) and Fanny Elizabeth Vent. Married Herbert Hamilton Harty, 15 July 1904. Died 21 September 1959, London, England.

Visited Australia with Thomas Quinlan's opera company in 1912.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 253.

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NEWMAN, Jean (fl. 1900s-1920s)

Canadian operatic vocalist (soprano).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 211.

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NERI, Mariano (fl. 1860s)

Italian operatic vocalist (tenor).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

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MUSGROVE, George (1854-1916)

English-Australian manager. Born 21 January 1854, Surbiton-on-Thames, England. Son of Thomas John Watson Musgrove and Fanny Hodson. Married (1) Emily Knight Fisk, 1874, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (2) Nellie Stewart (actress) (de facto). Father of Emily Musgrove and Rose Musgrove (actress); and Nancye Stewart (actress) with Nellie Stewart.

Moved to Australia with family in 1860s. One of Australia’s most prominent theatre managers as partner in the ‘triumvirate’ with JC Williamson and Arthur Garner, 1882-1890, and with Williamson, 1892-1899. As manager of own company visited San Francisco in 1906 at time of earthquake, where he and Nellie Stewart lost most of their scenery, costumes and props.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 244.

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