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 actor & manager. Né William John Holloway. Born 4 February 1843, London, England. Brother of Charles Holloway (actor). Married Kate Arden (actress), 30 June 1871. Died February 1913, London, England. Father of Cecil Arden (actress), Julia Sydney (actress) and W.E. Holloway (actor), and stepfather of Essie Jenyns (actress).
On stage in Australia and England. Managed own Shakespeare company in Australia and replaced Henry Irving as King Lear in London in 1892.
English actor. Brother of WJ Holloway (actor & manager). Married Alice Deorwyn (actress). Died 29 November 1908, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Father of Beatrice Holloway (actress).
On stage in Australia. Prominent member of Bland Holt’s company.
English actor, dancer & vocalist. Born 1874, Hampstead, London, England. Brother of Ellis Holland and George Holland. Married Carlotta Nelly Johnstone, 1900, Marylebone, London, England. Died 30 May 1952, Rose Bay, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
On stage in Australia and South Africa for JC Williamson, 1905-1938.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.