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-born actress & writer. Née Eliza Winstanley. Born 1818, London, England. Daughter of William Winstanley (scene painter). Married Henry Charles O'Flaherty (musician), Sydney, NSW, Australia. Died 1882, Sydney, NSW, Australia
On stage in Australia from 1834-1846. Returned to England, acted with Charles Kean to 1859. Acted in USA 1848-1849. Wrote novels. Returned to Sydney 1880.
Australian actress & vocalist. Née Catherine Eleanor Wilson.
Member of Pollard’s Liliputian Opera Company and JC Williamson Ltd.
English actor. Né Joshua Plumpton Wilson. Son of Beverley Linett Wilson and Katherine Lilleyburn. Married (1) Eily Malyon (actress), 9 December 1911, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (div. 1922), (2) Esther Mitchell (actress), 1924. Died September 1958, New York, USA.
On stage in Australia from 1910s as actor for JC Williamson Ltd.
American actor & playwright. Born 4 May 1886, New York, USA. Married Effie King (actress). Died 16 February 1956, Jamaica, NY, USA.
American actor, vocalist & manager. Né James Cassius Williamson. Born 26 July 1844, Mercer, Pennsylvania, USA. Married (1) Maggie Moore (actress), (2) Mary Weir (dancer). Died 8 July 1913, Paris, France.
On stage in USA, Australia and England from1860s. Arrived Australia in 1874 under engagement to George Coppin. Went to found Australia’s most important theatrical companies, J.C. Williamson Ltd.
English vocalist & stage manager. Né Richard William John Smith. Born 1859, London, England. Son of William Smith and Eliza Weathersby. Married Alice Gresham (vocalist). Died December 1915, Birmingham, England.
Associated with D’Oyly Carte companies in England. Engaged by JC Williamson Ltd to produce G&S operas during 1914-1915.
English operatic vocalist (baritone). Born 4 March 1849, Painswick, Gloucestershire, England. Son of Thomas Mills and Mary Watkins. Married Elsie Cantell (vocalist), 1919. Died 10 December 1930, Toronto, Canada.
Noted concert singer & recording artist. On stage in England, Australia and Canada. Visited Australia 1904-1905 as part of world tour.
Australian vocalist (soprano). Nee Agnes Elsie Victoria Warman. Daughter of William Warman and Emma Hartree. Born 1887, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died 4 February 1944, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Popular singer and teacher who gained prominence after winning Melba singing scholarship in 1914.
American actress & operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Lucy Geneviève Teresa Ward; aka Countess de Guerbel. Born 27 March 1837, New York City, NY, USA. Daughter of Colonel Samuel Ward. Died 18 August 1922, Hampstead, London, England.
Opera singer turned dramatic actress based in England from 1870s. Visited Australia in 1884 as part of a world tour. First actress to be awarded a DBE, which she received in 1921.
English actor, manager & playwright. Né William Waller Lewis. Born 3 November 1860, Bilbao, Spain. Son of William James Lewis (engineer) and Carlotta Vyse. Married Florence West (actress), 1883. Died 1 November 1915, Nottingham, England, aged 55 (from pneumonia).
On stage from 1883, gaining early experience in the companies of JL Toole and Helena Modjeska. Manager of Haymarket Theatre and other theatre during 1890s with HH Morrell. Joined HB Tree's company, 1897-1900. During the 1910s, toured America, Canada and Australia.