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

DONDI, Enrico (fl. 1870s)

Italian operatic vocalist (bass).

Visited Australia for WS Lyster in 1870s.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

Italian conductor. Né Roccantonio de Gilio. Died 11 July 1920, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 51.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 284.

Italian operatic vocalist (tenor).

In Australia for WS Lyster’s Opera Company during 1870s.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

Monday, 01 May 2017

DAY, Philip (1844-1887)

English actor. Né Samuel Phillips Day. Born 1844, Cork, Ireland, the son of the Rev. Samuel Phillips Day (1818-1885) and his wife Julia Maria Day. Married Emily Moorhead. Died 3 December 1887, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 42.

On stage in England and Australia.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 93, 205.

Monday, 01 May 2017

DAWSON, Tom (1865-1916)

Welsh actor.

Performed on the Tivoli circuit, 1904-1913; enlisted in AIF, October 1915, joining 18th Infantry Battalion as Private, transferring to 60th Infantry Battalion in July 1916.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 308.

Monday, 01 May 2017

DAWSON, Peter (1882-1961)

Australian vocalist (bass-baritone). Né Peter Smith Dawson. Born 21 January 1882, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Son of Thomas Dawson and Alison Miller. Died 27 September 1961, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Noted recording artist from 1910s.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 185.

Monday, 01 May 2017

DAVIES, Ben (1858-1943)

Welsh operatic vocalist (tenor). Benjamin Grey Davies. Born 6 January 1858, Pontardulais, Glamorganshire, Wales. Married Clara Perry. Died 28 March 1943, Bristol, England, aged 85.

On stage in England, America and Australia from 1882. Studied at Royal Academy of Music in London. Performed in opera and musical comedy.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 205.

Monday, 01 May 2017

DANE, Ethel (1876-1963)

Australian actress. Née Ethel Mary Spiller. Born 1876, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Daughter of John Robert Spiller and Eliza Haldane. Married (1) Cyril Keightley (actor), 18 December 1899, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (2) Louis Wolheim (actor), 12 May 1923, Manhattan, New York, USA. Died 1 December 1963, College Park, SA, Australia.

On stage in Australia and England from 1898.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 279.

Monday, 01 May 2017

DAMPIER, Alfred (1843-1908)

English actor, manager & playwright. Born 28 February 1843, Horsham, Sussex, England. Son of John Dampier (builder) and Mary Ann Simmonds. Married Katherine Russell (pianist), 1868, Birmingham, England. Died 23 May 1908, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Father of Lily Dampier (actress) and Rose Dampier (actress).

On stage in England and Australia. Noted Shakespearean actor.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 18, 93, 170.

Australian actor. Married. Died 5 May 1914, Fremantle, WA, Australia, aged 47.

Died on stage at the Tivoli Theatre, Fremantle, during a performance of The Soldier's Wedding.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 306.

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