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).
Italian conductor. Né Roccantonio de Gilio. Died 11 July 1920, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 51.
Italian operatic vocalist (tenor).
In Australia for WS Lyster’s Opera Company during 1870s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
English actor & manager. Born 27 December 1813, London, England. Married Elizabeth Paget (actress). Died 17 June 1888, England, aged 74. Father of Charles Creswick (actor).
On stage in England, USA and Australia from 1831. Toured Australia in 1870s for GBW Lewis.