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). 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COSTA, Franz (1861-1941)

German operatic vocalist (tenor).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 273.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COPPIN, George (1819-1906)

English actor, manager & theatre owner. Né George Selth Coppin. Born 8 April 1819, Steyning, Sussex, England. Son of George Selth Coppin and Elizabeth Jane Jackson. Married (1) Maria Watkins Burroughs (actress) (de facto), (2) Harriet Bray, 1855, (3) Lucy Hilsden. Died 14 March 1906, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

On stage in Australia from 1843. Entrepreneur and low comedian. See biography by Alec Bagot for further information.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages ii, 21, 36, 212.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

CONLY, Mary (1874-1930)

Australian operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Mary Jane Conly. Daughter of James Conly and Sarah Houston. Married John Jarrett, 1900, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died August 1930, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 56.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 199.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COLIVA, Filippo (fl. 1870s)

Italian operatic vocalist (baritone). Father of Antonietta Coliva (soprano) and Giovannina Coliva (soprano).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COLE, E.I. (1857-1942)

English actor/manager. Né Edward Irham Cole. Born c.1857, Croydon, Surrey, England. Son of Irham Cole and Isabella Holliday. Married (1) Ada Dale, (2) Vene Linden (actress). Died 1 July 1942. Father-in-law of Tom Ayr (actor).

Toured Australia with his Bohemian Dramatic Company.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 242.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COGILL, Charles (d. 1903)

Died 16 March 1903, San Francisco, California, USA.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 203, 270.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COATES, John (1865-1941)

English operatic vocalist (tenor). Born 29 June 1865, Girlington, Yorkshire, England. Died 16 August 1941, Northwood, Middlesex, England.

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

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 205.

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