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 actress. Daughter of James Cathcart (manager) and Fanny Hubbard. Married (1) Robert Heir (actor), 1855, (2) George Darrell (actor), 1871. Died 3 January 1880, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Leading lady to GV Brooke in Australia during the 1850s.
Italian operatic vocalist (tenor). Born 25 February 1873, Naples, Italy. Married (1) Ada Giachetti (de facto), (2) Dorothy Park Benjamin, 1918. Died 2 August 1921, Naples, Italy.
Chilean-American actress. Married William F Blood (William F Blande), 4 January 1887, Mayor's Office, New York City, USA.
On stage in America and Australia from 1876.
Australian operatic vocalist and voice teacher. Born 27 August 1844, Hobart, TAS, Australia. Married Edward Hodson Palmer, 1860. Died 16 June 1932, South Yarra, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Toured Australia and New Zealand.
English operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Marie Burgess. Born 1826, London, England. Married Gerolamo Carandini (exiled Italian marquis & dancing master), 1843.
Arrived in Tasmania in 1833 and settled in Sydney from 1845.
English actor & vocalist. Né John Valentine Cannot. Cousin of Maurice Farkoa (actor). Married Stella Holland, 2 June 1914, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Died 2 August 1929, Maroubra, Sydney, NSW, Australia (committed suicide).
On stage in South Africa and Australia from 1900s. In Australia from 1910 performing for JC Williamson Ltd in pantomime, musical comedy and revue.
French operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Rosa Emma Calvet. Born 15 August 1858, Decazeville, Aveyron, France. Daughter of Justin Calvet (civil engineer). Married Galileo Gasparini, 1911 (div. 1921). Died 6 January 1942, Montpellier, Herault, France.
Manager of Royal Italian Opera Company with Giovanni Pompei.
English operatic vocalist (contralto). Née Clara Ellen Butt. Born 1 February 1872, Southwick, England. Daughter of Henry Albert Butt and Clara Hook. Married Kennerley Rumford (vocalist), 26 June 1900. Died 23 January 1936, North Stoke, England.
On stage in England and Australia. With Kennerley Rumford, toured Australia in 1914 for J&N Tait.