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). 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:13

SWEENEY, Harry (fl. 1900s-1930s)

Australian actor. aka Harry Barfoot, Harry Mowbray.

On stage in Australia and USA. In America from 1908-1932 performing under the name 'Harry Barfoot'.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 222.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:11

SUSINI, Agusto (c.1824-1884)

Italian operatic vocalist (bass). Died November 1884, London, England, aged 60.

On stage in Australia in 1872 with Agatha States troupe and sang with the Lyster Opera Company.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:09

SULLIVAN, Barry (1821-1891)

English actor & manager. Né Thomas Barry Sullivan. Born 5 July 1821, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. Son of Peter Sullivan and Mary Barry. Married. Died 3 May 1891 Sussex, England. Father of Amory Sullivan (actor).

On stage in England, Australia and USA from 1840. Performing at Theatre Royal, Melbourne, 1862-1866.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 93, 169, 170.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:08

SULLIVAN, Arthur (1842-1900)

English composer & conductor. Né Arthur Seymour Sullivan. Born 13 May 1842, London, England. Died 22 November 1900, London, England.

Popular composer of comic opera, particularly his collaboration with WS Gilbert.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 253.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:06

STUART, Carleton (1876-1948)

Australian actor. Né Carleton Harold Stuart. Born 1876, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Son of Frederick Charles Stuart and Elizabeth Amelia Hastings Clotworthy. Married Marion K Edwards, 1930, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Died April 1848, Sydney, NSW, Australia, aged 75. Father of Peggy Myee Jardine.

On stage in Australia from 1895.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 222.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:04

STIRLING, Mary (fl. 1910s-1920s)

Australian operatic vocalist (soprano). Daughter of Maggie Stirling (vocalist).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 249.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:03

STIRLING, Mrs (1813-1895)

English actress. Née Mary Ann Hehl; aka Fanny Clifton; Lady Gregory. Born 29 July 1813, London, England. Daughter of Captain Hehl. Married (1) Edward Stirling (actor), (2) Sir Charles H Gregory. Died 28 December 1895, London, England. Mother of Fanny Stirling (actress).

Noted character and Shakespearean actress on the English stage.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 176.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:01

STEWART, Nellie (1858-1931)

Australian actress & vocalist. Née Eleanor Stewart Towzey. Born 20 November 1858, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Daughter of Richard Stewart Towzey (actor) and Theodosia Yates (actress). Married Richard Goldsbrough Rowe, 26 January 1884, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died 21 June 1931, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

On stage in Australia from age of five. By 1883 she was playing leading roles in musical comedy and opera for Williamson Garner and Musgrove. Also performed in London during late 1890s. Toured with George Musgrove's company from 1902 including a trip to USA in 1906 that was ended due to San Francisco earthquake. Following Musgrove's death in 1916 she continued to perform in Australia.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 172, 296.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:58

STEVENS, Horace (1876-1950)

Australian operatic vocalist (bass-baritone). Né Horace Ernest Stevens. Born 26 October 1876, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Son of Horace Stevens (dentist) and Fanny Gittins. Married (1) Nellie Chapman, 1905, (2) Ella Elizabeth Hallam, 1934. Died 18 November 1950, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

On stage in England Australia from 1919. Noted Wagnerian and choral performer. Best remembered for singing the title role in Hiawatha at the Royal Albert Hall in 1924 and at the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne in 1937.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 215.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:57

STEELE, Mrs W.F.G. (1875-1930+)

Australian operatic vocalist. Née Emily Frances Stevens. Daughter of Horace Stevens and Fanny Gittins. Married William Frederick George Steele (organist), 1904.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 217.

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