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). 

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ROBERTS, Reginald (1874-1965)

English actor & vocalist (tenor). Né Robert Reginald Halford. Born 1874, London, England. Son of Robert Halford (Hal Forde) and Emily Packer. Married (1) Madge -- , 1895, London, England, (2) Florence Young (de facto), (3) Emily -- , 1950. Died 24 April 1965, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 91.

On stage in England and America from 1889. Australia from 1902 as leading man in musical comedies with Florence Young.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 222.

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RILEY, John (c.1819-1911)

Actor and circus performer. Married. Died 17 December 1911, Old Colonists’ Homes, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, aged 92.

In Australia from 1849. Member of Radford’s Circus, the first circus troupe to visit Australia. Compiler of Riley/Hailes Scrapbook.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page [iii].

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RIGNOLD, George (1839-1912)

English actor & manager. Né George Richard Rignall. Born 1839, Birmingham, England. Son of William Ross Rignold (actor) and Patricia Blaxland (actress). Brother of William Rignold (actor). Married (1) Marie Braybrooke Henderson (actress), 28 September 1865, (2) Georgina Harriet Dora Coppin, 3 October 1907. Died 16 December 1912, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

On stage in England, USA, Australia and New Zealand from 1860s. Settled in Australia in 1894. Known as 'handsome George' and best remembered for his portrayal of Henry V.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 42, 157, 261.

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RICKARDS, Harry (1840-1911)

English music hall performer & manager. Né Benjamin Henry Leete. Born 4 December 1843, Stratford, Essex, England. Married (1) Carrie Tudor (actress), (2) Lottie D'Aste (gymnast) (de facto), (3) Kate Roscow (actress), 24 November 1880, Manchester, England. Died 13 October 1911, London, England. Father of Noni Rickards (actress).

Cockney music hall singer; visited Australia several times prior to founding the Tivoli circuit in 1893, and establishing himself as Australia's King of Vaudeville.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 137, 206.

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REEVE, Wybert (1829-1906)

English actor & playwright. Born 1829, London, England. Died November 1906, England.

On stage in England and Australia from 1849. Provincial theatre manager in England, 1859-1879, and in Australia again 1879-1900 managing theatres in Adelaide.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 110.

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REEVE, Ada (1874-1966)

English actress & vocalist. Née Adelaide Mary Isaacs. Born 3 March 1874, London, England. Daughter of Samuel Isaacs and Harriet Seaman. Married (1) Bert Gilbert (actor), 1894, Nottingham, England (div.), (2) Wilfrid Cotton (manager), 14 July 1902, Maidenhead, England. Died 5 October 1966, London, England. Mother of Goodie Reeve (actress) and Bessie Hazlewood (actress).

Made numerous trips to Australia between 1897 and 1924, appearing variously for Rickards, McIntosh, JC Williamson, and Fullers.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 267.

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REES, Alice (d. 1923)

Australian operatic vocalist (soprano). Born Ballarat, VIC, Australia. Married Max Vogrich (composer), 1884, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died 29 December 1923, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

On stage in Australia during 1880s. Studied under Lucy Chamber and sang in G&S, but retired soon after marriage.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 76.

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REBOTTARO, Alice (d. 1926)

Operatic vocalist (soprano). Married Achille T Rebottaro (Loprieno?). Died 1 April 1926, Blackburn, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

On stage in Europe, America and Australia. Performed in Australia with Simonsen’s Opera Company, achieving success in Lucia di Lammermoor and La Somnambula.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 235.

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READ, Beaumont (1833-1910)

English operatic vocalist (counter-tenor). Born 1833, Dorset, England. Died 5 January 1910, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

On stage in England, Europe, USA and Australia.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 172, 270.

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RAINFORD, James H. (1846-1900)

Australian actor & manager. Born 15 November 1846, Meerut, India. Died 30 April 1900, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

On stage in Australia from 1868.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 175.

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