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Elisabeth Kumm

Elisabeth Kumm

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:21

WOOD, Madame Gregor (c.1879-1951)

Australian operatic vocalist (contralto). Née Alice Leah Mattinson, aka Allie Mattinson. Daughter of Thomas Mattinson and Mary Jane Carey. Married James Gregor Wood (vocalist), 27 December 1902, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died 10 September 1951, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Oratorio and concert singer on stage in Australia from 1890s, often as soloist with Scots Church choir and with husband performing Scottish songs.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 215.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:20

WOOD, Ernest (c.1861-1914)

English church organist and conductor. Né Ernest Harry Edward Wood. Born c.1861, Sheffield, England. Son of William Wood and Maria Smith. Married Castalie Alexandrine Coblyn (French-born linguist & musician), 9 April 1901, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died 9 May 1914, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Organist and director of the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral and conductor of the Royal Metropolitan Liedertafel in Melbourne.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 241.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:17

WINSTANLEY, Eliza (1818-1882)

English-born actress & writer. Née Eliza Winstanley. Born 1818, London, England. Daughter of William Winstanley (scene painter). Married Henry Charles O'Flaherty (musician), Sydney, NSW, Australia. Died 1882, Sydney, NSW, Australia

On stage in Australia from 1834-1846. Returned to England, acted with Charles Kean to 1859. Acted in USA 1848-1849. Wrote novels. Returned to Sydney 1880.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 8.

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WILSON, Nellie (1877-1913+)

Australian actress & vocalist. Née Catherine Eleanor Wilson.

Member of Pollard’s Liliputian Opera Company and JC Williamson Ltd.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 172.

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WILSON, J Plumpton (1879-1958)

English actor. Né Joshua Plumpton Wilson. Son of Beverley Linett Wilson and Katherine Lilleyburn. Married (1) Eily Malyon (actress), 9 December 1911, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (div. 1922), (2) Esther Mitchell (actress), 1924. Died September 1958, New York, USA.

On stage in Australia from 1910s as actor for JC Williamson Ltd.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 220.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:13

WILSON, Frank H. (1886-1956)

American actor & playwright. Born 4 May 1886, New York, USA. Married Effie King (actress). Died 16 February 1956, Jamaica, NY, USA.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 229.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:10

WILLIAMSON, J.C. (1844-1913)

American actor, vocalist & manager. Né James Cassius Williamson. Born 26 July 1844, Mercer, Pennsylvania, USA. Married (1) Maggie Moore (actress), (2) Mary Weir (dancer). Died 8 July 1913, Paris, France.

On stage in USA, Australia and England from1860s. Arrived Australia in 1874 under engagement to George Coppin. Went to found Australia’s most important theatrical companies, J.C. Williamson Ltd.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 62, 93, 286.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:08

WEATHERSBY, Richard (1859-1915)

English vocalist & stage manager. Né Richard William John Smith. Born 1859, London, England. Son of William Smith and Eliza Weathersby. Married Alice Gresham (vocalist). Died December 1915, Birmingham, England.

Associated with D’Oyly Carte companies in England. Engaged by JC Williamson Ltd to produce G&S operas during 1914-1915.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 235.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:06

WATKIN-MILLS, Robert (1849-1930)

English operatic vocalist (baritone). Born 4 March 1849, Painswick, Gloucestershire, England. Son of Thomas Mills and Mary Watkins. Married Elsie Cantell (vocalist), 1919. Died 10 December 1930, Toronto, Canada.

Noted concert singer & recording artist. On stage in England, Australia and Canada. Visited Australia 1904-1905 as part of world tour.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 255.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:05

WARMAN, Elsa (1887-1944)

Australian vocalist (soprano). Nee Agnes Elsie Victoria Warman. Daughter of William Warman and Emma Hartree. Born 1887, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died 4 February 1944, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Popular singer and teacher who gained prominence after winning Melba singing scholarship in 1914.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 241.

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