Dr Mimi Colligan
Mimi writes on 19th century popular culture and biography. Part of her Ph.D thesis was published by MUP as Canvas Documentaries in 2002. Mimi is a Fellow of the RHSV, an Honorary Research Associate with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University and a member of the Victorian Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. She has curated exhibitions including Richmond's Cremorne Gardens and recently curated a RHSV exhibition on Melbourne Theatres in transition 1840-1940 . Her book Circus and Stage, on the lives of Mr and Mrs G.B.W. Lewis, was published last year by Monash University Publishing.
Long-time and much loved THA committee member 3.9.1926 - 30.08. 2013.
A memorial service was held for Bruce at St Johns Anglican Church Toorak on 3 Oct 2013.
Bruce wrote this short biography about himself for the THA web site about 5 years ago:
Bruce first appeared on stage in 1952 with the Heidelberg Theatre Company and went on to perform in 151 productions of the Lyric, Festival, Whitehorse and Elwood theatre companies. In 1986 he founded the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria, which now embraces over 80 companies and supports 11 judges travelling Victoria for its ‘awards for excellence’ program. Known as the Bruce Awards, their end of year presentation rivals the Oscars, Tonys, Oliviers etc. In 1990 he was created a Knight of St John for community service and in 2000 received the Medal of the Order of Australia mainly for his contribution to Musical Theatre.
Bruce also wrote Marvelous Melbourne and Me - living in Melbourne in the 20th century, Melbourne Books 2010