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

MOFFAT, Winifred (1899-1969)

Scottish actress. Née Winifred Linck Moffat. Born 2 May 1899, Scotland. Daughter of Graham Moffat (actor) and Mrs Graham Moffat (actress). Died 22 April 1969, Cape Town, South Africa.

Visited Australia 1914-1915 for JC Williamson Ltd, appearing in the Scottish comedy Bunty Pulls the Strings and other plays.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 206.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MELBA, Nellie (1861-1931)

Australian operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Helen Porter Mitchell. Born 19 May 1861, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Daughter of David Mitchell (builder) and Isabella Ann Dow. Married Charles Nesbitt Frederick Armstrong, 22 December 1882, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (div.). Died 23 February 1931, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Australia's most famous opera singer, studied under Pietro Cecchi and Mathilde Marchesi. Created a DBE in 1918 for 'services in organising patriotic work'.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 190, 196.

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McKEOWN, Edward (1882-1915+)

Australian operatic vocalist (tenor).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 239.

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MAXON, Eric (1882-1963)

English actor. Né Eric MacKay. Born 1882, London, England. Died 1963, London, England.

On stage in England, USA and Australia from 1907.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 220.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MATHEWS, Charles James (1803-1878)

English actor, manager & playwright. Born 26 December 1803, Liverpool, England. Son of Charles Mathews (actor) and Anne Jackson. Married (1) Madame Vestris (actress), (2) Lizzie Weston (actress). Died 21 June 1878, aged 74.

On stage in England, USA, Australia and India from 1835. Toured Australia, 1870-1871.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 32, 93, 265.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MARR, Graham (fl. 1910s)

American operatic vocalist.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 249.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MARINI, Alberto (fl. 1900s-1920s)

Polish operatic vocalist (tenor). Né Isador Merwish.

On stage in Europe, South Africa and Australia. Performing in Australia with Quinlan Opera Company during 1910s.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 181.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MARCHESI, Mathilde (1821-1913)

German operatic vocalist (mezzo soprano) & teacher. Née Mathilde Graumann. Born 24 March 1821, Frankfurt, Germany. Married Salvatore Marchesi (vocalist), 1852. Died 17 November 1913, London, England.

Best remembered for tutoring Nellie Melba in Paris, prior to Melba’s debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in 1887.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 243.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MAJOR, Annie (fl. 1880s)

Australian actress.

On stage in Australia during 1880s with Royal Dramatic Company.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 93.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MAGRATH, Charles (fl. 1890s-1910s)

Irish operatic vocalist (bass).

Toured with the Moody-Manners company. In 1914, he was a member of Thomas Quinlan's company and toured South Africa, Australia and Canada.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 269.

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