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

MACKAY, Cyril (1880-1923)

English actor. Né Cyril Wallis Mackay. Born 1880, London, England. Married Mabel Mahala Allen, 1906. Died 12 July 1923, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, aged 43.

On stage in Australia from 1906.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 181.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MACK, Andrew (1863-1931)

American actor & vocalist. Né William Andrew McAloon; aka Andrew Williams. Born 25 July 1863, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Died 21 May 1931, Bayshore, Long Island, New York, USA.

On stage in USA and Australia from 1876.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 273.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LYSTER, W.S. (1828-1880)

Irish opera entrepreneur. Born 21 March 1828, Dublin, Ireland. Son of Chaworth Lyster (army captain) and Anne Keightly. Married Georgina Hodson (vocalist). Died 27 November 1880, Melbourne, Vic, Australia.

Arrived in Melbourne from San Francisco in 1861 to inaugurate the first full professional opera company in Australia.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LYONS, Harry P. (c.1841-1913)

Australian theatrical agent. Né Henry Percival Lyon. Born c.1841, Hobart, TAS, Australia. Son of William Lyon and Polly Rayner. Died 1913, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 71.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 285.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LUPINO, Barry (1882-1962)

English actor. Né George Barry Lupino-Hook. Born 7 January 1884, London, England. Married (1) Georgina May Anstruther [May Gordon (actress)], (2) Gertie Latchford (actress), 1912, (3) Doriel Phillips. Died 26 September 1962, Brighton, Sussex, England.

Member of the Lupino family of actors. In Australia, 1914-1920, performing in musical comedy and pantomime for JC Williamson and the Taits.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 287.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LUNN, Louise Kirkby (1873-1930)

English operatic vocalist (contralto). Born 8 November 1873, Manchester, England. Died 17 February 1930, London, England.

Toured Australia in 1912 for J&N Tait with pianist William Murdoch.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 253, 275.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LORAINE, Violet (1886-1956)

English actress. Née Violet Mary Tipton. Born 26 July 1886, London, England. Sister of Ernest Sefton (actor). Married Edward Raylton Joicey MC, 1921. Died 18 July 1956, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 201.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LONNEN, Jessie (1886-1926+)

English actress & vocalist. Née Jessie Beatrice Ellen Lonnen. Born 6 February 1886, Bristol, England. Daughter of EJ Lonnen (actor) and Emily Inman (dancer). Sister of Nellie Lonnen (actress) and Faith Lonnen (actress). Married Albert E Goodwin, 1920, London, England. Mother of twins, John Goodwin (theatre publicist) and Mary Wilder.

Played principal boy roles in pantomime for JC Williamson Ltd in the 1920s.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 172, 181.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LONNEN, E.J. (1861-1901)

English actor. Né Edwin Jesse Lonnen. Born 1861, Hull, Yorkshire, England. Married Emily Inman (actress), 1884, Liverpool, England. Died 31 October 1901, Henley, England. Father of Jessie Lonnen (actress), Nellie Lonnen (actress) and Faith Lonnen (actress).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 231(?), 284.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LOHR, Marie (1890-1975)

Australian actress. Born 28 July 1890, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Daughter of LJ Lohr and Kate Bishop (actress). Married Anthony Prinsep (manager), 8 August 1912 (div. 1927). Died 21 January 1975.

On stage in Australia, England and America from 1894. Became leading lady in the West End at the age of seventeen.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 154.

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