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

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

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.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

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.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

WARD, Genevieve (1837-1922)

American actress & operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Lucy Geneviève Teresa Ward; aka Countess de Guerbel. Born 27 March 1837, New York City, NY, USA. Daughter of Colonel Samuel Ward. Died 18 August 1922, Hampstead, London, England.

Opera singer turned dramatic actress based in England from 1870s. Visited Australia in 1884 as part of a world tour. First actress to be awarded a DBE, which she received in 1921.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 83.

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