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).
English actress. Née Mary Frances Siddons. Born c.1840, Calcutta, India. Daughter of William Young Siddons (Captain in British Military service and possibly eldest son of famed English actress Sarah Siddons). Married Lt Scott-Chanter (naval officer), 1862, Winchester, England. Died 19 November 1896, Paris, France.
On stage in England, USA, Australia and New Zealand from 1866. Toured Australia 1878-1879 playing mainly Shakespeare heroines Juliet and Rosalind.
English operatic vocalist (baritone). Né Robert Henry Kennerley Rumford. Born 2 September 1870, London, England. Son of Joseph Kennerley Rumford. Married (1) Clara Butt (vocalist), 26 June 1900, (2) Dorothy Jane Elwin, 1941. Died 9 March 1957, North Stoke, Oxfordshire, England.
On stage in England and Australia. With Clara Butt, toured Australia in 1914 for J&N Tait.
English actor, manager & playwright. Né George Curtis Rowe. Born 24 July 1832, Exeter, Devon, England. Son of George Rowe (artist). Married (1) Kate Girard (actress), (2) Adelaide Arthur. Died 29 August 1889, New York City, New York, USA.
On stage in Australia, New Zealand and USA from 1853. Managed Princess Theatre and wrote 15 plays.
Italian operatic vocalist (tenor). Married Augusta Cortesi (vocalist), 1871.
On stage in India and Australia during the 1870s with the Cagli-Pompei Opera Company.
Australian vocalist (contralto). Born Bendigo, VIC, Australia. Married John Bell (humourist). Mother of Graeme Bell (jazz musician).
Performing in oratorio and on the concert platform in Australia from 1898. Studied under Madame Weidermann at the Albert Street Conservatorium and toured with Melba.
English actor & vocalist (tenor). Né Robert Reginald Halford. Born 1874, London, England. Son of Robert Halford (Hal Forde) and Emily Packer. Married (1) Madge -- , 1895, London, England, (2) Florence Young (de facto), (3) Emily -- , 1950. Died 24 April 1965, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 91.
On stage in England and America from 1889. Australia from 1902 as leading man in musical comedies with Florence Young.
Actor and circus performer. Married. Died 17 December 1911, Old Colonists’ Homes, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, aged 92.
In Australia from 1849. Member of Radford’s Circus, the first circus troupe to visit Australia. Compiler of Riley/Hailes Scrapbook.