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).
Australian actor & manager. Born 15 November 1846, Meerut, India. Died 30 April 1900, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
On stage in Australia from 1868.
English opera producer. Born 10 March 1881, Bury, England. Son of Dennis Quinlan (railway clerk) and Ellen Carroll. Married Dora Collins, 4 July 1907, London, England (div. 1926). Died 20 November 1951, London, England.
Founder of Quinlan Opera Company in 1911, touring England, South Africa and Australia. Visited Australia in 1912 and 1913 for JC Williamson Ltd, performing many premieres including Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West.
Australian actor. Né Richard Victor Prince Lett. Born 1879, Hong Kong, China. Son of Howard Vernon (vocalist) and Mary Jane Walker. Died 2 July 1947, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 67.
On stage in Australia, India, China, Japan and South Africa.
American actress. Née Mary Cora Urquhart. Born 15 May 1857, New Orleans, USA. Married James Brown Potter, 1877, New Orleans, USA (div. 1900). Died 12 February 1936, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France.
On stage in England, America and Australia from 1886. Made several visits to Australia, 1890 and 1900-1901, with leading man Kyrle Bellew.
English actor. Né Caleb Thomas G Porter. Born 1 September 1867, London, England. Married (1) Jessie Hannah Neil, 1894, London, England, (2) Kitty de Legh (actress), 1922, England. Died 13 March 1940, London, England, aged 72.
On stage in England and Australia playing character roles.
New Zealand manager. Né Thomas John O'Sullivan. Born 28 April 1857. Son of John O'Sullivan (police constable) and Ann Furlong. Married Emily Albertina Pollard, 3 May 1884, Charters Towers, QLD, Australia. Died 30 August 1922, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Inherited control of New Zealand-based Pollard Opera Company in 1884 after death of father-in-law.
New Zealand actor & manager. Né John Henry Plimmer. Brother of Harcus Plimmer (actor). Married Josephine Plimmer (actress). Father of Denis Plimmer (screen writer).
On stage in Australia and USA from 1890s.
Scottish operatic vocalist (bass).
Australian actor & vocalist. Né William Stratford Percy. Born 23 December 1872, Melbourne, Vic, Australia. Married Jessie Ramsay. Died 1946, London, England.
On stage in Australia, New Zealand, USA and England. Performed juvenile roles in G. & S. with Royal Comic Opera Company in 1890. After touring with Pollard Opera Company in 1891, he played leading comic roles in operetta and pantomime. Left Australia in 1914.