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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:23

JCW Scene Book 7

Between 2014–2016, THA undertook a program of digitization of Scene Books from the JC Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston. The collection comprises thousands of images of JCW sets, backdrops, scenic details, lighting rigs etc. stretching back to the end of the nineteenth century.

 

JCW Scene Book 7

JCW Scene Book 7

This was a ledger produced by Syd Day, General Printer and Stationer, Melbourne, in 1908. Dimensions: 64 x 51 x 6 No production dates are given but images include stage-settings, lighting-bars, props, cloths, etc. Contents are listed alphabetically. The photos end at page 55, followed by many blank leaves.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:21

JCW Scene Book 6

Between 2014–2016, THA undertook a program of digitization of Scene Books from the JC Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston. The collection comprises thousands of images of JCW sets, backdrops, scenic details, lighting rigs etc. stretching back to the end of the nineteenth century.

 

JCW Scene Book 6

JCW Scene Book 6

This was originally an 1890s' accounts book (William Detmold, Stationers) - accounts which can be discerned beneath the photos - for Rent Shops, Gallery, Princess Theatre - admission prices, wages, etc. Dimensions: 49 x 40 x 12 The photos date from the mid 1920s and are accompanied by varying items of information, occasionally the set-painter is mentioned and sometimes a date is given.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:19

JCW Scene Book 5

Between 2014–2016, THA undertook a program of digitization of Scene Books from the JC Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston. The collection comprises thousands of images of JCW sets, backdrops, scenic details, lighting rigs etc. stretching back to the end of the nineteenth century.

 

JCW Scene Book 5

JCW Scene Book 5

This volume was produced by Troedel & Cooper, Bookbinders, and dates from 1911 to 1920s. Dimensions: 63 x 51 x 6 There are indexes inside the front cover and on the back page. The contents comprise plans and elevations, drawn in ink and/or pencil to a scale of half an inch to the foot (ratio 1 to 24 - in common use today the ratio is 1 to 25). No dates attach to the individual pages and very rarely is there mention of a scenic artist.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:17

JCW Scene Book 4

Between 2014–2016, THA undertook a program of digitization of Scene Books from the JC Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston. The collection comprises thousands of images of JCW sets, backdrops, scenic details, lighting rigs etc. stretching back to the end of the nineteenth century.

 

JCW Scene Book 4

JCW Scene Book 4

This "plain paper" volume dates from the 1920s. Dimensions: 52 x 34 x 8 Inside the front cover there is a list of productions with page numbers. By each photo the production title and act are given, but there is no mention of designer or artist, no dates or measurements. The photos show sets, curtains with projections, cut-, back- and front-cloths, props, lighting bars, etc.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:15

JCW Scene Book 3

Between 2014–2016, THA undertook a program of digitization of Scene Books from the JC Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston. The collection comprises thousands of images of JCW sets, backdrops, scenic details, lighting rigs etc. stretching back to the end of the nineteenth century.

 

JCW Scene Book 3

JCW Scene Book 1

This is an unused SHARE REGISTER for the SISTERS GOLD MINING COMPANY. Dimensions: 51 x 38 x 10 The dates range from 1902 to 1931. Beside each image information on the production is hand- and/or type-written - eg. the artist, the condition of the cloth or border, etc. Several photos are pasted onto a narrow central strip - possibly these are Sydney productions.

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Friday, 10 November 2017 16:24

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:45

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

A Humphrey Bishop Pantomime

Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:23

Stage Door with John Storr

3XY Melbourne, 1947-48

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:41

Before the curtain rises

An article by 'Icarus' published in The Australasian, dated July 10, 1937, makes mention of the JCW scene books, and in particular a Mr W. White, who was charged with maintaining them. The article demonstrates the mammoth task of co-ordinating the technical elements of a touring JCW production, and the great lengths the company went to document their works.

 

before the curtain rises

HEREABOUTS I met Mr. W. White, who, among other things, has to know all about all the scenery used by J. C. Williamson Ltd. since time began. He has a book and index, in which there is a photograph of every scene painted by the company. He knows how to lay his hand on any one of them in five minutes. Besides the vast stores attached to His Majesty's Theatre in Exhibition street, "J.C.W." own an even larger block in Richmond, which contains an enormous amount of scenery and properties—all catalogued and instantly accessible. All their hundreds of back-cloths are also available. Any show they have ever staged could be dug out at an hour's notice.

Excerpt from "Before the curtain rises" (The Australasian, 1937)

Monday, 08 May 2017 19:12

Ladies, Please!

This CD was originally distributed with the THA magazine, ON STAGE, Summer 2010

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