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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

Musical Theatre Melodies with Rob Morrison

InnerFM Melbourne

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

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 06:44

Digital Galleries

Theatre Heritage Australia maintains an ever increasing collection of digital assets including rare books, archival images and audio.

Audio

Audio

These audio files were originally distributed as CDs with ON STAGE, the magazine of THA. They are now available to listen online.

Books

Books

THA has digitised a number of important books, pamphlets & programs, now out of copyright

JCW Scene Books

JCW Scene Books

Digitized Scene Books from the JC Williamson collection held by Scenic Studios, Preston.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook

Theatrical and musical items including engravings, photographs, newspaper cuttings, and entrance tickets.

Photo galleries

Photo galleries

The THA has a digital collection of rare production photographs, many from the JC Williamson era.

Sunday, 02 October 2016 11:19

Iolanthe

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