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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). 

Monday, 01 May 2017

DAMPIER, Alfred (1843-1908)

English actor, manager & playwright. Born 28 February 1843, Horsham, Sussex, England. Son of John Dampier (builder) and Mary Ann Simmonds. Married Katherine Russell (pianist), 1868, Birmingham, England. Died 23 May 1908, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Father of Lily Dampier (actress) and Rose Dampier (actress).

On stage in England and Australia. Noted Shakespearean actor.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 18, 93, 170.

Australian actor. Married. Died 5 May 1914, Fremantle, WA, Australia, aged 47.

Died on stage at the Tivoli Theatre, Fremantle, during a performance of The Soldier's Wedding.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 306.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

CRESWICK, William (1813-1888)

English actor & manager. Born 27 December 1813, London, England. Married Elizabeth Paget (actress). Died 17 June 1888, England, aged 74. Father of Charles Creswick (actor).

On stage in England, USA and Australia from 1831. Toured Australia in 1870s for GBW Lewis.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 23, 93.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COY, Leandro (c.1839-1911)

Spanish operatic vocalist (tenor). Married Giulia Tamburini Coy (vocalist). Died 23 October 1911, Surrey Hills, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 233.

Italian operatic vocalist (mezzo soprano). Niece of Antonio Tamburini (baritone). Married Leandro Coy (tenor). Died 17 April 1919, Surrey Hills, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Toured with WS Lyster’s Opera Company.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 233.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COWEN, Sir Frederic (1852-1935)

English conductor & composer. Né Frederic Hymen Cohen. Born 29 January 1852, Kingston, Jamaica. Son of Frederick Augustus Cohen and Emily Davis. Married Frederica Gwendoline Richardson, 23 June 1908, London, England. Died 6 October 1935, Hove, Sussex, England.

Moved to England with family in 1856. Visited Australia in 1888 to conduct the orchestra at the International Centennial Exhibition in Melbourne.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 245.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COSTA, Franz (1861-1941)

German operatic vocalist (tenor).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 273.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COPPIN, George (1819-1906)

English actor, manager & theatre owner. Né George Selth Coppin. Born 8 April 1819, Steyning, Sussex, England. Son of George Selth Coppin and Elizabeth Jane Jackson. Married (1) Maria Watkins Burroughs (actress) (de facto), (2) Harriet Bray, 1855, (3) Lucy Hilsden. Died 14 March 1906, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

On stage in Australia from 1843. Entrepreneur and low comedian. See biography by Alec Bagot for further information.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages ii, 21, 36, 212.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

CONLY, Mary (1874-1930)

Australian operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Mary Jane Conly. Daughter of James Conly and Sarah Houston. Married John Jarrett, 1900, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died August 1930, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 56.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 199.

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