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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). 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

CARANDINI, Marie (1826-1894)

English operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Marie Burgess. Born 1826, London, England. Married Gerolamo Carandini (exiled Italian marquis & dancing master), 1843.

Arrived in Tasmania in 1833 and settled in Sydney from 1845.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 175.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

CANNOT, Jack (1883-1929)

English actor & vocalist. Né John Valentine Cannot. Cousin of Maurice Farkoa (actor). Married Stella Holland, 2 June 1914, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Died 2 August 1929, Maroubra, Sydney, NSW, Australia (committed suicide).

On stage in South Africa and Australia from 1900s. In Australia from 1910 performing for JC Williamson Ltd in pantomime, musical comedy and revue.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 220.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

CALVE, Emma (1858-1942)

French operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Rosa Emma Calvet. Born 15 August 1858, Decazeville, Aveyron, France. Daughter of Justin Calvet (civil engineer). Married Galileo Gasparini, 1911 (div. 1921). Died 6 January 1942, Montpellier, Herault, France.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 277.

Italian manager.

Manager of Royal Italian Opera Company with Giovanni Pompei.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BUTT, Clara (1872-1936)

English operatic vocalist (contralto). Née Clara Ellen Butt. Born 1 February 1872, Southwick, England. Daughter of Henry Albert Butt and Clara Hook. Married Kennerley Rumford (vocalist), 26 June 1900. Died 23 January 1936, North Stoke, England.

On stage in England and Australia. With Kennerley Rumford, toured Australia in 1914 for J&N Tait.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 206, 243.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BURTON, Henry (1823-1900)

English circus owner. Born 1823, Lincolnshire, England. Son of John Burton and Jane Blythe. Married (1) ?? , (2) Fanny Hanly, 7 May 1863, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (3) Isabel Janet Sutherland, 3 February 1880, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (4) Elizabeth Buckland, 7 October 1890, Toowong, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Died 9 March 1900, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Australia from 1849.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 235.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BRUNE, Tittell (1875-1974)

American actress. Née Minnie Tittell Anthony. Born 1875, California, USA. Daughter of Minnie St Marie Tittell and George W Anthony. Married Clarence M Brune. Died 1974, Los Angeles, California, USA.

On stage in America, Australia and England from 1887.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 199.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BROWNE, Blanche (fl. 1910s-1920s)

English actress. Married Ronald McIntyre (Tasmanian landowner), 1911.

Brought to Australia by JC Williamson Ltd in 1910 to star in a production of Our Miss Gibbs. She remained in Australia and became a permanent member of the Royal Comic Opera Company, performing in various roles until 1921.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 172.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BROUGH, Robert (1855-1906)

English actor, vocalist & manager. Né Lionel Barnabas Brough; aka LB Brough. Born 13 July 1855, London, England. Married Florence Brough (actress), 26 July 1880, Plymouth, Devon, England. Died 20 April 1906, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

On stage in England and Australia from 1871. Based in Australia from 1886.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 118.

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