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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). 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BROUGH, Florence (1856-1932)

English actress & vocalist (contralto). Née Florence Major; aka Mrs Robert Brough; aka Florence Trevelyan. Born 4 November 1856, Covent Garden, London, England. Daughter of Richard Major and Harriet Davis. Sister of Emma Temple (actress) and Brenda Gibson (actress). Married (1) Robert Brough (actor), 26 July 1880, St James Church, Plymouth, Devon, England, (2) Cyril Bell (actor), 1909, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Died 7 January 1932, Sydney, NSW, Australia, aged 74.

 On stage in England and Australia from 1876. Based in Australia from 1886.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 118.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BROOKE, G.V. (1818-1866)

Irish actor & manager. Né Gustavus Vaughan Brooke. Born 25 April 1818, Dublin, Ireland. Married (1) Marianne Elizabeth Woolcott Bray (de facto), 1851, Birmingham, England, (2) Avonia Jones (actress), 1863, Liverpool, England. Died 11 January 1866, at sea.

On stage in England and Australia. Performing in Australia, 1855-1861. Business partner of George Coppin.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 21, 32, 165, 168, 285.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BRETT, Edwin (1869-1934+)

English actor. aka Edwin J Brett. Married Emmeline Orford (actress).

On stage in Australia from 1908. Popular pantomime dame.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 276.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BRAYTON, Lily (1876-1953)

English actress. Born 23 June 1876, Hindley, Lancashire, England. Married (1) Oscar Asche (actor), June 1898 (div.), (2) Dr Douglas Chalmers Watson, 1936. Died 30 April 1953, Bisham, Berkshire, England, aged 76.

On stage in England and Australia. Performing in London from 1900-1908, and in Australia 1909-1910, and 1911-1913, notably with husband Oscar Asche.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 267.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BRAMLEY, Nellie (1890-1982)

Australian actress. Born 4 February 1890, VIC, Australia. Sister of Marguerite Adele (actress). Died 9 June 1982, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

On stage in Australia from 1910. Also films.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 215.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BISPHAM, David S. (1857-1921)

American operatic vocalist. Born 5 January 1857, Philadelphia, USA.

On stage in England from 1890.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 295.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BISHOP, Anna (1810-1884)

English operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Ann Riviere. Born 9 January 1810, London, England. Married (1) Henry Bishop (composer), 9 July 1831, (2) Nicolas-Charles Bochsa (harpist) (de facto), (3) Martin Schultz (diamond merchant), 1858. Died 19 March 1884, New York, USA, aged 74.

 On stage in England, Europe, Australia, South America and USA from 1831.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 18.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BINDLEY, Pauline (1869-1955)

Australian actress & operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Pauline Gertrude Bindley. Born 1869, Bendigo, VIC, Australia. Daughter of Edward Allen Bindley and Pauline Catherine --. Unmarried. Died 4 July 1955, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

 On stage in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Toured with Paul Dufault and appeared for JC Williamson Ltd.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 275.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BERNHARDT, Sarah (1844-1923)

French actress. Née Rosine Sarah Bernhardt. Born 22 October 1822, Paris, France. Married M Damala (actor), 1882. Died 26 March 1923, Paris, France.

 On stage in France, England, Australia and America. Visited Australia during 1891 as part of a world tour.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 197, 285.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BENSO, Francisco (fl. 1870s)

Italian operatic vocalist (tenor).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

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