As usual I have greatly enjoyed the latest THA Newsletter, and the piece by Richard Fotheringham on the song ‘A Brown Slouch Hat’ stirred a particular memory with me. Let me tell you about it:
Searching for any information on my ancestor Abraham Israel Resnick, aka Alex Resnick and/or Raymond Navarro [he used the name]. Born 1906 New York. Died 1932 New York. He went to Australia as a child with either the Australian or British battalions at about 12 years of age in 1918 and presumably stayed there until 1927.
Aimee Crean, who acted under the stage name Mae CreanIn 2005 I inherited (saved from being burnt on a bonfire) an old trunk full of photos and other memorabilia from a relative. A postcard caught my attention—on the front was the photo of a pretty young lady and on the back was written:
‘Your Cousin—Aimee Crean, with love’. And some wonderful person had added in biro ‘Nellie Dunn’s sister was an actress’.
I am enjoying Frank Van Straten’s series on tenor Walter Kirby, my great-aunt, Allea Fleming Dunstan, having been one of his many pupils. She was present on several of the occasions mentioned and being part of Melbourne’s musical scene c.1925-1935 was on programs with many of the well-known identities of the period.