“The Prince of Prestidigitators”: Prof. Louis Haselmayer

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive proudly presents…

a new biography of Austrian magician

Louis Haslemayer

Haslemayer, Louis - SLV

(1839-1885) Austrian-born magician, musician, necromancer, composer, animal and bird trainer, businessman, author.

Louis Haslemayer may not be remembered today as one of the great magicians of the nineteenth century, but audiences who saw him during his extensive international travels between 1865 and 1885 were left with no doubt that he was a prestidigitator of unparalleled inventiveness. As one Australian critic records in 1880: “Professor Haselmayer’s… entertainment throughout is really an illustration of science in so pleasant a garb that, under the idea of amusement, we are insensibly beguiled into obtaining knowledge.” Haselmeyer mounted his own tours through Australasia (1872-1875 and 1880-1882) and, unusually, spent much time in regional areas. He died in Vienna aged only 46 from complications that arose after having contracted malaria while in India in 1884.

Image: Courtesy of the W.G. Alma Collection, State Library of Victoria.

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Click below to go to the AVTA page containing the Professor’s biography.

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Australian Variety Theatre Archive – Eighth Year Highlights (2018-2019)

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive (AVTA) is a research website devoted to popular culture entertainment in the Australasian region between circa 1850 and the mid-1930s. This year, 2019, marks its eighth year of publication.

The website went online on 10 May 2011, the 146th anniversary of the birth of Australian vaudeville entrepreneur Harry Clay. Since then the archive has published more than 3,000 new records. Many entries have also been updated.

Two projects initiated in 2016-17 were continued during past twelve months. These were:

  1. Replacing all abbreviations in PDF biographies with full citation details; and
  2. Updating and reformatting all Biograhies (PDFs) and Research Notes (PDFs), while also adding new ones. The rapidly increasing availability of digitised resources – especially the Australian National Library’s digitised newspaper service, Trove – means that the traditional researched biography can now be out of date almost as soon as it is published. The Research Notes alternative therefore provides interim historical insights.

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In addition to the above projects, 32 new entries were also published. This involved twenty-five new agent entries, four new works entries, one new section, and two new Research Notes PDFs. Seventy-five biographies were updated and expanded, too. Among them are: George Wallace, W.H. Bent, Arthur Aldridge, Lawrence Campbell, Albert and Maude Bletsoe, Lester Brown and E.J. Carroll. Two previously published research notes pdfs were updated and/or reformatted.

On 10 May 2017 the Australian Variety Theatre Archive comprised 1,451 agent entries (people, organisations, and miscellaneous industry activity); and 1,658 individual works entries (not counting revivals). To put this in perspective, that’s more than double the number of entries (up to and including 1935) currently recorded in AustLit: The Resource for Australian Literature, and at least five times as many Australian-written works identified by AusStage for the same period.* Both AustLit and AusStage are university-operated, multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded databases. The AVTA is a privately-operated resource that hasn’t cost Australian tax-payers a single cent.

* NB: AusStage also records non-Australian-written productions (or events) produced in this country, which makes it very difficult to isolate locally-written works. AustLit, on the other hand, focuses on Australian works only – albeit with some basic records identifying any international sources for Australian adaptations (these are not included in the comparison count as they can be easily identified in the database).

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Dr Clay Djubal would like to thank all those people who have contributed to the archive during the past 12 months. Without their help the AVTA would be much less enlightened.

He would also like to thank the 18,534 people who viewed pages on the site between 10 May 2016 and 10 May 2017. Of these 6,280 people investigated the Archive further, at an average of 2.99 pages per person. The busiest month was June 2018 with 2,239 views and  782 visitors.

The AVTA was accessed by people from almost every country on the planet (notably absent were China, and some countries from the African and the Middle-Eastern regions). While Australia was naturally the dominant place of origin for these visitors, significant numbers of people also looked at the site from the USA, UK, New Zealand, France, Canada, Indonesia and Germany.

Public Halls • Warwick [Queensland Theatres]

Entrepreneurs

Barnett Levey

Industry

Masonic Halls

Organisations and Partnerships

Hisocks & Wilson • Wilson & Majeroni

Practitioners:

G.W. Desmond • Leslie Dix • Little Gulliver • Albert McKisson • Amy Rowe • Tubby Stevens

Scenic Artists

George Gordon

Theatres/Venues

C.Y.M.S. Hall (Warwick) • Hibernian Hall/Masonic Hall [2] (Warwick) • His Majesty’s Theatre (Warwick) • Masonic Hall [1] (Warwick) • Masonic Hall [3] (Warwick) • Olympia (Warwick) • The Stadium (Warwick) • Warwick Town Hall [2] • Warwick Town Hall [3]

Troupes:

English Glee and Burlesque Opera Co • Harry Borradale’s Sparklers • Trump Cards Revue Co  • Tubby Stevens’ Tit-Bits Revue Co

Works

Variety: Babes in the Wood (1892) • Cinderella (1931) • Robinson Crusoe (1897) • Stupid (1932)

Updated Biographies, Film Production Notes and Research Lists (PDFs)

Steve Adson • W.M. Akhurst • Arthur Aldridge • Anzac Coves • Verna Bain • S.S. Baldwin • Harry Barrington • Ike Beck • Syd Beck • James Bell • Madame Bell • W.H. Bent • Elton Black • The Bletsoes • Bletsoe’s Tabloid Musical Comedy Co • Fred Bluett • Harry Borradale • Bovis Bros • Martin C. Brennan • Lester Brown • Lawrence Campbell • Les Cannis • E.J. Carroll • Cheer-Oh Girls • N.H. Connolly • Claude Dampier • William Edgeley • Ted Gabriel • Alexander Habbe • G.W. Hean • Dick Heaney • Andy Kerr • Frank Levy • John Little • Harold T. Morgan • George Wallace

Fads & Fashion: Dance • Fads & Fashion: Flappers • Fads & Fashion: Physical Culture & Sports Crazes • Fads & Fashion: Technology

International Tourists: A • International Tourists: B • International Tourists: C • International Tourists: D • International Tourists: F • International Tourists: H • International Tourists: IJ • International Tourists: K • International Tourists: L • International Tourists: P • International Tourists: R • International Tourists: S • International Tourists: T • International Tourists: W

About • Site Map • Timeline 1 [1800-1899] • Timeline 2 [1900-1999] • Index 1 • Index 2

1890 • 1891 • 1892 • 1893 • 1894 • 1895 • 1896 • 1897 • 1898 • 1898 • 1899 1930 • 1931 • 1932 • 1933 • 1934 • 1935

Works Index

New Research Notes (PDFs)

  • New York Serenaders [1] • Olympia (Rockhampton, Qld)

Updated Research Notes

Golden Gate Gardens (Sydney) • Mechanics Institutes

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The AVTA is another publication from

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Australian Variety Theatre Archive – Seventh Year Highlights (2017-2018)

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive (AVTA) is a research website devoted to popular culture entertainment in the Australasian region between circa 1850 and the mid-1930s. This year, 2018, marks its seventh year of publication.

The website went online on 10 May 2011, the 146th anniversary of the birth of Australian vaudeville entrepreneur Harry Clay. Since then the archive has published more than 3,000 new records. Many entries have also been updated.

Two projects initiated in 2016-17 were continued during past twelve months. These were:

  1. Replacing all abbreviations in PDF biographies with full citation details; and
  2. Updating and reformatting all Biograhies (PDFs) and Research Notes (PDFs), while also adding new ones. The rapidly increasing availability of digitised resources – especially the Australian National Library’s digitised newspaper service, Trove – means that the traditional researched biography can now be out of date almost as soon as it is published. The Research Notes alternative therefore provides interim historical insights.

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In addition to the above projects, 122 new entries were also added. This involved 60 new agent entries, 62 new works entries, and  2 new sections. All previously published research notes pdfs (55) were updated and/or reformatted. 8 new Research Notes PDFs were also published. Several biographies were updated and expanded, too, – notably Fred Bluett and Ella Airlie.

On 10 May 2017 the Australian Variety Theatre Archive comprised 1,426 agent entries (people, organisations, and miscellaneous industry activity); and 1,654 individual works entries (not counting revivals). To put this in perspective, that’s more than double the number of entries (up to and including 1935) currently recorded in AustLit: The Resource for Australian Literature, and at least five times as many Australian-written works identified by AusStage for the same period.* Both AustLit and AusStage are university-operated, multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded databases. The AVTA is a privately-operated resource that hasn’t cost Australian tax-payers a single cent.

* NB: AusStage also records non-Australian-written productions (or events) produced in this country, which makes it very difficult to isolate locally-written works. AustLit, on the other hand, focuses on Australian works  only – albeit with some basic records identifying any international sources for Australian adaptations (these are not included in the comparison count as they can be easily identified in the database).

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Dr Clay Djubal would like to thank all those people who have contributed to the archive during the past 12 months. Without their help the AVTA would be much less enlightened.

He would also like to thank the 22,606 people who visited the site between 10 May 2016 and 10 May 2017 (another new record). Of these 7,917 people investigated the Archive further, at an average of 2.62 pages per person. The busiest month was July 2017 with 2,271 visitors.

The AVTA was accessed by people from almost every country on the planet (notably absent were China, and some countries from the African and the Middle-Eastern regions). While Australia was naturally the dominant place of origin for these visitors, significant numbers of people also looked at the site from the USA, UK, New Zealand, France, Canada, Indonesia and Germany.

 

Radio & Variety • World War I

Film and Vaudeville

British Biograph Co [1] • Williamson’s Bio-Tableau

Industry

Charlie Vaude’s Sporting Globe Series • Laurence Halbert • Tom Liddiard

International Tourists

Mel B. Spurr

Organisations and Partnerships

Birch, Carroll & Coyle • Brooks Amusement Co

Practitioners:

Bluett & Mo • Louis Braham • Peter Brooks • Maggie Buckley • Tommy Clyde • Dinks & Trixie • Rus Garling • Reg Harrison • Minnie Hope • Josie Johnson • Ada Juneen • Claire Lloyd • Fred Monument • Cyril Northcote • Seyffer Twins • Elvie Stagpoole • The Sundowners • Will Watkins

 Practitioners: Other

Len Budrick

Radio & Variety

Four Bright Spirits • The Futurists • Harry Graham’s Snapshots • Radio Revellers •  Wal Rockley’s Old Time Minstrels

Revusical Ballets and Chorus’

Paul Stanhope Revue Co

Stage Characters

Billo and His Little Bit of Fluff

Theatres/Venues

Astley’s Amphitheatre (Melb) • Empire Theatre (Brunswick, Melb) • Opera House [2] (Melb) • Princess Theatre [1] (Melb) • Tivoli Theatre [2] (Sydney)

Troupes:

Ada Juneen’s English Burlesque & Comedy Co • Brooklyn Entertainers • Dandies of 1923 • The Follies [Hobart, 1920-1921] • Futurists [1] • Futurists [2] • Harry Ross Revue Co • Josie Johnson’s Pantomime Co • Josie Johnson Wonder Kids • Kelly and Leon’s Comedy Opera Co • Leon & Cushman’s Minstrels • Liddiard’s Lilliputians • Luxor Smilers • Merry Mascottes • Punchinellos [1] • Punchinellos [2] • The Radios • So and So’s [2] • Tait’s Variety Entertainers • Vaudeville Specialty Union

Works

Variety: The Bag (1926) • Bric-a-Brac (1919) • Count Ivanitch (1926) • Dixie Maid (1927) • The Doll-Makers (1923) • Explosions (1928)  • Here and Hereafter (1923) • Hoity Toity (1928) • In or Out (1920) • Mixed Bathers (1928) • Pot Pourri (1928) • Revueland (1923) • School Days (1919) • The Silver Slipper (1920) • Snip Snaps (1928) • Special Mixtures (1928) • The Spring of Gladness (1923) • Star Shells (1927) • Tip Top (1920) • Tumble Inn (1919) • 25 Whizz-Bangs (1927) • Vanity Fair (1919) • Yes and No (1920)

Film & Vaudeville: The Adventures of Algy (1925) • [Alfred Cunningham] • [Australian Talkie Shorts] • [The Dartos] (1901) • Getting Through (1929) • [Honi Soit – Five Minute Movie] • Hullo Marmaduke (1924) • [Jack Cannot] • Lindsay Kemble (1915) • Nice Goings on at Henley Beach (1914) • Percy Gets a Job (1912) • Percy’s First Holiday (1914) • Show Girl’s Luck (1931)

Radio & Variety: At the Farmer’s Ball (1927) • At the Old Bush Camp (1929) • Billy Maloney & His Scandals (1924) • Four Bright SpiritsThe Futurists (1927) • Harry Graham’s Snapshots (1928) • [Humphrey Bishop Revue] (1929) • Midnight at Maxim’s (1930) • [Mirth Quakers Revue] (1929) • Modern Costume Comedy (1930) • Now and Then: Sidelights on Old Sydney (1930) • Radio Revellers (1927) • Sundowners Radio Revue (1927) • [Sunshine Comedy Co Revue] (1930) • [Sydney Operatic Society Revue] (1929) • [untitled revue] 1930 • Wal Rockley’s Old-Time Minstrels (1930)

 Published and Unpublished Texts: “Forgiveness” (n/e) • “Miss Nellie Stewart…” (Finn, 1908) • “Mr Bill Noble…” (anon, 1913) • “Mr Harold Ashton (anon, 1912) • “Mr Tom Liddiard…” (anon, 1911) • “Pretty Pictures: Jack Campbell. (Of the Newtown Hippodrome)” (anon, 1912) • “Soldier Boy” (Phillips, 1918″) • “Sydney — Ninety-Nine” (Farrelly, 1940) • “Twenty Years Ago” (Bluett, 1920)

New Biographies (PDFs)

[Australian Talkie Shorts] (1929) • Getting Through (1929) • [Honi Soit Five Minute Movie] (1918) • Lindsay Kemp (1915) • So and So’s [1]

Updated Bios, Film Production Notes and Research Lists [rl] (PDFs)

A.R. Abbott • Adventures of Algy (1925) • An Interrupted Divorce (1917) • Ella Airlie • Fred Bluett • Jimmy Boyle • Jack Campbell • Charlie at the Sydney Show (1916) • Charlie Vaude Sporting Globe Series (1939-1940) • Cinesound Varieties (1934) • Diggers (1931) • Diggers in Blighty (1933) • Efftee Entertainers (1931-33) • Films Featuring Variety Practitioners [rl] • Alexander Habbe • Harmony Row (1934) • Hello Marmaduke (1924) • His Royal Highness (1934) • William Kinchela • Dot Mendoza • Oh What a Night (1932) • Show Business (1938) • Strike Me Lucky (1934) • Tivoli Celebrity Vaudeville • Variety Practitioners in Film [rl] • Fred C. Whaite • Who’s Who Costume Revue Entertainers

New Research Notes (PDFs)

A.E. Balnaves • Bluett & Mo • Len Budrick • Fred Monument • Nightingale Serenaders [1] • Punchinellos [1] • Punchinellos [2] • So and So’s [2] • So and So’s [3] • Reg Stoneham

Updated Research Notes

W.G. Alma • Alma’s All-Star Co • Apollo Hall (Melb) • Australasian Publicity Bureau • Mona Barlee • Bert Ralton & His Havana Band • George H. Birch • Oswald Bishop • Blondonette Lady Minstrels • British Bioscope Company • May Brooke • Frank Cane • Myra Carden • Billie Carlyle • Gilbert Emery • H. Florack • George Gibbons • Golden Gate Gardens (Syd) • Ben Goodson • Goodson Brothers • Nat Hanley • Charlie Horton • Frank Hussey • Joe Slater Publishing • Richard Kenna • Stanley A. Kilminster • Marie La Varre • Hal Lashwood • Tom Liddiard • Vaibin Louis • Robert McLeish • Lottie’s Royal Magnet Troupe • Lyceum Pictures • Eric Masters • Dot Mendoza • Fred Monument • Nightingale Serenaders • Cyril Northcote • Northcote Theatre (Melb) • North’s Concerts (Melb) • Lang Page •  “Banjo” Patterson • Prince of Wales Theatre [1] (Melb) • Punchinellos [1] • Punchinellos [2] • The Racoons • Joe Slater • Stampini • State Entertainers • Swastika Players • J. Harding Tucker • Frank Weston • Weston & Hussey’s Minstrels

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Australian Variety Theatre Archive – Fifth Year Highlights (2015-16)

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive (AVTA) is a research website devoted to popular culture entertainment in the Australasian region between circa 1850 and 1930. This year, 2016, marks its sixth year of publication.

The website went online on 10 May 2011, the 146th anniversary of the birth of Australian vaudeville entrepreneur Harry Clay. Since then the archive has published more than 1,200 new records, while also updating many entries previously published.

During the past 12 months 137 new entries and 6 new sections were added, as were more than 30 Research Notes PDFs. This new initiative will for the time being replace the AVTA’s traditional expanded biographies. The increasing availability of digitised resources – especially the Australian National Library’s digitised newspaper service, Trove – now makes these expanded biographies out of date almost as soon as they are published.

Another initiative for 2015/16 and for the remainder of 2016 is to overhaul all records and pages within the AVTA. This will see include:

1. Creating hyperlinks to all currently digitised newspaper resources in Trove and elsewhere (where applicable); and
2. Reformatting all PDFs with full citation details (removing abbreviations)

It is anticipated that this project will be completed by January 2017

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Dr Clay Djubal would like to thank all those people who have contributed to the archive during the past 12 months. Without their help the AVTA would be much less enlightened.

He would also like to thank the 21,160 people who visited the site between 10 May 2015 and 10 May 2016. The busiest month was August 2015 with 2,203 visitors.
New to the AVTA

Celebrity Endorsements & Cross Promotion • Fads and Fashions: Technology • Film & Vaudeville • International Media • Showboats & Cruises • Schools of Arts

Entrepreneurs:

George E. Melrose • A. T. Richards • Charles Sudholz

Fads & Fashion

Coin-in-the-Slot Machines • Salome Dance

Film and Vaudeville

British Biograph Co • Williamson’s Bio-Tableau

Industry

Ayala Champagne • Bambury & White • Bonnington’s Irish Moss • Harold Ashton • Cato & Co • Charles L. Devereaux • Dr Sheldon’s • Freeman & Wallace • G. W. Hean • Andy Hosking • Madison’s Budget  •  S.S. Gippsland • The Player • Product Placement • Rexona • S.S. Rose • A. C. White • White-Cane Agency

Industry: Trans-Oceanic Circuits

Loew’s Vaudeville Circuit •  Orpheum Circuit (USA) • Port Louis Theatre (Mauritius) • United Booking Office of America (USA)

International Tourists

Arthur Albert [UK] •  Alcase-Lorraine • Paul Kinko • Lampini Bros • World’s Entertainers [1]

Music Directors/Composers

J. P. Knowles • R. W. Oyston

Organisations and Partnerships

Amusu Vaudeville • Williamson, Lee & Rial

Practitioners:

Mons. Henry Abdy • Billy & Pearl Akarman • Molly Ambrose • Amusu Duo • Arthur Albert • Joe Archer • Austral Trio [1] • Austral Trio [2] • Doris Baker • Norman Bambury • Heather Belle • Al Bruce •  Charles Bryant • Eileen Capel • Myra Carden • Herbert Cato • Ken Collie • Congo Minstrel [1] • Congo Minstrel [2] •  Congo Minstrel [3] • Piccaninny Congo Minstrel • Keith Connolly • Mary Connolly • Bert Corrie • Corrie & Baker • Corrie & Verne • Freda Cuthbert  • Harriet Gordon • Charley Horton • Elsie Hosking • J. P. Hydes • Jackson & Pagden • Vivie Keeling • James E. Kitts • Madame Lampino • Charles Lawrence • Ward Lear • Ward Lear Jnr • McKisson & Kearns • Murray Masculin • Prince Masculin • The Mintons • George Pagden • Pagden & Stanley • Cleo Rinaldo • Joseph Rinaldo • Gerald Shaw • Gladys Shaw • Harry Shine • Phil Smith • Kitty Stanley • Joe Verne

Practitioners: Other

 Mona Barlee • Henry Deering • Olly Deering • Marie La Varre

Stage Characters

Hank Dinkumflater • Lanky & Bulky

Theatres

Albert Theatre (Geelong) • Huon Mechanics’ Institute (Franklyn) • Mechanics’ Institute (Geelong) • Royal Dramatic Hall • Theatre Royal (Geelong)

Troupes: Other:

Al Bruce and His Rosebuds • Bain & Lawton’s Vaudeville Co • Bryant’s All-Star Novelty Co • Clark & Shine’s All-Star Co • Congo Minstrels • A Day in Dogtown Co • Devereaux’s World’s Biotint Entertainers • Diamond Variety Co • English Pierrot Entertainers • Frivolities of 1935 • Gay Crusaders • Hill’s World’s Entertainers • League of Notions • London Bioscope Co • Loyola’s Magnet Variety Troupe • Myra Carden’s Magnet Co • New York Serenaders [1] • New York Serenaders [2] • O’Donnell & Ray’s Pantomime Co • Old Time Minstrels [1929] • Richards’ Entertainers • Royal Magnet Combination Troupe • Royal Magnet Variety Troupe [2] • Shaw’s Entertainers • Sudholz’s Bio-Tableau & World’s Entertainers • World’s Animatograph Co • Veterans of Variety [1] • World’s Entertainers [2] • World’s Entertainers [3] • World’s Entertainers & Animatograph Co • World’s Star Entertainers • World’s Vaudeville Co

Works

Variety: Beauty and the Beast (1858) • Cafe de Jazz (1924) • Crispin, King of the Cobblers (1847) • Emigration; Or, Harlequin in California (1849) • Fe Fi Fo Fum; Or, Jack the Giant Killer (1849) • Harlequin and the Enchanted Egg (1842) • Harlequin and the Evil Spirit of Wye (1841) •  Harlequin and the Talking Bird (1844) •  Harlequin and the Three Wishes (1849) • Harlequin Greek (1849) • Harlequin Tom, the Piper’s Son (1847) • Humpty Dumpty; Or, Harlequin and the Fairy of the Enchanted Egg (1846) • Jack and the beanstalk (1848) • Lanky and Bulky as Farmers (1918) • Lanky and Bulky in Paris (1918) • Mother Bunch, the Fairy of the Lake and Palace of the Blazing Star (1847) • Mother Hubbard and Her Dogs (1849) • Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (1849) • Puss in Boots (1848) • The Red Gnome of the Ruby Mines (1848) • Red Riding Hood (1920) • Rich Girl, Poor Girl (1921) • Tom Tom the Piper’s Son (1846) • Transportation, and the Demon Discord (1847) • Vogues of 1935

 

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Australian Variety Theatre Archive – Third Year Highlights (2013-14)

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive is a research website devoted to popular culture entertainment in the Australasian region between circa 1850 and 1930. This year, 2014, marks its fourth year of publication.

The AVTA went online on 10 May 2011, the 146th anniversary of the birth of Australian vaudeville entrepreneur Harry Clay. Since then the archive has published more than 700 new records, while also updating many entries previously published.

In the past 12 months more than 250 new entries have been added to the AVTA.

Dr Clay Djubal would like to thank all those people who have contributed to the archive during the past 12 months. Without their help the AVTA would be much less enlightened.

He would also like to thank the 17,290 people who have visited the site between 10 May 2013 and 10 May 2014. The busiest month was August 2013 with 1,822 visitors.

New to the AVTA

2013/14 also saw the introduction of four new sections:

Fads & Fashions

International Tourists

Orchestras & Bands

Works Legitimate

Entrepreneurs:

Nellie Chester • Arthur Garner • Joe Lashwood • G.B. L. Lewis • Marino Lucas • Orpheus McAdoo • George Marlow • Jack O’Donnell • Charles Pollard • James Pollard • Tom Pollard • Happy Harry Salmon • Beaumont Smith • Hugh J. Ward • George Willoughby • Joseph Wyatt

Fads & Fashion

Apache Dance • The Charleston • Clog Dancing • The Tango • Vampire Dance

Industry

Australian Vaudeville Artists’ Federation • Coogee Palace Aquarium • Dalton’s Vaudeville Agency • Footlights • Freemasons • John L. Goodman • Green Room • Hoyts • J. Albert & Son • Just It • Lashwood & Royley’s Star Vaudeville Agency • “Old Programmes” • Frank O’Sullivan• J.J. O’Sullivan • Pas • “Peeps at People” • “Reminiscences of the Stage’ • Sir Joseph Banks Pavilion & Pleasure Grounds • “The Strutter’s Page” • Spencer’s Royal Polytechnic • Summer Continentals • Talma Photographic Studios • Tivoli Tango Teas • Union Theatres • Claude H. Whaite • Zenda

Industry: Trans-Oceanic Circuits

Bandmann Circuit • Grand Theatre (Noumea)

International Tourists

Cyril “Tiny” Douglas • Andrew MacCunn • Sydney Nelson • Jack O’Hagan • Will Quintrell • Bert Rache • T. W. Rhodes • Joe Somers • Charles Von Der Mehden

Orchestras & Bands

Charleston Super Six Symphonists • National Orchestra (Syd) • Will Quintrell & His Tivolians • Royal Squadron Syncopators • Tiny Douglas’s Varsity Boys

Organisations & Partnerships

Fuller-Brennan • Harwood, Stewart, Hennings & Coppin • Coppin, Hennings & Greville • Macmahon Brothers • O’Donnell & Ray • Beaumont Smith & Leslie Hoskins • Wyatt & Knight

Practitioners:

Francie Adler • Mary Andrews • Hilda Attenboro • Yvonne “Fifi” Banvard • Les Bates • Nellie Black • Black Family • Billie C. Brown • Brull & Hemsley • Lawrence Campbell • Jack Cannot • Carlton & Surron • Billy Cass • The Cottiers • Walter C. Cottier • Cusko’s Monkeys • Alice Davenport • Ralph de Tisne • Edgley & Dawe • John Dobbie • Arthur Elliott • Violet Elliott (1) • Violet Elliot (2) • Frank Emery • Era Comedy Four • Pat Finn • Four Ethiopian Serenaders • Charles Fredricksen • Dave Gardner • George Gardner • Joey Gougenheim • Arthur Hemsley • Frank L. Haining • Lola Hunt • The Jazz Band • Ida Jarvis • John Juan • Jules Garrison and His Roman Maids • George Lauri •Lindsay Kemble • Winifred La France • La Milo • Ernest Lauri • Alf Lawton • Bobby Le Brun • Les Theirs • Alf G. Lumsden • Kyrle McAllister • Polly McLaren • Eddie & Decima McLean • Esmee McLennan • A. E. Martin • Carrie Moore • Con Moreni • Maybelle Morgan • Nelson Family • Newmans (Val & Lottie) • Lily Octavia • Octavia & Warne • Odiva& Her Seals • Vera Pearce • Peare Sisters • Olga Pennington • Daphne Pollard • Harry “Snub” Pollard • Pollard family • Harry Quealy • Bert Ray • Billy Romaine • Joe Rox • Dorothy Rudder • Harry Scales • Bebe Scott • Ron Shand • John F. Sheridan • Charles L. Sherman • Clara Spencer • Hector St Clair • Elsa Sylvaney • Athol Tier • Joe Valli • Bert Warne • Ada Walker • Whimsical Walker (2) USA • George H. Ward • Dave Warne • Warne & Davenport • Albert Whelan • Carden Wilson

Practitioners: Other

Walter Bentley • Ella Carrington • John Cosgrove • J. R. Greville • Aggie Kelton • Blanche Lewis • Mrs G.B.W. Lewis (aka Rose Edouin) • Eduardo Majeroni • John “Jack” Ralston • Wybert Reeve • George Rignold • Charles H. Taylor

Repositories

Nat Phillips Collection • Hood Collection

Scenic Artists

John Little • Rege Robins • John Hennings • William Pitt (Snr)

Theatres

Albert Hall (Launceston) • Bijou Theatre (Launceston) • Burlington Picture Grounds (Sydney) • National Theatre (Launceston) • Princess Theatre (Fremantle) • Princess Theatre (Launceston) • Rosebery Theatre (Sydney) • Royal Olympic Theatre (Launceston) • Theatre Royal (Hobart) • Royal Victoria (Sydney) • Theatre Royal (Launceston) • White’s Assembly and Concert Rooms (Adelaide)

Troupes

All Diggers Co • Arthur Hemsley’s Dandies • Buffalo Female Minstrels • Ella Carrington’s Stray Leaves Combination • Ernest Hogan’s Genuine Negro Co • Fisk Jubilee Singers • F. Gayle Wyer’s Bandbox Revue Co • Fitzgerald’s All-Stars • Follies of Pleasure • Fullers’ American Revue Co • Harry Cogill’s New Musical Comedy Co • McAdoo’s Georgia Minstrels & Alabama Cakewalkers • Pollards Lilliputian Opera Co [1] • Pollards Lilliputian Opera Co [2] • Pollards Juvenile Opera Co [3] • Royal Pantomime Company • So and So Costume Comedy Co • Snapshots Revue Co • Th’ Drolls

Works

Quang Fong Fa (1846) • Harlequin Jack Sprat (1846) • The Hag of the Raven Forest (1846) • Harlequin Shrove Tuesday (1849) • King Pippin (1849) • The Fairy of the Golden Regions (1849) • Blue Bell in Fairyland (1908) • Robinson Crusoe (1908) • Aladdin (1914) • Babes in the Wood (1929)

 

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What’s New in the Australian Variety Theatre Archive: April 2014

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive  has recently published four new pages.

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Fads and Fashions

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Provides insights into aspects of popular culture production that were influenced by or which in turn influenced the Australian variety stage. Includes dances, flappers, tango teas, sporting and physical culture fads etc.

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International Tourists

International Tourists

Presents overviews and/or historical data relevant to significant and influential oversees practitioners whose association with Australia (and New Zealand) was brief.

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Orchestras and Bands

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A section focusing on music ensembles, including orchestras, pit bands and jazz bands, that provided accompaniment to various forms of variety theatre production – notably vaudeville, burlesques, revues, revusicals.

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Works: Legitimate

Legitimate Music Theatre

Operas, operettas, plays with music and other Australian-written “legitimate” music theatre works that were written by dramatists, librettists and composers who had an association with variety theatre. Also includes works which catered fro the broader public but which are not generally considered popular culture.

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“2013 Marks 100 Years of Hub History”

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Iconic Newtown theatre The Hub is 100 years old this year according to an independent website devoted to this country’s early entertainment industry. Formerly known as the Bridge Theatre, the building is also thought to be the last purpose-built vaudeville theatre still standing in New South Wales. Until now very few factual details about the theatre’s glory days under the control of vaudeville entrepreneur, Harry Clay, have been available.

Dr Clay Djubal, founder of the Australian Variety Theatre Archive, and great-great-great nephew of the venue’s original owner, explains that much of the published history of the building has in fact been cobbled together and recycled from a number of pseudo-research sources. “Apart from the numerous errors,” he says, “none of these publications have come close to recognising the pivotal role Clay’s Newtown headquarters played in relation to either his  career or as part of the broader industry.”

Clay 2aAs one of the country’s leading training organisations for emerging performers, Clay’s operations were vital to industry expansion during the 1910s, a period which saw the local variety industry reach its peak popularity. Indeed, two of the biggest names of the era, Roy “Mo” Rene and George Wallace were both associated with the Bridge Theatre during that decade.

Much of the information contained in the Bridge/Hub Theatre biography is derived from a 1998 Master of Arts thesis Dr Djubal completed on his famous uncle. In 2012 he began further research which has resulted in significant new insights. Among the facts most commonly misrepresented are the theatre’s origins. “Most sources claim that Harry Clay took over the Newtown Hippodrome, with dates ranging from 1908 to 1911. Council records and the media of the day prove that he actually built the theatre in partnership with Newtown alderman/Mayor Harold T. Morgan. It opened for business on 19 July 1913,” says Dr Djubal.

The Bridge Theatre entry can be accessed at: https://ozvta.com/theatres-a-f/

While the Australian Variety Theatre Archive focuses on the pre-1930s industry, Dr Djubal also provides details relating to his uncle’s theatre beyond 1939 – the year its name was changed to The Hub. “I feel I owe it to Harry to try and establish the facts,” says Dr Djubal. “Without him I might never have taken the path of an historian. But more importantly, as the acknowledged ‘friend of the Australian performer,’ he should be accorded the level of recognition his peers no doubt believed he deserved.” The theatre’s 100th anniversary seems a fitting time to do this.”

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive extends on the research undertaken during the course of Dr Djubal’s 2005 Ph D thesis. The site went public on 10 May 2011, the 146th anniversary of Harry Clay’s birth. Dr Djubal is especially keen to hear from descendants of vaudeville performers involved in the early Australian variety industry.

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For further details contact Dr Clay Djubal

 Email: c.djubal@uq.edu.au

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Australian Variety Theatre Archive – Second Year Highlights (2012-13)

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive is a research website devoted to popular culture entertainment between circa 1850 and 1930. This year, 2013, marks its third year of publication.

The AVTA went online on 10 May 2011, the 146th anniversary of the birth of Australian vaudeville entrepreneur Harry Clay. Since then the archive has published more than 450 new records , while also updating a large majority of the entries which were available at the start .

Dr Clay Djubal would like to thank all those people who have contributed to the archive during the past 12 months. Without their help the AVTA would be much less enlightened.

He would also like to thank the 15,727 people who have visited the site between 10 May 2012 and 10 May 2013. The busiest month was October 2012 with 1,352 visitors.

New to the AVTA

AUSTRALIAN VARIETY AND POPULAR CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT: TIMELINE

Includes significant births, deaths, theatre openings,  and troupe, practitioner and industry activity from the early 1800s to the 1990s.

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Entrepreneurs:

William Anderson • J. Billin • James Brennan • Dan Carroll • Sir Benjamin Carroll • John Fuller (Jnr) • Will Harris • Jack Landow  • George R. Lawrence • John Lazar • Samuel Lazar • Hugh D. McIntosh • Frank Reis

Practitioners:

Harry Abdy • Anderson Sisters • James Bell • Madame Bell • Harry Burgess • “Tiki” Carpenter • Carlton Chase • Essie Clay • Kate Clay • Harley Cohen • Connors & Paul • Connors & Witt • James Craydon • Lettie Craydon • Marshall Crosby • Claude Dampier • Harry de Robeck • Hosea Easton • Nell Fleming • Walter George • Claude Golding • Syd James • George A. Jones • Clara Keating • Alf J. Lawrance • Fred Leslie • Levante • J. Martini • Morris & Wilson • Alf Moynham • Slade Murray • Blanche Murray • Flo Murray • Charlie Pope • Pope & Sayles • Bert Ray • Irving Sayles • Ivy Schilling • W. Billy Speed • Harry Taylor • Three Starrs • Ed Warrington • Les Warton • Fred Whitlow • Charles Zoli

Industry:

African Theatres Trust • Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil • Bondi Aquarium • The Manly Chute • John J. Liddy • Mendelssohn’s Photographic Studio • Ramos and Ramos • Summer Continentals (Bris)

Composers/Music Directors:

Marsh Little • Harold Middleton • Bert Rache • Evan Senior • Charles Zwar

Troupes:

Anzac Coves • Australian Eleven Minstrel & Variety Co • Blythe Waterland’s Serenaders • Coo-ees, The • Gallipoli Strollers (1) • Gallipoli Strollers (2) • Georgia Minstrels (1) • Georgia Minstrels (2) • Graham Mitchell’s Jesters • Graham Mitchell’s Serenaders • Hugo’s Buffalo Minstrels • Issues Comedy Co • Jasper’s Pantomime Company • Kookaburras • Lawton and Leslies’ All Nations Co • London Revels • Madge Cloherty’s Celebrities • Matsa Vaudeville Co • Palais Royal Cabaret & Vaudeville Co • Richard Shafto’s Revels • Royal Strollers • Sentimental Blokes • Serenaders, The [1936] • Slade Murray’s Gaiety Burlesque Co • Smart Set • Smart Set Diggers • Snowdrop Minstrels • Sunbeam Pantomime Children • Sunshine Kiddies • Tivoli Frolics • Trilby Tourists • Vital & Electric Sparks • Walter George Sunshine Players • World’s Entertainers

Organisations:
Brennan’s Amphitheatres Ltd • Con-Paul Theatres • Fuller-Ward • Jones & Lawrence • Frank Levy
• Pugliese Enterprises • Stephenson and Linley

Industry:

African Theatres Trust • Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil • Bondi Aquarium • The Manly Chute • John J. Liddy • Mendelssohn’s Photographic Studio • Ramos and Ramos • Summer Continentals (Bris)

Theatres:

Academy of Music (1879-84; Adelaide) •  Academy of Music / Bijou Theatre: No 1 (Melb) • Academy of Music / Gaiety Theatre (Syd) • Adelphi Theatre / Grand Opera House / Tivoli Theatre: No 2 (Syd) • Albany Town Hall (WA) • Albert Hall / Gaiety Theatre (Bris) • Bijou Theatre / Theatre Royal (Boulder, WA) • Bijou Theatre [2] (Melb) • Bohemia Theatre (Bris) • Coliseum Theatre (Nth Syd) • Cremorne Gardens (Albany, WA) • Cremorne Gardens / Cremorne Theatre (Bris) • Cremorne Gardens / Cremorne Theatre / Palace Theatre (Perth) •Cremorne Theatre and Gardens (Kalgoorlie, WA) • Dutton Park Garden Theatre (Bris) • Earl’s Court (Rockhampton, Qld) • Eden Gardens (Manly, NSW) • Enmore Theatre (Enmore, Syd) • Gaiety Theatre (Melb) • Garden Theatre (Darlinghurst, Syd) Haymarket Theatre (Melb) • Hippodrome / Royal Pictures / Empire (Adel) • Hippodrome / Capital Theatre (Syd) • King’s Theatre (Adel) • King’s Theatre (Melb) • Lawler’s Music Hall / Sydney Music Hall (Syd) • Lyric Theatre (St Kilda, Melb) • Majestic Theatre (Newtown, Syd) • Manchester Unity Hall (Newtown, Syd) • Mason’s Concert Hall / Victoria Theatre / Royal Victoria / Queensland Theatre (Bris) Melrose Gardens / Melrose Theatre / Prince of Wales (Perth) • Olympia Gardens / Theatre (Perth) • Olympic Theatre (Melb) • Opera House [1] / Prince of Wales Opera House / Her Majesty’s Opera House / Alhambra Palace of Varieties (Melb) • Opera House / Kelly and Leon’s Opera House (Syd) • Polytechnic Hall / Novelty Theatre / Duke’s Theatre / Hall of Science / Nugget Theatre / Cottier’s Theatre (Melb) • Princess Theatre (Melb) • Shaftesbury Theatre / Luxor Theatre / Tivoli (Perth) • St George’s Hall (Newtown, Syd) • Theatre Royal (Bris) • Theatre Royal (Melb) • Theatre Royal (Perth) • Tivoli Gardens and Theatre (Hamilton, Bris) • Tivoli Gardens / Her Majesty’s Theatre (Kalgoorlie, WA) • Tivoli Theatre [1] (Syd) • Trocadero (Newtown, Syd) • Varieties, The / Australia Hall / Opera Comique (Melb) • Victoria Theatre (Newcastle, NSW) • Victory Theatre (Marrickville, Syd)

Works:

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The AVTA also published two new pages:

Industry: Transoceanic Circuits and Troupes: Juvenile Companies.

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World War I Digger Troupes and Concert Parties

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive
announces a new page on its website:

Troupes: Digger Companies

This page is dedicated to Australian and New Zealand military concert parties which operated during World War One, along with the returned soldier companies (Digger troupes) which toured the Commonwealth professionally for a decade or more following the Armistice in 1918.

For details go to:

https://ozvta.com/troupes-digger-companies/

Gallipoli Strollers [SYM 25 Dec 1918, 14]

The Gallipoli Strollers (1918)

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Now accompanying previous AVTA entries for

Pat Hanna’s “Famous Diggers” and the Smart Set Diggers

are:

The Anzac Coves

The Coo-ees

The Gallipoli Strollers

The Kookabuuras

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The Sentimental Blokes

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Coming Soon

The Mademoiselle Mimi Diggers

Australian Variety Theatre Archive Now 1 Year Old

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive, a research website devoted to popular culture entertainment between circa 1850 and 1930, is now in its second year.

The AVTA went online on 10 May 2011, the 146th anniversary of the birth of Australian vaudeville entrepreneur Harry Clay. Since then the archive has published more than 200 new records and several dozen expanded biographies, while also updating a large majority of the entries which were available at the start .

Dr Clay Djubal would like to thank all those people who have contributed to the archive during the past 12 months. Without their help the entries would be much less enlightened.

He would also like to thank the 12,548 people who have visited the site between 10 May 2011 and 10 May 2012. The busiest day was April Fool’s Day 2012 (644 hits), which is interesting… if a little mystifying!?

Entrepreneurs:
Herbert Boland • Percy Dix (below) • F.E. Hiscocks • C.F. and Humbert Pugliese • Ernest C. Rolls •  Frank Smith • Alfred Wyburd

Practitioners:
Arthur Aldridge • Professor S. S. Baldwin • Syd Beck • Bovis Bros • Fred Davys • Ada Delroy (below) • Faust Family • Effie Fellows • Sam and Sadie Gale • Charles Holt • Arnold Jarvis • Daisy Jerome • Clara Keating • Winifred La France • Stella Lamond • Joe Lawman • Alf J. Lawrence • Little Verlie • Levante (Les Cole) • Morris & Wilson • Slade Murray • Hector Napier • Frank Neil • Leonard Nelson • Ernest Pitcher • Harry Ross • Madeline Rossiter • The Stagpooles • Reg “Kangaroosta” Thornton • Dan Thomas • Winnie Trevail • Priscilla Verne • Alf “Redhead” Wilson • Wykeham and Preston

Composers/Music Directors:
Victor Champion • Owen Conduit • Nicholas La Feuillade • Luscombe Searelle • Fred Whaite (below) • Jessie Gray • W. Hamilton Webber

Troupes:
Ada Delroy Co  • Baldwin’s Butterfly Co • Charles Godfrey Vaudeville Co • Classics of 1923 • Elite Burlesque Revue Co • Gallipoli Strollers (below) • The Globetrotters • Graham Mitchell’s Serenaders • Hicocks’ Federal Minstrels • Hugo’s Buffalo Minstrels • Madge Cloherty’s Celebrities • The Royal Strollers • Smart Set Diggers • Sunbeam Pantomime Children

Gallipoli Strollers [SYM 25 Dec 1918, 14]

Organisations:
Brennan’s Amphitheatres Ltd • Fullers Theatres (below) • Jones & Lawrence • Holland & St John • J. & N. Tait • Pugliese Enterprises

Industry:
Australian Variety Artists Association • Fuller News •  Everyone’s • Mendelssohn’s Photographic Studios • Lilian Ross (below) • Ye Olde Englyshe Fayre • Harry Clay’s Annual NSW/Queensland Waxworks, Comedy and Vaudeville Tours, 1901-18, 1927, 1929 • Theatre Magazine

Theatres:
Alhambra Theatre (Syd) • Arcadia Theatre (St Kilda) • Bondi Aquarium (below)  Coliseum Theatre (Nth Syd) • Cremorne Gardens (Perth) • Eden Gardens (Manly) • Empire Theatre (Bris) • Gaiety Theatre (Melb) • Palace Gardens (Bris) • Princess Theatre (Syd) • Royal Standard (Syd) • Theatre Royal (Charters Towers)

Works:
Among the new works entered have been more than 30 new revusicals and revues from Nat Phillips Whirligigs (ca. 1929-1932), as well as three radio musicals from 1931. Two of these – On the Air (Evan Senior) and The Tin Soldier (Fred Whaite) were the first Australian works to  be written especially for radio.

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The AVTA also published two articles in its Mixed Bag Monograph Series.

These are:

For the Duration’: Australian One Act Musical Comedies and the Fashioning of an Imagined National Identity between 1914 and 1918“ by Clay Djubal ( No 1, 25 June 2011)

Harry Leston: A Versatile Showman“ by Loreley Morling (No 2, 25 April 2012)

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The AVTA is another publication from

Australian Variety Theatre Archive – Now Online

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Dr Clay Djubal proudly announces that the Australian Variety Theatre Archive, a new research website devoted to popular culture entertainment between circa 1850 and 1930, is now online.

Coming Attractions / Recent Additions
is a post page that will announce recent updates and forthcoming entries

The first post is due for publication following the AVTA’s official launch in late June 2011.

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