Contact & Citing the AVTA

Dr Clay Djubal
Honorary Research Fellow
School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland


Dr Djubal is currently unable to respond to correspondence due to work and personal commitments. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.



Much of the work published in the Australian Variety Theatre Archive during its first few years was sourced from Dr Djubal’s 2005 PhD thesis. Because that work was only meant to be a hardcopy (print) publication,  he adopted a system of abbreviations to help reduce the number of overall pages. As it is, the 1084 page dissertation had to be bound as two volumes.

The thesis was also completed some four years before the arrival of the National Library of Australia’s digitised newspaper service, and hence many of the earlier entries had not been given hyperlink access to sources now readily available through Trove.

All webpages and PDFs published in the Australian Variety Theatre Archive will therefore be updated at some stage during the year. It is anticipated that the work will be completed by March 2017.



If you wish to cite any of the entries published within the AVTA, the following information may be of help:

1. Authorship: Unless otherwise noted all entries (including PDF biographies and research notes) are by Clay Djubal.

2. Citing Webpage Entries (Overviews): Pages in the website are identified in the right hand column (Practitioners: [C], for example). Each page comprises entries which effectively serve as overviews or insights (providing basic ‘who,’ ‘what,’ ‘when’ and ‘where’ details). Some of these overviews are linked to expanded biographies or research notes published as URL-active PDFs

When too many entries are added to an individual webpage it becomes necessary to break the webpage into sections (or sub-pages). This means that each entry may be moved to another sub-page over time. Best practice in citing the URL for an entry would be to identify the URL for that section’s main page. For entries published in the Practitioners : C page, for example, this would be… not the sub-page (e.g. The details order for a Works Cited reference in MLA style (citing Ken Collie) would therefore be:

Djubal, Clay. “Ken Collie.” Australian Variety Theatre Archive. n.d. Accessed 14 July 2016.

3. Citing PDF Biographies or PDF Research Notes: All PDFs published in the AVTA are subject to change – including reformatting, additions, updates and corrections etc. This means that whenever a change is made, a new PDF is published in place of the old one (resulting in a new URL).

► It is important, then, to cite the webpage URL – NOT the PDF URL.

For example, if citing the Cogill Brothers biography, please cite the URL If you cite the URL attached to the current PDF it will eventually become a dead link. The details order for a Works Cited reference in MLA style (for the Cogill Brothers PDF) would be:

Djubal, Clay. “Cogill Brothers.” Australian Variety Theatre Archive. 29 Mar. 2014. p. 3. Accessed 14 July 2016.

Please Note: All PDFs have “First published” and/or a “Last updated” details. These can be found at the end of the document. The name of the contributor(s) if not Dr Clay Djubal will also be located here. Each contributor is also identified beneath the overview and “More details” link located on the webpage.

Page numbers can also be easily identified in PDF biographies and research totes.


Published on May 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm  Comments Off on Contact & Citing the AVTA