Biographies 3

Marie Luella -The Referee 24th April 1895

Miss Luella who has made a great hit at the Tivoli, has only been engaged for a short season at that house prior to her departure for England, she having been brought out especially for the last Melbourne pantomime at the Princess's by Messrs. Williamson and Musgrove. She was born in America and made her first appearance in England with Mr H J Leslie's company when she played the name part in 'Dorothy". Her first success, however, was as Fiorella in 'The Brigands' at he Avenue Theatre, London. After which she was engaged for the cheif girl part in 'Cinderella" at the Theatre Royal, Bradford. After a short interval with Mr John Hart, Miss Luella informs us she was secured by Mr George Edwardes to take Miss Marion Hood's place in the Gaiety Company. Miss Luella also played with Mr Edwardes company at Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester. The subject of our sketch also appeared with much success at the Tivoli and pavilion Music Halls in London and is, she informs us, now under engagement to play for two years at the principal halls in the great metropolis. Miss Luella has a commanding stage presence...(incomplete)

Grace Armytage Noble- The Referee April 17 1895

A young actress who has endeared herself to Sydney audiences is Miss Grace Armytage Noble, now playing with the B and B Company in 'An Ideal Husband' at the Lyceum., and consequently no apology is needed for making her the subject of our people prominent this week, Miss Noble is a daughter of the well known London actress, Miss Grace Armytage, (Mrs Campbell Bradley) and she has both youth and good looks to recommend her, while the variety of characters in which she has appeared both in England and in Australia is sufficient proof of her versatility. On leaving school Miss Noble at once made her debut on the stage being mostly engaged in children's parts. She has been some six years in the profession , three of these  being spent in Miss Kate Vaughan's company. Among her principal personations in England mention may be made of Mabel in 'The Broken Melody" , Sybil Crake in ' The Dancing Girl",  Lottie in ' The Two Roses", Vera in 'Moths', Kate Merryweather in 'The Idler' while she has also appeared in 'The Little Rebel", 'The Arabian Nights" 'The Private Secretary' and other farcical comedies. Miss Noble who came out in the Ophir in June 1893, made her first appearance in Sydney in the farcical comedy " The Amazons' and at once achieved a success as Lady Wilhelmina. Since then she has done much good work with the B and B Company, and during its present season her mention may be made of Jessie in "the Open Gate" Mildred in "Aunt Jack" Eileen in "The Second Mrs Tanqueray" Lady Susan in 'The Case of Rebellious Susan" and Mabel Chiltern in 'An Ideal Husband", all good sketches perhaps the best being her Lady Susan. Miss Noble is now in a company which affords valuable training for a young actress and she is sure to build up a reputation. We wish this charming and accomplished young actress every success.

Stirling Whyte- The Referee April 10 1895

Our portrait this week is of Mr Stirling Whyte now achieving much success in the character of Dr Coneri in 'Called Back" at Her Majesty's Theatre. Mr Whyte is a Scotchman having been born in Paisley, It was intended that he should follow mercantile pursuits but his taste inclining towards the stage, he took to the boards on the advice of the late Mr Charles Calvert. His first engagement was under Glover's management in the Old Theatre, Hope Street Glasgow. He afterwards joined the late Mr Walter Montgomery in the new Theatre Royal Birmingham. For several years he toured almost every town in the Kingdom, and in this time had the great advantage of appearing with such celebrities as... the Keane, Charles Matthews, and Wilson Barrett. On one occasion at Torquay in 1871, he played Hamlet by request of the late Lord Lytton who highly complimented him upon the performance. Oddly enough, he had only one London appearance, at a benefit at Sadler's Wells he played Rolando in 'The Honeymoon' on the shortest notice, and was rewarded with a call  The circumstances were unique and may be related later on when space permits. Mr Whyte came to Australia in 1877 under engagement to the Theatre Royal management Melbourne, and also appeared with the late Mr Fred Marshall. His first showing in Sydney was at the Victoria Theatre in 1879. He has been with Mr Rignold since the opening of the theatre. He rehearsed Dr Ceneri for the original production in Melbourne but was drafted to Sydney to play in 'Confusion' in which he created the part in Australia of Christopher Blizzard. Strange to relate , Mr Whyte has never had a chance in Australia of playing Sir Peter Teazle; a part which was his greatest success at home. he was specially engaged by the Messrs Gunn of Dublin to support Miss Neilson's Lady Teazle, and afterwards gained marked approval in the character throughout England and Scotland. Mr Whyte is a sterling actor who never does bad or indifferent work and who it is impossible to miscast.

Amy Roselle- The Referee 1895

The subject of this weeks sketch is Miss Amy Roselle, the charming actress who, with her husband, Mr Arthur Dacre, is appearing so successfully at her Majesty's Theatre . Few on the stage at the present day have had such a schooling or such varied experience as Miss Roselle, a chat with whom is only more entertaining than her acting. It was more by accident than design that Miss Roselle took to the profession. Her father was headmaster of the Glastonbury Grammar School, and she was the youngest of twelve children, the father had a great predilection for the stage and his now famous daughter has often heard him relate how he had paid a good round sum for the privilege of playing Horatio to the elder Wallack's Hamlet. Percy, one of Miss Roselle's brothers had remarkable talent, and seeing him as a child perform at a Christmas party, Mr Chute of the Bristol Theatre Royal, was so struck with it that he engaged him and he afterwards became one of the most remarkable child actors. T'was with Chute by the way, that Mr William Rignold, Mrs Geo Rignold, Miss Ellen Terry, and others famous in the theatrical world learned to strut successfully on the stage. But to return. It being found necessary that Percy should have the support of a girl of about his own age , the subject of this sketch was pressed into the service without saying "by your leave", and though several years his junior, played Constance to his King Arthur. Some little time afterwards her father took the Cardiff and Swansea theatres for two years and during that time Miss Roselle (who had made rapid progress and learned to take an interest in what she had at first disliked) appeared in a round of Shakespearean and leading characters. It was thought it would be an excellent schooling for her, and so it proved. During this time the celebrated Madame Celeste visited the district and taking a strong fancy to Miss Roselle, engaged her for the Haymarket. Thus it was that at 16 the actress played Lady Teazle, this being a record. Not long afterwards Miss Roselle relates that she played a whole round of leading lady parts with Mr Phelps and then she was practically at the tree top for leading engagements were secured almost at will at any of the chief houses. One of the most memorable was when she took Mrs Kendall's place in "Diplomacy". She also was Esther Eccles in 'Caste (and of these characters it may be here remarked that Mr Clement Scott said she was the best Esther that had appeared). With Miss Mary Anderson she appeared as Cynisca in 'Pygmalion and Galatea" and Mr W S Gilbert considered Cynisca was never played so well as by the young cateress. She also toured America with Sothern. One of her greatest recent successes was that of Lady Macbeth with Mr Henry Irving at the Lyceum, the engagement being secured because of Miss Terry's illness and for the same reason she played Queen Katherine of Arragon in Henry VIII at the Lyceum thirty five times, and Miss Roselle appeared as Esther Sandraz in the play of that name at the Prince of Wales, and was the original Lillian in "Old Love for New". It was while appearing as leading lady during a long engagement to Wilson Barrett at the Court Theatre that she met Arthur Dacre, the result being an engagement of another sort, and a lifelong partnership. The pair for some years starred in the provinces and elsewhere with their own company until the colonial engagement and which in Melbourne was such an unpleasant one eventuated. Mr Dacre, before going on the stage studies at Guy's London and in Scotland. He is M.D., M.C. M.R.C.S and L.S.A., and practised for some time in Kensington. After the season at Her Majesty's Mr and Mrs Dacre have thoughts of touring New Zealand. During the week they received a cable from Durban offering terms for a starring season in South Africa….(incomplete)

Katherine Hardy- Referee February 5 1896

The subject of our sketch this week is Miss Katherine Hardy, the pretty and rising young actress who is doing such good work with the Brough and Boucicault Company at the Lyceum. Miss Katherine Hardy was born at Leeds, Yorkshire, Although not coming of a theatrical family she commenced studying singing at the age of 12 and anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing her vocal efforts will admit that she has proved an apt scholar, for her voice-she is a soprano-is well cultivated, in addition to being pure in tone. Miss Hardy went to New Zealand in 1890, and settled in windy Wellington. Here she sang in concerts but still had no thoughts of a stage career. In the following year, however, she decided on the step and left for Melbourne to study. Her first tour was with Walter Bentley-one of  some three or four months duration , ending in January 1893. During this tour Miss Hardy played prominent parts and at once showed promise. Her principal characters were Ada Ingot ("Garrick"), Ophelia ("Hamlet"), Tibbie (" Cramond Brig") Olive Skinner ("Silver King ") and Diana Vernon ("Rob Roy"). On its conclusion she returned to Melbourne, renewed her studies and gave singing lessons. Her next engagement was, in the same year, at the Melbourne Bijou, under Amory Sullivan's management. Here she made a successful appearance as Lucille in "The Adventuress". Shortly after the close of the season Miss Hardy rejoined Bentley appearing in 'The Bella" at the short Sydney Criterion season. Next came a concert tour (in October '93) in the Victorian provinces with Charles Saunders and Ada Crossley, succeeded by a period in the following month with Walton and Gourlay at the Melbourne Royal. In March,1894, Miss Hardy went to Perth, West Australia, with Manning's Opera Company and although this ended in financial failure, it was through no fault of the subject of this sketch, who won warm praise from the Westralian critics, and subsequently she joined Jennie Lee in the same city. Returning to Melbourne, Miss Hardy appeared in the private representations of Sir Wm Robinson's romantic opera "Predatoros" as Angelina, when during July ,1894 it was produced at the Vienna Café Melbourne. For this she was warmly thanked by the composer. In the same year, at Cup time, she appeared with Maggie Moore at the Melbourne Royal, and at Xmas she joined Wm Elton for a season at the Bijou in "The Judge" and "The Foundling". In turn came a few performances in 'McIntyre's Flirtations" (in Melbourne and Ballarat) with Horace Wheatley and then Miss Hardy remained with Williamson and Musgrove for the Adelaide and Brisbane seasons of the pantomime "Cinderella". We next find her supporting the unfortunate Dacres under Wybert Reeves management in Adelaide-she must not be confounded with Miss Mabel Hardy then in the same company-and afterwards she had the good fortune to be offered a place in the Brough and Boucicault Company and with this celebrated combination she has since remained. Miss Hardy's good work here is well known , her best chance being as Lady Wilhelmina in "The Amazons", a part she played admirably. Miss Hardy evidently has a good future before her and we wish the charming actress every success.

Joe Tolano- Referee August 14 1896

This week we have selected Mr Joe Tolano for the subject of our sketch not so much that he is a very prominent at the present time , but because from his good work in the past and his great popularity with our theatre-goers he ought to be. Mr Tolano was born in Bathurst, NSW. His father commenced management at the old Lyceum Theatre, York Street and then became lessee and manager of the Victoria Theatre, Pitt street, so that Master Joseph commenced his theatrical career first in the paint room and then the property room. The stage manager being the late J P Hydes who gave him his first part. ... During his apprenticeship days he had for masters such artists as the late G H Rodgers, Chas Young, Geo. Simms, Sam Howard, Tom Fawcett , William O Neil and last but not least, Chas Burford and Joseph Raynor. After 11 years under his father's regime he left for Brisbane (Q) where he put in a few years. During this time he met Mr W B Gill who engaged him for a Sydney season at the old Queen's. his opening part was Will Fielding in "Never too late to Mend". His next engagement was with John Bennett ,lessee and manager of the Victoria Theatre. During a very long engagement with him Mr Tolano first met Bland Holt , and during the engagement he got a special offer from the Hon Geo Coppin for the Theatre Royal, Melbourne. He returned to Sydney to support the late William Creswick, his opening part being Verges in "Much Ado About Nothing". After that he visited New Zealand for the first time, Geo Chaplin being the star, his opening part being Mr Simperson in "Engaged" . Mr Tolano then returned to Sydney joined Mr Bennett again and during the season made his first hit in a part called Ah Luck, in "New Babylon". Then he left for Melbourne to play the part. Then he accepted an engagement from the late Jas Allison under whom he played a very long season. Subsequently Mr Tolano joined the firm of Rignold and Allison and after touring Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and New Zealand with the firm, he was re engaged for the opening of Her Majesty's Theatre, his opening part with the firm being Nym in "Henry V". During his long experience he has had the pleasure of being in the company of Wm Hoskins, Lytton Sothern, J K Emmet, B N Jones, J J Bartlett, Alice Lingard, Myra Kemble,, Adelaide Bowering, Alfred Dampier, ...Geo Giddens and others. Of the many parts that he has played we leave our readers to judge from the following, viz;-Joe Bussard in "In the Ranks", Knivett in "Romany Rye"; Trolsky, "Siberia"; Philosopher Jack "Lights of London"; Tom Gardner, "Youth"; James, "Confusion"; Patrico, "Amos Clarke"; Area Jack, "After Dark;" Wing Lee, "My Partner"; Jacky Jacky, "Never too late to mend"; Fouinard "Courier of Lyons:"; Shandy Gaff, "Nowadays"; and many others. Joe Tolano is a sound and experienced actor and in certain characters is hard to beat, We wish him luck and a speedy engagement.

Alexander Christian Habbe- Referee 15/4/ 1896

Alexander Christian Habbe , the well known scenic artist, died at his late residence Fitzroy Street  St Kilda Melbourne yesterday morning Mr Habbe arrived in Victoria in the early 50s and went on the Ballarat goldfields. After working for some time with only fair success he laid aside the pick and shovel for the brush, Being a good draftsman, and having an eye for colour he made his way to the Montezuma Theatre, where he was interviewed by the manager and engaged as a scenic artist. His first Melbourne engagement was at the Theatre Royal at about 1858, then as now, under the management of Mr George Coppin, and assisted in the painting for Tom Taylor's comedy." An Unequal Match". Ben Tannet, W Pitt (both departed) and W J Wilson of this city, were the other artists in the establishment. In about the year 1859 he came to Sydney, and was for some time at the old Victoria Theatre in Pitt Street, then under William Dind's leaseeship. In 1863 he went into partnership with Mr Wilson , and they painted the decorations, act drops and scenery for the Prince of Wales Opera House (now Theatre Royal). opening under the late W S Lister's management on Saturday, May 23 of the same year, with Fictow's opera of "Martha".In 1867 the two painters converted the Lyceum Theatre York street into a spacious ballroom, decorating it in the Alhambra style, and under the Alexandra gave several first class 'Bal D'opera", In 69 they rechristened it as the Adelphi and reopened it (in conjunction with Lionel Harding and Miss Rose Cooper) on November 25 with Watt Phillips' domestic drama, "The Poor Strollers' with Mr Charles Young and a very powerful company. At Christmas they produced a pantomime  'Pygmalion" with great success  and at Easter in the following year they played a run of six weeks to crowded houses with the spectacular poetic play "Faust" with Herr Baumann and Miss Millie Palmer. At the end of 1870 Wilson and Habbe severed their connections with their partners and opened the Victoria Theatre with "Frou Frou" with Mrs Mary Gladsone in the name part,. Their pantomime that year was "The Three Bears". Mr Habbe spent his latter years in Melbourne, preferring the day atmosphere of Victoria to the muggy heat we get here during our summer months. He never married, His brother Nicholas (figure painter) and his mother both died in Sydney some few years back.  A C Habbe was a native of Copenhagen Denmark and was 69 years of age. The cause of death was cancer in the stomach. He had been ailing for some months past.

Miss Madge Titheradge  Referee June 25 1913

When Mr Lewis Waller opens his Sydney season at the Theatre Royal on Saturday, July 12, Miss Madge Titheradge will occupy the position of leading lady. Miss Madge Titheradge is the the daughter of Mr George Titheradge, the veteran actor who commenced his Australian career in 1879. the cast of King Henry V on July 12 will include Miss Titheradge, her husband , Mr Charles Quartermaine and her father, Mr G S Titheradge.

The leading lady will appear as Princess Catherine and Chorus. In the spectacular Shakespearean play, Chorus speaks before the rise of the curtain on each act. The two parts were taken by Miss Titheradge when Mr Waller produced ' Henry V" at Daly's Theatre New York in September last.

It was in ' The Butterfly on the Wheel' while supporting Mr Waller that George Titheradge's daughter, who appeared in Sydney when she was a girl made her big hit in New York. Mr J C Williamson saw her in the piece, and there and then engaged her for the Waller Australian tour.

Madge Titheradge was unknown to those Americans who have not visited London, and her personal success in ' The Butterfly on the Wheel' one of the most notable recorded in the city this season, relates a New York theatrical newspaper which goes on to give some interesting details of the fair daughter of Australia.

"She began her stage career less than ten years ago at the Garrick London. A list of the roles she has filled, the second Water-Baby, the Wood Nymph and Moonbeam denotes what her natural range has been. Small, piquant and beautiful she is the perfect type of ingénue coupled to this is a capacity for emotional expression almost never found in so young an actress. Her role of Peggy  would tax anyone  and he endurance in playing it for one hundred and twenty continuous times in London last season is something to arouse more than mere admiration. Repression characterises her method, but her face during the trial scene of the play now at the Thirty Ninth street shows with rare eloquence and power the inhuman struggle through which the butterfly is passing.

It will surprise many to learn that Miss Madge Titheradge the young English star who has made an unusual hit in the leading role of Lewis Waller's production ,' The Butterfly on the Wheel' at the Thirty Ninth Street theatre' writes another New York paper ' is in private life the wife of Charles Quartermaine who plays the role of her sweetheart, Roderick Collingwood in the play. Miss Titheradge took particular pains when she first came to the country to conceal the fact that she is a married woman.

'Before I came to America' said Miss Titheradge ' everybody told me I would make a much bigger hit with the public if the people didn't know I was married. I supposed this was true. They told me it would be bad if people knew that the two leading parts in the play were being acted by husband and wife so we just decided to follow the advice of all our friends and say nothing at all. Miss Titheradge's marriage to Mr Quartermaine was one of the notable events in artists and theatrical circles in England two years ago.

The ' Butterfly on the Wheel' is to be played in Sydney. Miss Titheradge will then be seen with Mr Waller in Monsieur Beaucaire. 

Who They Were and Where They Are-Theatre Magazine June 1 1920

Most men who begin their business life as bootmakers continue in the boot business: men who sell shirts continue selling them wholesale or retail: the piano tuner is always a piano tuner or a piano importer; but the vaudeville calling appears to be not so enduring. We have Dan Kildersen for instance, making toys in his Melbourne factory instead of making fifty faces under one hat as he did when our hair was not so grey. We have Ernie Walker no longer juggling with tennis balls, but juggling with the finances of a big fancy goods factory in Castlereagh street. Jack Mannix, once a comedian with Rickards and a very good comedian too, is the proprietor of a busy boot business. Alf Raleigh has no need to walk the tight wire rope in his present job. He is managing Cohn's music store in Sydney. "You're next" is the slogan of the Driscoll boys no longer wearing grease paint, but cutting hair in their respective barber's shops in Rowe and Goulburn streets, while their wives, formerly the bouncing serio  Florrie Ranger and her  sister Stella, of the mandolin, sit at home and watch the bank balances grow. Tod Callaway one time a very popular Rickards comedian now sells songs to other vaudevillians at Albert's. Verey of the Verey Phillips tailoring firm, has put away his ventriloqual figures in the spare room and will probably never use them any more. Mr and Mrs Groves, conducting the tea rooms at the Haymarket Theatre are our old vaudeville pals Niagara and Falls, wearing their real names. Andrew Black's name never appears on a play bill these days; but it's up over the Cafe Francais in George Street. The banjo duets of Barry and Bracy are still pleasantly remembered but are played no more. Will Bracy travels in the interests of seeds.  Alec Stagpoole, paints scenery instead of behaving in an eccentric physical fashion. Levarto juggles no more . He manufactures papier mache. Will White has long since given up singing for bookmaking. The lion comique Jim Bain has a Government job in Sydney. The Do Re Mi Trio have embraced the less picturesque but possibly more lucrative calling of confectionery and picture framing at Newtown, and Raymond, the mighty smasher of handcuffs  the breaker of a thousand bonds- Raymond the headliner , the top of the bill at Wirths' circus . Ah, where is Raymond? He is a printer's machinist at St Leigh and Co.

George Carey- Referee May 6 1896

Mr Geo an Australian actor, and hails from ...on the Hunter River, NSW. He is an old Fort Street schoolboy, and began his career in Sydney in 1870, being afterwards associated with some of the brightest lights of the Australian stage, such as Rosa Cooper, Madame Jananadchek, Mary Gladstone, Augusta Dargon, Florence Colville, Eleanor Carey, Charles Young, William Hoskins, William Andrews, Lytton Sothern etc. After filling various engagements throughout the colonies, Mr Carey toured through Queensland in '78 playing Conn in 'The Shaughraun , the Butterman in 'Our Boys' , Shaun the Post in ' Arrah Na Pogue', Baillie Nichol Jarvie in  'Rob Roy' etc. Eventually he accepted the position  of first comedian at the Bijou Theatre , Melbourne where he remained for over two years, supporting Mr William Creswick and other stars of the first magnitude. In '82, Mr Carey, accompanied Miss Louise Pomeroy to India as principal comedian and stage manager, appearing in a number of Shakespearean and other parts in Calcutta, and judging from the opinion of the press , becoming a great favourite in the ' city of palaces.' At the termination of his tour in the East he determined to try his fortune in the world's metropolis and on arrival in London got his first opening under the management of Clarence Holt  and Charles Wilmot- old Australian actors and managers. Mr Carey remained in London for two years playing with distinct success, during which time he received the greatest encouragement from Press and public. Refusing several offers to stay in London, Mr Carey turned his back on the great capital (and on his good fortune) and sailed for India at the head of a comedy company. playing the principal cities where he struck 'a snag' the venture proving a 'financial failure'. Mr Carey naturally turned his thoughts towards home (Australia) took his passage , and landed in Melbourne a sadder but a very much wiser man. Since his return he has played in all the principal cities of Australasia with his own as well as in connection with the best organisations travelling. Three years ago Mr Carey joined he Brough and Boucicault Company, where he has remained ever since, appearing in a round of characters , which at any rate have given him an opportunity of showing his great versatility a an actor, as well as his consummate knowledge in the art of makeup.

Gilbert J Smith- Referee 30 May 1900

The late Gilbert J Smith who died at Nyngan last week, was a well known figure in the Australian theatrical world. In 1883 he started in Brisbane as a theatrical wig maker, and soon after he became lessee of the local Gaiety Theatre, which he successfully conducted for some time. Later on he established a theatrical costume business known as 'Noah's Ark" in the same city. In 1891 he opened in Sydney. and remained here up till the time of his death , with the exception of occasional tours which he took with different companies. While lessee of the Gaiety Theatre in Castlereagh Street,  Mrs Keightley appeared under his management in 'Bailed Up' a piece which had been specially written for her. The deceased made his will a couple of hours before his death, leaving his business to Miss Lily Smith and Miss Harrie Courtney, his manager (Lieut Stephen J Byrne) and Mr R F Brentnall being appointed the trustees. The remains were interred at Nyngan with Masonic honours, the local band and that of Eroni Brothers circus heading the funeral procession. A monument will be placed over the grave by the local Masons. Fortunately the deceased left ample provision for his mother, wife and family.

Tom Browne- Referee June 6 1900

Mr Tom Browne the marvellous whistler , leaves on his return to America today, after twelve months good work in the colonies, both under Mr Williamson and Mr Rickards. Mr Browne started in concert work in America in 1884, and seven years later he took tot he legitimate doing his specialty in farce-comedies of the 'Chinatown' order. In 1893 he made his debut in London at he Gaiety after which he did a deal of drawing room work. Returning to America, he toured with a powerful company , which included strong man Sandow, the Jordans, Ludwig  Amann and the Lucifers. A continental tour followed. after which he appeared in America with 'A Parlor Match', his wife Miss Edith Hoyt being the soubrette. The clever artist was just about to leave for Germany when he received a cable to come to Australia. He was in Chicago at he time. and on his arrival here appeared on the last night of the season of the 'Chinatown' company- a jump of about 10,000 miles for a one-night stand! Mr Brown during his stay made many friends who will be pleased to hear that he hopes to pay us another visit. Whenever he does so he can depend upon a hearty welcome.

Mr Thomas Mandeno Jackson- New Zealand Illustrated Magazine March 1900

The Auckland born Tenor has passed the borders of of struggling effort, and is now gaily singing his way along the highway to success. He was born in 1863. He made his first public appearance at the Remeura Public Hall through the persuasions of Mrs McCosh Clark, Mr Fred Earle and other friends, who believed rightly in the quality of his voice. When Madame Bahnson, musical examiner, heard Mr Jackson sing for the first time, she also was greatly impressed, and with the true artists generosity and sympathy she wrote offering to give the novitiate lessons in voice production as a 'comrade'. After taking principal part in works produced by the  amateur Opera Club, Mr Jackson proceeded to Melbourne early in the nineties , and under Madame Bahnson and other prominent masters he continued his studies. For brief period he sang in minor roles with Messrs Williamsons and Musgrove's Comic Opera Company. Madame Belle Cole, who was touring the colonies at that time, heard him sing and offering him the position of tenor in he Concert Company, he accepted and his short connection with the Opera stage was severed. With Madame Belle Cole he was a distinct success and at the end of the colonial tour he accompanied her to London. Under the masters of the Guildhall School of Music he received the best possible instruction. At the Albert Hall on a Scottish Festival night, Mr Jackson practically made his debut in London. The young New Zealander was most successful and scored a veritable triumph with "Mary of Argyle' The vast audience, delighted and enthusiastic recalled the singer five times on that occasion. Madame Amy Sherwin, who was one of the artists that evening, was highly pleased, and after the concert was over she and the tenor shook hands over the ' triumph of the Antipodes'. From that time Mr Jackson has never looked behind him. He has given many concerts. and all have turned out well. Sir Lionel Darrell lent him his town house in Upper Grosvenor Street on two occasions when his efforts were rewarded by most distinguished gatherings. He has sung in almost every part of England and Scotland , has become a popular visitor to the Isle of Wright and is now touring Great Britain with Madame Belle Cole. His time up to Christmas is fully engaged. Mr Thomas Mandeno Jackson is the son of Samuel Jackson, the well known barrister and solicitor of Auckland.




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