Ricketts' Notes on Deaths and marriages


A few years ago I bought the archives of Jack Ricketts a prominent scenic designer and theatrical of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The following information comes from notes by Jack about theatrical deaths and marriages. He knew many of these people, but I cannot independently vouch for the accuracy of his recollections.



Charles Burford- Veteran actor- Sydney October 9 Aged 76

Dante The Great (Oscar Eliason) conjuror, November 29 accidentally shot at Dubbo NSW Aged 29

George Gordon- Scenic Artist Melbourne June 12th result of accident

Edward Gladstone, Actor, North Fitzroy Melbourne December 30th aged 81

F J Haliwell- Vocalist Sydney October 4th 1900

Harrison- leader of Pollards Opera Company Denedin NZ June 5th from asthma

Edwin Kelly veteran actor- Adelaide Hospital January 1

Lachland McGowan- actor Sydney, November 21st aged 68, Cancer

Grattan Riggs Irish comedian Strahan Tasmania June 15th from dropsy

Martin Simionsen (Simonsen ?) Victorian Operatic artist, suicide by shooting November 28th

WH Woodfield operatic tenor, Perth WA December 22

Deaths 1901

Henry Burton veteran dramatic Melbourne March 9th

Harry N Douglas actor Dunedin NZ March 10

Charles Field actor Sydney from fractured skull accident August 25

George R Melville Melbourne October 3rd

W J Payne (Or Bellingen) at sea near Perth August 5 Heart Failure

Morris Simm professionally known as J Morris, Agent Fitzgeralds circus in Melbourne October 14

Gilbert J Smith Theatrical Manager at Nyngan NSW May 19

J W Sweeney Actor Irish Comedian Forbes NSW October 26

Andrew Toming theatrical manager and painter Manly NSW April 13 aged 86

Alfred Wyburd ex theatrical manager Sydney September 4

Deaths 1902

Miss Flora Anstead in Melbourne July 18th

Flo Dillion Mrs John Cosgrove at Adelaide January 10

Hugo Fischer, Baritone, vocalist and agent, suicide Echuca March 22

F E Hiscocks Theatrical Sydney July 18

Joseph Raynor actor of Liverpool NSW December 12 1900

James J Welch actor of Sydney July 10

Other Deaths

James F Cathcart Melbourne December 18 1902

Charles Cogill San Francisco March 16th 1903

Harry Cogill New York April 9th 1903

Augusta Dargon (Mrs E Percy) at Gundagai 25th December 1902

William Elton actor in America January 1903

L Marjeroni Melbourne August 8th 1903

Harry Hall Theatrical manager, South Africa  October 29 1903

Deaths 1905

Mel b Spurr Melbourne September 25

J B Steele Sydney November 17

Will Watkins Comedian Christchurch NZ October 16

Australasian Stage Annual 1906 Deaths

Leon M Caron Sydney May 29

Pete Hughes Sydney August 15

Frank Jones Sydney August 2

Marriages 1900

J C Williamson and Mary Weir at Sydney August 14

M Majeroni to Miss Harbin St Johns Church Sydney September 19

Henrietta Watson to Walter Thornton Radcliffe privately Sydney August 1900

Marriages 1903

Michael Josephs to Ethel Gough at Wellington NZ September 20

Ethel Knight Mollison to F H Kelly Melbourne August 29

Marriages 1906

Sydney Bracey to Dorothy Martins? New York January 1

Tod Callaway to Cossie Mascotte Wellington NZ July

Ben Fuller to Lily Thompson Auckland NZ November 8

Noni Rickards to GH Maas Sydney April 25

Miscellaneous Notes

Johnny L Hall in Our girls Byron Comedy - a comedian and useful actor good in any role.

Henry R Harwood launched into a theatrical career in 1853 when G V Brook was a the Victoria

Mr Gordon Griffiths as manager played for over twenty years in various parts. As an actor his versatility has rarely been approached and whether in the walks of the Shakespearean drama or the humourous paths of the burlesques he has invariably accrued the highest economiums from  both public an d press. After finishing as the lessee of the Theatre Royal in Melbourne he returned to Sydney and became the proprietor of the Oxford Hotel King Street.

Miss Flora Anstead born in London in 1848, her theatrical career began in NZ in Christchurch 1863 under management of J L Hall. She played 4 years with William Hoskins and specialised in character parts. Mrs Willoughby and Mrs Malaprop from The Rivals being two of her favourite parts. She died in 1902

James J Bartlett arrive din Melbourne 1861 appearing under the management of Holl and Hoskins. He arrive din Sydney in 1863 and became one of its most popular actors.

Maggie Oliver, Australian born. It is unnecessary to relate upon her successes as a soubrette, she had few equals.

W G Carey, Australian native, started at the bottom of the ladder and raised himself to the position of the best leading man in Australia. One of his great successes was Bruno in the drama of Jan. His delirium Tremens scene will doubtless be long remembered in Sydney and Melbourne.

Miss Myra Kemble born in County Sligo in the year 1858 came to Australia when she was eight years old. Educated in a Geelong College (convent). At the age of fifteen she became stage struck against the wishes of her parents she obtained an engagement under Mr Hardwood at the Theatre Royal Melbourne and made her appearance there in December 1873.

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