y On Grubb's Selection single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 1924 1924
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'Various things happen that cause interruptions, the most important of which is the return of Grubb's elder daughter, "Eileen," who has been away to college at a rich uncle's expense. Three months later the uncle arrives, and things take a melodramatic turn, but all ends happily.'

Source: "On Grubb's Selection," The Brisbane Courier, 12 December 1924, p.11.


  • The play was highly recommended by President J.J. Stable of the Queensland Authors' and Artists' Association at the University of Queensland, who submitted a letter to the editor.

    Source: "Letters to the Editor," The Brisbane Courier, 9 December 1924, p.14.

  • The Minister for Public Instruction recommended that as many school children should see the amateur production as possible despite the performance being in school holidays, and provided a concession price for all children who attended.

    Source: "On Grubb's Selection," The Brisbane Courier, 12 December 1924, p.8.

  • Re-written and re-titled as `The Rudd Family' in 1928.

Production Details

  • This play was first staged in 1924 at the Elite Theatre in Brisbane and directed by Harry Borradale, with music provided by the voluntary orchestra under Scott McCallum.

    The cast for this production included:

    George Webster as "Bill Grubb"

    Terry Brown as "Sammy Grubb"

    Jo Richards as "Eileen Grubb"

    Charles Trail as "The Uncle"

    V.J. Scanlan as "Frank Grubb"

    Gladys Spurgin as "Daisy Shepherd"

    Jean Spence as "Mrs Shepherd"

    Dolly Thain as "Peggy Grubb"

    Eric Trail as "The Parson"

    W.J. Williamson as "Bank manager"

    Mr Von Ploennies as "A scoundrel"

    Mrs. Goodwin as "Mrs. Grubb"

    along with Reg Cooper, Leslie Currie and O'Sullivan.

    Source: "On Grubb's Selection," The Brisbane Courier, 12 December 1924, p.11.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1924 .
      Extent: 82 l.p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • Includes page 29 from Theatre, Society and Home containing review of On Grubb's Selection, dated March 1, 1924.


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts
      Local Id: H1940
      1924 .
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • Typescript held at the National Library of Australia in the A.H. Davis Papers (MS 4591).
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