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Companion edition to the main thesis.


  • Volume 1 (A-C)

    Appendix A : Source Bibliography for Artists' Engagements included in Chapter Three Chronology

    Appendix B : Revusical Scripts from the Nat Phillips Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland. Edited by Clay Djubal. (i) 'What Oh Tonight' by Nat Phillips ; (ii) 'A Sporting Chance' by Nat Phillips ; (iii) 'Yes We Don't' by Nat Phillips ; (iv) 'At the Grand Hotel' by Nat Phillips.

    Appendix C : Annotated Calendar of Australian-Written Music Theatre Works 1842-1935

    Volume 2 (D-I)

    Appendix D : Biographical Database of Selected Australian Variety Practitioners, c1870-1935 (Songwriters, Writers, Librettists, Performers and Producers) : (i) Adson - Duff ; (ii) Edwards - Howson ; (iii) Kearns - Phillips Sisters ; (iv) Rene - York.

    Appendix E : Minstrel Farces Staged in Australia Between c1850 and the 1920s

    Appendix F : Nomenclature and Production/Narrative Issues:

    Appendix G : Index to Nat Phillips Collection (UQFL9) Fryer Library, University of Queensland. Compiled by Clay Djubal 2002-05 (with Bill Deely, 2002).

    Appendix H : Harry Clay and Clay's Vaudeville Artists 1901-1930 (Revised from 1998)

    Appendix I: Miscellaneous (Poems, Song Lyrics, Patter and Comedy Routines).

  • Appendix D contains biographical accounts of more than eighty Australian music theatre practitioners. All entries have since been added to the Austlit database. A number of the biographies have been abridged, however. For more extensive biographical insights into these particular individuals see the general subjects section above.

    The following is a list of all practitioners accorded biographical attention in the thesis appendices. Although some individuals have received historical attention previously (i.e., Alfred Dampier, George Darrell, Alfred Hill, Marcus Clarke etc), this thesis looks more closely at aspects relating to music theatre rather than their other creative pursuits - drama, novels etc:

    Arthur H. ADAMS; Steve ADSON; W. M. AKHURST; Oscar ASCHE; James BAIN; Verna BAIN; Harry BARRINGTON; Ike BECK; W. Horace BENT; Elton BLACK; Grosvneor BUNSTER; Leon CARON; Maurice CHENOWETH; Frank M. ClARK; Marcus CLARKE; Harry CLAY; George CLUTSAM; Charles and Harry COGILL; Walter H. COOPER; Vince COURTNEY; W. J. CURTIS; Alfred DAMPIER; George DARRELL; C. J. DE GARIS; Charles DELAVALE, DELAVALE & GILBERT (with Lily Vockler); Bert DESMOND (with Mattie Jansen); George DREW (with Jim Romaine and Jim Harris); James DUFF; George EDWARDS (with Rosie Parkes); Wally EDWARDS; Billy EMERSON; Harry W. EMMET; Bernard ESPINASSE; Charles FANNING; Maud FANNING (incl. Arthur Elliott); Edward GEOGHEGAN; Jim GERALD; Edward A. GLOVER; Martyn HAGAN (with Lucy Fraser); Nat HANLEY; Francis HART; Fritz HART; Maritz HEUZENROEDER; Alfred HILL, Richard Hengist HORNE; Charles HORSLEY; Bert HOWARD; John HOWSON; Jack 'Porky' KEARNS (with Ida Kearns/Rosslyn/Tauchert and Vera Kearns); Nellie KOLLE; Bert LE BLANC; Stanley McKAY; Johnny MATLOCK; Arthur MORLEY (with Elsie Bates); Nat PHILLIPS (with Daisy Merritt); PHILLIPS SISTERS; Roy RENE ; Sir William ROBINSON; Amy ROCHELLE; Sam ROWLEY; Harry SADLER; George SORLIE; Arthur TAUCHERT; Dan TRACEY; Ted TUTTY; Garnet WALCH; George WALLACE; Will WHITBURN; Frank YORK.


* Contents derived from the St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: 2005 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Maurice Chenoweth, Clay Djubal , 1998 single work biography (p. Appendix D)
When the Baritone was Waiting on the Hungry Harry Clayi"There was bustling, there was hustling, as you've never seen before.", Charlie Vaude , 1914 single work poetry
A poem written to commemorate Harry Clay's initiation into the Chasers, a social gathering of theatrical personalities who met weekly for a boating and fishing expedition on Sydney Harbour.
(p. 1045)
To 'Variety' - 1914i"The 'curtain' is up and our entrance we make,", Arthur Morley , 1914 single work poetry (p. 1046)
The City of 'Make-Believe'i"A wee little girlie sat playing", Arthur Morley , 1917 single work poetry (p. 1049)
Stranded! : Xmas - 1897i"'Tis a long call back - and times were bad,", Arthur Morley , 1915 single work poetry (p. 1050)
A Week Around the Suburbs with Ike Becki"In doing a week for Ike Beck,", Presto , 1917 single work poetry
A poem written about Ike Beck and his troupe of variety performers on one of their tours around the Sydney suburbs. Others mentioned in the work are : Phil Levarto, Cel Delwyn, Arthur Tauchert, 'Fat' Jamo, and Verlie.
(p. 1050)
Slavin's Spasmi"Everybody's got the 'Flu'", Art Slavin , 1918 single work poetry humour
A brief and humouous poem written during the time of the Spanish influenza epidemic.
(p. 1052)
Untitledi"The king of vaudeville", Harry Clay , 1920 single work poetry
Essentially an advertising jingle written by Harry Clay to promote his Sydney and New South Wales variety theatre operations.
(p. 1053)
Alfred Hill, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography Section: Volume Two: Appendix D
Johnny Matlock, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography Section: Volume Two - Appendix D
Sam Rowley, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography Section: Volume Two: Appendx D
Martyn Hagan, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography Section: Volume Two: Appendix D
Fritz Hart, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography
Note: Volume Two: Appendix D
George Darrell, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography Section: Volume Two: Appendix D
Alfred Dampier, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography Section: Volume Two: Appendix D
W. J. Curtis, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography

A detailed overview of W. J. Curtis's theatrical activities as an actor, singer, librettist, and Tivoli director, with some additional insight into his youth and career as a Sydney-based lawyer, barrister, district judge and Knight's Council.

Section: Volume Two: Appendix D
Marcus Clarke, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography Section: Volume Two: Appendix D
Leon Caron, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography Section: Volume Two: Appendix D
Maud Fanning, Clay Djubal , 1998 single work biography Section: Volume Two: Appendix D
Charlie Fanning, Clay Djubal , 2005 single work biography Section: Volume Two: Appendix D

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    y Australian Variety Theatre Archive : Popular Culture Entertainment: 1850-1930 Clay Djubal , Z1787295 2011 website

    The Australian Variety Theatre Archive (AVTA) is an independent, not-for-profit research website devoted to the period of theatrical activity in Australia that might be considered the 'golden years' of minstrelsy and vaudeville. The motivation for the site has been the need to rectify the exceedingly poor amount of research directed towards this area of Australian history and thus address the many myths, inaccuracies and gaps that are to be found in the present historical record.

    The AVTA's primary objectives are two-fold: To celebrate and advance our knowledge of the Australian variety theatre industry which operated between the mid-1800s and the late-1920s/early-1930s; and to provide an on-going information archive which will serve as the basis for further research by both academics and historians, as well as by the general public.

    Variety entertainment during the period covered by the AVTA crossed many theatrical genres and media forms (including film and radio). The archive is primarily interested, however, in the following genres: burlesque minstrelsy (including minstrels farces) vaudeville revue revusical (one act musical comedies) pantomime. The archive is also looking to provide biographical details on the people involved in variety the performers (individuals and acts), entrepreneurs and managers, troupes, scenic artists, stage managers, front-of-house managers, costume and property-makers, choreographers, writers, composers, songwriters, lyricists directors, music directors, producers and associated industry practitioners (journalists/critics, advance representatives etc).

    The AVTA also publishes Mixed Bag, a monograph series devoted to variety theatre and popular culture entertainment.

    Source: (Sighted 23/06/2011)

    Section: Dissertations
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