Kate Howarde was an actor, director, dramatist, entrepreneur.
Arguably the leading Australian-based female thespian/writer/entrepreneur of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Kate Howarde carved out a distinguished stage career over more than forty years, producing drama, musical comedies, pantomime, revusicals, and film. As a result of this remarkable activity, she also provided opportunities for a number of practitioners who later went on to establish their own high-profile careers, notably S. A. Fitzgerald, Bert Bailey, and Charles Villiers.
A four-act melodrama, Why Girls Leave Home follows the adversities of a young girl who runs away from her cruel and drunken father with a faithful lover, only to meet with further troubles and separations.
See the AustLit record where you can click through to a PDF of the play. Transcription is pending.
In 2016, third-year University of Queensland students undertook a semester long research assignment on the life and times of Kate Howarde. As a part of their research, they also digitised and transcribed the play, Why Girls Leave Home : A Drama in Four Acts.
See the research outcomes here.
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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Love boat" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1920. Source