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Issue Details: First known date: 1940... 1940 Sydney — NInety-nine
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The author recalls his first experience of Sydney forty years ago.


  • The reference to Fred Bluett appearing at Harry Rickards ' Tivoli Theatre in 1899 is an error of recall on the part of Farrelly. As noted in Bluett's Australian Variety Theatre Archive biography, the comedian did not make his first appearance on a Rickards' vaudeville programme until September 1901.

  • The reference to Minnie Tittell Brune being in Sydney in 1899 is also incorrect as the American actress did not come to Australia until 1904. She was brought to the country by J. C. Williamson .

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer 26 July 1940 13496988 1940 newspaper issue 1940 pg. 8
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon 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: Texts: Published - Poetry
Last amended 1 Apr 2018 08:19:43
  • Struck Oil Clay Greene , J. C. Williamson , 1873 single work drama
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 1899
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