1. HISTORICAL NOTES AND CORRECTIONS:
1.1 A number of contemporary sources (including the Companion to Theatre in Australia, p.191; Australian Dictionary of Biography Vol. 2, 1988, p.365; and Memoirs of an Abominable Showman, p.36) indicate that the Dinks and Oncus partnership formed in 1919. This date is believed to have originated from Jack Paterson's erroneous recall published in the Sydney Morning Herald following Wallace's death (23 October 1960, p.57). Primary source research into the Australian variety industry (see 'Harry Clay and Clay's Vaudeville Company 1865-1930' and 'The History of of Vaudeville in Australia 1900-1930') has been unable to locate any mention of the Wallace/Paterson partnership prior to May 1920, however, with all references to both comedians up until that time being made in relation to their solo careers. Further evidence is presented, too, in an Australian Variety review, dated 27 May 1920, which notes, '[George Wallace] has doubled up with Dinks Paterson, and went a riot. As they have only been together a couple of weeks, we hate to think what they will give patrons in, say, a couple of months. No bigger laugh has ever appeared on the Clay time' (p.8).
1.2. The claim that Dinks and Oncus were 'Australia's first pair of knockabout acrobatic comedians' (Entertaining Australia, 179 and Companion to Theatre in Australia, p.191) is incorrect. Australia produced a number of comedic partnerships working this vein of humour in the decades preceding Wallace and Patterson. The most popular knockabout comedians on the Australian stage in the 1890s, for example, were Jack 'Porky' Kearns and Albert McKisson, who appeared with most of the country's major variety organisations, including Harry Rickards, between 1893 and 1900 (see Jack Kearns' entry in '"What Oh Tonight:" The Methodology Factor and Pre-1930s Australian Variety Theatre - Appendices').