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Mike Connors and Queenie Paul. Source: Australian Variety Theatre Archive
Mike Connors Mike Connors i(A107886 works by) (birth name: Michael O'Connor)
; Died: Ceased: 1949
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1916
Heritage: American
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Mike Connors came to Australia in 1916 with his partner Freddy Witt. Under contract to Fullers the 'the harmony boys,' performed a repertoire of Irish, "coon' and ragtime songs at the piano (played by Witt). Both were tenors. In 1917 they joined Bert Le Blanc's Travesty Stars, an engagement throuigh which Connors meet and later married Queenie Paul. The couple remained on the Fullers circuit until the late 1920s, spending many years as members of Nat Phillips' Stiffy and Mo Revue Company. They established Con-Paul Theatres in 1931 and revived the Tivoli circuit. After selling their interests in the company in 1934 the couple worked as independent producers. Connors later became a successful ABC radio host.

Most Referenced Works


  • Connors' recall of his association with Roy Rene is one of several sections included at the end of Mo's Memoirs (1945).

  • Fred Witt also remained in Australia, eventually carving out a long career in radio.

  • This entry has been sourced from research undertaken by Dr Clay Djubal into Australian-written popular music theatre (ca. 1850-1930). See also the Australian Variety Theatre Archive

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