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Madeline Rossiter Madeline Rossiter i(A143665 works by)
Gender: Female
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Born and raised in London, Madeline Rossiter was the daughter of a well-known concert artist. As a child she learned the violin and was later taught composition and singing. In 1903 she joined Sydney James and G. W. Desmond, as The Strolling Players, a trio which toured throughout the British Isles before expanding into a costume comedy company, known from 1911 as The Royal Strollers.

After touring South Africa (4 times) and the USA The Strollers came to Australia in 1914, remaining in the Antipodes until after the war. When James died while touring India in 1919 Rossiter came back to Australia where she was later associated with John N. McCallum (Town Topics, Brisbane), Pat Hanna (Famous Diggers), the Tivoli circuit (Tivoli Topics) and the English Pierrots. A number of her songs were also published in Australia during the 1920s. In addition to her accomplishments as a musician, singer and composer with the companies she appeared with, Rossiter was also acknowledged as a dancer of exceptional merit.

Rossiter left Australia for the East in September 1925 several local artists who were to be joined in Calcutta by English performers to form a musical comedy company.

[Source: Australian Variety Theatre Archive]

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