Also writes as: Albert Edmunds
Born: Established: 11 Jun 1868 Auckland, Auckland (Region), North Island,
Albert Edmunds is the writing name used for collaborations between Bert Bailey and Edmund Duggan.
Bailey's mother's business was the well-known firm McCathie's.
A number of secondary sources, possibly citing Frank Van Straten (2007), record that Bailey worked in vaudeville before joining Edmund Duggan's company in 1889 (aged 21), and identify the Canterbury Music Hall in George Street, Sydney as the venue where he 'eventually faced the footlights as a descriptive singer' (Van Straten, 'Bert Baily 1868-1953.' Live Performance Australia Hall of Fame).
New research using Trove (National Library of Australia's digital newspaper service) argues, however, that Bailey could not have made his debut at the theatre when it operated as the Canterbury Music Hall, because it did become known by that name until June 1890. Prior to then it was the Haymarket Theatre (aka The Haymarket Palace of Varieties). The venue did not retain the Canterbury for long, either. No details regarding its operations as a theatre have been located after April 1891, when its lease (including several adjoining shops) was put up for auction.
Bert Bailey's and Edmund Duggan's unpublished play "The Squatter's Daughter" was adapted as a novel by Hilda Bridges. It was also made into a film by William Anderson in 1910, with another version by Ken Hall in 1933 (which is held at ScreenSound Australia).