The photo above shows 18 year old Melbourne-born Mary Maguire with Basil Rathbone and Jane Bryan on a break during the making of “Confession” in 1937. The photographer is unknown. From the author’s collection.

This site is dedicated to some of the undocumented Australian actors – who travelled to work overseas, particularly before World War II.

Of great interest to this writer is the extent to which these actors identified as Australians. Today, at a time of increased national consciousness, it perhaps suits our purpose to think they did. However, the reality is complex and the story seems far from clear.

So far… and in order of birth…


Frank Healy’s San Francisco Opera Company 1907

Nick Murphy

September 2018