Patti Morgan on the cover of Sydney’s Sunday Sun, 19 May, 1946.  The photographer responsible for this striking photo is unknown.Via the National Library of Australia’s Trove. 

“We must not touch our idols; the gilt sticks to our fingers.”

Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary

 

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 heightened national consciousness, it perhaps suits our purpose to think they all did – and that they were all brilliant actors as well. It’s also been surprisingly difficult to find anything very helpful written about the Australian accent in the twentieth century – and so the author has presented the short voice samples here without much commentary.  The examples of silent actor Lotus Thompson’s or Florrie Forde’s broad accents compare rather dramatically with the refined accents of Mary Maguire and Fred Stone. Some of the old Vaudevillians like Snub Pollard and Daphne Pollard seem to have accents that sit somewhere in between, as does Patti Morgan, the most recent Australian featured here.

Part of the intention of this site is also to correct the many errors that abound in the many encyclopedic websites. If you would like to comment or think something needs correcting here, feel free to do so via the comments option. This site is a work in progress, so where new information becomes available, entries will be updated.

So far… here they are, in (known) order of birth…

 

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Nick Murphy
October 2019