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.
Part of the intention of this site is also to correct the many errors that abound in the freely editable encyclopedic websites, and to sketch out the often overlooked formative years spent in Australia. 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. Special thanks to the some of the extended families of actors listed here, who have contributed to improving the narratives – they are acknowledged on the Thanks, Links and Sources page.
So far… here they are, in (known) order of birth…
Maud Hobson (Jane Elizabeth Manson)
Born Toorak, Victoria, Australia, 13 November 1860,
Died London, England, 6 January 1913.
Marc McDermott (Marcus Patrick McDermott)
Born Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, 24 July 1871,
Died Glendale, California, USA, 5 January 1929.
Florrie Forde (Flora Flannagan)
Born Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 16 August 1875,
Died Aberdeen, Scotland, 18 April, 1940.
Norma Whalley (Birth name unknown)
Probably born Sydney, New South Wales, Australia c 1875-79,
Died London, England, UK, 9 October, 1954.
Saharet (Paulina Clarissa Molony).
Born Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 23 March 1878,
Died Battle Creek, Michigan, USA, 24 July 1964.
Harry Radford Allen (Henry Radford Allen)
Born Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 10 July 1878,
Died Los Angeles, California USA, 4 December 1951.
Maie Saqui (May Vivian Saqui)
Born Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 19 December 1879,
Died, London, England, UK, 28 March 1907.
Robert Greig (Arthur Alfred Bede Greig) and Beatrice Denver Holloway
Robert born Toorak, Victoria, Australia, 27 December 1879,
Died Los Angeles, California, USA, 27 June 1958.
Beatrice born Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 12 October 1884,
Died Los Angeles, California, USA, 22 November 1964.
Born Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 5 January 1880,
Died place and date unknown (sometime after 1946).
Carrie Moore, (Caroline Moore) and her sisters.
Born Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 31 July 1882,
Died Sydney New South Wales, Australia, 5 September 1956.
Alf Goulding (Alfred John Goulding)
Born Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 26 January 1885,
Died Hollywood, California, USA, 25 April, 1972.
Willie Thomas (William Thomas) and Emma Thomas
William born Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, 1 January 1889,
Died Boulder, Western Australia, 1969.
Emma born Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, 1885,
Died Sunshine, Victoria, 1963.
Snub Pollard (Harold Hopetown Fraser).
Born North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 9 November 1889,
Died Los Angeles, California, USA, 19 January, 1962.
Daphne Pollard (Daphne Trott)
Born Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 19 October 1891,
Died Los Angeles, California, USA. 22 February 1978.
Enid Bennett (Enid Eulalie Bennett)
Born York, Western Australia, Australia, 15 July 1893,
Died Malibu, California, USA 14 May, 1969.
Wanda Radford (Blanche Wanda Radford)
Born Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 22 June 1896
Died Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 16 September 1982
Sylvia Breamer (Sylvia Poppy Bremer)
Born Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 9 June 1897,
Died New York City, USA, 7 June, 1943.
Mary Macgregor (Francis Mary Macgregor)
Born Brisbane, Queensland,Australia, 16 August, 1904,
Died Mornington, Victoria, Australia, 17 March, 1954.
Lotus Thompson (Lotus May Thompson)
Born Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia, 26 August 1904,
Died Los Angeles, California, USA, 24 May 1963.
Marcia Ralston (Marie Mascotte Ralston)
Born Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 19 September 1906,
Died Rancho Mirage, California USA, 23 November 1988.
Mona Barrie (Mona Barlee Smith).
Born London, England, 1906,
Lived in Australia 1914-1933,
Died Los Angeles, California, USA, 27 June 1964.
Fred Stone (Frederick George Stone)
Born Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 9 July, 1908,
Died London, England, 8 July 1995.
John Wood (John Frederick Woods)
Born Forbes, New South Wales, Australia, 11 November 1909,
Died Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1 March 1965.
Constance Worth also known as Jocelyn Howarth (Enid Joyce Howarth).
Born Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 19 August 1911,
Died Los Angeles, California USA, 18 October 1963.
Judy Kelly (Julie Aileen Kelly)
Born Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia, 1 November 1913,
Died, London, England, 22 October 1991.
Gwen Munro (Gwendolyn Mina Munro)
Born Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 30 November 1913,
Died Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, 6 April 1970.
Janet Johnson (Janet Ramsay Johnson)
Born Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 29 November 1914,
Died, Isle of Man, England, 18 December 1983.
Margaret Vyner (Margaret Leila Vyner)
Born Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, 3 December 1914,
Died Reading, Berkshire, England, 30 October, 1993.
Joan Winfield (Joan Marie Therese MacGillicuddy)
Born Melbourne, Australia 24 September 1918,
Died Los Angeles, California, USA, 16 June 1978.
Mary Maguire (Helene Teresa Maguire) 1919-1938, 1939-1974, Epilogue
Born Melbourne, Australia, 22 February 1919,
Died Los Angeles, California, USA, 18 May, 1974.
Patti Morgan (Patricia Joan Morgan)
Born Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 7 September 1928,
Died London, England, 2 February 2001.
- Frank Healy’s San Francisco Opera Company 1907
- A list of ships and their actor passengers
- The Stars of Old Fitzroy
- What you might need at the theatre
- The Theatres of Cowper, Murphy & Appleford.
- Thanks to, links and sources