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 heightened national consciousness, it perhaps suits our purpose to think they did – and that they were all brilliant actors as well. However, the reality is complex and the answer seems far from clear.

And one of the reasons this writer is prominently focusing on female actors is because, in their own way, they challenged the expectation of women’s roles as wives, mothers and carers. 

So far… and in order of birth…


Nick Murphy
February 2019