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…




Nick Murphy
March 2020