The intention of this site is to promote and document research into early Australian actresses and actors, with a special emphasis on those who determined to “try their luck” overseas before 1939 – and whose stories have therefore often been lost. It is a work in progress and is continually updated. It has been developed for the purposes of study, review and information.

1. Rights

forgottenaustralianactresses only claims copyright in relation to original content and the site format. All other material is copyright to the original holders of copyright. Some of the material found here has previously been published, and it is re-published here for the fair use purposes of education, review, information and study. If you have a concern in relation to such usage, please use the option to contact us – see below.

2. Key Sources

Further reading is provided, wherever possible, at the end of each article. Hot links exist in the text to key primary and secondary sources online. The most common sources used include


United Kingdom

United States


Lists of films and stage performances are not provided. Reasonably accurate lists of films are often found on the Internet Movie Database. (IMDB). A list of Broadway performances can be found at the Internet Broadway Database (IBDB)

3. Contact

Nick Murphy has taught Australian and Modern History in a secondary school for thirty years, worked in a museum and tutored teacher trainees at a university in Melbourne, Australia. His current work takes him away to China for periods of time, so this site, he is pleased to say, is an and on and off again hobby.