About and Contact

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.

Several short audio clips are used on this site. These are used where no reasonable alternative can found, to illustrate, review and critique relevant Australian accents of the era. Where copyright for these still exists, it is held by the owner. If you have a concern in relation to the usage of these audio clips, please use the option to contact us – see below.

2. Thanks to…

My lecturers at Melbourne State College – Tom Ryan and Ken Mogg. Also to Jo Mostyn, Norm Archibald, Melissa Anderson, Catherine Crocker, Robert Maynard.

3. 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



  • Ray Edmondson and Andrew Pike (1982) Australia’s Lost Films. National Library of Australia.
  • Hal Porter (1965) Stars of Australian Stage and Screen. Rigby Ltd.
  • Brian McFarlane, Anthony Slide (2003): The Encyclopedia of British Film. Methuen Publishing Ltd
  • Phillipe Mora, Peter Beilby, Scott Murray (eds) and others (1974-2001): Cinema Papers (Magazine) Cinema Papers P/L, Richmond, also MTV Publishing  and Niche Media. See digitised collection at the University of Wollongong
  • Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper (1981 and 1998): Australian film, 1900-1977 : a guide to feature film production. Oxford University Press.
  • Graham Shirley & Brian Adams (1989): Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years. Currency Press
  • Andrée Wright (1986) Brilliant Careers; Women in Australian Cinema. Pan Books Australia.
  • Angela Woollacott, (2001). To try her fortune in London. Australian women, Colonialism and Modernity. Oxford University Press


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)

4. 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.