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.
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.
Above: Errol Flynn – a very fanciful life story in Film Star Who’s Who on the Screen 1939, Amalgamated Press, London, January 1939.
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As the grandson of Melbourne theatre architect Gordon Murphy, Nick Murphy grew up with a fascination for all things theatrical. A teacher and Assistant Principal for many years, he also worked at Melbourne Museum and in educational settings in China, and tutored pre-service teachers at the University of Melbourne.
His own outing in film was a tiny role as “Principal Stevens” in the Australian esafety office film Tagged. Thank you Chris Benz (at Brave) for the experience. You can watch it here.
Readers will forgive any delay in responding. As of 2023, the site takes about 4 hours of work a day, mostly in formatting, updating and design.
The author has a soft spot for Daphne Pollard, Leah Leichner and Shirley Ann Richards.