Pollard’s Lilliputian Opera Company

Above: A Pollard troupe in North America, c 1903. The players identified so far include, in the front row, first from left – Olive Moore, second from right – Willie Thomas, right – Daphne Pollard. The Heintz twins, Johnnie and Freddie, wear top hats and are visible kneeling at the front. Postcard courtesy Robert Maynard.

These are pages dedicated to the child performers in Pollard’s Lilliputian Opera Company troupes run by Charles Pollard and his sister Nellie Chester. The children usually came from the inner suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. A feature is that these troupes performed in South-East Asia, India and North America, but not their home town of Melbourne.

Some of the performers with Pollard’s whose full stories are known include