National Library of Australia’s collection of performing arts scrapbooks is now available online

(9 May 2020)  From National Library of Australia:

Eighteen scrapbooks of our theatrical past contain insights into performances by Dame Nellie Melba, concerts by the Essendon Musical Society and the acts of circus and vaudeville performers. They were compiled by a number of dedicated and, sometimes, unknown fans across the late 18th to the mid to late 20th centuries.

The scrapbooks contain images, programs, advertisements, tickets, reviews and news clippings of and for a great number of theatre, vaudeville, ballet and opera performances.

Some depict the impact of the Boer and First World Wars, while ‘My Ballet Diary’ from the 1950s tells a more intimate tale of a young girl and the ballerinas whom she idolised.

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