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FOLLOWING THE FAMILY TRADITION
Careers Which Are Inspired
r A SPECIAL course of lectures in business management, primarily for young
people who expect to succeed their fathers as heads of business concerns, has been established recently at the University of Sheffield in England.
Although such lectures have not yet been instituted at the Sydney University, there are a number of girls in Sydney carrying on the family tradition in their profession.
YOU will find them in all walks of life-artists,
actors, florists, jewellers-all carrying on the family tradition as faithfully as eldest sons were once expected to do. They admit that their taste for their profession was probably born in them and they tackle their respective jobs with all the more enthusiasm for that belief.
Miss Beryl Bryant, ol Bryant's Playhouse, was literally born in the shadow of the theatre. Her father, Mr. George Bryant, who Is now living in Melbourne, began his stage career as a police- man in a Brouçh-Boucicault production, after- wards going to the States, where he played in Shakespearean productions by Kyrie Bellew and Mrs. Brown Potter for 26 years. Mr. Bryant also played in the New York production of "The Col , lege Widow," the first of the "college" plays, and ; then came out to Australia to play in "The Squaw ! Man" under the direction of J. C. Williamson. t M Miss Bryant travelled everywhere with her
i parents, she was brought up in a truly stage I atmosphere-but she was not at all pleased when í she was first offered a stage patt. She was ? to have been a paper-bov, but she stamped her ! foot so emphntically and whole-heartedly at the
first rehearsal that the part was given to some , other young aspirant!
When she finally did make her debut on the stage it was at two hours' notice. She was living in Melbourne at the time, and on receipt of a telegram from Sir Geoige Tallis (then Mr. Tallis) she rushed up to Sydney to play the second lead to Kathleen McDonald in "The Out- cast.'' Afterwards she played the lead with Charles Waldion in "The Squaw Man," with Joseph Coyne in "His Lady Friends," and with Seymour Hicks for six weeks in "The Man in Dress Clothes."
"rpHE stage is an octopus profession," said Miss
i i Bryant. "When I was married I felt I didn't
' MISS LORNA SEARLE in her florist shop.
really want to go on with my career but gir-dually I got back again thiough one thing leading to another It began with a school asking me to give voice pioduction lessons Then I had to find a room to teach In Then I had to find a stage for m> pupils to act on-and now I am at oui little theatre nearly all daj Its a wondei ful profession-md I h-uc always found that if you weie willing to lenn the leading actois and actiesses weie al\\a\s willing to help you It .was only the ones who thought they knew everj thing that thes would never help
'Seymour Hicks was wondeiful to me I tool
lus wife s place at very shoit notice when Fhe became ill in Melbourne and I had onlj foin and a half dajs to leam eveijthing about the pio- duction But he cime down e\er> div, and .went through the pla> time after time v ith mc So manj leading men would ha\e sent theil undoi fctudy that I appreciated it tiemendouslj
Mairiage robbed Mr Jules Joris of the assisi ance of his d" ightei in his profession of diamond meichant She was the first gul in Austialia evei to take up the iiduous md evicting pro- fession of diamond cutting-but attei tudving hud acquning sufficient skill with pitiente and puc tice to be the only gill in Austialia to design hei own engagement ring and to cut the diamonds loi it Miss Joris was mimed to Mr Au u<=U Dalle Hei laihei t night hei tin«- interesting piofession aftei they hid arnvcd norn Belgium about mne yens igo-and in spite of the fact that she found the work i stnin on both the eyes and the neues Miss Jons found hei pio- fession an intensely interesting one
Lilce Aunt, Like Niece
I A ND talking of dnmonds and precious stones LrV reminds us of Miss Doiothj Wager who is cal lying on not hei f athel s profession but that of hei aunt Miss Rhoda Wager She is nitunlly very thrilled about the cinjuifc on of the family tiadition of making beautifully designed settings foi the lovely precious md semi-precious Austialian «tones as well as those norn o\eiseas
MISS PAT LONG-INNES wlio at one time
acted as her father's associate
Miss Wager flist caught her enthusiasm when she was a small gul watching hei aunt working on her jewelleij in a hut on her fathei s cane plantation in Fiji Her flist experiments were with beads secotlne, and cardboaid-but fiom those small beginnings has gi own up an ait calling foi the gleitest prtience and self discipline
One of hei outstanding exhibits is i culture prill set in sihci with m unusual arrangement oi jev els and an oiigiml treatment of the gi ape -md leal design Files «-heais __und nosed pheis _,ia\ei = punches mallets md a host of olhei -idgels go io the miking up of Miss Wagei b tool-kit-md it is amazing v hrt delicate and ntistic woil is fishioned with such humble tools But it is difficult woik-so much so that Miss Wagei is the onl\ young gill in her twenties in Sv,dney who has specialised in this oneious rit
Most gills wont be bothered she sajs It takes too much time They like something tint givis quick results and if jou have not patience and plenty of it there is not the slightest use taking
in this woik
With the last Melbourne Cup won by a woman
MISS NORA HEYSEN winner of this years
coveted Archibald Puze
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owner with a horse trained by a woman, women and hoises are very much in the public eye. Australian horsewomen have been noted for their prowess for many years-and one of the most famous of Australian horse- women is Mrs. Ken MacKay. As Miss Phyllis Skene, of Kilbride, Campbell- town, she comes of a family noted for generations for its ndint: skill-and for
JOAN and BETTY RAY- NER with their caravan m which they have loured many parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, America, and the
' MRS.' KEN MACKAY, who comes of a family noted for Us riding sktll. |
(Circle.) MISS BERYL BRYANT "in character." 1
I many vcais she canied on the fa mm trndlti«
of the tiainin«, of polo ponies
Ten hours a day in the saddle was nothir; to this girl one of Austialia's most daung iidti, and one of tne foiemosl women polo pla\ei«. if the woild Day aflei day she used to take tut hei fathers stung of thiity polo ponies ridiri them all day long tiaining them to turn on i sixpence and stop dead in the middle of a hnni gallop As soon as one ponv tiled she \ioud mount anothei-but hei inteiest in them did r«
stop thci e
E\eiy yeal she and hei biotliei used to io to India with a stiing of the ponies which the, sold to Indian piinces, "Army officeis and if
plinteis Noi lias she lost hei inteiest no« thi she is mauled-and she is still one of the mai outstanding show ndeis in Austialia
Another gill with a gift with animals is li < Dons Whth, who was bl ought up m ¿ii atmosphere of sawdust, elephants, clowns, titht-iope walkei« and peifoimlng lions As a small gul she mart fiiends with all the pel foimeis-both humin rd animal-in lui fathei s circus which she no* manages She has tiavelled thousands of mile« with the cucus- thiough Austialia and New Zt? land, and up to the East
Like Miss Biyant Miss Wiith sajs that 1er piofcssion is one that gels into ïoui b'ooi 'and, though it is tenibly hnid «oik I coii'mit give it up now It is everlastingly interest»), You aie alwa*,s meeting new face« scein» new scenes And, though sometimes it is wouvin? (and once 01 twice it has even been teirifim
jou someliow folget that and leniembei onh ina
vou couldn t live without it '
Daughters of Artist
rpWO othei girls following directly in (alien 1 footsteps' aie Miss Nora Heysen and Mre
Ida Meldium, both of whom aie aitists Hw Heysen had hei fiist <=tudio in hei family s tat at Mount Loftv, but aftei hei first exhibition in Adelaide, when she sold eveiy picture, fit went to London to study sculptuie as an tul to hei favouiite blanch of her ait-poitrait pan» ing She íecently came into the news t tit fiist woman to captuie the coveted AichiM
Miss Meldi um was something of a dark hoi e Althoufch she giew up in an atmospheie of pan brushes and canvases she did not tike up p«n
ing when she was veiy small And whch r» c'id she kept it to heiself and it was onl\ ami hei fathei, not knowing who<-e pictuies he «r< looking at gave hei a fa\ oui able ctiticism tint she conlessed to hei family that >-he too » < an aitistl She is now assisting her father vu his pupils
And so the "list glows, pioWng that ínteitii and talents verj olten îun m famille^-Miss P«! Long-Innes at one time acted as hei father« a=sociate Aftei ahe went to Eng'ana-«ail« in K windjammei-hei place wis taken In it sistei Joan Miss Loini Seaile caines on in fionst's business that has been in her foin.' foi seveial geneiations Di Jean EdeMon fif. has followed her moth« s example in taking a? a medical taieei, ana Joan and Betti Ewer the populai Tioubadoui ' gills tike after titi fathei Mr Fied Ravnei not onij as ictor< U as authors for they íecenth published i ni
of theil arhentmes