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STARS OF THE AIR WILFRID'THOMAS HAS HAD VARIED CAREER
W/ILFRID THOMAS, one of radio's most versatile characters, was born of Corn ish-Welsh parents, and came to Australia as a baby. At 14, he took a series of office jobs to pay for singing lessons, and made his frst public appear ance at 18, as bass soloist in The Messiah. He later had the distinction of being 'dis' covered" by Melba.
First sing" I n g brcak came whn the West minster Glee Singer toured Aus tralia, in 1930. He was chosen to replace
the baritone, and went with the Singers to almost every country in the world. At this time he began his famous collection of unusual record' ings. Further concert work was followed by a trip to Can. ada and America, to write and. produce shows for the
:nternational Broadca st la 3 Company. Before leaving Australia. Thomas had gained a great deal of radio experience, sing, ing, acting, anonouncing, and writing for the A.B.C. In New York in 1940, the A.B.C. an gaged him for a singing tour, and he has been under con, tract to the organisation ever tince. For a year he was its Direc' tor of Light Entertainmentt organised many wartime chows, and. in 1946 took a company to Hong Kong, to entertain the Navy. He has written and narrated numer, mus features, taken part in Children's Session and Schools' programmes, starred in commercial radio shows. been in documentary films and newsreels. His well-known Wilfrid Thomas Show. broadcast on Monday nights at 8.11 from country Regional stations, is ha.ed on the principal that information and entertainment can he combined, has been oa the air for thirteen years.