Gavin, Agnes (1872-1948)

Also known as
Kurtz, Agnes (1872-1948)
Wangenhein, Agnes Adele (1872-1948)
Field of activity
Scriptwriter; Actor
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1477701

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Agnes Gavin is commonly historicised as a supporting figure to her husband's film ambitions. This inaccurate perception, however, minimises her contribution to early Australian silent film, most notably as one of the first female scriptwriters to achieve international success with her scripts. Agnes Adele Wangenhein was born in Sydney in 1872. In 1890, she married Barney Kurtz, however they divorced shortly after. On 1 October 1898, she married stage actor John Frances Henry Gavin. Gavin and her husband both worked as actors in the Bland Holt stage company and in vaudeville for many years. Gavin made her credited debut in (1910). In this film, Gavin played an Aboriginal girl named Bunda. Gavin's husband then began to direct his own films. Gavin played small parts in her husband's films and was credited as scenario writer for (1911), (1911), (1911), (1911), (1911) and (1911). In 1916 Gavin and her husband released their most successful film,, for the Australian Famous Feature Company. The film told the story of English nurse Edith Cavell who was executed by the German Army in October 1915. Written by Gavin, the film was well received in Australia, Britain and the USA. Gavin's next script again focused upon German war atrocities. (1917) told of the murder of a commander of a merchant ship. This film was not received as well. After this unsuccessful script, she returned to the subject of bushrangers and convicts in (1918). Later in 1918, Gavin and her husband moved to Hollywood where her husband acted in Western and comedy feature films. It is not known what Gavin did during this time. In 1925, Gavin and her husband returned to Australia permanently. Upon return, she wrote her final scripts for (1928) and (1928).

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Gavin, Agnes
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Australian Film 1900-1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production
    Pike, Andrew and Cooper, Ross
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Oxford University Press
  3. The Assigned Servant: Documentation
    [1911]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Documentation relating to the film
    343337
  4. Moonlite: Documentation
    [1910]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Documentation relating to the film
    343335
  5. His Convict Bride: Documentation
    [1918]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Documentation relating to the film
    765093
  6. The Martyrdom of Nurse Cavell: Documentation
    [1915 - 1916]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Documentation relating to the film
    343383
  7. Trooper O'Brien
    [1928]
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Feature Film. There is documentation assocaited with the making of the film in the catalogue also
    7003
  8. Gavin, Agnes: Semi-profile, upper body portrait, looking to her left into the camera
    Series: National Film and Sound Archive
    Photograph. Text on front of image reads: 'Agnes Gavin, Writer'.
    813171

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