Anna Bishop, who lived from 1810 until 1884, was one of the most popular singers of the nineteenth-century and one of the greatest prima donnas ever to have visited the Australian colonies. She travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, and was one of only a handful of singers who could entice huge crowds of music lovers to concerts wherever they performed. In Tasmania, the press treated her arrival as sensational news, with the Courier even devoting half-a-broadsheet page to her life and career. The Courier had obviously secured a copy of a Biography of Madame Anna Bishop written by GG Foster and published in Sydney in 1855, the year that Anna arrived in Sydney for a tour of the colonies that was to last for just under two years. Bishop spent five weeks in Tasmania in 1857. According to the Courier, she gave the most splendid concerts the colony had ever experienced and was both beautiful and gracious. She was described as a 'songstress of true originality', who possessed a soprano voice of 'celestial purity' and a vocal compass that was 'miraculous': her lower notes being 'rich' and her upper range scarcely distinguishable from that of a flute.