Benstead, Lulu (1891-1983)

Also known as
Benstead, Lucille (1891-1983)
Field of activity
Opera Singer; Performer
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1666020

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Lulu Benstead began her singing career in Coolgardie and performed from 1907 until 1911 throughout the goldfields and New South Wales. She retired in 1934.

Lulu Benstead was born in Alice Springs the daughter of goldfields pioneer Bill (William) Benstead and Triphenia Benstead. She studied with Mrs Jack Wilson in Coolgardie and performed regularly in the goldfields. Indeed, the newspaper described Coolgardie as the '...musical centre of the goldfields'. She also toured Australia, performing in Sydney and in country areas with the Lulu Benstead Company.

The Coolgardie Lulu Benstead Continental Musical Education Fund Committee was set up in 1907 to raise money for Lulu's further musical education. In 1911 Lulu travelled to Paris and Berlin with the assistance of money raised from benefit concerts in Western Australia and donations from her Western Australian supporters. A report of one benefit concert in 1909 described her performance thus: '...a brilliant display of her beautiful soprano voice, and added another laurel to her luxuriant wreath of success'. A successful entertainer, Lulu performed in the USA, Canada and England singing vaudeville, comedy, comic opera, burlesque and revue. She retired from the stage in 1934, married Englishman Mr Stelling and lived in England.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Benstead, Lulu
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Miss Lulu Benstead
    [Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954]
    Series: IspartOf Western Mail
  3. Miss Lulu Benstead
    [Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954]
    Series: IspartOf Sunday Times
  4. Lulu Benstead
    [Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954]
    Series: IspartOf Sunday Times
  5. Lulu Benstead
    [Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954]
    Series: IspartOf Sunday Times
  6. Daughters of Midas. Pioneer Women of the Eastern Goldfields
    King, Norma
    [Victoria Park [W.A.]]
    Published: Business and Professional Women's Club of Kalgoorlie-Boulder &​ Hesperian Press
  7. Karlkurla Gold: A History of the Women of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
    Criena Fitzgerald and National Foundation for Australian Women
    [2012]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  8. Lulu Benstead
    Series: Outback Family History
    Lulu Benstead stood on the right

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