Melba, Nellie, (Dame) (-1931)

Also known as
Armstrong, Helen Porter (1861-1931)
Armstrong, Nellie (-1931)
Armstrong, Nellie Mitchell (-1931)
Melba, Dame Nellie (-1931)
Melba, Nellie, (Dame, DBE, GBE) (1861-1931)
Melba, Nellie, (Dame)
Melba, Nellie, (Dame) (1861-1931)
Melba, Nellie, Dame (-1931)
Melba, Nellie (-1931)
Mitchell, Helen Porter (1861-1931)
Mitchell, Helen Porter (-1931)
Nellie Mitchell / Mrs. Armstrong (-1931)
Field of activity
Opera Singer; Soprano; Order of the British Empire - Dame Commander; Order of the British Empire - Dame Grand Cross - Civil; Prima Donna; Singer; Entrepreneur
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35345746
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-505278

Biographies

Born in Melbourne. Died in Sydney. Nellie Melba is an Australian Singer, Entrepreneur, Soprano, who is mentioned in 15 events in the AusStage database

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Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), prima donna, was born Helen Porter Mitchell on 19 May 1861 at Richmond, Melbourne, eldest surviving of ten children of David Mitchell, building contractor, and his wife Isabella...

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Dame Nellie Melba (née Helen Porter Mitchell) was an internationally renowned opera singer, celebrated for her magnificent coloratura (soprano) voice.

Melba's musical training began in Melbourne at Presbyterian Ladies' College, and continued in France under Mathilde Marchesi. Her operatic debut was in Brussels, in 1887.

Melba went on to perform in London, Paris and New York before returning to Australia to tour in 1902. She also toured Australia in 1909, 1911, 1924 and 1928. She founded a women's singing school in Melbourne and wrote a singing manual and a memoir.

Melba was appointed to The Order of the British Empire, Dame Grand Cross (Civil) on 3 June 1927 for services to Australia. She was also appointed to The Order of the British Empire, Dames Commander, on 15 March 1918 for giving fund-raising concerts to assist war wounded during the First World War.

  • Dame of the British Empire (DBE)
  • Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire (GBE)
  • Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

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Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba is regarded as the most accomplished and famous soprano of her time and was the first Australian to achieve international recognition on the opera stage. Born Helen Porter Mitchell, Melba was raised in Melbourne in a musical family and received her early singing tuition from Ellen Christian and the Italian tenor, Pietro Cecchi. After marriage and the birth of her son, she went on to study in Paris with the prominent teacher Mathilde Marchesi. Marchesi is credited with transforming her into a brilliant vocalist and for persuading her to adopt a stage name, which she chose to be 'Melba', an abbreviation of her home town. In 1887, Melba made her operatic debut in Brussels as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto and went on to sing with great success in London, Paris, Milan and New York. She established herself as Covent Garden's prima donna, maintaining her own permanent dressing room there. Her most famous operatic role was as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme and she studied many of her operatic roles with the composers themselves. Her recitals included many songs, notably Bishop's Home Sweet Home and Arditi's Se saran rose (The Melba Waltz). Between 1904 and 1926 Melba made almost 200 recordings and in 1920 she appeared on a pioneering radio broadcast from Guglielmo Marconi's factory. Some recordings of her voice have been re-released for contemporary audiences but the limitations of early recording technology have not justly preserved the quality of her voice. Melba's interpretative abilities were often criticised, however, her voice was remarkable for its even quality over a range of almost three octaves, and for the purity of its timbre. Melba returned to Australia on many occasions, touring in 1902 and 1909 and with the Melba-Williamson Opera Company in 1911, 1924 and 1928. In 1909 she bought a property at Coldstream near Lilydale, Victoria, named Coombe Cottage. She based herself in Australia during the First World War and worked to raise funds for war charities. For her services to the war effort, Melba was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918. During this period she established a singing school at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, now renamed the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, providing her services free of charge. In 1927 Melba sang at the opening of Parliament House in Canberra, and was elevated to Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire. She gave a series of farewell concerts in the 1920s, with her final performances taking place in Australia in 1928. Melba died in 1931 of septicaemia from an infection acquired during plastic surgery. She was given a state funeral in which the motorcade was over a kilometre long. Her name is associated with two foods, the Peach Melba dessert and Melba toast, and her image features on the Australian 100-dollar note.

Dame Nellie Melba, famous for more than 40 years as the greatest singer of the lyric stage of her generation, and as one of the most distinguished of Australians, died yesterday at 4.40 p.m. at St. Vincent's...

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AusStage

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  3. Grand Opera Season
    Melba, Nellie (Singer)
    [1924-06-21]
    A performance staged at the Her Majesty's Theatre (1887-1933), Sydney, NSW
  4. Melba Australian Concert Tour: Second Concert
    Melba, Nellie (Singer)
    [1902-11-15]
    A performance staged at the Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
  5. Don Pasquale
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1928-10-01]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  6. Don Pasquale
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1924-10-06]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  7. Tales of Hoffmann
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1928-09-27]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  8. Aida
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1928-09-24]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  9. Turandot
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1928-09-17]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  10. Aida
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1924-09-26]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  11. Lucia di Lammermoor
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1924-09-20]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  12. Samson and Delilah
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1924-09-27]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  13. The Barber of Seville
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1924-09-23]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  14. Dame Nellie Melba
    Melba, Nellie (Soprano)
    [1922-12-11]
    A performance staged at the Caird Hall, Dundee, O/S
  15. Melba Australian Concert Tour: First Concert
    Melba, Nellie (Singer)
    [1902-11-12]
    A performance staged at the Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, SA
  16. The Tales of Hoffmann
    Melba, Nellie (Entrepreneur)
    [1924-09-25]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  17. La Boheme
    Melba, Nellie (Soprano)
    [1924-09-29]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA

Australian Women's Register

  1. Melba, Nellie
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Nellie Melba : the legend still lives
    Vickery, Marian
    [South Melbourne]
    Published: Victorian Arts Centre
  3. Melba, Nellie (1861-1931)
    Davidson, Jim
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  4. Red plush and black velvet : the story of Dame Nellie Melba and her times
    Wechsberg, Joseph
    [London]
    Published: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
  5. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  6. Dame Nellie Melba: Death in Sydney
    [Melbourne, VIC]
    Series: IspartOf The Argus
  7. Death of Dame Nellie Melba: Australia's Greatest Singer
    [1931]
    Series: IspartOf The Sydney Morning Herald
  8. Obituary [Dame Nellie Melba]
    [1931]
    Series: IspartOf The Times
  9. Nellie Melba, a contemporary review
    Moran, William R.
    [Westport, Conn.]
    Published: Greenwood Press
  10. Nellie Melba : the first Australian diva
    Magee, Adrian
    [Carlton, Vic.]
    Published: CIS Cardigan Street Publishers
  11. Melba method
    Melba, Nellie, Dame
    [Sydney]
    Published: Chappell & Co.
  12. Melodies and memories; introduction and notes by John Cargher
    Melba, Nellie, Dame; Beverley Nichols
    [West Melbourne, Vic.]
    Published: Nelson
  13. The Complete Book of Great Australian Women: Thirty-six women who changed the course of Australia
    De Vries, Susanna
    [Sydney]
    Published: HarperCollins
  14. Melodies and memories
    Melba, Nellie, Dame; Beverley Nichols
    [London]
    Published: Butterworth
  15. Evensong
    Beverley Nichols
    [1932]
  16. Popular Australian singers from the early years of sound recording [sound recording]. Volume 1.
    [c1988]
    Published: National Film and Sound Archive
  17. Victorian Women's Roll of Honour: Women Shaping the Nation
    [2001]
    Published: Century of Federation Victoria
  18. 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology
    Radi, Heather
    [Broadway, NSW]
    Published: Women's Redress Press
  19. Papers of Dame Nellie Melba
    National Library of Australia
    Published: National Library of Australia
  20. 100 great Australians
    Macklin, Robert
    [South Yarra, Vic.]
    Published: Currey O'Neil Ross
  21. Double Time: Women in Victoria - 150 Years
    Lake, Marilyn and Kelly, Farley
    [Ringwood (Vic.)]
    Published: Penguin Books Australia Ltd
  22. Australian nurses since Nightingale 1860-1990
    Burchill, Elizabeth
    [Richmond (Vic.)]
    Published: Spectrum Publications Pty Ltd
  23. The Shire of Lilydale and its military heritage : the First World War and its effect on the community
    McAleer, A J
    [Mooroolbark, Vic.]
    Published: A J McAleer
  24. Melba's keys to past
    O'Connor, Shaunagh
    [2003]
    Series: IspartOf Herald Sun
  25. Victoria, the first century : an historical survey
    compiled by the Historical Sub-committee of the Centenary Celebrations Council
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Robertson & Mullens
  26. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  27. Dame Nellie Melba
    Franklin Peterson
    [Melbourne]
    Published: George Robertson
  28. Letters and diary, 1911-1931 [manuscript]
    [1911 - 1931]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Correspondence consisting of one letter from each of the following people - Daisy Bates, Dame Nellie Melba, Sir William Campion, Lord Forster, and Lord Stradbroke; Diary of Lily Kerr-Pearse (nee Drummond), mother of Elizabeth Kerr-Pearse; it concerns her life at Government House, Hobart, from Jan. 27 1905, to September 26 1906.
    MS 2782
  29. Correspondence: Nellie Melba to Rose and Percy Grainger
    [1897 - 1918]
    Series: Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne
    Folder contains a Percy Grainger labelled Envelope (marked 446 - 1,2,3 Melba to Rose and Percy Grainger) which contained letters to Percy Grainger and Rose Grainger from Nellie Melba. Most are undated (with archivists estimates). 10 original letters in Melba's hand, 2 telegrams with Percy Grainger's reply written on one and also with accompanying poem entitled "The Flag", Also Percy Grainger's typescript of an article from the Australian Musical News regarding Melba's impromptu during a performance of his composition "Colonial Song". Other Information: Many are undated and have previous archivists estimates of dates made from the contents of the letter. Also contains a photo image of the letter from Melba headed "Hotel Majestie New York".
    02.0020
  30. Biographical file of information on Dame Nellie Melba, ca. 1961. [manuscript].
    [0.032 m : c. 1961]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Biographical file of information on Dame Nellie Melba comprising: "Dame Nellie Melba. A centennial review" by Warren Perry (published in Victorian Historical Magazine, vol. 31, no. 4, May 1961); "A Dame Nellie Melba centenary oration" by Dr. Colin Macdonald (published in Victorian Historical Magazine, vol. 31, no. 3, February 1961); "Portrait of a Prima Donna", radio broadcast for the centenary of Melba's birth on 19 May 1961 by John Thompson; press cuttings; one photograph; and references to other newspaper articles on Melba.
    Accession no: MS 11745
  31. Scrapbook, ca. 1911-1937. [manuscript].
    [0.02 m, 1 volume : c. 1911 - 1937]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Scrapbook relating to Dame Nellie Melba, kept by her personal assistant. Comprises newspaper cuttings, photographs and performance programmes. Includes a series of articles "Melba's life story" published in the Herald newspaper (Melbourne), September 1925. Photographs include portraits of Melba, views of Coombe Cottage (her home near Lilydale, Vic.) and scenes of her arrival at Perth on the R. M. S. "Orsova" in 1914.
    Accession no: MS 10776
  32. Papers, 1845-1870 [manuscript].
    [1845 - 1970]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Casey, Maie. Melba re-visited 1861-1931. Comprises records of performances at Melbourne theatres ; also chronology of Dame Nellie Melba, other performers, 1845-1970 ; also letters from Nellie Mitchell to her singing teacher, Signor Cecchi ; also a manuscript copy of Melba re-visited, by Maie Casey.
    Accession no: MS 9016
  33. Correspondence, [19--] [manuscript]
    [7 pages ]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Three signed, undated letters to Jascha Heifetz and a photograph of a facsimile message from Jules Massenet.
    MS 1356
  34. Account book, 1902-1903 [manuscript]
    [0.02 m : 1902 - 1903]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Account book kept by Dame Nellie Melba's accountant for her Australasian tour, 1902-1903
    MS 7987
  35. Correspondence: Letters between Percy Grainger and Nellie Melba
    [1897 - 1931]
    Series: Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne
    Folder contains photocopies of letters from Nellie Melba to Percy Grainger (most of which appear in folders 02.0020 & 02.0021). Also contains a photocopied concert program (Dorum Acquisition) and typed copies of letters to Percy Grainger from Melba and Percy Grainger to Melba.
    02.0022
  36. Correspondence: "Melba letters"
    [1905 - 1916]
    Series: Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne
    Folder contains a tan coloured pouch labelled by Percy Grainger "Melba Letters - Mrs Patterson's letter to Rose Grainger". Folder contains only letters from Nellie Melba to Percy Grainger. One telegram and 6 ms letters in Melba's hand. Most are undated, however some can be identified by the postmark on envelope.
    02.0021
  37. Scrapbooks 1924 [manuscript]
    [0.02 m, 2 books : 1924]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Press cuttings covering the Sydney and Melbourne opera seasons, 1924.
    MS 5380
  38. Papers of Dame Nellie Melba 1895-1923 [manuscript]
    [0.07 m : 1895 - 1923]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Papers include a collection of letters from Melba to her sister 'Tib" (Mrs T. A. Paterson), and her mother. Includes single letters to Tib from Melba's mother and sister Clara, and other letters to Dame Nellie. There are four signed and inscribed portrait photographs, three other portrait photographs, and two postcards of Melba. Also includes an embroidered silk evening bag with the name "Nellie" picked out in spangles, and three commemorative programmes, printed on cloth (Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 23 June 1897; Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 11 June 1907; and Town Hall, Melbourne, 27 September 1902).
    MS 9561
  39. Papers of Dame Nellie Melba, circa 1908-1970 [manuscript]
    [0.73 m : c. 1908 - 1970]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    MS 9331 comprises the following items: Thirty undated letters written by Nellie Melba to her friend Lady Susan Fitzclarence, ca. 1908-1917, from Australia, New Zealand, London, Paris and New York; several photos, including two large autographed photos of Melba; three menus, all dated 1917, autographed by Melba and her fellow diners, including Charlie Chaplin; programmes from several of Melba's concerts, including the Grand Melba Concert at Royal Albert Hall on 7 May 1910 and her farewell concert tour in 1926; a small number of press clippings relating to Melba; a typescript account of a meeting with Melba, by Ailwyn Best, entitled "How I sang with Melba"; and, "Panoramic Sydney", a booklet of panoramic photographs of Sydney published in the early 20th century (2 folders, 1 security binder, 1 fol. Box).
    MS 9331
  40. Letters, ca. 1916. [manuscript].
    [c. 1916]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Melba's letters are written from a variety of locations, including Coombe Cottage in Victoria, Chicago, Sussex, Paris and London. There are 7 in all, mainly written to a Thomas Cochrane. Two are incomplete. Also included is an Order of Service for the unveiling and dedication of a window dedicated to the memory of Dame Nellie Melba in the Church of St. Sepulchre's, Holborn, England, in 1962. Also included is a typescript copy of an indenture between James Watson and David Mitchell (Melba's father) 13 November [18]46. Also, a letter from Beverley Nichols in Surrey to John Hetherington in Melbourne 8 August 1964 re. Melba.
    Accession no: MS 8946
  41. Nellie Melba papers, 1901-1903
    [1 folder ]
    Series: Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
    Mainly letters from Dame Nellie Melba to her cousin Jeannie Armstrong, 1901-1903, but also including two letters from Haddon Chambers to Jeannie Armstrong, c.1901-c.1902, one letter to Haddon Chambers, c.1901-c.1902, and pictorial material.
    MLMSS 3500
  42. Miscellaneous papers re Caroline Chisholm and Dame Nellie Melba, c1833-c1953 [microform]
    [1 microfilm reel : c. 1833 - c. 1953]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    1. Caroline Chisholm papers, c1833-c1953. 2. Dame Nellie Melba papers, c1885-c1920. Both papers on the same microfilm reel.
    mfm G 27410
  43. Collection of papers relating to Dame Nellie Melba, 1911-1928 [manuscript]
    [0.04 m : 1911 - 1928]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Letters from Melba to Lemmone, Mabel Batchelor, a former pupil, and Sam Batchelor; program (1909), cards and photographs, including Melba and violinist Jan Kubelik; typed speech by Dr John Robertson, President of the Red Cross Society of Canada, in praise of Melba; notice of Melba's farewell, 1927; financial statements and news cuttings.
    MS 4832
  44. The discovery of a Nellie Melba archive 1971 [manuscript]
    [15 pages : 1971]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Mathilde de Castrone Marchesi (Melba's teacher) was grandmother to Baron Podhragy, who had in Vienna inscribed books, letters, photos etc. relevant to the life of the singer. This address outlines her life from these, with a brief outline of events leading to the author's discovery of them.
    MS 1370
  45. Records of Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music
    [1894 -]
    Series: Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music
    1894-[ongoing] Documents, programs, diaries, music scores, photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia. The collection includes: roll books (1894-1924); the Marshall Hall diaries (1901-51); original scores of Fritz Hart; 17 copies of the Melba Magazine (1934-50); extensive artistic programs and details of famous students such as Florence Austral and Gertrude Johnson. Material relating to Dame Nellie Melba includes Melba's personal collection of sheet music, a folder of programmes and Melba's personal library of bound copies of scores and other books. There are also 21 framed photographs, mostly of Melba, but also Marshall Hall and other historical personalities.
  46. Letters relating to Australia, 1856-1889 [manuscript].
    [0.012 m, 29 pages : 1856 - 1889]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Letters relating to Australia from an album of papers of Sir Henry Barkly, c. 1856-1889. Letters from Sir Rowland Hill, William Howitt, Charles La Trobe and Nellie Melba among others.
    Accession no: MS 11737
  47. Papers of Fritz Bennicke Hart 1898-1951 [manuscript]
    [0.81 m, 46 folders : 1898 - 1951]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Correspondence, telegrams, programmes, newspaper cuttings, music (mainly solo songs), photographs, articles by and about Hart, unpublished novels and other papers of Fritz Hart. Parry, David Bispham, George Russell ("A. E."), Nellie Melba, B. J. Dale, Philip Heseltine ("Peter Warlock"), W. K. Magee, Percy Grainger, Angela Thirkell and Granville Bantock.
    MS 2809
  48. Percy Grainger: outgoing correspondence
    [1897 - 1929]
    Series: Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne
    Folder contains chronologically arranged group of outgoing letters and drafts from Percy Grainger to many people, including Nellie Melba.
    02.0508
  49. Papers of Lemmone, John, 1861-1949.
    [2.6 m : 1884 - 1924]
    Series: Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre
    Descriptive list available. 1. Newspaper clippings relating to Nellie Melba, 1907-1946. 2. Sheet music, including pieces for flute and piano, flute and orchestra, pianos and song albums. 3. Music manuscripts, comprising: ten working papers for composition and partly completed works; ten compositions for flute and piano; and eleven song compositions. 4. Photographs. 5. Miscellaneous tickets, cards and publicity handouts. 6. Correspondence. 7. Papers relating to tours managed by John Lemmone: Paderewski Recitals (1904); John Lemmone Concert Tour (1908?); and five Melba tours (1907-1908; 1909; 1911; 1918-1919; 1923-1924). 8. Concert programs. 9. Four original recordings by Lemmore: "Valse Bluette"/"Reverie"; "Fantasy"/"Danse Romantique"; "Bolero"/"Mozart Harp and Flute Concerto"; and "Nightingale"/"By the Brook". 10. Flute belonging to John Lemmone.
  50. Cochran Collection
    [0.32 m, 1 box : 1888 - 1926]
    Series: Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre
    Descriptive list available. 1. Letters, including letters from Nellie Melba to Cochran, 1916-1926. 2. Autograph book, 1888-1905. 3. Manuscript of "Round the world in Eighty Years" by Tommy Cochran.
  51. Van Straten Collection
    Series: Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre
  52. Papers, [manuscript].
    [2 boxes ]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    I. Correspondence. (a) Letters from Frederick McCubbin to his wife, 1907. (b) Letters to Frederick McCubbin and his wife. Correspondents include Dame Nellie Melba, Edward Officer, Dame Ellen Terry and J. C. Williamson. © Letters to Frederick McCubbin from Arthur Streeton, 1900-1915. II. Photographs, catalogues and other papers. Includes photographs of paintings by Frederick McCubbin, legal and official documents, notes and lectures. III. Correspondence of Louis McCubbin. Mainly concerning exhibitions of Frederick McCubbin's work.
    Accession no: MS 8525
  53. Scrapbook, 1909-1931. [manuscript].
    [0.055 m, 1 volume : 1909 - 1931]
    Series: State Library of Victoria
    Scrapbook of Melba's career, compiled by Beryl Fanning. Includes correspondence 1909-1919 from Melba to Beryl Fanning, and programmes. Beryl Fanning was a student of Dame Nellie Melba at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium.
    Accession no: MS 9902
  54. [Collection of pamphlets containing souvenir concert programmes and Australian biographies.]
    [1 box : 1872 - 1953]
    Series: Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
    Part of a collection of 248 pamphlet boxes of miscellaneous material arranged in Dewey order. A collection of pamphlets containing souvenir concert programmes and Australian biographies. Includes 2BL radio broadcast transcripts on famous women in Australian history and a transcript of a broadcast on 'What is civilisation' featuring speakers John Metcalfe and George Caiger. Also includes a series of reprints from the Medical Journal of Australia on Australian doctors, and newsclippings relating to the 'Case of Councillor Berghofer' (John William Berghofer); an electorate address for the Tweed electorate by David Jarman; newscuttings, photograph and celebration card relating to 100th birthday anniversary of Jane Mary Nunn; retirement speech of John Thompson of the Surveyor General's Department and list of members of the department; notes on Leichardt's Expedition from the Darling Downs to Port Essington 1844-5; notes on Major Ronald Smith of Tasmania; Diplomas (colourful posters) given to A.C. Orr on crossing the equator in H.M.S. Striker; a 1952 issue of 'France Illustration' featuring Indochina; articles in French on the Kerguelen Islands; article in French on historic statue of Francois Péron; and an article on Pedro Sarmiento of Gamboa. Other inclusions are souvenir programmes, eg. Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Eugene Goossens (1947) and newsclippings relating to George Coppin.
    Pam file/Q900-Q920
  55. Family papers, ca. 1869 - ca. 1945 [manuscript]
    [0.13 m : c. 1869 - c. 1945]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Letters, photographs, press cuttings 1887-1889 programmes, printed material, and other papers of Mathilde, Blanche and Salvatore Marchesi and Leopold Podhragy. Most of the material dates from the period of the family's association with Dame Nellie Melba and contains 54 letters to family members by Melba, as well as a printed text of an address given by Melba in 1911, photographs, and the original programme of Melba's farewell performance, 1926 June 8. Also includes a typescript entitled "Melba Garcia and the Marchesis: a souvenir of by-gone times" by Leopold Podhragy, and a scrapbook of Mathilde Marchesi, 1887-1889 about her school and pupils.
    MS 2647

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  1. PROBATE JURISDICTION. In the will of Dame Nellie Melba (otherwise Helen Porter Armstrong), late of Coombe Cottage, Coldstream, Lilydale, in the State of Victoria, Grand Dame of the...
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 14 August 1931 [Issue No.105] p 2947

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. PROBATE JURISDICTION. Iii the will of Dajae Nellie Melba ... , Grand Dame of the Most Distinguished Order of the British Empire, deceased. PURSUANT to the provisions ... 371 words
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  2. Commonwealth of Australia Currency Act 1965 Currency Determination No. 4 of 1996
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Special (National : 1977 - 2012) Thursday 26 September 1996 p 1

    Government Gazette Proclamations And Legislation

    ... bears: (a) an effigy of Dame Nellie Melba; and (b) the inscriptions: (i) "5 DOLLARS" and (ii) "Dame ... Nellie Melba". (12) The reverse of the fourth coin bears: (a) a representation of a stockman on a horse ... 388 words
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  3. AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY National Memorials Ordinance 1928-1959
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 9 September 1971 [Issue No.87] p 5794

    Government Gazette Notices Illustrated

    ... Homestead John Flynn, O B E (1880-1951) Sir William Macgregor, PC.GCMG, CB (1846-1919) Dame Nellie Melba, G ... Charnwood, Flynn, Macgregor and Melba for those Divisions of the Canberra City District shown on the ... 205 words
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  1. Letter - Letter from Melba, Nellie ...
    Melba, Nellie ( ...
    [ Object : 1920 ]
    Letter -  Letter from Melba, Nellie (Dame) to Lionel Powell
  2. Book - "Melba Method" Parts 1 and ...
    Melba, Nellie ( ...
    [ Object ]
    Book -  "Melba Method" Parts 1 and 2 Complete
  3. Record - Nellie Melba The London R ...
    EMI Records Aus ...
    [ Object : 1988 ]
    Record -  Nellie Melba The London Recordings 1904-1921 Comin' Thro' the Rye Three Green Bonnets Caro Nome - Rigoletto La Serenata Ave Maria Old Folks at Home Lo Here the Gentle Lark Sempre Libera - La Traviata Goodbye Come Back to Erin God Save the King Auld Lang Syne Aubade - Le Roi Dy's Mi Chiamano Mimi - La Boheme Vissi d'arte - Tosca O for the Wings of a Dove Chanson Hindoue - Sadko By the Waters of Minnetonka Annie Lauri Home Sweet Home
  4. Record - Ah, fors' e lui
    The Gramophone ...
    [ Object ]
    Record -  Ah, fors' e lui
  5. Record - The Golden Years of Opera ...
    Australian Broa ...
    [ Object ]
    Record -  The Golden Years of Opera 1904 to 1935 Donde lieta usci (La Boheme) - Puccini
  6. Document - 'Melodies and Memories' ...
    Melba, Nellie ( ...
    [ Object : 1923 ]
    Document -  'Melodies and Memories', draft notes

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  1. Dame Nellie Melba / written by Gabiann Marin ; illustrated by Rae Dale
    Marin, Gabiann
    [ Book : 2010 ]
    At 57 libraries
    Dame Nellie Melba / written by Gabiann Marin ; illustrated by Rae Dale
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  2. Dame Nellie Melba / Gail Taylor
    Taylor, Gail, 1956-
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 28 libraries
    Dame Nellie Melba / Gail Taylor
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3,163.111)

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  3. Dame Nellie Melba and sound / authors, Errol Broome ... [et al.] ; illustrators, Margaret Power ... [et al.]
    Power, Margaret, 1945-
    [ Book : 1991 ]
    At 15 libraries
    Dame Nellie Melba and sound / authors, Errol Broome ... [et al.] ; illustrators, Margaret Power ... [et al.]
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  4. Dame Nellie Melba / [Maurice Hehir]
    Hehir, Maurice Joseph, 1927-
    [ Book : 1969 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  1. DAME NELLIE MELBA DEPARTS.
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 22 January 1919 p 8 Article
    ... DAME NELLIE MELBA DEPARTS. SYDNEY, Tuesday.- "It is not Tosti's           ... ; 'Goodbye for Ever,' but simply 'God be   with you till we meet again,'" said Dame     Nellie ... 140 words
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  2. DAME NELLIE MELBA.
    The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Monday 7 January 1924 p 10 Article
    ... DAME NELLIE' MELBA. The greatest musical treat for many years is in store for lovers of the divine ... art in the coming visit of the world's acknowledged greatest- singer. Dame Nellie Melba, who will give ... 189 words
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  3. DAME NELLIE MELBA FAREWELLED.
    Healesville and Yarra Glen Guardian (Vic. : 1900 - 1942) Saturday 4 January 1919 p 2 Article
    ... DAME NELLIE MELBA FARWELLED. The opportunity was taken by many people on Saturday afternoon ... , December 21, to say farewell to Dame Nellie Melba at an 'At Home' given to Dame Melba at the Atheneum Hall ... 556 words
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  1. The Melba : magazine of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
    Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
    [ Periodical : 2013-2020 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At 2 libraries
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  2. Dacapo : the magazine of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
    Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
    [ Periodical : 2009-2012 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,097.601)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,097.601)

  3. Dame Nellie Melba: a centennial review
    Perry, Warren
    Victorian Historical Magazine
    [ Article : 1961 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 978.351)

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  4. A Dame Nellie Melba centenary oration
    MacDonald, C
    Victorian Historical Magazine
    [ Article : 1961 ]
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  1. Australian Music Divas: Dame Nellie Melba
    Australian Music Divas: Dame Nellie Melba
    Created by NLAmusic, 5 items.

    Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba is regarded as the most accomplished and famous soprano of her time and was the first Australian to achieve international recognition on the opera stage.

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  2. Helen Porter Mitchell (Dame Nellie Melba)
    Helen Porter Mitchell (Dame Nellie Melba)
    Created by vintage.cards, 20 items.

    References to early life and career.

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  3. Death Dame Nellie Melba STVPH - visit by Minister St.Marks
    Death Dame Nellie Melba STVPH - visit by Minister St.Marks
    Created by kaydon, 1 item.

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  1. Dame Nellie Melba
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2008 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    Dame Nellie Melba
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  2. Dame Nellie Melba
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. News
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
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  3. [Cadenzas for Dame Nellie Melba]
    Joachim, Joseph, 1831-1907
    [ Printed music : 1898 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,535.009)

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  4. Melba Conservatorium collection of Dame Nellie Melba performance scores and related material
    Melba, Nellie Dame, 1861-1931
    [ Printed music : 1887-1928 ]
    Languages: Multiple languages
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,459.26)

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  1. Papers of Dame Nellie Melba
    Melba, Nellie, Dame, 1861-1931
    [ Unpublished : 1908-1970 ]
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    At National Library
    Papers of Dame Nellie Melba
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,736.215)

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  2. Dame Nellie Melba Correspondence
    Phillips, Thea
    [ Unpublished : 1882-1986 ]
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  3. TR 1797 Dame Nellie Melba Correspondence
    Phillips, Thea
    [ Unpublished : 1882-1986 ]
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