Collection UQFL9 - Nat Phillips Papers

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Nat Phillips Papers


  • 1899-1956 (Creation)

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11 boxes.

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Biographical history

Nat Phillips was a well-known vaudeville comedian. Born 1883 N.S.W; on stage at 10; at 20 went abroad for 12 years; in partnership with Roy Rene (Mo) as Stiffy and Mo 1916-25 and 1927-28. Died 21 June 1932 in Sydney. Married to Daisy Merritt, comedian.

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John Neil Clark McCallum was the first manager of the Cremorne Theatre in Brisbane, which he purchased from the original owner, Edward Branscombe in 1916. He operated the theatre until it burned down in 1954, leasing it to various studios and performers, including Will Mahony, Evie Hays and Bob Geraghty who ran the Cremorne from 1943 to 1951. He was the father of noted Australian actor John Neil McCallum Jr (1919-2010)

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Variety performer and theatre manager Will Mahoney was born in Helena, Montana, USA. Extremely successful in vaudeville in the United States and on the radio in England, Mahoney and his partner Bob Geraghty were brought to Australia in 1938 by Frank Neil on a Tivoli touring contract. After touring Australia for several years, in 1943 Mahoney became joint manager of the Cremorne Theatre in Brisbane with Geraghty. He continued in the role until the Cremorne closed in 1948. He returned to the US in 1948 to continue his theatrical career, but came back to Australia in 1959 and lived in Melbourne with his third wife, Evie Hayes, until his death in 1967.

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Playwright and theatre actor. Younger brother of acrobat, actor and vaudeville performer Nat Phillips (1883-1932), famous for his Mo and Stiffy performances with Roy Rene.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1899-1956
Collection alternatively titled as: Nat Phillips Collection.

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Scope and content

Contains play scripts, musical revues, stand-up comedy material, song lyrics, published musical scores, silent film scripts, radio play scripts, theatre programmes, running orders, stage directions and set design drawings, theatre management papers, musicians' union papers, and photographs.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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The guide to this collection was compiled by Clay Djubal, School of English, Media Studies and Art History and Music, University of Queensland, October 2002-August 2005.

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222660089 ; 1058715653

Libraries Australia ID

21260377 ; 63004926

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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