MRS PEARL HOLMES


MRS PEARL HOLMES

Sofala
Recorded 1973

Mrs Holmes was 82 when recorded.
Her grandfather came from Scotland and married Francis Cumberland McIntyre (born Sofala) and her grandfather “worked in the gold racket”. She was a well-established musical theatre star in the 1920s and 30s and on the tapes talks about show lifeand when she first heard Melba. Mrs Holmes also talks about:

  • life in Bourke
  • Aboriginal population at Bourke “they’d eat their dole cheque in one sitting”
  • How she owned the Vice Regal Hotel at Sofala
  • How she owned the museum at Hill End and paid $2 rent a week
  • ‘The Arcadians’, Clark & Manbel, Mandel & Gunn Agency, ‘Miss Gibbs”
  • How her sister (Edith Neville) appeared in first production of Madam Butterfly
  • ‘doing the block’ in Sydney
  • the condition of early Sydney streets – “A ride in an early tram would deafen you!”
  • old hoop back chairs stuffed with horsehair

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