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Eileen Alberta Boyd (1890–1975)

Eileen Alberta Boyd

Eileen Alberta Boyd (1890-1975), singer, was born on 13 December 1890 in Sydney, fourth child of Albert Boyd, a hotelkeeper from Victoria, and his Sydney-born wife Margaret, née Shalvey. Eileen was taught elocution by Harry Leston and dancing by Tom Donnelly. Billed as 'The Baby Baritone, Clog Dancer and Whistler', in 1900 she toured New Zealand with Dix's Gaiety Company. In May next year she appeared in Brisbane before joining J. C. Williamson's Royal Comic Opera Company and later performing with...

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28 August 2021

Biographical Dictionary of the House of Representatives

Biographical Dictionary of the House of Representatives project: Lives of the Men and Women of the House
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29 March 2021

ADB volume 19

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Biography Footnotes

Biography Footnotes, no. 21
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Arthur McGuinness (1878–1970)

Arthur McGuinness (1878-1970), schoolteacher and union leader, was born on 28 January 1878 at Auckland, New Zealand, son of Arthur McGuinness, boilermaker, and his wife Elizabeth, née Kirkpatrick....

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