Dame Nellie Melba, OBE

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Two weeks ago, while sorting through an old box of my grandmothers’s bits and pieces, my mother found a signed photograph of the famous Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba, OBE. It was taken in a Parisian photographic studio and she is dressed in full Edwardian finery.  Dated 1898, it is signed ‘To Mrs. Duff, from her sincere friend, Nellie Melba”.

The Marwood sisters of Pleasington Lodge, near Blackburn , Lancashire, Freda, Muriel (my grandmother) and Angela, together with their first cousins Constance, Dorothy and Monica Marwood of Beech Cottage, Liverpool, were all devoted followers of the theatre and opera, collecting and exchanging  photographs of the stars of the day.

Most of these mementos have disappeared over the years, so my mother was delighted to find this one, and rather hopes to find one or two more as her sorting continues. The name ‘Mrs Duff’ is puzzling her though; she’s never heard of her before.

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3 thoughts on “Dame Nellie Melba, OBE

  1. You said in another post that your family lived in Coombe Springs and Coombe Neville in the late 1890s. According to Wikipedia, Nellie Melba lived in a house in the same neighborhood (Coombe, Kingston upon Thames) for many years. Maybe that’s the connection with your family – neighbors.

    1. Interesting connection, but unlikely because my maternal grandmother who was a fan lived in Lancashire. And Fox family are ancestors on my father’s side. I don’t think my grandmother would have ever met the Foxes.

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