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Club Dinner Meeting – “Celebrating Melba”
May 9, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
SPEAKER – SUE THOMPSON …..President of the Lilydale & District Historical Society.
Information on the Society can be found at http://www.lilydalehistorical.com.au/
TOPIC – “Celebrating Melba” Dame Nellie Melba was born on the 19th May 1861, and is buried in the old Lilydale Cemetery.
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 Ann, née Dow. Her father’s business acumen and strict code of behaviour strongly influenced Melba, who later declared that of all the men she had known he had meant most to her. Her mother shared her husband’s taste for music and proficiently played a number of instruments including the family harmonium; she was the girl’s first music teacher.