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Gladys Moncrieff album

an unknown artist

38 page scrap book (19 doublesided pages unbound) featuring photographs and ephemera (sheet: 37.1 cm x 23.2 cm)

Gladys Moncrieff (1892-1976), soprano, grew up in Queensland, where she first toured as 'Little Gladys - The Australian Wonder Child' with a small musical road show. She made her stage debut in HMS Pinafore in Sydney in 1914. Seven years later she cemented her reputation with a two-year run as the Maid of the Mountains, which opened in Melbourne in 1921 and toured extensively. Moncrieff's repertoire comprised The Merry Widow, Floradora, many Gilbert and Sullivan parts, and other roles that have long since been mothballed. After proving herself on the London musical comedy scene from 1926, receiving good notices in shows such as The Blue Mazurka, she returned to Australia in 1928. Henceforth she revelled in great popularity, earning the soubriquet 'Our Glad' in about 1935. After retiring in 1959, she settled in Surfers Paradise.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Accession number: 2008.1.a-al

Currently not on display

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Gladys Moncrieff OBE

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Performing arts

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.