The Girls Who Stayed at Home

‘The Girls Who Stayed at Home’ was a Melbourne based singing and dancing troupe who gave concerts and toured extensively to raise money for the war effort in WW1.  They were active between 1915-1918 and raised over £12,800. This collection has only recently been catalogued and made accessible for research.

The Girls
Programme for concert by The Girls Who Stayed at Home, The Playhouse, 11-12 September 1918. Gift of Mr Terry Wills Cooke, 1990. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection

It was truly wonderful to see it being used in academic research, by a student who had not otherwise visited Arts Centre Melbourne. History honours student, Michael Tran accessed ‘The Girls Who Stayed at Home’ collection this week. He had never visited Hamer Hall and was wide-eyed to learn of the Research Service here at Arts Centre Melbourne having discovered ‘the girls’ in newspaper articles via Trove.

Although some of  ‘The Girls who stayed at Home’ are not at home, being on tour with the ‘Theatres of War’ exhibition, Michael said he had the most productive research day he’s had in a while.

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Performing Arts Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection is the national leader among specialist performing arts collections in Australia. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. The Collection features over 640,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives.

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