Nellie Melba [as Ophelie in Thomas’s “Hamlet”], ca. 1889-1890 / photographer Benque, Paris
Famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba was born on this day in 1861.
Melba travelled throughout Europe and America during her career, and returned to Australia for several tours. During the First World War she was heavily involved in fund-raising to support the war effort and it was for this service that she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918.
The Library has various items in its collection related to Melba, including a collection of her papers.