On this day, 23rd February 1931, Dame Nellie Melba, Australian...

On this day, 23rd February 1931, Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer, died.

Nellie Melba was born Helen Porter Mitchell, She was an Australian operatic soprano who became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th century. She was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician. She took the pseudonym “Melba” from Melbourne, her home town.

Her death, in Australia, was news across the English-speaking world, and her funeral was a major national event. (Wikipedia)

Read more about Dame Nellie Melba - Australian Dictionary of Biography

From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales:

Dame Nellie Melba, an aggregated collection of portraits, ca. 1890-1919 / various photographers.

Cartier hairpin box belonging to Nellie Melba, 1918

1 hairpin box : gold and enamel, cylindrical with flip-top lid, ornamented with diamonds and jade ; Approximately 9 cm x 2 cm diameter.