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  • Title
    Walter Bentley papers, ca. 1821-1927
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  • Call number
    MLMSS 8395
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1821-1927
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    1.43 metres of textual material (3 outsize boxes)

    Walter Bentley was born William Begg, in Edinburgh ca. 1849, the son of the Reverend Dr. James Begg, one of the founders of the Free Church of Scotland. He arrived in Sydney in 1867 as an apprentice on the Colonial Empire. He worked as a jackaroo in Australia until leaving for Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1870.

    In Dunedin he worked for the local council and boxed, before performing as an actor. In 1874 he returned to England where he consolidated his reputation in a variety of stage productions. He toured Australia in 1886, 1891 and 1899 and returned here to live in 1909.

    After retiring from the stage he became an elocution teacher.

    Library correspondence file
  • Scope and Content
    BOX 1X
    2 scrapbooks of letters, newspaper clippings, reviews, fliers, etc. from Australia, New Zealand, England, and the United States, 1882-1893
    Illuminated address presented to Walter Bentley by the Mayor of Dunedin at the Princess Theatre on 23 January 1892
    Manuscript sheet music for oboe for 'My Adopted Wife' and 'Richard III' (7 p. only)

    BOX 2X
    Scrapbooks with letters, theatre programs, newspaper clippings relating to the theatre, reviews, etc., 1893-1913
    Album with letters, fliers, programs, 1892-1894

    BOX 3X
    Scrapbook containing clippings, primarily images and portraits of actors, ca. 1821-1927
    Folder of reprints and photocopies of theatre newspapers, posters, programs, articles, etc.
    3 undated photographs: Bentley, his wife & daughter, photograph by May Moore, 16 x 21 cm.; Cast of 'Merchant of Venice' on stage, 20 x 25 cm; Bentley as Shylock, 25 x 33 cm.
  • Source
    Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Mrs Wilma Wallace, November 1999
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Research & study copies allowed:
    Rights and Restrictions Information:: No publication without prior written approval of copyright holder
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Information upgraded as part of the Manuscripts Unprocessed eRecords Project 2011-2012
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