MS 309 comprises business and general correspondence relating to theatrical ventures, 1905-1958; personal correspondence of James Nevin Tait, London, 1945-1950; letters to Rangatira Pty Ltd (Wellington, New Zealand), 1949-1954; weekly summary of attractions, 1918; J.C. Williamson performance contracts, 1910-1954; personal financial records of Sir Frank Tait, 1954-1967; correspondence of Sir Frank and Lady Viola Tait, 1960-1990; typescript draft of "A family of brothers" by Lady Tait, ca. 1970; and, miscellaneous clippings and objects relating to theatre productions (19 boxes).
The Acc10.006 instalment includes theatre programmes and related ephemera, news clippings, theatrical journals and research notes. Topics represented include actors, directors, instrumentalists, dancers, singers, circuses, colonial opera, theatres and theatre companies, including J.C. Williamson, Melbourne Repertory Club, Dame Clara Butt, John Farrell, Dorothy Hammerstein, Robert Helpmann, Yehudi Menuhin, Gladys Moncrieff, Maurice Moscovitch, Nat Madison, Anna Pavlova, John Charles Thomas, Lawrence Tibbett (1 fol. box).
Charles, John, James Nevin, Edward J. (Ted) and Frank Tait in partnership were theatrical entrepreneurs and directors of J.C. Williamson Theatres Limited. Viola Wilson (formerly Viola Hogg), soprano, married widower Frank Tait (later Sir Frank) in 1941 when he was managing director of J.C. Williamson.
Manuscript reference no.: MS 309, MS Acc10.006.
Associated materials: Papers of Charles Tait, 1885-1965 MS 2434.
Associated materials: Records of J.C. Williamson, 1874-1976 MS 5783.
Some originals in private ownership.