National Library of Australia
||[between 1893 and 1899]
1 photograph on cabinet card : albumen ; 16.5 x 10.6 cm.
Born Elizabeth Campbell, 1870, in Melbourne. A prodigy on the five string banjo and taught by Joe Daniels and the Americans Hosea Easton and later Walter Stent who taught her different American systems of finger-picking, playing different arpeggio arrangements with the thumb and fingers. She did not use the plectrum. Bessie began to appear in charity concerts in Sydney about 1889. By 1897 she was acclaimed as Australia's greatest lady banjoist. During World War I, at the peak of her professional career she gave frequent performances for servicemen and the Australian Red Cross Society. After the war Bessie held benefit concerts and did various charitable work in Sydney. By the early 1930s arthritis made it difficult for her to play and she never made commercial recordings. She was a great follower of cricket. She died, unmarried in Sydney in 1964.
Title devised by cataloguer.
Inscriptions: Photographer's blind stamp, on image, lower right.
Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-137097405
||[Bessie Campbell, Banjo Queen : a collection of music programmes, ephemera relating to her career]; Located at; National Library of Australia Australian Performing Arts (PROMPT) Collection, PROMPT Scrapbook 14.
|Source of Acquisition
||Purchased at auction from Cromwell's Auctions, 30 July 2005.
||Campbell, Bessie, 1870-1964 -- Portraits. | Banjoists -- Australia -- Portraits | Musicians -- Australia -- Portraits.
||Talma and Co
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