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This page gives a brief outline of any additions to the Collection, Society, or this website.

20206-Mayadded information on the Townsville SoundshellTownsville Soundshell
202025-Maradded information & a list of shows for Mervyn SmithMervyn Smith
202015-Febadded a list of Brian Pease shows and a list of Ray Dickson showsBrian Pease
Ray Dickson
20204-Febadded a list of Ron Hamilton shows & AchievementsRon Hamilton
201827-Juladded information on the past performances of Dance NorthDance North Past Performances
201812-Junadded information on the past performances of the North Qld Ballet CompanyNth Qld Ballet past performances
201830-Apradded information on Del NottDel Nott
201830-Apradded information on Agnes TurnerAgnes Turner
20177-Octadded information on Ella DawsonElla Dawson
201721-Maradded information on Jim GilchristJim Gilchrist
20172-Maradded information on Frank CarrollFrank Carroll
20161-Octadded information on Charlie & Muriel JonesCharlie & Muriel Jones
201630-JunAdded information on Townsville GenesiansTownsville Genesians
201612-AprAdded information on the the tap dancing group the D'Esley Dancers.D'Esley Dancers
20166-MarThe Society's AGM was held at the Museum and the new committee for 2016 electedContact Us
20166-Mar More history info & photos of Theatre Royal AddedTheatre Royal
201629-FebAdded information on well known music teacher, performer and founder of the North Qld (now Australian)Concerto & Vocal Competition, Bill WilliamsBill Williams
201628-FebCountry Music groups, some artists, and some visiting shows added to websiteCountry Music
20168-FebTHE TOWNSVILLE PERFORMING ARTS MUSEUM is now open after the holidays on Wednesdays & Sundays from 10am-2pm.
201527-NovTHE TOWNSVILLE PERFORMING ARTS MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED FOR DECEMBER & JANUARY. However, if you want to do research or have any other reason you'd like to access the museum's archives, please contact us through our Facebook page or email us at: We are more than happy to open up for you.
201511-NovInfo on Riverway Arts Centre updatedRiverway Arts Centre
2015OctInfo and images on Happy Feat Townsville addedHappy Feat
2015OctInfo and images on Tiny Tappers Townsville addedTiny Tappers
2015SeptInfo on St James Amateurs of 1928 addedSt James Amateurs - 1928
2015SeptInfo and images of St James Players addedSt James Players
20155-JulImage of the 1930 Federal Band (Brass) addedThe Federal Band 1930
20155-JulImage of the 1926 Townsville State High School Choir addedTownsville State High School Choir 1926
201528-JunInfo and images of the Gadabouts entertainment troupe from WW2 addedGadabouts
201528-JunPicture of Hazel Church Dance Band addedHazel Church
201521-JunInfo and pictures about Grace Newman(pianist & dance band leader) addedGrace Newman
201521-Juninfo and pictures about the Palais Royal addedPalais Royal
201514-Juninfo and picture about the Norman Hall addedNorman Hall
201514-JunInfo and picture of the Stanley Theatre addedStanley Theatre
201514-JunMore info about the Wintergarden Theatre addedWintergarden Theatre
201514-JunA brief history and images of the community singing group Pelorus Pals Singers addedPelorus Pals Singers
201528-FebA brief history of the Townsville Apollo Club & Orchestra addedTownsville Apollo Club
201526-FebInformation and pictures of the late Ray Bird addedRay Bird
201410-NovPhotos of the interior of the Performing Arts Museum added to the museum pageTownsville Performing Arts Museum
201415-Mayinfo, shows of the Townsville Theatrical Society 1947-1969 addedTownsville Theatrical Society 1947-1969
2013JanWebsite re-designed with partial search facilities
201304-AugBrief history of the Townsville Liedertafel addedTownsville Liedertafel
2013Mayinfo & pics of Nth Qld Eisteddfod addedNorth Queensland Eisteddfod (Adult)
2013MayInfo & pics of Wintergarden Theatre addedWintergarden Theatre Images
2012-Info & pics of Townsville born international ballerina Audrey Nicholls addedAudrey Nicholls
201102-JunInformation and pictures added on the late Karen VaneKaren Vane
201130-MayA brief history of the Nth Qld Ballet & Dance Company has been addedNorth Queensland Ballet Company
2009-Info & pictures of Townsville born international actor Madge RyanMadge Ryan
200824-JulyThe 80 year old mantilla worn by Gladys Moncrieff in "Rio Rita" donated to the SocietyGladys Moncrieff
200818-JunInformation added to this website about the life of Stan Newman OAMStan Newman
200825-AprilDick Husband who was one of the founders of The MinstrelsTownsville Popular Variety Amateur Minstrels
200825-AprilThe Cultural Centre have kindly made a donation of various photos which have now been added to the websiteTownsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre
200825-AprilThe Townsville Guitar Orchestra have kindly made a donation of various photos which have now been added to the websiteTownsville Guitar Orchestra Images
200726-OctA very brief history of Sunrise Productions and added some photosSunrise Productions
200716-SeptInformation and pictures about famous entertainers that came to Townsville in WW2 at the US camp's Helton Hall near Mount LouisaHelton Hall (WW2)
200716-SeptInformation and pictures about entertainment that happened in World War 2 in Townsville especially at the Wintergarden Theatre.Wintergarden Theatre Images
200728-AugInformation from the book "Civic Theatre" by John Raggatt. It includes some picturesTownsville Civic Theatre
200715-MayInformation about the history of the 4ttt Palmer St Jazz Festival has now been added4ttt Palmer Street Jazz Festival
200712-MarchPaul Neilson of 'Cranky Pants' fame has kindly donated a scanned copy of his collection electronically to the Society
200630-DecWattle 'n Gum Bush Band, we have now included pages of their history, memberships (past & Present) and the bands very impressive gig list to 2003Wattle ‘n’ Gum Bush Band
200626-FebDonations & Links page has been added to acknowledge those individuals and groups that have donated information.Donations
200626-FebBy kind permission from the Townsville Choral Society we have placed some snippets of interest on this site about the Choral Society's long history (1906 - 2006).Townsville Choral (& Orchestral) Society
200511-MarchThe Performng Arts Historical Society Townsville (PAHST) is officially launched by official letters to various performing arts groups in the area, to the local Councils and through the Society's own website
200510-MarchGordon Hodgson was interviewed on the morning show on ABC's 4QN about the Collection and the launch of the Society
200510-MarchThe Society's Secretary Ellen Read was interviewed on 4TTT radio by Anne Brook-Wagner. Anne asked Ellen about her involvement with the Performing Arts in Townsville and during the program Ellen mentioned the formation and launch of the Society.
200509-MarchThe Society's Founding members met to have a photo taken which will accompany a newspaper article announcing the launch of the Society
200402-DecA group of enthusiastic people met with the idea of forming a performing arts historical society for the local Townsville & Thuringowa area.Home Page

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