SLNSW-Bas-relief for Melba memorial "Remember Nellie Me...-1LjmQkG9
Bas-relief for Melba memorial "Remember Nellie Melba"
Full title: Bas-relief for Melba memorial "Remember Nellie Melba"
Call Numbers: Home and Away - 24266
Record Identifier: 1LjmQkG9
Formats: Pictures, Photographs
Contents: Photographs - 35 mm. - 1 film photonegative (copied from original nitrate photonegative)
Recessed into the southern wall of the Main Hall of Sydney Town Hall is a bas relief inscribed "Remembering [sic] Nellie Melba", by Arthur Murch. Murch was a former engineer who had changed careers and after studying painting and sculpture became an official war artist during World War II. The tribute was proposed by Lord Lurgan, who as a vocalist toured Australia for the Australian Broadcasting Commission in 1939. As a young singer, Lurgan had received encouragement from Melba, and his tribute was intended to record Melba's great contribution to music in a venue where she had performed so often. The tablet depicts a figure in song with instrumental and natural accompaniment. It was unveiled by Her Excellency Lady Gowrie during the interval of the first War Fund Patriotic Concert arranged by the ABC in the Town Hall on 19 May 1941 on the anniversary of Melba's birthday. -- Source: City of Sydney website
Digital order no:hood_24266