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Picture relating to Queensland - titled 'Florence Austral, opera singer, 1929'
Picture relating to Kilkivan - titled 'Kilkivan Light Horse Troop displaying the Lord Forster Cup, 1929-1930'
Picture relating to Townsville - titled 'Australian Royal Navy submarines, Otway and Oxley anchored at Townsville Harbour, 1929'

Florence Austral, opera singer, 1929

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1929
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Autographed photograph of Florence Austral. Florence Austral was born Mary Wilson at Richmond, Victoria, on 16 April 1892. She was also known by her stepfather's name of Fawaz, before adopting the name of her country as a stage name prior to her debut in 1922 at Covent Garden. Known as one of the world's greatest Wagnerian sopranos, Florence Mary Austral, married the Australian virtuoso flautist John Amadio in 1925 and toured widely with him in America and Australia. After the Second World War she returned to Australia almost completely paralysed with multiple sclerosos. She nevertheless taught until her retirement in 1959. Austral died at a nursing home in Newcastle on 16 May 1968. (Information taken from: N W Australian Women Biographical Entry, retrieved on 22 February 2005 at <>)

This picture is also part of the Bonzle Medical (open in new window) photo collection.