Alfred Dampier

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Alfred Dampier (1847 – 1908) was an English-born actor-manager and playwright, active in Australia.[1]

Dampier was born in Horsham, Sussex, England, the son of John Dampier, builder, and his wife Mary, née Daly.[1] Dampier had a stage career in Manchester before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 1873.[1] Dampier soon formed his own company and often produced plays with an Australian theme. Dampier staged five plays by Francis Rawdon Chesney Hopkins from 1876-82. Dampier adapted For the Term of His Natural Life (1886), Robbery Under Arms (1890) and The Miner's Right (1891).[1]

The two roles Dampier was most associated with in his lifetime was Jean Valjean in Valjean, an adaptation of Les Miserables, and Captain Starlight from Robbery Under Arms.[2]

Dampier died in Paddington, Sydney on 23 May 1908.

Family[edit]

Dampier was survived by his wife, one son and two daughters.[1] His daughter Lily Dampier was a noted actor in her own right, and married actor and director Alfred Rolfe, who adapted several of Dampier's plays to the screen.

Lily Dampier died in 1915.Dampier's wife died shortly afterwards from a stroke while touring America with her other daughter Rose and son Fred.[3][4] Rose Dampier died while on tour in Nebraska in 1919.[5]

Dampier's son Fred was also an actor although he was never has successful as his father, sisters or brother in law. Fred had a secret marriage to another actor, Vera in 1905.[6][7][8]

Select Writing Credits[edit]

  • Valjean (1869) - adaptation of Les Miserables
  • Faust and Marguerite (1873) - adapted from the legends
  • Saint or Sinner (1876)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (1879)
  • The Nihilists (1880)
  • Under the Southern Cross (1885)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (1886) - with John F Sheridan, adapted from the novel
  • Our Emily (1886)
  • An English Lass (1886) - filmed as The Romantic Story of Margaret Catchpole (1912)
  • Jess (1886)
  • For the Term of His Natural Life (1886) - with Thomas Somers, adapted from the novel - later filmed as The Life of Rufus Dawes (1911)
  • Marvellous Melbourne (1886) - with J H Wrangham and Thomas Somers
  • Shamus O'Brien (1889)
  • East Lynn (1889)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (1890) - with Garnet Walch, adapted from the novel
  • Robbery Under Arms (1890) - with Garnet Walch, adapted from the novel - later filmed in 1911
  • For Love and Life (1890)
  • The Miner's Right (1891)
  • The Scout (1891)
  • The Trapper (1891)
  • This Great City (1891)
  • For Love and Life (1891)
  • Wilful Murder (1892)
  • Help One Another (1892)
  • Thou Shalt Not Steal (1896)
  • To the West (1896)
  • The Bush King (1901) - rewrite of 1893 play - filmed in 1911

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e John Rickard, 'Dampier, Alfred (1848? - 1908)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 4, MUP, 1972, p. 13. Retrieved 24 April 2010
  2. ^ Richard Fotheringham, "Introduction", Robbery Under Arms by Alfred Dampier and Garnet Walch, Currency Press 1985 p14
  3. ^ "MRS. ALFRED DAMPIER DEAD.". Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954) (Broken Hill, NSW: National Library of Australia). 16 May 1915. p. 2. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "DEATH OF MRS. DAMPIER.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 6 May 1915. p. 10. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "DEATH OF EOSE DAMPIER.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 22 May 1919. p. 8. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "A SECRET MARRIAGE AND ITS SEQUEL.". Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 7 November 1914. p. 24. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "THEATRICAL DIVORCE.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 4 November 1914. p. 9. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "A SECRET MARRIAGE.". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 3 November 1914. p. 6. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 

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