Myra Kemble

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Myra Kemble (17 November 1857 – 27 October 1906) was an Australian stage actress.[1]

Kemble was born in Sligo, Ireland, but was taken in early life to Australia, where she was educated at the Geelong Convent School in Victoria (Australia) so that she generally ranked among Australian-born artists, among whom she was one of the most popular and capable.[2] For some years she held the place of "leading lady" in various companies, and has been equally a favourite in all the cities of Australia and New Zealand.[2]

In 1890 Miss Kemble paid her first visit to England, when she purchased the colonial "rights" of Dr. Bill, by Charles Hamilton Aide, and other pieces. During her sojourn in London, Mr. Robert Buchanan wrote the play Man and the Woman especially for the popular colonial actress, who produced it at a matinée at the Criterion, where, however, despite excellent acting, it did not prove successful. After Miss Kemble's return to Sydney she made a brilliant reappearance at the Criterion Theatre in that city in Dr. Bill, and she toured the various colonies.[2]

Kemble died in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 27 October 1906.[1]


  1. ^ a b Gittins, Jean. "Kemble, Myra (1857–1906)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Kemble, Myra". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource