J.C. Williamson SLV Display

  • May 2009–May 2010
  • The Changing Face of Victoria
  • Dome Galleries (Level 5)
  • State Library Victoria
  • Swanston Street
  • Melbourne, Victoria
  • Australia

  • Curator: Christine Eid

James Cassius Williamson, Australia's most successful theatrical entrepreneur, is featured in The Changing Face of Victoria exhibition at the State Library Victoria.

Initially brought to Australia by George Coppin in 1874, within a few years Williamson and his comedian wife Margaret Sullivan, known as Maggie Moore, settled in Melbourne and established themselves as an integral part of the city's theatrical scene.

Williamson soon turned to theatrical management, becoming the sole lessee of the Theatre Royal in Melbourne in 1881. He went on to manage and extensively renovate the elaborate Princess Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre.

One of Williamson's most successful partnerships, known as Triumvirate, was with Arthur Garner and George Musgrove. Together they monopolised Melbourne's theatre scene for almost ten years.