Lucy Martha ATKINS

Female 1887 - 1971  (83 years)


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  • Name Lucy Martha ATKINS 
    Born 23 Nov 1887  Evandale, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 1971  Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremated 4 Oct 1971  Derwent Gardens, Cornelian Bay Cemetery, 27 Queens Walk, Newtown, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2

    • DERWENT GARDENS CEMETERY
      First names :  Lucy Martha
      Surname :  PURCHAS 
      Age :    86 
      Date of death :   
      Record no. :  C 6231
      Service type :  Cremation
      Service date :  4-Oct-1971 
      Last residence :    HOBART 
      Grave location -
        Cemetery :  Derwent Gardens
        Area or denomination :  NICHE WALL
        Section : 11
        Site number :  Number 8, I,
    Notes 
    • Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Friday 19 June 1914, page 5

      MISS LUCIE ATKINS AND MR.

      FRANK PURCHAS.

      AN INTERVIEW.

      Miss Lucie Atkins, now Mrs. Frank Purchas, has returned to Hobart from London, accompanied by her husband, who is a baritone with a London reputation, and she is a dramatic soprano. It is just four and a half years ago that the lady left Hobart with Madame Melba to pursue her studies, on that great singer's recommendation, under Marchesi of Paris, and subsequently in London. When interviewed last evening with M. Purchas, the interviewer remarked that she looked fresh and well. Mrs. Purchas replied. "Yes, but I have been working very hard. "

      It is understood that you have made a good start on a successful professional career in the Old Country.

      "Yes, I have done remarkably well so far. My singing has been very favourably commented on by the London and provincial press. I owe very much to Madame Melba, who has been very kind to me throughout. I owe her so much. Three years ago I went on my first concert tour through England and Wales, and gained a reputation which resulted in Mr. George Edwardes, the great theatrical manager, engaging me to appear in the musical comedy, "Autumn Manoeuvres," as an understudy to Miss Harris, the leading lady, and one or two others, and after that I was engaged in revue work in London and the provinces under Mr. Austin Hugon, one of the principal London producers, and was under his management for 20 weeks, and my husband 57 weeks (he in baritone parts) with the same company, and acted as understudy to some of that noted producer's leading men. I have also done a lot of singing in London for my teacher, Mr. Franklin Clive, who is a great London teacher. I also studied with Signor Tosti for a time, mainly for interpretation. And, of course, you know I studied under Marchesi in Paris, who gave me every encouragement. On the recommendation of Madame Melba I sang at a big charity concert in Liverpool at which Mr. Percy Grainger played and Mr. Robert Michaelis, the noted baritone, sang. At Lewisham one night I sang before 3,000 people, and got three encores and a great reception, over which I was very proud. "

      Mr. Frank Purchas sang with Madame Melba in her New Zealand tour in 1909. Then he went Home and studied for twelve months under Mr. Franklin Clive, on the recommendation of Mr. Kennerley Romford. Mr. Clive is considered one of the best teachers of voice production in England. After that he did concert, musical comedy, and revue work in London and the provinces with leading companies. It was whilst touring with the " Autumn Manoeuvres " company that he married Miss Atkins. In that musical comedy he played the principal part of Captain Falconer.

      Mr. Purchas said that revue entertainments, which have been all the rage in London, were now on the wane, and rag-time, which formed such a large part of revues, practically dead or fast dying.

      Mr. and Mrs. Purchas stated that they intended giving a series of concerts in Tasmania, and then to tour New Zealand and Australia, revisiting Tasmania before returning to London. [3]
    Person ID I4086  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2017 

    Father William ATKINS,   b. 17 Jan 1864, Morven (now Evandale), Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1922, 44 St. Georges Terrace, Battery Point, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Amy Bertha STEPHENS,   b. 4 Mar 1862, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1946, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 26 May 1884  Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1346  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frank Whittlesey PURCHAS,   b. 1887, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1963, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married Dec Q 1912  Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Joan Whittlesey PURCHAS,   b. Mar Q 1914, Kings Norton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Goyun PURCHAS,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F6273  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Nov 1887 - Evandale, Tasmania, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Dec Q 1912 - Leeds, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1971 - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - 4 Oct 1971 - Derwent Gardens, Cornelian Bay Cemetery, 27 Queens Walk, Newtown, Tasmania, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S35] Tasmania Pioneer Index 1803-1899, 1416/1888.

    2. [S900] Millingtons Cemeteries, (http://www.millingtons.com.au/), entry for Lucy Martha Purchas, cemated 4 Oct 1971, Derwent Gardens, Niche wall, section 11, # 8,1.

    3. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1914 'MISS LUCIE ATKINS AND MR. FRANK PURCHAS.', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 19 June, p. 5. , viewed 20 Mar 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10375094.

    4. [S59] England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1983 [database on-line], (http://www.freebmd.org.uk), entry for Frank W Purchas and Lucy M Atkins, volume 9b, page 905, Dec 1912 quarter, Leeds district.