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An Old Time Actor.

The leading members of the Little Lord Fauntleroy Company have arrived in Sydney from San Francisco, and intend going on to Melbourne by train after a day or two of rest. They are represented in Australia by Mr George Wotherspoon, who has agreed with Messrs Williamson, Garner, and Musgrove for their appearance at the Princess's Theatre at the clobo of the AchurchCharrington season. Every member of the new company is a stranger except Mr Harry Edwards, the leading man. Mr Edwards reminds us that he was in Australia between 1864 and 1866, playing seconds to G. V. Brooke, and also for a long period to Mr and Mrs Charles Kean during their famous colonial tour. "lam older now than I was then," remarked Mr Edwards, though, in point of fact, ho is one of those soldierly - looking men who carry their years very lightly. Mr Edwards is still remembered here by veteran players, as even in those early days his position was sufficiently assured to gain him the stage managership of the Theatre Royal then newly built. He was one of the first stage managers under the first lessee, Mr Charles Poole. Since those days he has wandered as far as Peru, Callao, and China with a company of his own, adhering loyally to the "legitimate," and even gavo three performances at Panama before finally sailing for San Francisco. Until tho end of 1867 the actor was attached to the Opera-houso there, but on tho opening of the California Theatre he joined Messrs Barrett and M'Cullough as leading man, and stayed with tliem nine years, playing with most of the famous English and American stars. Mr Edwards was for five years president of the San Francisco Bohemian Club, and three years vice-presi-dent of tho Academy of Sciences, a position he held in virtue of his life-long devotion to entomology and natural history generally. In November, 1878, he went east and joined Miss Mary Anderson at the Boston Theatre as her leading man, playing Master Walter in «The Hunchback' to her Julia. In 1880 he was engaged by Mr Lester Wallack for that manager's theatre in New York, and stayed thereuntil Mr Wallack's death last September, when he went to England on a holiday trip. Mr Edwards, of course, called upon Miss Anderson, whom he found in more cheerful spirits and stronger health than generally supposed. He says that the breakdown is due to over-work, and he saw nothing to give color to any supposition that her mind had been injuriously affected by her illness.—Sydney «Telegraph.'

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An Old Time Actor., Issue 8041, 18 October 1889

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An Old Time Actor. Issue 8041, 18 October 1889

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