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Two very happy cirls on Tuesday evening, February 19, were Miss Alnvi O'Dea. of Brisbane, and Miss Winifred Fix, of A^madale, after a most trying ordeal. The final examination for the scholarship given by Dam." Nellie Melba. at the Albert Street Conservatorium, was held at the Conservatorium in the afternoon, and conducted by Dame Nellie herself. Ten girls had been chosen out of the large number who. entered for the scholarship from all oven- the Commonwealth, the choosing being done by Miss Mary Campbelh who has lust returned from Europe, and Mr Fritz Hart, director of the Conservatorium. Of the final 10 who sang for Melba, Miss ODea \\on Melba's scholarship, and Miss Fix was awarded a special scholarship given by Mr Henry Russell, airtistic director for the Grand Opera Company. Even the most unimaginative person must have understood something of the ordeal which the test proved to the girls, all of whom were "young, two of them being only 16 yeii'rs of age. They were all palpably nervous, some of them more than others, mid Dame Nellie's candid criticism, always however, followed by helpful suggestion, did not make things any easier" for them. That she tinderstood how they were feeling was shown in the remark, "Next victim, please,' as she finished with one candidate. When she announced hor decision. Dame Nellie added. "I .hope you'll work very earnestly and \jery seriously, becsanse nothing is ever done without hard work." And to these who were not successful, "I am very sorry we have not got scholarships for att of you." The r.emainins eight competitors were: —Miss Effi-e Armstrong (Melbourne). Miss Cora O'Fnrrell (Melbourne), Miss Tcsis Joy Brown (Tasmania), Mi«s Molly Mackav (Warrasrl). Miss Monica Dauckevt, Miss Joyce Ross (Melbourne). Miss Almn Hoklsworth (Beaufort X Miss, Lorn a Millar (Western Australia).

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MELBA SCHOLARSHIP., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 0, 12 April 1924

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MELBA SCHOLARSHIP. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 0, 12 April 1924

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