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the­atri­cal con­nec­tions? Was she an opera

singer and did she go to Aus­tralia? That’s one of the chal­lenges of fam­ily his­tory. The more you dis­cover, the more ques­tions arise.”

His­toric news­pa­pers gave Ray and Diane a wealth of clues to work from. Re­views, ad­ver­tise­ments and list­ings re­vealed that Emma Jane Corri first ap­peared on stage at the age of three, when she per­formed Swiss Air at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, in 1837. In trade jour­nals from 1850 she was listed as a teacher of pi­ano and singing, liv­ing in Queen Street, Dublin, with her father Haydn Corri, a pro­fes­sor of mu­sic. Emma then mar­ried Fred­er­ick in 1852.

Ray and Diane found a record on Trove ( trove.nla.gov. au), the Aus­tralian on­line along dur­ing their time in Aus­tralia. We’ve found records that Emma sang and held recitals in Mel­bourne, but noth­ing to sug­gest she was a fa­mous opera singer.

“How­ever, Fred­er­ick Younge was a star and we have clip­pings that show he built a rep­u­ta­tion in Aus­tralia as a suc­cess­ful comic lead in many plays. Fred­er­ick’s forte was dress­ing up as, and mim­ick­ing, Ori­en­tal char­ac­ters. While that isn’t po­lit­i­cally cor­rect to­day, the re­views said that ‘no one laughed louder at his per­for­mances than peo­ple from East Asia’.”

Af­ter years of suc­cess, Fred­er­ick and Emma re­turned to Bri­tain on the Suf­folk 1865. Their daugh­ter, Ma­bel Suf­folk Younge, was born en-route. Ed­ward Al­bert

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Diane McClure has many mu­si­cal links in

her fam­ily his­tory

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