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
Diane McClure has many musical links in
her family history