Little Elvie of Fitzroy presents the story of Elvie Watson (b. 1914) who started her stage career at the age of four and became a popular child performer during the Vaudeville era in Mebourne.

Born two weeks before the start of the First World War, Elvie’s family moved to Glass Terrace on Gertrude Street in 1916. Showing a remarkable talent for song and dance from a young age, her mother pushed her to ‘take to the stage’.

Little-Elvie-of-Fitzroy_Exhibition-Curators-Talk Little Elvie of Fitzroy exhibition on now at the Fitzroy Library

While attending The Academy of Mary Immaculate on Nicholson Street, she appeared in countless pantomimes, variety shows and revues between 1918 and 1930.

‘Little Elvie’ became well-known on the local Vaudeville circuit for impersonations of famous entertainers and her various novelty acts. In 1924, at the age of 10, she performed with Dame Nellie Melba in La Boheme and Aida at His Majesty’s Theatre.

Including original photographs, programs and clippings, the exhibition provides a snapshot of her career against the evocative backdrop of Fitzroy, and the flourishing theatre scene during the early 20th Century until the start of the Great Depression.


Fitzroy Library –  128 Moor St, Fitzroy Town Hall

Open everyday to 30 October – Entry is FREE

Mon 10am-6pm
Tues & Wed 1pm-8pm
Thurs 10am-6pm
Fri 1pm-6pm
Sat 10am-4pm
Sun 2pm-5pm

You can also attend the Curator’s talk on Wednesday 30th October @ 2pm. Eliza Greenhatch (Elvie’s granddaughter) will discuss the exhibition content, research process, exhibition design and her own connection to Fitzroy. Please arrive 20 minutes before talk to view the exhibition.

Little Elvie of Fitzroy exhibition on now at the Fitzroy Library

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