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happy birthday dame nellie!

Dame Nelli Melba was born on May 19th 1861. Today marks the sesquicentenaryof her birth in Melbourne.

Australia Post has released a stamp to commemorate the occasion. Good enough reason to actuall post a letter, rather than send an email! On the stamp is fellow Victorian Rupert Bunny’s salon portrait of the great soprano.

Did you know Helen Porter Mitchell, as she was born, studied in Paris with the legendary vocal technician  Mathilde Marchesi. She returned to Australi and died here in Sydney at St Vincent’s Hopsital in 1931.

Today’s Google home page pays homage to Dame Nellie also!

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